If you are in the market for a killer-looking and highly effective recovery shoe, then look no further than the Kane Revive. From the moment we got a glimpse at these, we were pumped to get our hands on them. They are highly Deckers X Lab has to be one of the quirkiest yet somehow coolest brands out there right now. They feel like they could be a subdivision of HOKA given the styling, material choices, and stack Heights and maybe it’s because many of their team used to work there, but they are carving out a space that is uniquely their own. We got a chance to check out their latest flip flop which also doubles as a solid recovery option, it’s the KO-Z BA DA DA.
Quick Details, Specs, u0026amp; Availability
- Took your standard flip-flop and flipped it on its head making it a solid recovery option.
- Be careful with that extra-long tail as it takes some time to get used to.
- Features a 5mm drop with over 30mm of plush cushion.
- Retails at $45.00 USD and comes in 7 colors for Men and Women.
Recovery Elements and Performance
At first glance, the KO-Z BA DA DA feels like your standard sandal. However, when you dig a bit deeper and have a chance to try them on, you’ll start to find some of the parallels to HOKA that we mentioned. They have layer together 3 mm of that gradient EVA foam, coupled it with the HOKA Meta-Rocker design, and then elongated and squared out the tail. If you have run in something like the Carbon X2, the Mach 4, or the Bondi X then that stance is going to feel very familiar to you. It leads to a gentle, more rolling ride when you walk all of that softness feels so good after a run. It can cause these to feel a bit long, so if you have concerns with that then definitely drop down a full size, but it will change that rolling sensation.
Construction and Materials
Starting at the top, Deckers X Lab went with natural hemp straps which provide that secure foothold. As for the midsole, it is really essentially two layers. The first is a brushed recycled EVA topsole that has a touch of grip to it and then below that sits an ergonomic higher density recycled EVA with some arch support elements. Lastly, they finished with a 3 mm sponge rubber outsole that again elongates the heel. there is a lot of technology and sinking into what is a really traditional flip-flop.
Style and Aesthetics
The best part of these is you have a lot of colors to choose from, there are seven for men and women. They are primarily monochromatic in nature but use variances within that color to produce a pretty solid-looking sandal. The elongated heel will definitely throw some people and it does feel chunkier than other flip-flops you weren’t before there is no question about it. That being said they definitely have a more premium look.
If you are looking for a flip-flop alternative to act as a recovery shoe with a ton of cushion, then look no further than the Deckers X Lab KO-Z BA DA DA. It is definitely a weird shoe when you first see it, but as soon as you get it on your foot you are not going to have a lot of complaints. The main one will definitely be the overall footbed length, so please think about sizing down if you have any concerns at all.
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