Eco-aware shoe brand Allbirds is now in its sixth year of business, and the initial buzz that surrounded the brand following its launch and expansion (successful Kickstarter campaign, gleaming stores in major US cities, endorsement from Barack Obama, undisclosed investment from Leo) shows no signs of dying down. But a quick scan of the brand’s website leads a shopper to believe that the hype is well-founded — not only do the shoes feel like “walking on clouds,” according to one reviewer, they’re also made from a host of eco-friendly materials rarely found in footwear, like moisture-wicking merino wool, Tencel, and sugarcane. Allbirds is also a certified B corp, which means they’ve received a third-party designation acknowledging a high level of commitment to social good. (Did we mention that the shoes are machine-washable?)
After reading many customer accounts of their near-otherworldly comfort and breathability of the brand’s wares, we’re ready to hop on the bandwagon. We’ve also personally road-tested a number of styles over the years, like the workout-friendly Dasher, the street-friendly Piper, and the business-casual Breezer — even Allbirds’ minimal, eco-luxe apparel collection — and the general consensus is A+++/would do business with again. But since almost every style on their website has near-flawless ratings and effusive customer praise, the purchasing decision is turning out to be a tough one. Do we want a lightweight slipper for wearing around the house for running errands, or the brand’s classic breathable wool running shoe for low-impact exercise? To answer this question, we decided to go deep. We boned up on all of the product information and combed all the reviews to determine the pros and cons of every Allbirds style, so that we can all make an informed decision about which of the tech-y kicks to add to our summer rotations.
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