Haven’t heard of Deckers before? You’re probably not alone. But even so, you may recognize some of the names behind their creation:
“Jean-Luc Diard, Global VP of Innovation for Deckers, and his team are responsible for the creation of DeckersXLab. Jean-Luc has a lifetime of experience in the sport industry. For many years, he was the CEO of Salomon, a leading athletic equipment company, where he devised the brand’s design center and redefined its core identity. Shortly after, he founded a start-up called HOKA ONE ONE. It began with his desire as a runner to have better cushioning and stability through an oversized outsole. The company is now owned by Deckers Brands. Through his passion for outdoor sports, drive for innovation, and endless need for improvement, Jean-Luc started DeckersXLab on a path to change the footwear industry.”
So there you go. Even you may not be familiar with Deckers, they are rooted in hardcore running technology and planning. So, what about Decker’s Lab? Here’s a little descriptor of their idea:
“Creativity is the act of combining two things that nobody put together before. Craft perfects the seams in-between. Done right, the combinational result is not addition. THIS+THAT = THISTHAT. THIS+THAT = SOMETHING TOTALLY NEW. New is why Deckers Lab exists. New must have its own place to fail until it succeeds. And to succeed, new must clear a new bar. New must be:
- Engineered for ultimate performance.
- Designed for everyday ultra comfort and timeless elegance.
- Built for a better and cleaner planet.
And most importantly, it must make something new in you when you put it on.”
That’s a bold effort, but one that us here at Run Oregon can stand behind.
We were recently sent a few different pairs of shoes to try out from Deckers Lab, and I was lucky enough to try out the KO-Z SNPR Low. I am in the process of reviewing a variety of brand new shoes, so being able to try something a little more unique has been ideal. The KO-Z SNPR is actually not so much a running shoe, as it is comfortable recovery footwear.
These slippers aren’t the most visually stunning footwear that you will wear. That’s not a knock on this pair, but we all know there are some stunning shoes out there. THe KO-Z SNPR is accommodating to all foot shapes and, as a result, has a little thicker toebox for comfort and accessibility. Not everyone cares for this look, but there are real reasons behind it.
The Men’s Ko-z SNPR Low come with 4 color options. They are all pretty basic in nature – black, dark grey, and light grey, as well as a more unique camo colorway.
Comfort & Construction:
I have mentioned it in previous posts, but I am CONSTANTLY wearing slippers around my house. Given the amount that I run, and am on my feet (between work and kids), I need support when I am at home. Walking around in barefeet kills my arches, so having supportive footwear at home is always an absolute must.
I do have a favorite pair of slippers (LINK), but wearing the KO-Z SNPR around the past few weeks has really been a joy. I want nothing more than to live in these slippers. It’s like a hug for your feet – or like wrapping yourself up in a fancy bareskin rug in front of the fire. It just screams “comfortable” in every sense of the world. There has been nothing more enjoyable than pulling these on after a long morning run and I fully anticipate these being the footwear I pull on following my races in the future.
Basically, I consider the KO-Z SNPR to be a melding of the two things I wear most – a running/training shoe and a recovery slipper. It has the functionality of solid sneakers with a ridiculously cozy recycled Looped Wool (along with EcoTan sheepskin cow suede leather), all of which are natural thermoregulators. This means that they are great for all weather and assist in keeping your tootsies at the right temps regardless of the season.
There is a ton of cushion in it and the added Meta-Rocker makes walking a comfortable joyride.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE these. There really isn’t much more to say when it comes to recovery footwear and/or slippers. It has a great fit, luxurius feel, and given the fact that I just want to always wear them makes it a simple positive recommendation.
Deckers Lab has also donated $200,000 worth of their comfortable shoes to Sacramento County Public Health and their dedicated team of volunteers who began operating drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the Cal-Expo State Fairgrounds in mid-March. Icing on the cake right there.
Shoe & Price:
- KO-Z SNPR Low ($120)
- 8mm drop (3D Anatomical EVA Max Cushion Memory Foam ), 17-25mm stack height
- Mix of 80% natural wool, 20% recycled polyester
- Anatomic, gender specific medium width performance running last
- EcoTan TwinFace sheepskin and EcoTan cow suede with 10mm wool interior
- PFC-free Durable Water Repellent treatment
- Ultralight and ultra-wide 3mm sponge rubber outsole with Meta-Rocker geometry
- Meta-Rocker geometry delivers uptempo and propulsive ride
- Xponent Midsole featuring multilayer CM EVA Foam with gradient density bringing the softest cushion closest to your feet
- 8mm 3D Anatomical EVA Max Cushion Memory Foam with Looped Wool
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