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Allbirds Review (Updated 2022): The World’s Most Comfortable Shoes?

So, are Allbirds shoes really that comfortable? Yep, I was wondering how amazing one pair of shoes could be also. After hearing many rave about the Allbirds Wool Runners, I decided to give them a try and how happy I did. Keep reading to get a complete Allbirds Review to determine if you want a pair too!

Once I realized that I was a huge fan, I ordered a second pair with a determination to find out whether Allbirds shoes are really “the most comfortable shoes in the world”.

I did a deep dive into the brand in a quest to find out what makes these shoes and the company behind it so unique.

A woman sitting on a bench in althletic wear wearing a pair of Allbirds shoes. Find out everything you need to know in this Allbirds Review. Photo used with permission by Allbirds

What was my motivation? I can’t tell you how many days I have spent on my feet all day walking around exploring a new city while traveling that resulted in my feet, heels, or even back aching at the end of the day.

I wanted to find a shoe that I could stand and walk in all day without aches and pains. A shoe that would bring some ease to my feet while wandering the cobblestoned streets of a medieval city or while waiting in an unending airport security line.

And who hasn’t needed a good pair of shoes to run and catch that next flight!

A pair of Allbirds shoes in a pale pink with white sole among green plant foliage. Photo used with permission by Allbirds

And yes, after much use I do agree that Allbirds are the comfiest shoes I have ever worn! I feel like I am walking on air with a bounce to my step.

The first time I wore them out I almost blushed in embarrassment as though one might think I was wearing the dreamiest bedroom slippers with incredible cushioning… They look like a shoe but feel like something you would wear to bed!

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Allbirds First Impression

When I first opened up the box of Allbirds Wool Runners I thought they looked so simple and sleek. The design is very minimalist but that is what is appealing as they can go with any attire.

The Allbirds shoes come in a nice box with cute artwork inside the lid with the logo, “better things in a better way”. It puts a smile on your face before you even take the shoes out!

The Allbirds box has fun artwork inside, shoe inserts and great packaging of the Allbirds Wool Runners

The box the shoes come in is made from 90% recycled cardboard and is the only packaging. No extra boxes, meaning no extra waste!

After slipping into them, the first word that came to mind is cozy…

Tip: Don’t throw out the shoe inserts as you can keep them to put in your shoes when not in use. But you likely won’t have this problem as you will be wearing them all the time!

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Allbirds Shoes Cool Story

Allbirds got its start in New Zealand when a man named Tim Brown had an epiphany to create a shoe using wool. Mainly because he was surrounded by a huge supply of wool from roaming merino sheep and wanted to pursue making a more sustainable shoe!

Later Tim teamed up with Joey Zwillinger to make a shoe that is completely made with natural materials. That is how their motto “better things in a better way” was born.

The Allbirds logo in white against a black background

What Materials Are Used In Allbirds Shoes?

Taking inspiration from nature, Allbirds realized that merino wool would be an ideal material for a shoe because it is temperature-regulating, moisture-wicking, and no irritation that many associate with wool.

Wool is the main material used but they also take recycled plastic bottles and use 1 bottle to make the laces for each pair of shoes.

a close up of the laces on the Allbirds Tree Dashers shoe in blue are made up of a recycled water bottle

The soles of the shoes are made from sugarcane which adds to that soft yet supportive base that makes it feel like you are walking on a cloud!

Other materials used are castor bean oil, tree fibers including eucalyptus, recycled nylon, and recycled cardboard (packaging).

Tip: Later in 2021, they plan to come out with a plant-based leather shoe!

Are Allbirds Shoes Sustainable?

Sustainability in simple terms means using natural resources to create a product (in this case shoes) without negatively impacting the environment. It can also apply to eliminating or reducing the negative impact on social and economic resources.

Basically, making a product that is sustainable will not have a harmful effect on the world in the future. And yes, Allbirds is successful at being a sustainable company and doing its best to reduce and offset carbon footprints.

