Crocs: People either love 'em for their comfort, or hate 'em for their look. But whether you're pro- Crocs or not, would you go for a jog in them? Cause now you kinda can, thanks to Crosskix, a footwear company that has designed a lightweight running shoe with the same material as the Croc (and gives back, too!).
What It Is
Crosskixare made from a foam composite material called ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), the same material that makes Crocs so lightweight, comfy, and easy to clean.
The sneakers are 7.5 ounces (compared to normal trainers at 12 ounces and “barefoot” shoes at around 5 ounces). They are designed for running, cross-training, or post-workout lounging. Crosskix are also super flexible, and have air and water drain holes (just like their Croc cousin) so running through puddles and cleaning off mud ain't no thang.
Crosskix's makers claim to have spent four years nailing down the design and engineering to bring people a “sexy, aggressive, and sporty shoe that feels as good as it looks.” Check out more on the shoes' making:
The shoes will cost around $50 - a reasonable price compared to other running kicks (that said, the word is still out on whether the snazzy footwear will actually help or hinder workout form). So if you want to try a shoe that won't kill your wallet and will definitely draw some attention to your feet, check out their own Kickstarter campaign that aims to get these shoes on the shelves.
Why It Matters
These out-of-the-box shoes have a soft side. Thanks to its EVA material, the sneakers are 100 percent recyclable, making them Mother Nature's best friend. Another cool component is the company's charitable focus: If you send the company your old pair of Crosskix, they'll take the rubber to help build playgrounds, tracks, and courts - or repair the shoe and donate them to kids around the world.
Crosskix are joining the seemingly endless minimal running shoe craze, which seems to become more and more mainstream by the minute. Minimal running focuses on limiting the tech - and actual shoe - around a runner's foot. This is based on the assumption that less shoe is actually better for our foot strike and running strideBarefoot+running:+biomechanics+and+implications+for+running+injuries.+Altman,+A.R.,+Davis,+I.S.+Biomechanics+and+Movement+Science+Program,+University+of+Delaware,+Newark,+DE.+Current+Sports+Medicine+Reports,+2012+Sep-Oct;11(5):244-50Four-week+habituation+to+simulated+barefoot+running+improves+running+economy+when+compared+with+shod+running.+Warne,+J.P.,+Warrington,+G.D.+Applied+Sports+Performance+Research+Group,+School+of+Health+and+Human+Performance,+Dublin+City+University,+Dublin,+Ireland.+Scandinavian+Journal+of+Medicine+&+Science+in+Sports.+2012+Dec+17.+doi:+10.1111/sms.12032..
Not all Kickstarter campaigns are successful, so we'll see whether or not the running community is convinced Crosskix are worth a run. If they do hit the shelves, remember that with any shoe it's best to proceed to the running trail with caution.
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