I took the plunge. I recently pulled the trigger on a pair of Allbirds Wool Runners. I have been looking at this style of shoes for quite some time, but was apprehensive because I’m not that hip. I was looking at these as an alternative to driving mocs or my old New Balance 990s. I work in a business casual environment where jeans are allowed, and it’s actually gotten pretty common to see white soled shoes and athletic shoes like these. I figured for $95, why not.
I placed my order, and a few days later, they arrived. The packaging was really cool, very ‘business school’:
Let’s get into it:
The fit is true to a little small. I wear a 9-9.5 in dress shoes, and got a size 10 in the Allbirds. They fit well. The shoes are extremely light, as I would have expected. The wool fabric is breathable, and hasn’t really shown a ton of wear after wearing them for a bit. I’ve intentionally avoided wearing them when it’s raining for obvious reasons. I wear no-show socks with them as to extend their life, and it seems to be working.
Without a doubt these are some of the most comfortable shoes I own. They wear well, and it feels like I’m cheating a little when I wear them, like a new pair of cleats in the middle of baseball season.
In terms of styling, I wear them with almost exclusively with 5-pockets in various shades of tan. I haven’t worn them with blue jeans, especially darker jeans, but it’s not to say that never will. I pair them with an OCBD and a cool belt. I’m sure I’ll Midtown Uniform these up with a vest when it cools off.
So far, I’ve been really happy with these shoes. I like that they don’t have any markings or labeling; I went with the Sage color this time, but like the Natural Grey as well. The $95 price tag gives them a really high value proposition. I think these are a good look, guys. There’s a little Silicon Valley/VC to them, but not enough to turn off us in the General Population.