Two pairs of Allbirds Wool Runners in different colors of gray and a tan sitting on top of the boxes they came in

Along with using eco-friendly materials mentioned above, Allbirds measures the emissions produced from all of their materials and looks at ways to minimize by using natural materials. The goal is to offset to make a carbon-neutral company.

Why is this a big deal? Well, practically everything we do such as driving a car, running a dishwasher, doing laundry, etcetera creates carbon emissions. If we could reduce those emissions in our daily lives, this would lead to less damage to the environment going forward.

How cool is that? Not only are Allbirds an awesome shoe but you know that with every pair you purchase you are assisting in being more sustainable yourself.

Is Allbirds The Perfect Travel Shoe?

I was a little skeptical about how comfortable they could be and would that comfortable feeling last all day. But the short answer is yes, they are an ideal travel shoe!

Unless you will be laying by the pool or on a beach, you will likely be on your feet and doing a ton of walking when traveling. As with visiting any new city, there tends to be hours and hours of wandering around seeing the sights.

A woman taking a photo of her feet in a pair of Allbirds shoes standing on rocks at the beach. Photo courtesy of Allbirds.

This translates to a lot of steps which is a bonus but at what cost to your feet, calves, or back? It is no fun to get back to your hotel at the end of a very long yet exhilarating day and feel the need to collapse on the bed. Or at the bar…

When traveling, having comfortable shoes is the number one priority so that I am able to go longer on my feet. It is a complete win when you find top-notch travel gear that is also sustainable.

Tip: When traveling, weight in a bag or suitcase can be a real burden. All of my Allbirds shoes that I have are the lightest shoes I have ever worn which is a bonus when traveling!

What Activities Are Allbirds Shoes Best For?

I already mentioned traveling but really these shoes are great for a number of activities. Do you have a job where you are on your feet all day?

Maybe a nurse, waitress, cashier, or teacher? Then wearing a shoe like Allbirds is essential to get you through the day and take your mind off of counting down the minutes until you can take your shoes off!

A gray pair of Allbirds Wool Runners sitting on a bright pink chair.

They are excellent for everyday use like running errands, going for a walk or an easy hike on a trail. My Allbirds Wool Runners (photo above) I prefer for wandering a city, running errands, and any situation where I will be on my feet a lot.

The Allbirds Tree Dashers 2 I prefer for going for walks, running, light hikes, and when the terrain might be wet and slippery.

They are made for running and walking but due to an injury, I am not able to run right now. I do plan to test out their running capability down the road and update this post.

The Allbirds Tree Dashers (photo below) and Allbirds Tree Dashers 2 have a breathable mesh material made from trees that makes it great for sweaty feet when walking or running.

A navy blue pair of Allbirds Tree Dashers with light blue laces and a white sole.

A side view of the Allbirds Tree Dashers that are made for running and have a thick supportive heel and sole cushioning.

What blew me away with both pairs of Allbirds shoes is how freaking comfortable they are. I’ve never worn a shoe that felt like I was walking on layers of cushy marshmallows. Shoes usually fail me in the heel area. But not these.

The whole sole especially the heel is so great as far as support and cushioning go, that no other brand compares.

Note: I have added to my Allbirds collection and have two new pairs of the Allbirds Tree Dashers 2! Same comfort but the main difference between the previous model is they have a sole that grips. Perfect when walking on slippery or wet surfaces.

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Are Allbirds Shoes Odor-Wicking?

Speaking of getting sweaty, no one wants smelly shoes! You’re in luck as the natural materials in all of the Allbirds shoes are odor-reducing. The castor bean oil insole is both moisture-wicking and odor-reducing!

The Allbirds shoes have a castor bean oil insole that are green photographed alone among fern foliage. Photo courtesy of Allbirds

They stand behind this statement so much that their shoes are designed to be worn without socks.

It has always grossed me out to not wear socks with shoes as I associated that with creating bad odors. I have to admit I was hesitant to wear without socks but they are indeed comfortable and no bad odors yet!

Are Allbirds Good For All Types Of Feet?

All Allbirds shoes come with excellent cushion and stability in the sole. They also provide good arch support, so those that are flat-footed or have a minimal arch will find these super comfortable.

