Kizik Shoes Review: Slip Ons for Lazy People - Gimmick or greatest shoe invention ever? 1

Kizik Shoes Review: Slip Ons for Lazy People – Gimmick or greatest shoe invention ever?

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KIZIK Shoe review: are these shoes worth the hype? Read our full KIZIK Review to see if the shoes are worth the hype.

Much more than a gimmick
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For those of us who are lazy and don’t like to tie our shoes, Kizik is a godsend. Slip ons have been around for a while now, but some people still prefer lace-ups. The problem with these is that they’re more time-consuming to put on than slip-ons which makes them impractical for the “I’m always running late” crowd.

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Not just for lazy people – the best hand free shoes

Kizik hypes their shoes as “shoes for lazy people,” but that’s not giving these shoes enough credit. Kizik Shoes are not just for lazy people, they are also for people that need a little help putting on shoes – people with any medical conditions, have troubles reaching down (these would have been perfect when my wife was pregnant) – not just lazy people.

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That’s just how the shoes are marketed.

These are the best hands-free shoes we’ve tested, it doesn’t matter if you just don’t want to use your hands, or if you can’t use your hands, these shoes simply rock.

It’s no wonder then that we were all excited when Kizik Shoes came out because it meant you could get the convenience of slip-on shoes without sacrificing style or function.

Kizik Review: What the big idea with slip on shoes?

I first came across Kizik in watching one of those crazy Youtube ads that start at the beginning of all your favorite YouTube videos. The commercial was long: like 3 minutes long. But it was entertaining and got my curious: are the Kizik shoes any good?

To be 100% honest with you: many companies provide us with products to review. We don’t say yes to everything (we probably only say yes to about 10% of the stuff we get pitched) but in this case: we bought the shoes on our own (no “kizik provided shoes for review” here) because we were genuinely curious.

If a company could make an advertisement about a simple feature, slip on shoes that actually work (and also have laces, so you can tie the laces, too): we were curious. Are Kizik Shoes any good? Or are they just a giant gimmick?

The Big Idea: A revolutionary heel

KIZIK Shoes Review
Meet the magic in the heel, this is what allows these kicks to be the best hands free shoes on the market today.

The Kiziks, which started life as a Kickstarter success story, work like this: You know how lazy people crush the heels of their shoes when they shove their feet in?

Looking at my wife’s Nike shoes should be enough to make you never want to slip them on again. My wife has literally crushed her heel and she doesn’t give two shakes about it!

KIZIK claims these are the perfect outdoor shoes for going indoors and outdoors often.

How does the Kizik Shoe work?

As your foot pushes past, the heel folds down to accommodate you — and then snaps back upright behind your foot thanks to a titanium spring inside.

In other words, Kiziks shoes allow for quick on-and-off like loafers but are snug once they’re in place. Your shoes fit perfect: just like they were regular lace-up shoes. Yup. All the luxury, all the hands-free functionality you want.

Meet Foot Activated Shoe Technology: FAST

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Here’s what FAST looks like inside the shoe. SOURCE

KIZIK shoes feature what the company calls F.A.S.T.—Foot Activated Shoe Technology—design.

Doing a little internet digging, it appears that F.A.S.T is actually owned by HandsFree Labs. HandsFree Labs actually owns KIZIK and has received investments from Nike.

So, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this sort of technology in Nike Shoes and more very shortly.

But don’t worry, your KIZIK shoe isn’t made from some cheap rubber band in the back. KIZIK shoes actually get handsfree functionality thanks to aerospace-grade titanium. Pretty incredible, right?!

Simply put: Life’s too short to spend them tying and untying shoes. 

Why do KIZIK shoes have laces then?

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That’s actually pretty easy: to make them look like normal tie shoes. While you don’t need to tie the shoe to wear them, they make them look more like normal sneakers.

KIZIK Shoes Review: What did we think?

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OK, but are the shoes any good?

To be honest: we were super shocked the first time we put the KIZIK Shoes on. Not only were we free from tying laces, but the shoes were incredibly comfortable!

