Diesel H-padola Review

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In case you’re wondering why these sneakers include the word “sock” in their name, it’s because they literally look like socks with soles. Diesel paired high-performance technology and premium materials with a contemporary athleisure design. The knit fabric upper will feel just like a sock with the flexibility, breathability, and comfort that it offers. The cuffs are rib knit for extra comfort. Leather is used for the lining, which will help keep your feet dry and cool. The sole is a thick, grooved rubber/EVA sole (also known as a Phylon sole). These sock-sneakers are considered high-tops because they extend above the ankle. The company logo is printed in contrasting colors on the top of the foot. You can get a pair of these in star white or black, and sizes seven through eleven, whole and half sizes. Sizes eleven and twelve are available in whole sizes only. There is not an option for narrow or wide. These shoes were created for athletic people. However, there is a new fashion trend where people are bringing gym clothes out into public. These shoes give you the perfect opportunity to join the crowd.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Sock-like design for comfort

Sturdy Phylon sole

Trendy "athleisure" style

Versatile

Flexible, secure fit

Contours to foot

Cons

Expensive

No laces/straps for adjustments

Brand

Brand

Renzo Rosso created the Diesel brand in 1978. He chose the name because it was easy to understand and was pronounced the same way around the world. Diesel is an international lifestyle company that produces a wide ranged collection of clothing and accessories. Renzo Rosso’s vision was that the brand would stand for passion, individuality, and self-expression. The company loves change and produces at least three thousand new products every season. Since its creation, Diesel has experienced spectacular growth.

The brand has gained a positive reputation in denim and casual fashion, known for going outside out of the box and ahead of trends. All of the Diesel collections include Diesel, Diesel Black Gold, and Diesel Kid. Diesel offers much more than apparel. They also developed watches and jewelry, bikes, strollers, and a complete home collection.
Upper

Upper

The upper material of the H-padola sock-sneaker is a fabric knit. Knit uppers are very flexible (yet strong) and are able to stretch to fit your foot, giving you a sock-like feel with no break in period whatsoever. It is lightweight, allowing for better performance, easy packing, sleek aesthetic, and comfort. Knit uppers provide fantastic air ventilation, helping to keep your feet dry, cool, and comfortable during your workout or stroll, or maybe just while you hang out on your couch. When you get your knit shoes dirty, cleaning is as simple as throwing them in the washing machine.

If you’re a seamstress, or you know one, then having knit uppers have another great advantage. You can zonally knit the fabric to increase the structure in needed areas and reduce it in areas where it is not needed. You can also get creative and add some graphics of your own in the knitting to enhance the aesthetics and be more personalized. One of the best benefits of knit fabric is waste reduction. Typically, manufacturers cut smaller shapes out of a larger one, leaving scrap material. On the other hand, when a piece is finished being knit, that’s all there is to it. It’s like marking a scarf, you just cut the thread and you’re done. There is extremely minimal scrap material.
Outsole

Outsole

The sole of the shoe (also known as the outsole) is the bottom part of the shoe. It comes in direct contact with the ground and is an important component to consider when shopping for shoes. Soles are made from a variety of materials. Some of those include natural rubber, leather, polyurethane, and PVC compounds. The material chosen by each manufacturer depends on the style and purpose of the shoe itself. The outsole on the Men’s H-padola Sock-Sneaker from Diesel is made from phylon. Phylon is another name for a rubber or EVA sole. Phylon is created by injecting compressed ethylene vinyl acetate into a mold. This allows for a light, flexible, resilient cushioning and also provides a hardwearing rubber sole. The properties of rubber and the deep grooves in it will work together to give you better traction.

There are a few disadvantages to using a Phylon sole. When exposed to high temperatures the material can wrinkle. In fact, some people can easily identify Phylon by the fine wrinkles that appear after enough use. Phylon is less porous than other rubbers and the durability isn’t as impressive. The shock absorption will become less effective after an extended period of time. Also, rubber is not easily corroded and thus has an adverse effect on environmental protection. One of the worst effects of synthetic rubber is soot. Soot is produced during the vulcanization of synthetic rubber and is a carbon particle that contributes to climate change because it is released into the atmosphere. Rubber soles contribute a large amount of chemical pollution found in the environment.
Style

Style

These sock-sneakers fall into a relatively new fashion category known as athleisure. This trend is one in which workout and athletic clothing are being worn in settings outside of the gym/off the court. People are wearing this style of clothing at work, in school, and at casual and social events. Some articles of clothing included in this style are yoga pants, sweatpants, tights, sneakers, t-shirts and tank tops, leggings, and shorts. These items look like they're made for athletes and are categorized as fashionable, dressy looking sweats and active wear.