The Runner-style shoes will have a little larger arch support compared to the other styles with a 15 mm heel-to-toe drop. Meaning the height of the cushioning. For barefoot shoes, the heel-to-toe is zero.

The Dasher styles have medium arch support with a 7 mm heel-to-toe drop.

The Lounger, Piper, Breezer, and Skipper styles have the lowest arch support with a 2 mm heel-to-toe drop. You can of course use any orthotic inserts you may have but many report not needing them.

Allbirds Shoe Sizing

From what I can see, all of the Allbirds shoes come in whole sizes with the exception of the Tree Breezers, and Wool Dasher Mizzles.

All shoes are medium width. For those that have wide feet, any of the styles with wool will give a little more.

Wearing my pair of blue Allbirds Tree Dashers out on a walk

I found that both pairs of shoes I have run true to size, ordering the size 9 that I would usually get in other shoes. Based on reviews from others, they tend to be true to size also.

Allbirds Wool Runners – come only in whole sizes such as 6, 7 and 8.

Allbirds Tree Dashers 2 – come in half sizes such as 7, 7.5, 8 and 8.5 for example.

Note: For those that tend to wear a half size, it is recommended to choose the next size up. So, if you wear a 7.5, go with a size 8.

Additional Allbirds Shoes

The most popular shoes are the Allbirds Wool Runners, Allbirds Tree Runners, and Allbirds Tree Dashers 2.

If you are looking specifically for a running shoe, then go with the Allbirds Tree Dashers 2. They had both pro and amateur runners rigorously test them for long-distance running. And they passed the test!

The Allbirds Wool Dasher Mizzles is made for all-weather meaning if you live in a place that rains a lot, this pair is for you! They are basically the all-weather version of the Tree Dashers. And so far, they are the only pair that are water-resistant.

Two woman sitting with their feet featured wearing Allbirds Wool Loungers in a light and dark gray. Photo courtesy of Allbirds.

If you are looking for a more chic and cute slip-on, then take a look at the Allbirds Tree Breezers and Allbirds Wool Loungers (photo above).

If you are wanting a cute pair to wear with skirts or capri pants, check out the Allbirds Tree Skippers. In fact, I have my eye on these and will likely be my next pair!

Since I am speaking from my own experience, I am only focusing on women’s shoes in this Allbirds Review but they also have plenty of styles for men too. In fact, I plan to buy my dad a pair for Father’s Day!

Note: Allbirds also has both men’s and women’s apparel such as shirts, sweaters, jackets, and underwear!

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How To Wash Allbirds Shoes?

Got your Allbirds dirty? No problem! Pull out the laces and insoles and toss them into a washing machine on gentle cycle with cold water. After that take them out and let them air dry avoiding the dryer.

Where Can I Buy Allbirds Shoes?

If you happen to live or be in one of the following cities then you can visit a physical store!

  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • New York City
  • Chicago
  • Austin
  • Seattle
  • Boston
  • Washington DC
  • Philadelphia
  • Auckland, New Zealand

For a complete list of stores and addresses, visit their website for more up-to-date info. And if you can’t visit a store no worries as shopping online is way more convenient anyways!

Any of the links on this page will take you to Allbirds for your own personal shopping experience from the comfort of home.

Many pairs of Allbirds shoes in wool styles hanging on the wall display at an Allbirds store.

Allbirds Return & Exchange Policy

Once you purchase a pair of Allbirds shoes feel free to wear them and make sure they are the right fit for you.

If for any reason you don’t wish to keep them, you have 30 days to return or exchange with no questions asked. And you can return for free!

Note: You just need to send your shoes back within the same country that you purchased them from. So no buying in San Francisco and returning in London for example.

Is Shipping Free?

Yes, shipping is free for all orders over $50! So, get shopping! 😊

Oh, and if you are waiting for them to go on sale, you will be waiting a long time… Allbirds doesn’t do discounting or coupons.

Are There Any Negatives?

So far, I can’t say one negative thing about these shoes. That said, I will be updating to let you know if I do find any.

