Shoes, amirite? I think they fit everyone differently and some people love these shoes, and some people hate them. I’m going to talk more about the packaging, and the resourced materials than I am about the fit.
I purchased these limited edition Allbirds Treebreezers in the Allbirds shop in Chicago. They’re cute, yes?
In case you didn’t know, Allbirds are made from interesting natural fibers. The uppers of these shoes are made from sustainably harvested eucalyptus pulp:
From their website:
TREE UPPER: Maybe we were going out on a limb when we thought to make shoes out of trees. But thanks to magical eucalyptus tree fiber, our Tree material is breathable and silky-smooth, complete with a cooling effect to keep things breezy. It’s naturally-derived and renewable, too, meaning it’s much friendlier to the environment than traditional shoe stuff.
SWEETFOAM™ OUTSOLE: Born from Brazilian sugarcane, SweetFoam™ is the world’s first carbon-negative green EVA. The sole’s contours provide bouncy comfort that’s light on your feet as well as the planet. It’s as sweet as it sounds.
Additionally, these shoes are machine-washable, meaning, a quick run through the wash could get rid of stains and odors.
When it comes to the packaging, Allbirds utilizes FSC-Certified packaging from recycled materials. All of the materials are 100% recyclable. Here is more about Allbirds commitment to sustainability.
So, in terms of environmental/socially responsible footwear, these are really in my wheelhouse. The arch support was good, the material was very comfortable on my feet, and they are cute for slipping on and running errands. I doubt I’ll be wearing them when I know I’ll be walking miles in a day, but that’s why Allbirds makes running shoes. I’ll probably try those next.