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Crosskix wants to make a functional, stylish EVA training shoe

Crosskix wants to make a funct...
Wearing the Crosskix shoes for running
Wearing the Crosskix shoes for running
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A close view of the Crosskix
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A close view of the Crosskix
The Crosskix shoe is completely recyclable and the manufacturers are offering a trade-in program
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The Crosskix shoe is completely recyclable and the manufacturers are offering a trade-in program
Crossbits attach to the Crosskix and add some more style
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Crossbits attach to the Crosskix and add some more style
The components that go into the Crosskix shoe
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The components that go into the Crosskix shoe
The side vents empty water out of the Crosskix shoe
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The side vents empty water out of the Crosskix shoe
Some of the main features of the Crosskix
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Some of the main features of the Crosskix
Multiple views of the Crosskix shoe
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Multiple views of the Crosskix shoe
The colors that will be available should the project meet the stretch goal
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The colors that will be available should the project meet the stretch goal
The base colors of the Crosskix shoe
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The base colors of the Crosskix shoe
Wearing the Crosskix shoes for running
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Wearing the Crosskix shoes for running
The Crosskix shoe strikes a good balance between comfort and performance
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The Crosskix shoe strikes a good balance between comfort and performance

EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) is a soft foam composite used in all kinds of sports equipment, including ski boots, and, in recent years, shoes. The brand most people associate with this type of shoe is Crocs, and its colorful and comfortable clogs. Crosskix is a new name looking to make waves in the market with an EVA shoe that looks much more like a traditional sneaker, while still offering the same benefits of other EVA footwear.

Like the competition, the Crosskix sneakers are pitched as being light, comfortable, easy to clean, wearable in all kinds of conditions (including in water), and affordable. The major difference between these and other EVA footwear is the functionality. Unlike most EVA shoes, which are meant to be comfortable shoes for lounging around in, these shoes are designed for athletic activity.

Though they're not going to replace a basketball shoe or football cleat, the creators do recommend them for running and for foot recovery after playing sports or taking part in other strenuous activities.

Multiple views of the Crosskix shoe
Multiple views of the Crosskix shoe

Unlike your average sneaker, which will probably need to spend some quality time in the washing machine to remain fresh and clean, the Crosskix sneakers can simply be hosed down.

The man behind Crosskix, Eric Saligumba, is seeking funding for his Crosskix shoes on Kickstarter. The project got off to a weird start, with it being pulled in the middle of funding due to a change in the required goal (which was actually lowered), but it is back now, and it's blown past its US$20,000 goal.

There are still a limited number of pairs available at the second early-bird tier for US$39. Once those run out, there is a second limited run available for $44. After that, the final price is $49.

The Kickstarter pitch below provides more information on Crosskix.

Sources: Crosskix, Kickstarter

4 comments
Anne Ominous
The "phylon" outsole is also EVA... a TERRIBLE material for an outsole that is to have any durability in a sport shoe. (Other shoe brands use it for midsoles, but not outsoles.) And although this is purely opinion, I have to say I don't think the label "stylish" applies. "Gaudy" maybe.
Veronica Deevers
Just make something for people with FLAT FEET please!!! I need instep support in a bad way.
MikeS
Looks like a sturdy shoe with a much better sole than Crocs. I've got a pile of Crocs with worn out soles - I wear them everywhere. Then I found out about Holeys. They are excellent - same as Crocs almost but with a sole bottom that is durable and gives traction. I'm sure these new sport shoes will be a great success. It said in this article you can pre-order . . . where? Didn't see anything about it on their website.
Nehemiah Spencer
I REALLY like the idea of washing of my shoes so easily, and of wearing them in and out of wet environments. Ordering...