Oakley Westcliff Review
Did you know that the Oakley Company first started selling innovative motorcycle grips? Founded in 1975, by the highly ambitious James Jannard, the Oakley Company was a product of a big dream. Oh, and a lot of hard work, and small 300 dollars investment. Oakley went on to make different sets of motorcycle gear, like protective guards, gloves, and goggles, and since the early 80’s even ski equipment.
One of their best-known products is the infamous Oakley sunglasses, but since the mid 90’s they design and sell pretty much everything you can think of. Shoes included. But did you know that the Company donated 35 pairs of their famous sunglasses to the Chilean miners? Yes, the Oakley sunglasses were used in the extraction of the miners in Chile back in 2010. Not bad for a company that started off with 300 dollars’ worth of investment.
Here’s another great fact. The Oakley Company got its name after Annie Oakley. One of the best sharpshooters in the history. And coincidently Oakley was the name of James Jannard’s dog. But since the Oakley Company makes shoes, let’s take a closer look at some of their finest specimens.
The Oakley Westcliff is the subject of this review. Hope you’ll like it.
Synthetic and suede used in the upper
Comfortzorb type of cushioning in the midsole
Ortholite performance in the insole
Runs half size smaller
Yes, the casual style means a different design is applied in this particular area, but that doesn’t mean that traction isn’t needed. The traction is very much needed in the lifestyle sneakers, and what better way to get it, than with the use of rubber? Now an added bonus in the outsole’s design is the prominent indentations or ridges as they’re commonly known on the outsole’s surface, and they help tremendously with getting that premium traction property in every situation, and especially in every terrain. It doesn’t matter if the terrain is slippery like a wet marble or rough like the busy city streets, the traction is always one of the top 3 priorities. Luckily, the Westcliff has it covered down to a T.
First and foremost, the midsole is the well respected EVA midsole. Which means the arch area is heavily contoured and nicely developed to provide the best possible support, not just to the arches, but to the entire foot as well. The contouring is anatomically correct, and it gives gentle but very resilient support to the entire foot. Secondly that EVCA midsole is reinforced with a special cushioning layer called Comfortzorb. And lastly, the insole that sits on top of the midsole has a prominent Ortholite performance built in. What does it mean? It means that the insole is eco-friendly, it has a cushion that’s designed for long time support, it means that the insole is the open-cell type of a structure that’s featured in the design of the insole provides most of the moisture management properties to the entire midsole. The Ortholite performance of the insole featured here allows for it to have a lightweight feel to the foot, and because it’s removable it’s washable at the same time.
That’s right you can put in the washing machine and re-use it once it’s clean. But these types of insoles are featured in basically every style of shoes, not just in the everyday ones. For instance, because of the dual density that they have, they’re also used as a special footwear accessory with people that have diabetes. Most of the diabetics suffer from highly sensitive skin that’s prone to ulcers and sores development so the dual density really manages the fit, the comfort and the support of the leg when it’s on the insole. The moisture is also regulated thanks to the insole, and there’s no need of worrying about any of that thanks to the Ortholite performance.
And there’s no way of forgetting lacing system. Well, just like pretty much the rest of the Westcliff, it’s also as classic and simple as it gets. Made with the simple 5 eyelets on each side of the upper, the laces are just your basic regular laces. They fit nicely in the casual and very cool style, and most of all grip and secure the foot nicely with very little effort. And the laces are strong and secure enough to be adjusted to your preference.
No, the grip, the fit, and the actual comfort depend on the laces as much as anything else. But when it comes to the bigger stuff, the EVA midsole first comes to mind. Especially when that midsole comes with a layer of Comfortzorb style of cushioning. Secondly, the insole is a fairly big factor in comfort as well. Equipped with the regarded Ortholite technology the insole is the crown jewel of the midsole area. It's eco-friendly, allows high levels of breathability, it’s responsible for regulating the moisture management, and best of all it's removable and washable. So you can use it over and over again.