Sandal x Slipper x Recovery footwear – DeckersXLab has us set this Summer

Haven’t heard of DeckersXLab 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 x 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 sandals to try out from DeckersXLab – the K-OZ EVRST and KO-Z Ventura Wedge – both perfect additions to comfortable recovery options us runners need!

Read all our posts on DeckersXLab here!

At first glance, the K-OZ EVRST from DeckersXLab seems a bit odd. Sure, they have a sandal aesthetic to it, but there are multiple layers, fabrics, and supports to them – giving them a very “extra” look to them. However, once I put them on any reservations I had faded away. Honestly, after reviewing a handful of DeckerXLab items over the year, there aren’t really any worries any longer.

The sandals come in 5 color options. Some are pretty basic in nature (black, grey, and brown), while a couple others offer a more unique style (green and blue/orange).

These sandals are perfect for those who like extra cushion and shock absorption, but want something to wear out and about in the warmer months. They are also excellent post-race recovery footwear as they are soft and comfortable. And I do mean comfortable. The footbed is so ridiculously plush, it should almost be criminal. The wool wraps completely around the foot and provides a level of snugness that is seriously too good to be true. I want to live in these sandals.

The KO-Z Ventura Wedge is a modernized take on the classic Wedge sandal. I don’t know about you, but wearing wedges is a necessary evil. They look great, but oftentimes the comfort isn’t up to the task. And there have even been times going from a running setting to a social setting (or vice versa) and my feet are in agony. Not so with this Deckers version.

I have worn these lightweight shoes around the house, while running errands, and out on date night. I was a little concerned they would rub my heel as the back strap looked high in the product pictures. However, however they fit well and have added support in this area – not to mention they made feel like I was walking on air. While it did take me some time to get used to the shape and design of them, I have found that they are excellent crossover lifestyle shoes that keep my feet supported and happy.

Aesthetically, they look modern and well designed, and they also come in four relatively neutral colorways. The hexagon details on the soles are especially sharp.

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Products & Price:

  • K-OZ EVRST ($102)
    • Mix of 80% natural wool, 20% recycled polyester
    • 25/17mm stack height; 8mm drop
    • 5mm looped wool top sole
    • 3mm sponge rubber outsole
  • KO-Z Ventura Wedge ($140)
    • Mix of 80% natural wool, 20% recycled polyester
    • 40mm stack height; 20mm drop
    • 5 mm looped wool lining above the foot and under the arch
    • 3mm sponge rubber outsole


Thank you to DeckersXLab for providing us with sample pairs. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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