3 Lists We Kinda Love Right Now

One of our favorite things about the internet - aside from banana slicer shopping - is looking at lists. "The Top 56 Photos of Cats in Sinks", "23 of the Best Ways to Wear Jorts in Winter", "34 Clouds that Look Like Sharks Juggling Chainsaws"... all fantastic. Here are three very real, very awesome lists we're digging:

The Most Beautiful Outdoor (music) Venues in America

The Best Craft Beer Tap Handles in America

The Best Iconic American Road Trips


Pitchfork Day Three Recap

Well kiddos… we've packed our bags, passed out all of our Cushe sunglasses, and emptied our cooler of VitaCoco. Yes, the sun has set on the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival. We've made so many great new friends this weekend, and finally connected with some old ones face to face.

We're in a glass case of emotion right now!

Looking back on the third and final day, we must say that The Men did some WORK on the Balance Stage. Fantastic live performance. Definitely check them out if you have the chance and love good rock and roll.

AraabMuzik did his thing on the MPC's and had an entire sea of music fans jumping. We snagged a couple of pictures during his performance, but they don't do him justice. The crowd might give you a better idea of how his set was.

To close it all out, we were treated to a great show from Vampire Weekend. During their performance, we also noticed a record breaking number of dudes in salmon colored short-shorts paired with braided belts. We kid cause we love.

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us and say hello at the booth. Our hands are stinging from all of the sonic high-fives, but it was worth it. We'll be seeing Pitchfork again for sure!


Pitchfork Day Two Recap

There was a reoccurring chant by a few of the performers on day two: "&%#* the rain!". After an early afternoon drenching created a bit of a muddy mess and a LOT of wet music fans, the grounds dried out and the shows were incredible.

Flying Lotus dropped the dirty, filthy, don't-take-home-to-momma bass and pulled a huge reaction from the crowd.

Sleigh Bells was the stand out performer of the day for us. They came on and simply went off. We're almost certain our organs were rearranged when we were getting blasted by soundwaves while fighting for pictures. They were huge, and singer Alexis Krauss was all over the stage. It's safe to say we developed another crush...

Hot Chip provided the Saturday night dance party, and inspired a makeshift jump-rope circle.

We can't wait for Sunday's lineup! Don't forget to hit up our #cushelove giveaway on Facebook!


Pitchfork Day One Recap

It wouldn't be a music festival if it weren't liquid magma hot or rainy. Luckily at Pitchfork in Chicago, we had both on day one. That's a good sign, right?

We can't do much complaining though when we're surrounded by so much amazing music. Day one blew us away, and one band we've talked about before really stood out: Japandroids. Maybe it was the rain breaking into sunshine during their second song, maybe it was crazy energy these guys jack into their set... whatever it was, we don't care because it was awesome. Japandroids rawkus performance had the crowd at the Balance stage going nuts. If you get a chance to catch these guys live - do it.

Also there was Feist. Ahhh Feist... swoon. We're in love and we don't care who knows!

And now we're off for day two! Don't forget to enter our #cushelove sweepstakes on Facebook - it's your chance to win $100 to spend at Cushe.com! We're also giving you chances to win on Twitter, so drop us a line there and use the hashtag #cushelove to enter! Who loves ya, baby?


#cushelove During Pitchfork

It’s on! We’re at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago starting today through Sunday! This is good for us, and some of you. What’s good for ALL of you is what we’re doing to celebrate.

Today through Sunday, we are spreading the #cushelove, and we want you to help.

Now, since you are helping us, we want to help you in the best way we know how: shoes, man; shoes. You can spread the #cushelove on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Not so coincidentally, you can win $100 to spend at Cushe.com in these very same places. Here’s how:

Facebook: Visit our page, and click on the #cushelove tab. Drop us your email address and you are entered to win. Then, share the sweepstakes with your friends for a bonus entry. Six (6!) $100 codes are up for grabs here.
Twitter: You know the drill here. Tweet #cushelove at @CusheUS and you are entered to win. Almost TOO easy… Nine (9!) $100 codes up for grabs here.
Instagram: Another easy way to enter. Take an awesome photo, and use the hashtag #cushelove. We’ll be watching, and you’ll be entered. We’ll pick the best picture for a $100 code.

That’s three ways to win. Facebook and Twitter winners are drawn daily, so if you win, you can brag almost immediately. Art takes time, so Instagram winners will be selected on Monday.

