Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Sanuk Donna Aerokush Review: Sidewalk Surfers!

Article by Dominique Winebaum

Sanuk Donna Aerokush ($75)

Sanuk® is part of Deckers Brands along with UGG®, Teva®, HOKA ONE ONE® and Koolaburra by UGG®.  I am enjoying my first pair of Sanuk although I am familiar with the innovative footwear designs from Deckers Lab, such as their edgy lifestyle shoes with an orientation towards recovery and max cushion.  

Since May, I have been wearing a pair of Deckers Lab KO-Z sandals, the GLDTR, slipping into them the minute I wake up and whenever I am home. (RTR Review) After five months of wearing them days in and days out, they still look fresh and have become my recovery footwear of choice, and I do have options!  

I am excited about this new arrival, a pair of Sanuk Donna AeroKush, with a colorful stripe pattern --  outdoor slip on shoes for a casual and summery look without having to forgo comfort and support. Sanuk's motto is “Sidewalk Surfers, Sandals, Shoes, and More”.

The midsole has been designed with a new Air Pad Suspension technology to create an optimum level of comfort and a walking experience akin to a “floating-on-air stride.”   The Air Pad Suspension technology is integrated into the AeroKush midsoles; air flows out of the sidewall channels with each step then flows back into the midsole after the pressure is released.  

Crafted with a sustainable minded approach, the high rebound soft top layer foam is made with 20% Bloom® Foam, which is made of repurposed algae.  The outsole is made with 46% regrinded EVA foam waste, 40% natural rubber, 7% recycled rubber & 7% synthetic filler.  The upper is made of natural materials with 50% Hemp & 50% Cotton with the lining 100% Cotton.  

Extremely lightweight and easy to slip into, the Sanuk Donna Aerokush is a great option for summery casual wear when looking for extra comfort and support.  In terms of sizing, I would size down half a size from my regular size 9 as I have extra room between the canvas and the back of my heel.  As someone who gravitates towards recovery shoes, as opposed to flats, I appreciate a canvas shoe with extra comfort and rebound that is fun to wear with jeans, skorts, or casual summer dresses.  I can anticipate plenty of wear into the fall until I retire them until next spring!  

Available now in neutral and Vetiver on the Sanuk® website ($75). 


Dominique has run for over 40 years, consistently about 25 miles per week at paces between 10 and 11 minute miles. She races rarely, but always surprises more hard core runners in her age group when she does. She has a 1985 marathon PR of 3:16 in her second marathon which at the time put her on the top 10 Swiss women’s lists. She is the mother of two grown children, both runners post college, and enjoys nordic and alpine skiing, hiking and trekking, and gardening. 

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