FitFlop Kano Nubuck Review

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The FlipFlop shoe Company is a brainchild of an entrepreneur and two amazing biochemists. Yes, that’s right. Back in 2007, the successful entrepreneur Marcia Kilgore teamed up with the two very talented biochemists Dr. David Cook, and Dr. Darren James and created the FlipFlop Company.

The first product that came out of the FlipFlop Company were you’ve guessed it… Flip-flops. But since they’ve expanded the product line to sandals, sneakers, boots,  and everything that you can imagine. They’ve got it. Al you have to do is chose.

And they’ve come a long way since the inception of the company back in 2008. The following year, FlipFlop sold more than 12 million pairs of their Walkstar 1 flip-flops, and the rest I history. They’ve been on a constant rise in sales since.

Today, FlipFlop markets and sells the products online, and through the most famous retailers all around the world. But for now, let’s focus on their Kano Nubuck slide.

A real source of pride and joy to the FlipFlop Company, the Kano Nubuck slide is the subject of this review. Hope you’ll like it.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Microwobbleboard midsole

Average to wide fit

Biomechanically engineered

Super comfortable slides

Lab-tested outsole

Cons

Expensive

Outsole

Outsole

Having a rubber outsole is great. But having a treated rubber outsole that’s also lab-tested for endurance and slip-resistance is amazing. And that’s what you can find in the Kano Nubuck slide.

The fact that the outsole of the Kano Nubuck slide was lab-tested means that it was approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association. The bottom part of the sole lacks any indentation, but the sole fact that it’s made out of treated rubber means that it’s approved for slip-resistance. The name of the company can be found on the surface of the outsole. And right next to the logo, in big giant letters offer a heads up for the Microwobbleboard technology used in the midsole.
Midsole

Midsole

The Microwobbleboard comfort technology rules in the midsole. Why? Because it allows the foot to feel different levels of comfort in different parts. The front of the midsole has medium cushioning, the middle of the midsole has soft cushioning and the back of the sole near the heel, has firm cushioning. And why is this important? Well, different parts of the foot have different movement, and the weight of the entire body is distributed differently so the three levels of cushioning are highly needed. The middle part of the midsole is the largest in size and therefore it’s separated from the other two by a different color.

The midsole is not only biomechanically engineered to give the most comfort, but it also has the prestigious APMA Seal of Acceptance for footwear. The seal of acceptance promotes good foot health and wellness to the entire body. Oh, and last but not least, the seamless and built-in arch contour is found at the top of the midsole. It’s directly responsible for holding the strap of the slide and it looks amazing. The midsole is slightly elevated at the heel, giving the feet a little lift and better positioning of the body. But the thing is, although there isn’t any visible seam down the line of the contour, it’s perfectly capable of holding the upper in place. You might think that the upper will tear and damage without any proper seam, but you’d be wrong. It’s stable and durable even without the seam.
Upper

Upper

Leather dominates the upper, and for good reason. Leather pairs well with the treater rubber, and it enhances the comfort throughout the entire shoe. But the thing is it’s not only made out of leather, but the upper is also lined with leather. That’s right the inside of the upper is lined with the same exact material that holds the entire upper in place. But the upper is padded at the same time and it has average to wide fit.

Which means that it will perfectly fit even the individuals that have much wider feet. The upper consists of one wider strap, and although the strap has no visible seams on the sides, it has a visible seam-line on the edges. The seam is done with the stitch of the same color as the color in the upper, and a small size logo of the FitFlop Company is visible on the surface of the upper as well. You’ll notice that the slides also lack any distinct embellishment and detailing. No embroidery, not patterns and not visible hardware is visible on the surface of the upper, leaving the surface clean, simple and minimalistic. It’s for the best since these are considered pool slacks, no embellishment is necessary. They look awesome, nonetheless.
Comfort

Comfort

How can you not have comfort with so many features? The Kano Nubuck Slides are true Godsend shoes for everyone that’s looking for comfort but without jeopardizing the style and practicality. They may look like ordinary pool slides, but the ingenuity that went into the making of the slides will surprise even the biggest skeptics. In the comfort department, practically every single part of the slide is responsible for delivering it.

