Recently a list of the most “wakable” cities came out, and, of course, New York is one of them. For this reason, today’s post is an answer to a question: Looking for Comfortable and Sustainable Shoes? People often ask me for tips about good shoes to tour the the city. Many people aren’t used to walk much and when they arrive here they don’t really know if their footwear will be appropriate.
Therefore, I recommend the shoe brand Allbirds. I had already heard about it and was curious to try. After all, they did not only create a sustainable product, but sold one million shoes in 2017; there should be be a good reason for that. The sneaker is not fashionable, contains no logo and is not exactly pretty, but promises comfort. It is made with wool – yes, you heard it right, it’s made with the fabric that is considered to be the most sustainable. The product can be used without socks, thus the wool enables your foot to “breath” and regulates the temperature, allowing it to be worn when cold or when hot. But this is not all, they can also be machine-washed. I did not only decide to try it, but brought during a summer trip to Scandinavia, when I had to prepare light luggage with clothes and footwear for all types of weather. These shoes don’t weight much, so I strongly recommend them when packing light.
One of the creators of the brand comes from New Zeland, that is why he claims to know a lot about wool. For him, it was essential to create a product that doesn’t harm the nature. The shoelaces are made in different colors with recycled polyester and can be obtained in the stores without extra cost. Here goes a fashionable detail that you can add to your shoe: I, for example, I have dark grey shoes, but I wear them with purple, yellow and coral shoelaces.
After producing the wool model they created one made with eucalyptus trees, adding to it a cool effect. I have to try it out in their new store in Spring St, New York. The shop can be seen in the following pictures and is clearly bigger than the previous one.
Sustainability is a topic that always interested us. Our post Slow Fashion, written some years ago, talks about this and is worth reading.
So what do you think about it? Are you curious about trying it out? Does the fact that the brand is sustainable influences you? I would love to hear your opinion about this matter.