These sneakers were super lightweight and felt amazing. There’s no way it felt like there was titanium inside the shoe.

I attempted to slide my first foot in and WOOP! It went right in and fit perfectly. I thought, “this might be a fluke, I need to try again.” Nope, I attempted to slide my other foot in and WOOP, once again, it fits like a glove.

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What about taking them off? Just simply slide your foot out and hold the back of your shoe with your other foot. It’s that simple. Just slide your foot in and slide your foot out. It was pretty stinking remarkable, actually!

Wearing the shoes, you would have no idea that they were anything special. The shoes were just incredibly comfortable. They are only slightly heavier than Allbirds or Suavs Shoes (read our Suavs Review and Allbirds Review), which is REALLY amazing.

The Madrid Eco-Knit shoe that we tried was also super-breathable. We love that it helps with stinky feet!

The rubber soles were super lightweight and felt like they would last a long time.

KIZIK Shoes Review: What did we not like?

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There were a couple of things we did not like about the KIZIK Shoes we tried.

KIZIK Shoes: Not machine washable

We’ve been spoiled with our Allbirds, Rothy’s, and Suavs (read our SUAVS Shoes Review). We love to machine-wash our sneakers. It’s so nice to not worry about having to spot clean them. We can simply toss them in the washer and hang dry. That’s awesome.

Sadly, KIZIK shoes are not Machine Washable. It would be AMAZING if Allbirds adopted FAST!

KIZIK Shoes: Probably need to wear socks

I believe that Kizik shoes were designed to be worn wearing socks. They were not designed to be worn WITHOUT SOCKS and if you boil it down, that’s probably the only issue that is keeping me from buying a ton of pairs of KIZIK!

Why do I say they are supposed to be worn without socks? I couldn’t find any official documentation that says that, but every promotion video/photo that KIZIK has features someone with socks.

I also believe that it’s because they are NOT machine washable and that would make them extra stinky, especially during the summer months (check out our full Best Summer Shoes for Men).

KIZIK Shoe Styles

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The shoe styles are not amazing, but also not the best.

I’ll give it to KIZIK, their shoes could have been much uglier. But they aren’t that bad-looking. In fact, I would say they are above average. I’d give them a B.

KIZIK offers a wide variety of styles and you can find one that you might like.

Other folks online claimed these shoes lacked excellent arch support – and many said they were unable to wear them as a result. We didn’t have that problem, but we also did no go for long walks with these shoes on.

What about kizik shoes for women? They also offer many unique styles for women, too.

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One of the many women’s styles available, too.

KIZIK Sizing: What to do?

I like to wear all of my shoes loose. If I was wearing a properly fitting shoe, I would probably wear a 9.5, although most of my shoes are a 10 because I like them loose.

Size up a half size larger

While KIZIK’s website says that shoes run true to size, most reviews on their site mention that they run a little small. I’d advise you to size up a half size larger to get the best fit.

That will make sure you have the perfect pair, even if you have wide feet.

KIZIK Shoes Review: Say goodbye to lace up shoes?

The final verdict for KIZIK Shoes in this case, and you might find it a little bit odd, actually.

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Remember what I said about KIZIK shoes above? What didn’t we like?

Not machine washable. Not designed to be worn without socks. Just OK styles.

If you are the type of person that wants to go sockless every day, that’s just about 3 strikes.

I actually would put the deciding factor on if you should buy KIZIK Shoes on one small factor, seemingly stupid factor: do you wear socks. If you don’t like to wear socks with your shoes, then I’d probably pass on KIZIK. If you do wear socks (or at least open to wearing some socks – check out BOMBAS and our Bombas Review), then Kiziks could be the right sneaker brand for you.

This is even more true if you want to say goodbye to shoelaces forever (well, not shoelaces, but tying shoelaces).

If you hate socks, with a passion, as we do, then you might want to pass and take a look at another shoe brand like Allbirds or Rothy’s.

