The Summer's Best Flip-Flops

Of course, we've been saying this for years, but now Outside Online has included the Manuka Wrap in their list of Summer-Changing Flip Flops

Outside says the Wrap is best for minimalists - and walking in them is "as close to barefoot as you can get with shoes on."

Big thanks to the Outside crew for including little ol' us! 

Snag a pair for yourself here

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Cristian Merello Joins Cushe

So here is a thing that is awesome: superstar Chilean surfer Cristian Morello joins team Cushe as an international ambassador! 

Morello has as many trophies as we do slippers, plus he's an all-around cool dude. A perfect addition to an already great squad. 

Bonus science-y information: Winter in Chile is June to August. Also, on a synoptic scale, the most important factors that controls the climate in Chile are the Pacific Anticyclone, the southern circumpolar low pressure area, the cold Humboldt current, the Chilean Coast Range and the Andes Mountains. Despite Chile's narrowness, some interior regions may experience wide temperature oscillations and cities such as San Pedro de Atacama, may even experience a continental climate.

What just happened… we blacked out. 

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Rock The Sock(less)

We're on the eve of summer - well, the technical eve anyway - and it's already been super summerific in terms of weather for a lot of you out there. In places with actual seasons, summer presents a whole load of opportunities to give your feet some much needed freedom from heavy socks and shoes. 

Canvas is the word, and sans sock is the look. 

If you are a Cushe Slipper fan, we have some good news that is about to make dropping the socks a bit easier on that front - the canvas Cushe Slipper is machine washable! More details on that coming soon.  

That's all well and good, but what if you want to wear something that isn't the Cushe Slipper and keep the sock less look? What if you are worried about rubbing in all the wrong places - or rubbing someone the wrong way with some serious foot funk? Worry not, there is a solution: The loafer sock. 

Some places call them 'no-show' socks as well, but keep an eye on the ankle rise. We've found that not all no-show sock options are equal. If you want to make sure nothing peeks out over your shoe, the better luck has been had with socks specifically made for loafers. 

These babies have been our secret summer weapons for a few years now. They are the best of both worlds and so many people are making them now, that you'll have a lot of options in choosing what you like best. A quick use of the Googles will reveal the true power of the internet: sock shopping. 

Also this cat in a sock

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Welcome, Sierra!

It’s easy to like Sierra Quitiquit. Heck, it’s easy to LOVE Sierra Quitiquit. Not in a superficial sense, but for who she is, and what she’s all about. At Cushe, we’re always on the lookout for people who have a real passion for what they do – and the guts to chase that passion so far that it becomes a part of who they are. This is why we’re happy to announce Sierra as a new ambassador, and member of team Cushe!

How did she get here? We'll let her explain… 

“I grew up in Park City, Utah, back when it was just a sleepy little ski town. My Dad had my three brothers and I on skis before we blew out the candles on the cakes for our second birthdays. Skiing was always the most important thing in our lives. I started competitive ski racing when I was about six or seven years old. I loved skiing fast, beating the boys and having as much fun as possible. It became my mantra for life. Those years taught me to be an aggressive athlete, while maintaining a deep appreciation for the amazing world surrounding me.

Now, traveling the world and skiing big lines on the most challenging mountains for a living is truly a dream come true. When I'm not on the slopes or modeling, I try to spend my time as a professional fun-seeker! Riding bikes, surfing, yoga, running, cooking, and traveling are my favorite things in the whole world. I hope to inspire young girls to realize their beauty not just through athletic achievement, but kindness, consciousness, and the pursuit of happiness.

-Sierra”

Follow the adventures of Sierra on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

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Win the Hoffman Collection

OK - well, not the entire collection at once - but we are going bananas with our Shoe-A-Day Giveaway on Facebook. 30 pairs of our Cushe x Hoffman collection are up for grabs, and all you have to do to get in the running is enter. We like to keep things simple. The giveaway ends on April 19, 2014 - so hurry up!

Jump over to our Facebook page and ENTER TO WIN!

Check out the entire Cushe x Hoffman collection

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Pics by Mitch

When team Cushe surfer, Mitch Corbett, isn't crushing cold water waves off the coast of Ireland - he's sharing some amazing photos from his life of wandering. Follow along on Instagram at @mitchcorbettnawia. We do - because it's way more interesting than putting spreadsheets together for the boss. Boss, if you are reading this, we'll have those spreadsheets right over. 

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The Best New Gear At OR

Outdoor Retailer is a big-normous trade show in Salt Lake City for gear fanatics who drool over outdoor equipment, and apres-sport kit. Naturally, we're there to show off the latest and greatest designs from our secret shoe lab, and since many of us on the Cushe team are sporty, we're digging for new gear ourselves. Though, we try not to drool. There is a LOT to take in. Thankfully, there are people like the good folks over at the GearJunkie who spend hours putting together lists of the best gear. Also thankfully, the good folks over at the GearJunkie have picked the upcoming Matthias WP as one of their favorite products from the show! 

Check out the whole list from the GearJunkie here.

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Autumn / Winter 2014 Preview

We just had our AW14 (that's shop talk for Autumn Winter 2014) Cushe crew gathering, where we all bounce around and get excited about next year's designs. As you can imagine, we do things a little differently. First, our models were our ambassadors Sophie, Mitch, and Matthias. Second, our drinking pals for the weekend were also Sophie, Mitch, and Matthias. Third.... what? 

Anyway, we grabbed a few photos from the upcoming line to share with y'all! Enjoy! 

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Cushe at Banff Mountain Film Festival

“Nine days you won’t want to miss.”

That’s what the team at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival say, and the team at Cushe agreed, so we’re sponsoring. How can we pass up an amazingly diverse selection of the best in mountain film, books, and astonishing guest speakers? This is so much of what surrounds what we’re all about – Cushe Time. Plus, we have a secret plan to steal a year’s supply of Kicking Horse Coffee while we’re on site… but let’s keep that between us.

If you work at Kicking Horse Coffee, please ignore that last part. Moving on.

From October 26 to November 3, we’ll be hanging out with our partners in crime at Cushe Canada in Banff, Alberta, taking in the festival and spreading the joy of a good slice of the Cushe Life. Can. Not. Wait. 

BMFF (we’re tired of typing the whole thing out) receives about 300 film submissions each year, and a committee selects the top 60 or so for the final cut of the festival. These films come in from all over the world, and cover just about every aspect of mountain and action sports culture. 

Can’t make it to Banff for this? Bummer, but not the end of the world. BMFF goes on tour – hitting somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 cities in 20 countries. They take their favorite 25 films with them, and program screenings that really fit in with each city they visit. Super effing cool. 

That’s the long and the short of it. We’re looking forward to hanging with our Canadian Cushe friends, and making some new ones in Alberta, and on tour. 

See the full tour schedule here. 

Off to plan the rest of our coffee heist… 

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