Don’t you just love it when you find a pair of shoes that ticks all the boxes?
Pretty colours (so important for us girls, am I right?) – tick.
No blisters – tick.
Natural materials – tick.
Sustainable production – tick.
Crazy comfortable that I could wear them 24/7 – tick.
We love sneakers. Thankfully I have a pretty casual workplace because I wear them almost every day! We’re always on the lookout for new kicks – because who doesn’t get sick of the big name sneakers?
We approached Allbirds after seeing them featured in a New Zealand fashion newspaper – these brightly coloured, wool sneakers looked like just the ticket. And lucky for us, we were sent a pair each to thrash about in and push to the limit. Yep, they make both women’s and men’s shoes.
Woolly shoes. What?!
Allbirds sneakers are made from wool. No jokes! They’re woven from pure New Zealand merino, shorn from the sheep in our fair country. This is part of what makes them so damn comfortable – the merino is soft, warm (but not too warm) and doesn’t rub your feet and give you blisters.
I have never been able to wear shoes without socks because of the blister problem, and so what a relief it was to be able to wear the Allbirds au naturel! The natural properties of merino helps stop the shoes from smelling, and if they do end up a bit whiffy then you can just throw them in the washing machine (yup!) and they’ll be all clean and fresh in no time.
This photo above is of me wearing the shoes in the ocean. Yes, the ocean. In the process of taking this photo they got all salty and sandy and I had to hose them down with fresh water afterwards. But no worries – the shoes dried out and were completely the same – no salt marks, no smell.
I commute to work by bicycle and have worn my bright blue Allbirds on many occasions getting to and from work. Even with no socks the shoes don’t get smelly or sweaty – it’s amazing!
(And yes, I tried to take a photo of me cycling while wearing the Allbirds sneakers and it didn’t go to plan – nobody told me how hard it is to cycle with one hand, have your iPhone in the other, aim the camera in the right direction and still look where you’re going!)
As well as being totally functional, Allbirds sneakers look great, don’t they? I can’t tell you how many comments I’ve had from people wondering where they could get a pair. I was wearing them out shopping one day and a lady in a fancy shoe store came up to me and asked!
30 days in the shoes
We’ve had our Allbirds sneakers for over a month now, and thought it would be cool to make a list of all the things we have done in the past 30 days while wearing these shoes, to show you how versatile they are!
- Cycling to work
- Walking to the local farmer’s market
- Short bush walks
- On the beach/in the surf
- Out for meals at numerous cafes
- Date night at the movies
- On shopping trips
- Doing gardening at home
- Going to the supermarket
- Walking around town
One of the coolest things about Allbirds sneakers is that they have a fantastic 30 day trial program. You can order a pair and try them for 30 days – literally go hiking in them, stomp some grapes, get them all muddy, whatever! – and then if you don’t love them you can send them back for a full refund and your old shoes are donated to the charity Soles 4 Souls, which sends them to impoverished countries. How great is that!
You can buy Allbirds merino sneakers at allbirds.com and they cost $95 USD or $158 NZD. They currently ship to the US and New Zealand but are expanding their range soon!
Thanks to Allbirds for sending us sneakers for this review. As always, you’ll receive our honest opinions regardless of who is footing the bill.