Summer Music Fest Tips

Sasquatch!, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Lolla, Austin City Limits… these are just some of the festivals still to come this year. The Cushe crew has been around the block a few times when it comes to summertime music festivals – and like the Cosby Kids (google it), we’ve learned a thing or two. If you are lucky enough to score tickets to a fest near you – or even better, a destination fest, here are some laid-back tips to keep your experience extra Cushe.  

Plan your own schedule – but go with the flow. Like any boxing match, the best plans go out the window as soon as you get punched in the face. DO NOT get punched in the face. DO make a loose plan, but be ready to change it up if the mood strikes, or the situation calls for it. Weird stuff happens in between stages, and sometimes, it’s better than the band. 

Keep your phone battery from dying… by keeping your phone in your pocket. Seriously though, no matter how good the resolution is on your phone, real life is WAY more HD. Plus, you’ve probably annoyed your friends leading up to the festival with posts about the festival. Enjoy before documentation. 

Comfy shoes. Duh. This is a given – but bonus if those shoes are also fairly easy to wash and / or look good with a little life on ‘em. It's important that you don't worry about any of your clothing while at a festival - shoes included. At some point, someone will spill something on you. Hopefully just a beer. We roll with the Cushe Slipper since it's easy to wash and easy to wear. 

Check out some artists you don’t know – ‘cause at one point, you didn’t know Vampire Weekend, or The Black Keys, or Prince. Wait… everyone now is just born with knowledge of who Prince is, right? Anyway, those artists in the smaller print on the festival poster are good too, so leave with someone new to tell your friends about. 

<3 Cushe 


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! 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 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, 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.