Gym clothes have become the style of choice for many people because of the comfort factor. Because of this, we're beginning to see more and more people in "gym clothes" when they're obviously not exercising. Athleisure is creating a huge ripple in the fashion industry. This is made possible because of the higher quality materials. These materials allow sportswear to offer more comfortable, fashionable, and versatile products. Thanks to this new fashion trend, you can enjoy every day in comfortable clothing, wherever you are. Lounge around the house, walk to the mailbox, go for a run, hang out with family and friends, you name it.
Cleaning

Cleaning

It is important to know how to care for the material of your shoes. That is if you want to save money by increasing the lifespan of them and keep them looking nice too. You will need a bowl, water, soap (such as laundry detergent, shoe cleaner, or dishwasher soap), a few soft cloths, and a soft suede brush or toothbrush. You will want to begin by adding a teaspoon of whatever soap you choose in a bowl of water. Fill the bowl halfway so that you have space to soak your cloth. Protect the inside of the shoe with a dry cloth to absorb the extra liquid and give you some counter pressure as you work on the outside.

Soak another cloth in the soap and begin scrubbing the sneaker. You’ll want to use firm pressure but be careful not to catch on the yarn and snag it. Wet another rag with fresh water and clean the shoe again until the sudsy residue is removed completely. For badly soiled shoes, use a brush to get the soap into the upper. You need to be very careful of causing snags with the brush or pushing too hard because it will cause the yarn to pill and fray. When you’re all done you’ll want to pat dry with a cloth and let them air dry. Machine washing would be wonderful and time-saving, but it is risky to do so because if something catches the yarn, the whole thing could become unraveled.
Airflow

Airflow

Knit fabrics are inherently breathable, making them desirable among many different styles and purposes. Dancers, runners, and hikers alike find benefits from a knit shoe. However, the tighter the knit, the less breathable they become. The knit in this sock-sneaker is woven slightly tight, like a sock, and will be less breathable than knit sneakers that are meant for runners. There are smaller and fewer holes in the tighter weave which will protect you a bit more from a surprise rain shower. They are holes though so you will not have guaranteed protection against any kind of moisture.

Some people find it more comfortable to wear sock-sneakers without socks, considering they already feel like socks. However, if you tend to sweat a lot, you may want to consider at least wearing a thin pair of socks and use powder or spray. Yes, the knit fabric will be able to absorb some moisture from your feet, but it can not expel that moisture like leather can, therefore it will sit there and collect bacteria and become smelly unless you wash them regularly.
Fit

Fit

This sock-sneaker is offered in sizes seven through eleven in whole and half sizes. Sizes eleven and twelve are available in whole sizes only. There is not an option for narrow or wide feet at this time. That’s not always an issue in footwear because most shoes have some degree of adjustability. However, this sock-sneaker does not have a single tool for adjusting the fit. There are no laces, no zippers, no buckles, or cinches. They are literally constructed like a sock with a rubber sole attached. They will give you a very flexible, forgiving fit, especially if you have typical feet. They may suffice just fine for wide feet considering the material they are made from, but that also means they may not work at all for narrow feet.
Durability

Durability

A huge factor in the durability of your shoes is keeping up with the care of the shoe. Protecting the soles of your shoes is the best way to ensure that you’ll get your money’s worth for years to come. The durability of the Phylon used for the sole of this sock-sneaker isn’t extremely impressive compared to other materials. However, it is a type of rubber, and rubber is made thicker than leather with the intent of being used for more active wear. Rubber soles are more comfortable and flexible than leather shoes, but the shock absorption will diminish after a long period of wear and tear. One way to protect the sole of your shoes is to buy rubber sole protectors.

Typically, these are put on leather soled shoes, but there is no reason they can’t be used for rubber soles. Without adding the protectors, your soles could grind down completely within four to six months if you spend a lot of time on pavement or cement. Sole protectors will keep you out of the shoe store or repair shop longer. Make sure you apply the protector when your shoes are brand new. You can use regular rubber protectors, screen protectors, or toe taps to extend the life of your soles. Toe taps are typically about twenty dollars and protect the part of the shoe that wears out the fastest.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you’re an athletic person, an active person, a lazy person, or someone who just wants to look casual and athletic, then you would probably love the H-padola Sock-Sneaker from Diesel. This shoe is part of the hot new fashion trend called athleisure. This trend consists of people bringing gym-categorized clothing out onto the streets and into the homes. Active sneakers, leggings, yoga pants, sweats, shorts, tees, and tank tops are all becoming more and more typical to see everywhere. As far as these sock-sneakers, you can wear them virtually wherever you want to. They may not be appropriate for your work meeting, but you can keep them in the car to change into directly after.

You can wear them to lounge around the house or to do chores around the yard. Grab the mail or go for a jog around the block. You'll be kept comfortable all day by the easy, flexible, sock-like feel and the sturdy Phylon sole supporting your feet. You can even enjoy your day in them without any socks if you're not somebody who sweats profusely or has smelly feet. There are a lot of people who swear it is more comfortable to wear knit sneakers without socks. And just because these sneakers say they are for men does not mean that women can not wear them. Of course, you can!