Crocs Kadee II Review
Cons: Not good for long walks, not great for steep terrain
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Crocs Kadee II
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|Pros||Fun colors, simple, lightweight, good traction, budget-friendly||Attractive, supportive, comfortable, adjustable strap||Very comfortable, grippy footbed, stable||Fashionable, comfortable, supportive, impressive traction||Comfortable, no break-in period, affordable, waterproof|
|Cons||Not good for long walks, not great for steep terrain||Stiff, breaking in takes time, expensive||Sporty look, runs a bit big||Not waterproof, tight toe loop, expensive||Material doesn't breathe, less durable|
|Bottom Line||This simple plastic flip is equipped with surprisingly adequate outsole traction and is lightweight enough to take with you anywhere||A beautifully unique sandal that provides amazing support and personalized comfort by molding to your feet over time||A durable flip flop that feels amazing, offers good support, and handles water like a pro||This supportive flip flop offers extreme comfort, decent traction, and looks great with a dress||A lightweight and affordable version of the leather original, this flip is fun and functional|
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|Specs||Crocs Kadee II||Birkenstock Gizeh||OluKai Ohana -...||Merrell Juno Wrap||Birkenstock Gizeh...|
|Sole Material||Synthetic||EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate)||Non-marking rubber or gum rubber||Rubber||EVA|
|Footbed Material||Croslite||Cork lined with suede||Molded EVA with soft ICEVA drop-in footbed||EVA||EVA|
|Strap Material||Synthetic||Birko-flor (PVC) lined with fleece||Water-resistant synthetic nubuck leather lined with quick-drying jersey knit||Leather||EVA|
|Weight (per pair)||3 oz (size 8)||13.5 oz (size 39)||13.7 oz (size 9)||18 oz (size 8)||6.5 oz (size 40)|
|Length||9.5" (size 8)||10.625" (size 39)||10.75" (size 9)||10" (size 8)||11" (size 40)|
|Length of Toe Box (just above toe post)||1.75"||1.50"||1.75"||1.50"||1.375" (size 40)|
|Unique Features||Texture on footbed||Adjustable strap, contoured footbed that molds to feet||ICEVA (soft EVA) drop-in footbed||Toe Strap||Adjustable straps|
Our Analysis and Test Results
This unique take on a basic flip flop offers enough traction for a quick scramble down to the river and enough comfort and support for short walks around the park.
While the Kadee II are far from the most comfortable in our test suite, they perform surprisingly well for what is essentially a plastic flip flop. There is no break-in period needed and they are super flexible. They are thin and lightweight, making them easy to slip on and off. There is a small amount of contour on the footbed, but the shoes run a little small, so size up if there is any uncertainty.
While the Kadee is comfortable for what it is, the plastic flip design cannot measure up to the others in our test suite. It doesn't form to your feet over time, meaning that what you get out of the box is what you get for the lifetime of the shoe. The toe post is also a little hard which can be irritating on longer walks. This flip flop is best used for short walks, gardening, and other activities that don't require much distance.
The Kadee II is not the most supportive flip flop in our test suite, but it gets the job done for shorter outings. The thick-yet-narrow straps are comfortable and hold the shoe bed close to the foot. The footbed is very thin and feels similar to walking barefoot, but what Crocs has done with the contouring provides a good bit of support for such a basic sandal.
While the Kadee is more supportive than your average flat foam flip flop, it just can't measure up to some of the more high-end options in our test suite.
For a simple flip flop, the Kadee has stellar outsole traction. The highly textured sole provides some grip while walking on loose terrain and the flexibility and general softness allow for optimal surface area contact. The interior footbed traction is pretty decent when the shoe is dry as well. Small bumps paired with the contouring and heel cup help ensure that the foot doesn't slip around too much.
However, if you have particularly sweaty feet or plan to wade through water, prepare to slip around on the footbed. A heel strap would help solve this problem, but the beauty of the Kadee is in its simplicity.
The Kadee proved to be durable during our testing period; however, they don't measure up to some of the heartier sandals we tested. They are completely waterproof and take no time to dry as they do not absorb liquid. This makes them a great option for casual river or beach hangs. We found that the best application for these simple sandals is travel. They are very lightweight and compact. If you need something to throw in your bag while you clip into bike pedals or roller skate around, these definitely won't weigh you down.
While these shoes can accompany you to a lot of places they only perform well for a short time before they become uncomfortable. Unfortunately, this renders them somewhat less versatile.
This basic flip comes in tons of super fun colors. Their aesthetic is casual-sporty and as long as you are also dressed casually, they look just fine with anything. They are not going to be the staple piece that pulls your whole look together, though.
This budget-friendly pair is a great option for anyone who needs some flips on the fly. They don't cost much and are worth the price tag. Depending on how often and where you use them, they may not last as long as some of the more expensive options in our test suite but we didn't see any signs of wear, and we put these puppies through the wringer.
The Crocs Kadee II Flip is a cute, lightweight option perfect for travel. There are many fun colors to choose from so it shouldn't be hard to match your favorite casual outfit. The excellent outsole traction is a pleasant surprise, making this pair a great option for quick scrambles down loose terrain. While the support and comfort don't inspire us to walk for miles, this is a good pair of shoes for gardening, short walks, household chores, or something extra lightweight for travel.
— Hayley Thomas