But then there’s this: use #cushelove in the promo code box during the checkout process on Cushe.com, and get 20% off your order. Cake, meet frosting. Everybody is a winner, especially us, because you are the best friends a shoe maker could ever have… oh god… we promised ourselves we wouldn’t cry…

<3 Cushe


Amazing Pitchfork Performer

We're excited to see everyone at Pitchfork in just a few days, but this guy is just blowing our collective minds right now. Check out this video featuring AraabMuzik. Insane. Green Stage, 6:15 on Sunday. Maybe we'll see a Danny Brown cameo since the two of them just teamed up for the single "Molly Ringwald"?

If you have attention span problems, skip to 2:18.



Pitchfork Bands to Watch

Pitchfork is just about a week away, and we've been listening to a LOT of music in preparation. Actually, we listen to a lot of music every week, so there really wasn't too much of a difference from the last few weeks to pretty much every week at Cushe HQ. Moving on.

We picked three videos from bands in the Pitchfork lineup that we are really looking forward to seeing: Japandroids, Hot Chip, and Beach House. Japandroids recently released their second full length album called Celebration Rock, and it is, in a word, awesome. Hot Chip is a go-to fun as hell band, and Beach House has the kind of laid back vibe you might expect to hear when you slip on your favorite pair of Cushes. Give 'em a listen and enjoy. Those reports can wait... we promise not to tell on you.

PROTIP: Do not rage at your desk in preparation for a music festival. It's a dead giveaway to the boss that you could probably be more productive.


Cushe at Pitchfork Music Festival!

We are getting crazy-excited to hit Chicago in a few weeks (July 13-15) for the Pitchfork Music Festival! The three day event is not just a showcase of independent music’s finest bands and artists; it’s a collection of traditional artists, a record store, and a book store all in one place. An experience, one might say. That’s something the Cushe team can definitely get behind.

How, you may ask? Well, we’ll be there. So if you’re going to be there too, let’s hang out, high five over a few laughs, share some deep-dark secrets, become besties and pinkie-swear over something profound.

Aside from the Cushe tent being a place of good vibes, we’ll also be showing off some sandals with our buds at City Soles, keeping you hydrated with delicious Vita Coco, and hooking you up with some limited edition and completely awesome Cushe swag. We like to make sure you maintain bragging rights in your friend sphere. Fair warning: at least one member of team Cushe is a total Vita Coco fiend… you may have to enter Thunderdome to obtain any coconut water from this person.

The lineup is amazing, of course, with closing sets from Feist, Grimes, and Vampire Weekend – but it gets a lot deeper than that. We’ll be talking about some of the acts we’re excited to see over the next few weeks, and you can check out the full lineup right here.


Capital City Film Festival, Round 2

We’ve been a part of some pretty amazing events over the last few years. Pro surf invitationals all over the world, Sasquatch Music Festival, Treasure Island Music Festival, SXSW… we get around, and yes; we’re crafty and we’re always down.

It’s also really nice to support the up-and-coming events, especially when they are practically in our backyard. That’s exactly why we took a short trip down the road to the capital city of America’s High Five - Lansing, Michigan, for the second annual Capital City Film Festival.

The CCFF, which took place April 12-15, is an upstart festival that brings together movies, music, and ideas. This isn’t what you’d traditionally think of when you think film festival though. It’s much more rock n’ roll, and that is definitely reflected in the content they bring in during the four days.

Since we sponsored the music venue, the Cushe crew hit the road to spread the good word on awesome footwear, and to hear some amazing bands.

The kick-off was Michigan’s own Greensky Bluegrass, who really bend the genre of bluegrass when they dive into a jamming cover of the Beatles “Help”. Murder by Death (pictured above) put on an amazing Friday night show, and William Elliot Whitmore took us down the Americana road on Saturday night. Whitmore also had the most epic encore we’ve seen in a long time, which involved exiting the front of the stage, wielding a guitar, and a shot of whiskey (we’ll explain more over a beer sometime). The closing night was no slacker either, featuring a fantastic performance by LIGHTS, who is absolutely blowing up right now.

When it was all said and done, the festival boasted 72 films, a full day of fresh ideas shared by people who are WAY smarter than us featuring reps from Google and the New York Times, and four straight nights of top flight shows to close each day down.

Whew. Not a bad way to spend a weekend. We’re looking forward to seeing where the CCFF goes in the next few years.

<3 Cushe