Much more than a gimmick
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4.7
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We thought KIZIK would be a one-trick pony and we were pleasantly surprised they turned out to be a lot more in the giant footwear game. I just hope this great technology goes to other footwear brands and it looks like it just might be coming to your next pair of sneakers or sandals.

That’s pretty sweet.

Are Kizik Shoes sold in stores? Where to buy kizik shoes?

If you are looking to find kizik shoes near me, you will have to order them online. Right now, Kizik Shoes are just sold online and on other eCommerce websites like Amazon and Zappos.

We could not find any local stores that sell kizik shoes in our search.

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You might be wondering, where can I buy kizik shoes? Directly from Kizik, Zappos or even Amazon.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the honest review. There are many people with medical issues that precent them from bending over to tie shoelaces. Maybe you should stop calling them lazy people and stigmatizing legit disabilities.

        1. Yes ..for people who have had hip replacements. We aren’t lazy. New joint is NOT old hip. Limitations w movement.
          Bending over putting on socks or shoes is tough.
          Just saw Kizik on fb ad Checked your reviews. Looks as though my sneaker days are back. And just in time. I am looking at another hip replacement with 5 months physical therapy lot of pain but better in a year’s time.
          Thanks for , what seems to be ,an honest review.

      1. I have terrible lymphadema and my feet swell horribly. Are these recommended for this issue?

  2. I’m guessing you really could get away with machine washing them on a very delicate cycle in cold water. If I get up the nerve to try it, I’ll let you know how it goes.

    1. I was intrigued and interested in purchasing these shoes. So, thanks for the honest review including the lack of excellent arch support. My very flat feet makes the shoes a very big NO for me. I would hope for improvements with the shoe design in the future.

    2. I washed mine but didn’t dry them in a machine. They were fine. No issues.

  3. Im not lazy, and I have no disabilities. But I often need to run to the garage and my hands are full carrying something. These shoes are great because I can put them on without setting down whatever I’m carrying.

  4. Pros:
    -Strong, springy heel

    Cons:
    -Runs WAAAAAY too small and narrow.
    -Limited sizes.
    -Super tight and restrictive on the instep.
    -Long delivery time.
    -Limited stock availability

  5. I have washed mine in the washing machine four times without any effects on the shoes. LOVE them !

  6. I bought my first pair of Kizik shoes when I had hip problems and then a hip replacement. You don’t have to be old or disabled or lazy to have trouble putting on shoes that lace. There are a lot of people like me out here!

    1. THANK YOU, Chuck! As with many items of women’s clothing, things ARE machine washable, even when the tag says they aren’t!

    2. I’m one of the hip replacement people. Kizik shoes were great as tying my replacement hip side was not possible. Thanks. I also didn’t half-size up and my shoes stretched to fit my true size great. I like the support of a well-fitting shoe.

  7. Who doesn’t wear socks with their tennis shoes? You could always wear those ankle no-show socks, ya know?

    1. Me. I hate socks. I have small feet, and there is no sock that fits me. Tired of having the sock heel halfway up my calf. I just wash my sneakers.

    2. So if I’m running out to walk the dogs to the corner I don’t necessarily want to run down to find socks when I was previously wearing flip-flops. Obviously for a whole workout you want to wear socks but these wouldn’t be the shoes for that anyway

  8. About to buy my first pair of Kiziks for my 91 year old mom. We fight trying to get her shoes on. If these work as advertised I’d say they should also be marketed as a “medical device”. Anyone that has cared for an elderly person knows the struggles are real getting them up and ready for the day.

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      I think they are using the old marketing strategy of marketing to a younger audience in the hope of getting younger people + medical device customers. If you marketed it only as a medical device, you wouldn’t get any of the young people and less of the people that could actually use it as a medical device.

    2. Yes! My husband has Parkinson’s Disease, these shoes make him more independent and no more shoe horn to put his shoes on!

  9. I have a pair and I’m obsessed! Im young and healthy but I’m still happy to put on shoes so easily. They run true to size for me. They restock pretty quickly. My daughter has a very wide foot and the wide size worked for her. Now I just need to get my husband a pair! I am going to try washing them since mine are cream and I just stepped in mud….