The treated rubber, the Microwobbleboard technology in the midsole and the padded leather all work together to bring the highest possible comfort, and to every part of the foot. That’s especially true about the Microwobbleboard midsole. The different levels of cushioning are strategically placed on different areas of the midsole so the comfort can be achieved without fail and without question. Don’t worry about comfort. It’s a primary promise that the FlipFlop Company loves to keep with each and every shoe.
Support

Support

Having great support means everything to a shoe. But having a Microwobbleboard technology in the midsole means that the support is on point. Why? Because the technology offers different levels of cushioning (and therefore support) to different areas of the foot. It makes sense. The heel of the foot doesn’t have different positioning and purpose as the toes, so the separation of the midsole must come as a logical conclusion. It’s no wonder that the technology was developed by two biochemists. Having a scientifically developed and orthopedically approved midsole means that the support of the shoe will not only be unquestionable, it also means that it will last for a long time.
Durability

Durability

What do you get when you combine the best possible materials, the best possible technologies and the best possible craftsmanship in one shoe? You’ll get the Kano Nubuck Slides. Made by the relatively young company FlipFlop, the shoes are a labor of love, quality materials, scientific excellence and a lot of time put in the creation. Let’s start from the fact that only the best possible materials were used in the making of the slides.

Treated rubber and high-grade upper rule in the shoe’s structure but in-between there’s something that’s a source of pride for the FlipFlop shoe company. Microwobbleboard technology. Used in the midsole, the Microwobbleboard technology is a new and improved way of preserving the shoes, protecting their durability and ensuring longevity.
Stability

Stability

The Slides are not known to be one of the most stable shoes on the market. And their reputation precedes them to a certain extent. They don’t have any lacing system, no buckles, and no other fastening system. However, the FlipFlop Company have been trying to improve the stability of the slides by adding padding in the leather upper and making the outsole from treater rubber. It’s not the best solution, but surprisingly it works here.
Airflow

Airflow

Thankfully the airflow is not a big concern here. Because this is a slide type of a shoe, the airflow is present almost everywhere. And as for the part of the foot that’s covered with a wide strip of leather, well, it’s also a small concern as well. Leather as a material allows the air to circulate naturally and without interruptions, and it has great moisture wicking properties. The pool slides will get wet for sure, but the fact that there are leather and treated rubber in them, they’ll get dry fairly quickly for sure.
Traction

Traction

As you can see from the bottom of the outsole, the slides lack any indentations or ridging that could improve the traction properties of the shoes. However, the fact that the outsole is made out of treated rubber, (and not regular natural rubber). Means that the traction is higher and the slides are safe to wear in slippery or wet surfaces. The treated rubber is much more rigid and firm so when in contact with a smooth surface, it has the tendency to allow better traction.
Color

Color

It’s truly unfortunate when great shoes have very limited color options. This is one of those times, and this slide deserves more. The slide is available in tan and black color, but these shoes need to have a lot more color options. Yes, the black slide is the most sought after, but lighter tones are much needed here. The color in the upper matches the color of the midsole and outsole, so if you decide on a shoe that has black upper, the other parts of the show will also be black.
Fit

Fit

The FlipFlop Company states that the fit for the Kano Nubuck slide is average to wide, depending on the size. But having a wide fit of the shoes, allows them to be worn by customers that have much wider feet. But if you do order the slides with ½ in the sizing, you’ll have to order the next size down. It’s just a nice handy warning from the FlipFlop shoe company that’s addressed to you.
Price

Price

With a price tag at 100 dollars, the Kano Nubuck slides are definitely not cheap. They’re on the expensive side that’s true, but what you’ll get in return is a great shoe that is made with the best materials and best possible technology. The comfort and the wellness that you’ll experience while wearing them will make the price well worth it. Oh, and you’ll be wearing them for a while after you buy them.
Bottom line

Bottom line

Simple, minimalistic, comfy and supportive to every inch of your feet. The Kano Nubuck slides are the love child of an entrepreneur and two very talented biochemists that wanted to change the way we make shoes. The shoes do come at a relatively high price, but the high-quality materials and top-notch technology that was used in the making of the shoes really justify the high price. They’re versatile, comfortable and durable so not only you’ll be wearing them all summer, you’ll be wearing them for many summers to come.

Probably one of the few flaws that can be mentioned about the slides is the lack of color options and the fact that they’re plain on the surface of the upper. They don’t have any embellishments, not distinct patterns or ornaments. But they do have a line of fantastic features in them. You’ll never regret buying a pair of FlipFlop Kano Nubuck slides.