The Kushiest Shoes for a 4/20 Bakeout
Weddings? Funerals? Forget it. There are only two things in life guaranteed to make your eyes water: a new pair of shoes and… well, you can probably guess the other. With 4/20 once again upon us, the annual celebration of all things sweet Mary Jane, we thought we’d provide a list of all the comfiest and dopest shoes to kick the day off in style.
P.A.M. x PUMA Puffy Sandal
For those in the Southern Hempisphere jonesing for a hazy night in, these puppies are pretty much perfect. Fleecy, toe-warming comfort dipped in lysergic, flora-inspired camo – all capped off with non-slip, rubberised outsoles to help you stay upright. Plus, they’re made using 20 per cent recycled materials and support biodiversity monitoring and community habitat management in the Amazon rainforest. Safe.
Marni Sabot Mule ‘Light Lime’
‘It’s because I’m green, isn’t it?’
...green, backless and furry!
Adidas Campus 80 ‘Towelie’
Okay, this is perhaps not the comfiest sneaker of the bunch, but sometimes you just have to roll with the theme! Based on everybody’s favourite stoner among the foul-mouthed folk at South Park, the adidas Campus 80 ‘Towelie’ caused some smoke back in 2021. Manufactured with UV-sensitive materials that turn Towelie’s eyes bloodshot and droopy, these Campus 80s were also packed with plenty more easter eggs – including a trusty stash pocket. Don’t forget to pack your towel(ie) this 4/20!
Nike SB Dunk High ‘Skunk Dunk’
There’s no better way to celebrate 4/20 than with the legendary ‘Skunk Dunk’. Designed by irreverent artist and stalwart of the skate community Todd Bratrud, the fuzzy suede model pays homage to the ubiquitous strain of the same name. Packed with all the extra padding characteristics inherent in Nike SB’s Dunk releases, these will send you off to dreamland quicker than a lullaby from Grandma. Can’t get your hands on the chimerical OG? Flip it and reverse it.
C1RCA Chad Muska CM901
The Muska CM901 can fit more in its stash pockets than Succession’s ‘ludicrously capacious’ bag. A cult classic model from the late 90s, the CM901 was the first skate shoe to hit the market for over $100. Yes, this big-bodied skate icon is still fatter than an Action Bronson blunt.
Nike SB Dunk High ‘Hawaii’
Ticket prices to Hawaii got your palms sweating? Don’t get the fear – the Nike SB Dunk High ‘Hawaii’ will put you in paradise from the comfort of your sofa. Taking inspiration from the popular pot strain Maui Wowie, the island floral print was designed to tear away, revealing textured, shaggy green suede. The best part? You don’t have to sweat through customs when you’re kicking these up on your coffee table. Hoʻomaikaʻi.
Sneaker Freaker x Saucony GRID SD ‘Kushwhacker’
Some may call this shameless self-promotion… and they would be entirely correct. Still, we think the Sneaker Freaker x Saucony GRID SD ‘Kushwhacker’ is more lit than Xmas lights. ‘Hand-rolled from a highly potent grade of purple haze’, the 2015 colab was replete with 3M reflective nugs and Acapulco beige formstripes. Bonus points if you pair them with the SF ‘KUSH’ argyle socks.
adidas Samba ‘420’
The adidas Samba may be ablaze right now, but in 2019, it truly had a reason to light one up. The ‘420’ edition (sometimes called the ‘Purple Haze’) swaps the regular leather configuration on the upper for acres of very tactile purple velvet, paired with a particularly fuzzy suede toe cap. High-functioning sneakerheads can get away with wearing these Sambas because, with stash pouches tucked away beneath the tongues for safe and secure storage, these shoes hide all obvious signs of the ganja game. The only giveaways are the ‘Good Vibes’ stitched into the heels (though there was a production run that didn’t have this branding) and a sneaky ‘420’ printed across the outsoles.
Reebok Beatnik (‘Recreational Activities’ Pack)
Mulement on, mulement off? Who cares! When you need something fit for both lounging and trekking, Reebok’s Beatnik has stood the test of time. There are a ton of these backless beauties that fit the 4/20 bill – like this one and this one – but it just so happens that Reebok recently dropped a pack specifically with the Holiblaze in mind. Alongside the Beatnik, the ‘Recreational Activities’ collection also features kushy iterations of the Nano X3 Training, Classic Leather, and Pump TZ.
Literally Any Croc
At the end of the day, those of us with 4/20 circled on the calendar will probably just end up sliding into a pair of whatever gives the least hassle later on – and the less odour-absorbent, the better. The BEAMS Fishing Vest Croc is ideal for utilitarian reasons, but if those aren’t your rotation, just stick one of those green leafy Jibbitz on a classic pair and call it a comfy, kushy night.
For more 4/20 malarkey, check out our list of the dopest weed-themed sneakers ever.