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It’s weird to write about travel shoes in the middle of a pandemic. But I wanted to refresh this article since it’s been up for a while and I have more experience to reflect on.
My first encounter with Allbirds was an article with the kinda clickbait-y title, “The Most Comfortable Shoes in the World.” I rolled my eyes a bit but definitely clicked on it. Because I like to take one pair of shoes with me when I travel: the ones on my feet. So I was curious what had been singled out as “the one.”
Before Allbirds, my go-to was New Balance. They have that appearance of “casual athletic” – and of course the big reflective “N” logo – so I’m comfort-over-style.
For the last three years, I’ve been wearing Allbirds more often than not.
The idea of a comfortable and attractive shoe lured me in. They come in basic colors, they’re $95 a pop, and the founders are committed to design, sustainability, and ethical standards.
What began as a six-month test evolved into a brand preference. And I still get comments about them all the time.
Each pair lasts me ~9 months. I’m on my third or fourth pair by now. Safe to say I’m now a fan.
My Allbirds review, three years later
- Link: Get some Allbirds
Firstly, the tops of their most popular shoe (wool runners) are made of wool. That doesn’t mean they’re hot – it means they’re reactive and durable. If you’ve ever hiked in SmartWool socks, it’s a similar idea. The rest is made from all-natural materials.
I’ve primarily been wearing mine in Texas and can attest to their ability to remain both cool in summer and warm in winter.
The colors are neutral and practical. There’s nothing flashy about them. You can wear them with pretty much any outfit. And the heel is thick with plenty of cushion.
What you see in these pics isn’t their only offering. Allbirds come in a variety of styles, shapes, and colors.
For men and women, you can purchase:
- Running shoes (tree dashers)
- Everyday sneakers (tree runners and wool runners, which are displayed in this post)
- Slip-ons (tree loungers and wool loungers)
- Boat shoes (tree skippers)
- High tops (tree toppers)
- Weather repellent shoes (runner mizzles and runner-up mizzles, which is more of a high top)
- They also sell flats for women (tree breezers)
More about Allbirds shoes
Wool runners are your basic day-to-day shoe, with laces. Loungers are slip-on and def have a more casual vibe. The “tree” shoes are made of eucalyptus instead of wool, so they’re even cooler (as in temperature) and more suited for hot weather or athletic use.
I originally ordered a pair of gray runners for my first Allbirds experiment. Three years later, I still order them – although I’ve been tempted by the other styles a time or two. For shoes to wear to work and around town, they are easy to wear and comfortable.
And when I do travel again, I know I can walk miles a day without my feet hurting – like I’ve been able to do before in these shoes.
You can wear them with or without socks. They’re breathable. Water-resistant. And hold up well past the 6-month mark.
Here are a few other resources I consulted before I purchased a pair:
- Review: AllBirds Wool Runners (Wired)
- There’s a new version of the ‘world’s most comfortable shoes’ that Silicon Valley loves — here’s our verdict (Business Insider)
- Allbirds Wool Runners Mini-Review (Pics) (Reddit)
- Travel Gear Review: Allbirds – the most comfortable shoes in the world (The Global Couple)
They even ship in a box that uses less cardboard.
What I like about them
They’re like walking on a cushiony cloud.
The bottoms are mostly flat, but have little grooves (you can see in pics above. The flatness is good because they don’t track in much dirt from outside. And the wool does great to “repel” the elements.
When I wear them in the rain, I don’t notice water getting down to my socks. I expect it would eventually if you stay out in it for a while but 1.) that sucks and 2.) that’s any shoe. The wool does dry much quicker than what I’m used to, though.
At this point, I’ve made a lot of memories while wearing a pair of Allbirds, so I’ve formed an emotional attachment to the brand – and it’s a good one to be attached to. I like their corporate ethics and the way they’ve expanded mindfully and responsibly.
They’re the one pair I take on my travels: comfy enough to wear on a plane, walk around new places, and look good throughout. I can’t wait to explore out in the world again.
Allbirds review bottom line
- Link: Get a pair of Allbirds
Comfortable shoes were an essential part of my travel experience (and hopefully will be again soon). Until then, I’m staying local.
In the past, when I wore cute shoes I’d get blisters, foot pain, and the feeling of not wanting to walk any more. Which sucks when you’re in a new place (this happened to me in Osaka).
So when I heard about Allbirds In 2017, I spent $95 on a stylish-looking and comfortable pair of wool runners. Since then, they’re my go-to and staple. Easy, no fuss, and they just work.
Have you heard of Allbirds? If you have a pair, what do you like about them?
- Allbirds 6-Month Review: How Are These Travel Shoes Holding Up?
- Allbirds Alternative for Guys: Try These Stylish Travel Shoes for Only $40
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