  10. My foot is narrow; How does this shoe fit a narrow foot; it needs to be very secure

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  12. I personally love these shoes (I have 3 pair) oh an I’m not lazy! I love convenience of slipping on an they are extremely comfortable! I also would like to point out that you do not have to wear socks with these, matter of fact I’ve never worn socks with these! I simply take a no show sock an remove the insert an put the sock on it an place back in. Works beautifully, an the only negative comment I have an agree with you on an that is not being able to machine wash them. I sprayed with fabric protector an so far they are still white!

  13. I love my Kiziks! They are super comfortable and roomy in the toes, which is very important to me! You can loosen the laces or tighten them if you need to do that, so unless someone orders the wrong length, sizing shouldn’t be an issue. I take a size 8.5 shoe and the Kiziks fit me perfectly! The sock thing is no big deal… you should always wear socks or your shoes become your socks! I’ve washed mine like any other sneaker and they wash great!

  14. No socks, no problem, what’s your review issue? Shouldn’t keep you from buying them. I bought the light grey Kizik Athens to replace my worn out everyday Merrell Tetrex shoes which are discontinued. Living in Hawaii, its always summery hot and humid and socks just make wearing sneakers even more hot and humid and the Athens breathe very well without me having to switch to flip-flops on really scorching days. I always put Odor Eaters Ultra Durable insoles in my sneakers which takes care of any sticky sweaty feelings and smell. Washing the Kizik in the washing machine works using a short wash cycle and no dryer for me with no breakdown of the shoe. I wear size 13 and have flat feet, no arch support actually is more comfortable for me personally. In Hawaii the custom is to remove your shoes at the door, only downsize now make is sure another bigfoot 13 size Kamaaina doesn’t leave with them since they are pretty cool looking!

  15. Found your review in a search for whether I could wash Kiziks. I was glad to see that some commenters had been able to successfully wash theirs. I bought my husband a pair for Christmas. He loved them! He has double hip replacements and can’t bend past 90° to tie shoes. He wears them for work and doing home reno – lots of dust there! I’ll do some more research on washi g them, bec his are filthy!
    BTW… bought myself a pair of Prague canvas sneaks. I’m a 10.5 wide and their 10.5 wide fit like a glove both with my Bombas no show socks and without.

  16. Since gaining weight around the stomach area, it has been challenging to bend forward enough to put any shoes on other than slip-ons. I look forward to receiving my first pair of Kizik shoes so that I can feel like a normal person wearing shoes again. Does anyone know if wearing cotton socks will hinder the ability of my foot to slip in without any pull on the socks? I hate having my socks crushing my toes.

  17. I looked at Kizik’s for 4 months, not needing tennis shoes or wanting to spend the money. When I broke down and made the purchase, deciding I needed all white shoes for summertime. The shoes exceeded my expectations.
    1. They arrived quickly.
    2. After adjusting the ties, they worked as advertised
    3. I get compliments on the look and then show people the hands free feature

    Also, an important factor, is that I’m mobile but have muscular dystrophy. Getting up and down to tie my shoes can be difficult. I can slip my shoes on standing up with my cane.

  18. I can’t wait to try these. As an occupational therapist, I have so many patients who struggle with getting their shoes on due to hip fractures, obesity, heart failure. These shoes would help so much. Can’t wait to pass it on to my therapy friends.

  19. What about people who HATE even the look of laces! It is very difficult for me to reach down to tie my shoes but I also have grown to hate even the looks of laces. In addition, people like me have feet that swell and recede according to exercise, weather, etc. which means even Kiziks with laces repeatedly have to be adjusted! The original Kizik shoes used a better method of adjusting the “instep” – the height of the arch. It consisted of a pair of little hidden velcro strips which ran vertically along the sides of the tongue where it would attach to the underside of where shoelace holes usually go. But they don’t make those anymore and don’t seem interested. I hope another co. comes out with such a no-lace truly hands-free shoe!

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