|CrossKix 2.0 Red Dawn|
I am sure your first comment seeing this picture is...
And actually, I've gotten that question several times when wearing these cool CrossKix 2.0's out and about. So... what are those??
They are a cool new shoe from CrossKix... a company that was started via a Kickstarter campaign back in 2013, taking on the EVA shoe market, which is basically owned by Crocs. And yes, funky as they are, I do enjoy wearing Crocs for casual wear around the house and yard.
So, when the opportunity came around to give these a go, I was more than happy to check them out!
So.. as you can tell, the CrossKix 2.0's are kind of like Croc's... on steroids. A rugged design, decent tread, and lots of toe room!
|Features of the 2.0|
So, of course my first question back to CrossKix after receiving them was... what is the drop? I couldn't find it on the specs. Turns out they are a 4mm drop, so not bad... I can go 0-4mm without issue, and more so on a casual shoe. But these are a little more than casual.. although similar material to Crocs, the reinforced shank, and out sole make them quite a bit more substantial.
Of course the design makes these shoes totally adapted to the water. They drain really well, and my foot didn't slip around too much inside when wet. They also come with some foam heel pads for the back of the shoe, but I didn't really need them. I guess it would be helpful if they were a little big, or if they rubbed funny on the back of the foot. Wasn't a problem for me.
And, while not exactly super duper flexible, considering the stack height (I am estimating about 15 mm or so), they aren't bad.
What I liked about them is that the toe box is really wide... super roomy, and even though it's all EVA, doesn't really pinch or rub weird anywhere.
Finally.. the size 11's come in under 11 oz, which was a little surprising, as they felt lighter on my feet. But, considering the construction, not bad.
Ok.. I know the question you've been waiting for me to answer.. can I run in these? For me, not really. Primarily because of the roominess inside, and the squishiness of the sole, they just aren't cut out for running.. at least for me. But for short hikes, working in the yard, boating or fishing etc? You bet... and, they are comfortable with or without socks.
Check out the 2.0, as well as the APX model on the CrossKix website HERE. The 2.0's retail for $69 and the APX $64.
Anyway, two thumbs up for these Croc killing shoes... lots of fun, even if you get a few "What are those??!!" comments :-)
As always, questions/comments/feedback are welcome here, or on the Facebook Page!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the CrossKix 2.0 for free from CrossKix/Deep Creek PR in consideration for a gear review.