“Can’t I just get a shoe that does everything I want it to do?”
The X-SCAPE Knit Low shoe aims to answer this question, and Deckers X Lab is a company that knows how to bring it. If you’re a fan, like me, of a little shoe company by the name of Hoka ONE ONE, you might love Deckers too, because they are cut from the same cloth, though that cloth is for two different kinds of dress.
The X-SCAPE Knits don’t look like other shoes. They come in lots of cool color options, which makes picking out one pair a difficult task. After you get through that, you might want to consider getting another, because these shoes are going to stay with you for awhile. The style is not only unique, but also supremely comfortable. These shoes feature a flared swallow tail heel that’s both sturdy and cushy, and though it might take you a minute to get used to, the sole of the shoe feels like a dream.
Good shoes, not just for running but for leisurewear, are extremely important to me for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that I don’t have a desk job. I work on my feet with people all day long, some days from 5:30AM to almost 7:00PM. Good shoes aren’t an afterthought in my world, so my feet need to stay comfortable. The second reason is that, probably like you, I’m a runner and I train a lot. I don’t need extra wear and tear on my feet when I’m not running because I already know they are going to get abused a lot while I’m training for my next marathon or knarly trail run. In short, my feet are important to me 24/7 and I don’t need any additional factors in my life that will compromise them. So bottom line, I’m not messing around with crappy shoes. Because I love Hoka ONE ONE, I knew that these shoes by Deckers X Lab would likely perform well and it turns out that I was right.
I picked the X-SCAPE Knits in the Lichen-Grey combo because I wanted something that would match most of my wardrobe. The looped heel tab made sliding them on as simple as it gets. Right out of the box, they went on my feet for work and I got several compliments at the gym. Also, more importantly, they felt great immediately.
Deckers makes every effort to use recycled and next-generation materials so they can cut waste while also giving you the luxury of a comfortable and supportive shoe. The upper on the X-SCAPE Knit is made with a single piece of eco-conscious Sorona® yarn fabric that brings elasticity in the heel collar, tongue, and toes, making these shoes so comfy you could wear them with or without socks. The shoes are breathable, moldable, and easy on all the pressure points. The Xponent HD midsole is made with a mix of bio-based sugarcane and the signature Meta-Rocker geometry and lightweight EVA material makes this shoe even better in both comfort and performability when it’s “go time.” The grippy sole is made from recycled rubber and it has an omni-directional tread to handle all sorts of terrain.
So all that fancy talk above? What all that comes down to is these shoes are great. They look great, they feel great, and they are built to last and make your feet feel like they are on vacation. Now it’s time for me to buy another color.
Products & Price:
- X-SCAPE Knit Low ($100)
Specs (from website):
- 80% plant-based Sorona® knit upper
- Removable ergonomic OrthoLite® foam insole and silky soft lycra topsole
- Xponent HD midsole: Ultralight SGR-Plush sugarcane EVA
- Underfoot Geometry 115-79-97, 6mm drop, 19-25mm stack height
- Deckers X Lab products are SIOC Certified meaning no additional packaging meets their commitment towards sustainability.
- Runs small, order 1/2 size up
Thank you to DECKERS X LAB for providing us with a sample pair. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.