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A little over 6 months ago, I wondered if Allbirds might be the perfect travel shoe. I tend to replace my shoes about every 6 months. But I’m happy to report the Allbirds still look and feel great. Though there is the usual wear and tear.
I’ve worn them nearly every day and along all my travels. I tend to wear out my shoes. But whereas my old New Balances would’ve been literally falling apart at the 6-month mark, the Allbirds still have plenty of life left in them.
I want another pair!
Allbirds 6-Month Review
- Link: Allbirds
Six months ago, spending $95 on a pair of shoes seemed like a gamble. But now, I still have great, comfy shoes will plenty more time left on the clock. I’m impressed and satisfied with Allbirds and how they’ve held up.
There is some natural wear and tear which is totally to be expected. I estimate I have a few more months of intense wear left for these shoes. If they make it through to July, that’d make a whole year with the same shoes – pretty remarkable.
Plus, they’ve been warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The wool is breathable and holds up to most weather quite well.
The smooth white sole of the shoe is no longer totally smooth or white – but a little crinkled and grayish. Though the top wool part still looks new and fresh.
Note: These photos were taken after throwing the shoes in the washing machine.
This is what I mean by crinkles. The heels have the most wear from the pressure of standing and walking.
The bottoms have worn pretty thin. The original traction, what little there was, has completely faded away where my tread is heaviest: on the ball of the foot. It’s by no means worn all the way through yet. And there’s still a thick cushion inside the shoe. But I’ll likely toss these shoes when this part has worn down to a nub.
Based on the last few months, I’d say I have another 3 or 4 months before that happens. But who knows. They might hang on for longer.
Another concern from several readers was the toe area might stretch or rip. I have very slight bunching in that area. But nothing too bad that I’d need a repair or reinforcement for it.
All-in-all, these shoes look a ton better after 6 months than my old New Balances did. I chose a neutral gray color, which match nearly all my outfits. But I’d like a second pair – something else to rotate into the mix.
$95 for a pair of neutral, logo-free, nice-looking shoes that easily last 6 months is a solid purchase.
If I had to change one thing, I’d prolly make the sole a little thinner… though that would reduce some of the “walking on a cloud” feeling. Which is where the crinkles come from. Hmmm. On second thought, I wouldn’t change anything.
Most of the wear is on the bottom anyway. The tops look as new as the day I got them. At this point… yeah, I’m a life-long customer as long as the quality remains.
Take them with you
I recommend a pair of these bad boys for walking around town, running errands, hanging out… and especially for traveling.
All the pros:
- So easy to slip on and off
- Super light, and the tops flatten to fit into your suitcase
- Just the right amount of snug, but have a little stretch if your feet expand from flying
- Can handle miles of walking per day
- Are right for most weather situations (from Texas summer to Colorado winter, and everything in between)
- Look great with nearly any outfit
- Dress up or down easily
Many times, they’re the only shoes I take on a trip, unless I need flip flops for the beach or boots for snow. After spending some time with Allbirds, I can safely say: they’re the perfect travel shoe. And so so comfy!
- Link: Allbirds
$95 for a shoe that looks and feels this good – and holds up this well – is a great choice. And I’ll still get a few more months of heavy wear from them. My only dilemma is which color to get next. For scooting around town, traveling, and hanging out, these shoes have done right by me.
If you have a pair, how does your experience compare? Do you love them as much as I do?
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