There’s no denying Allbirds have become extremely popular. The company, which touts its sneakers and slip-ons as “the world’s most comfortable shoes,” has most recently been valued at $1.4 billion dollars after starting business in 2016. It’s made fans of everyone from A-list celebrities to Silicone Valley tech workers.
The label now offers a total of eight styles for men and women: Runners, Runner-ups (both of which are available in water-resistant styles called Mizzles), Loungers, Skippers, Toppers, Breezers and most recently Dashers, the brand’s first foray into running shoes. The original wool Runners now also come in kids sizes.
Every style is designed to mold to the shape of the foot and includes eco-friendly components, like recycled plastic water bottles and the brand’s proprietary sugarcane-based foam. The insoles are made of castor bean oil, while many are also blended with New Zealand superfine merino wool that’s biodegradable. What’s more, the wool is soft, temperature-regulating and moisture-wicking, meaning you can wear the pairs without socks and not have to worry about a swampy, smelly mess as a result.
Alongside the merino wool finish, the styles can be purchased with a breezier eucalyptus tree fiber upper. According to the brand, this tree fiber material uses 95% less water than traditional footwear materials like cotton and cuts the brand’s carbon footprint in half.
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And the brand hasn’t stopped there in its efforts to pave the way for a greener future. Allbirds announced in May that it will be partnering with Adidas to create the lowest possible carbon emissions recorded for a sport performance shoe. (It’s also expanded beyond footwear into a range of sustainably made apparel and accessory styles, including sleeping masks, socks and underwear for men and women).
On top of all that, the brand’s footwear offerings are machine washable and wallet-friendly. Adult styles retail between $95 and $115, a fairly low price given the brand is direct to consumer.
Truly understanding the greatness of Allbirds shoes, however, requires testing a pair for yourself. To help make your shopping a little easier, we’ve compiled some of the most highly rated styles for men and women on the brand’s website. Discover them all below and choose your favorite.
With a 4.9-star average rating and over 80 reviews, the brand’s first-ever silhouette is by far its most popular. The sneaker silhouette features merino wool from the inside out for 24-hour comfort. Underfoot, it boasts the label’s bouncy SweetFoam midsoles made of sugarcane. It comes in four classic colors and 13 limited edition colorways for many buying options.
What reviewers say: “I wear them every day almost. Many shoes hurt my toes, but these have enough give that they don’t. And yet, they don’t look orthopedic. I no longer hate sneakers thanks to them.”
Men’s Wool Runners, $95; Allbirds.com.
Women’s Wool Runners, $95; Allbirds.com.
Also one of the early styles to debut in the brand’s lineup, the Tree Runner is essentially the Wool Runner’s summer-ready twin. It comes with an airy eucalyptus tree upper to help keep feet cool and features the brand’s SweetFoam midsoles for superior comfort.
What reviewers say: “I’ve been dealing with a plantar fasciitis-type issue for several months, finding shoes and/or insoles I can wear all day while on my feet has been difficult. After day two, these shoes made my feet feel supported, no additional insoles required! They’re light and very breathable — everything I’ve been looking for in a shoe.”
Men’s Tree Runners, $95; Allbirds.com.
Women’s Tree Runners, $95; Allbirds.com.
Women’s Tree Breezers
Unlike many flats on the market, you can wear this one all day thanks to plenty of underfoot support. Allbirds’ super lightweight style offers a smooth Tree knit upper and ribbed collar for a secure fit that reduces the chances of blisters. It’s also versatile enough to work well for a range of occasions (you easily pair it with with jeans and a tee or a pencil skirt and blouse) and is one of the brand’s few offerings that comes in half sizes.
What reviewers say: “Every day for the last year or so, I’ve been wearing my Tree Runners for my commute, walking a mile or more in NYC! When I got a new job that required more formal attire, I was so sad to swap out my commute shoes. And then these came out. I now wear them every single day (and don’t even change out of them when I get to the office!).”
Women’s Tree Breezers, $95; Allbirds.com.
Wrapped in merino wool, these slip-ons have been described by users as “heavenly” to wear. Combined with the fact they offer a low-profile silhouette, they’re great to wear as everyday pairs or house slippers. In addition to classic colors, this style is available in wintry shades perfect for embracing cooler temperatures, including pink-tinged “Harvest” and icy blue “Frost.”
What reviewers say: “I have an indoor-only pair and an outdoor pair of these. I love them so much.”
Men’s Wool Loungers, $95; Allbirds.com.
Women’s Wool Loungers, $95; Allbirds.com.
If you’re in the market for a basic high-top sneaker, you may want to consider this option. The look includes the label’s signature breezy tree upper and plush sugarcane midsoles. While its color selection is more limited compared to most of the brand’s other offerings, you can still buy the pair in four classic colors and four limited edition colors.
What reviewers say: “I’ve been particularly picky about my shoes, but these check all of the boxes for me. The monochromatic pair I bought doesn’t have a white sole, so it doesn’t look dirty after a week. The design is simple with minimalist materials that are recycled, which is a huge bonus. They look great with shorts or pants.”
Men’s Tree Toppers, $115; Allbirds.com.
Women’s Tree Toppers, $115; Allbirds.com.
A minimalist alternative to the tree runner, this option includes a low-vamp silhouette that reveals a subtle flash of skin and two-eyelet design for a barely-there look. And it’s super comfortable, too, made with the label’s proprietary foam and S-curve tread for a natural, flexible stride. It’s important to note that due to the shoe’s low-cut design, some customers suggest ordering a size down to ensure the heel doesn’t slip while you walk.
What reviewers say: “These are so lightweight and comfortable, perfect year round here in Houston. They’re also my go-to travel shoes; I just went to NYC and they were the only pair I took. I just wish they came in black with the choice of a white or black sole.”
Men’s Tree Skippers, $95; Allbirds.com.
Women’s Tree Skippers, $95 Allbirds.com.
Branching out from the lifestyle category, Allbirds debuted its first-ever running shoe, the Dasher, in May — and it’s already earned much acclaim. In fact, the pair has an average rating of 4.5 stars on Allbirds.com. To ensure top performance, the pair was tested by over 50 amateur and professional athletes over the course of a year. It’s built for ultimate speed and performance, complete with a unique one-piece tree upper and eyelets embroidered directly into the structure to create a snug, streamlined fit. The silhouette also includes SweetFoam midsoles and a new outsole geometry that combines SweetFoam technology with natural rubber traction pads for pronation control and enhanced stability. Finally, merino wool padding at the heel boosts comfort. They currently come in eight colors.
What reviewers say: “I already put some miles on them and am surprised at the support and responsiveness. Not quite as comfy for walking as the runners, but for running, they compete with even some of the bigger brands. They’re pretty neutral and favor a mid-foot/heel strike. We’ll see how they hold up longer term. (P.S. I’m also really happy about the half size offerings).”
Men’s Tree Dasher, $125; Allbirds.com.
Women’s Tree Dasher, $125; Allbirds.com.
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