COME BACK BETTER. This is Kane Footwear’s philosophy. We’re all tough on our bodies, especially if you’re any sort of athlete. Many of us have our footwear dialed in for running, but what do you do when you get home and you want a pair of shoes to relax in?
I’ve never been a fan of the style of shoes I once referred to as “gardening shoes.” You know, plastic with little holes in them. But someone passed down some Crocs to us for my kids several years ago, and they pretty much live in them, so I started thinking about function rather than fashion.
The Kane Revive is a recovery shoe that’s made with Brazilian sugarcane. Sugarcane is a renewable resource that reduces greenhouse gases by capturing CO2 as it grows. In addition to using this natural technology, Kane has committed to donating approx. 1% of sales to environmental nonprofits. Even the packaging of the footwear is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
So now you know that the environmental impact is important at Kane, so what about the shoes themselves? The shoes have a proprietary blend of EVA, a 10mm heel raise, and arch support to really help alleviate foot and leg muscle aches and pains. The Kane Revive has six recovery features:
- BREATHES: I mean, take a look at them. Holes. Lots of holes. But not only are there exterior perforations, but there are interior channels that also help with airflow.
- STIMULATES: There are raised footbed nodes that help activate blood flow on your foot’s pressure points.
- SUPPORTS: The anatomical design secures your heel, arch, and instep.
- REBOUNDS: These are a great ride, with a smooth transition and energy return throughout the whole foot.
- CUSHIONS: There’s a dual density construction to the shoes, providing great cushion and support. The BounceBack™ foam was created from the Brazilian sugarcane mentioned above.
- GRIPS: The oversized channels and soles provide some great traction and flexibility.
I tried on the Kanes as soon as I got them, and they felt good. They looked a little large, but I would rather them be too big than too small. Kane doesn’t offer half sizes, so if you are typically in a shoe with a half-size, it’s recommended that you order a half-size smaller. For example, if you wear a size 8.5, order an 8. I typically wear an 8, so I ordered an 8 and though they were a tad big, they didn’t slide around on my foot.
I tried the Kanes on again after I ran a 30 miler on the woods. While I kind of wished that they were more of a slide style (personal preference,) they were very easy to get on. And once they were, they were very comfortable yet supportive, which is just what I needed to keep myself moving. They have a wonderful bounce to them and they were also pretty cool for a triple digit degree (record high temps!) day. I went to my friend’s pool after my run, and it was nice to not worry about getting them wet. They were also grippy enough to keep myself from falling near the slippery edges of the pool.
Keeping the Kane Revive shoes clean is simple. They are waterproof and machine washable at cold temperatures. They are made of a bio-based closed-cell BounceBack™ foam, which doesn’t absorb moisture. This means they are just as functional in water as they are on land, and they dry very quickly. I got the heather grey with a pink sole, and I’m glad I can hose them off anytime they get dirty.
Kane doesn’t use animals for testing, and there is no animal-sourced glue for their dual-density construction. The shoes are completely vegan, which is an added benefit to me personally as a vegetarian.
There are seven different color combinations to choose from so really the only decision you need to make now is which ones you want!
Products & Price:
- Kane Revive – $70
Specs (from website):
A transformative, sustainably designed injection molded sneaker for active recovery.
Washable. Quick drying. Ultra durable.
- Free Shipping on orders to the contiguous US
- Includes 3 swappable hang loops
- Made in Brazil from sugarcane-based EVA foam
More about Kane Footwear:
“It’s time to recover better.”
“Two years ago, I walked past a pile of EVA shoes on a beach and wondered why there isn’t a better looking slip-on shoe made out of planet-friendly materials. That experience led me to start Kane. From the beginning, our mission has been to create a well-designed, bio-based EVA shoe that supports and stimulates recovery.
I was just 11 years old when I started working at my Dad’s sneaker store in Queens, New York. Years later, as a professional athlete, I began to understand that footwear can have a profound influence on recovery. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished with the launch of the Kane Revive. And it’s only the beginning.”
Thank you to Kane Footwear for providing us with a sample pair. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.