The only negative based on other experiences is that people that usually wear a half-size wished that all the shoe styles came in half-size. For me, this wasn’t an issue as I usually wear a size 9.

Over time and with a lot of wear, some report that the wool styles stretch a little bit. I have not experienced this yet but will keep an eye on this. For some that is a plus if they have very wide feet.

Are Allbirds Really Worth It?

Yes!!!

I own three pairs of Allbirds, the Wool RunnersTree Dashers, and now Tree Dashers 2 that I can attest are both awesome. Neither of them took time to break in and are completely blissful comfort from the get-go.

Of the two pairs, the Wool Runners are a little more comfortable and can seriously be worn all day. They are so cozy that they don’t even feel like a pair of shoes!

I will use the Tree Dashers 2 for going on walks, runs, easy hikes, and on slippery/wet surfaces as it has a gripping sole. The mesh is breathable and better when you plan to sweat a bunch.

A woman wearing a gray pair of Allbirds shoes with black leggings while shopping

Although I can’t give personal feedback on the other styles, I’m going to assume that all their shoes are just as wonderful. I have a feeling I might be adding to my collection of Allbirds shoes with a pair of the Tree Skippers

I usually wouldn’t rave about how wonderful a product is unless it really is. But luckily in this case the product truly is outstanding!

Note: I will update this post as I continue to wear my Allbirds shoes longer and when I buy a new shoe style!

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I hope you found this Allbirds Review informative and helpful in making a decision on whether to get a pair!

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48 Comments

  1. Shoes: One of the most important things to factor into your holiday but yet this is the first post I’ve read about the subject! Thanks for the insight, Vanessa.

    1. You’re welcome! Yes, shoes can make or break a travel day. Lol. Always a plus to have shoes that feel amazing to walk all day in. 🙂

  2. This is so useful because I have been considering buying some of these shoes. It’s great to know they are comfortable as well as ethical! I think they will have to be purchased for my next trip… I needed a push and your post has persuaded me!

  3. I so need these! As a chef I have spent the last 15 years on my feet. But after I broke my foot, my go-to shoes haven’t fit the bill since. Thanks for the info!

    1. Oh yes, I can imagine how badly you would need comfortable shoes as a chef! Long days on your feet are a lot for the body. Let me know what you think if you get a pair! 🙂

    1. I agree, they are so versatile, cute, and comfortable which is the perfect combo! 🙂

  4. I’ve heard great things about Allbirds but haven’t ever tried em’ out yet! That’s awesome that they’re really that comfortable! :] I love that they do their best to offset their carbon footprint! I’m in the middle of wearing my current shoes to the ground but when I need a new pair, I’ll probably be looking into theirs! :] I’m glad there’s a physical store near me!

    1. Yes, it is great to see a company that is making a sustainable shoe that is so comfortable too! 🙂

  5. I have been wondering about these shoes. After reading such a positive review maybe I will give them a try!

    1. Glad to help Daphna! I hope you do get a pair and enjoy them just as much as I do! 🙂

  6. I’m always on the hunt for comfortable shoes to travel with, and I love that these are eco-friendly too! I’m going to head over to their website now!

  7. I’ve been on the lookout for some comfortable shoes, because when I travel, I do a looot of walking. These shoes look really comfy and stylish at the same time, so I’m definitely trying them out, thanks for sharing your review!

    1. You’re welcome! Yes, foot comfort is a priority when traveling! Hope you love them! 🙂

  8. Good to hear about the arch support! I am actually looking to buy new shoes so this was perfect timing!

    1. Arch support is a blessing when on your feet all day. Happy shopping and enjoy your pair! 🙂

  9. What a comprehensive review. What I like about my All Birds is that they can pass for smart casual wear and limit the number of shoes I pack. And you’re right: the wool runners are so comfortable

    1. Thank you! Glad to hear you are loving the Wool Runners too! Yes, they can really be dressed up or down which is a plus! 🙂

  10. I’ve always wanted to try these (I get tons of ads on FB for them). It’s nice to see “real life” photos of the shoes – they really do look as comfy as they do in the ads!

    1. Thanks Melissa! Some of these photos I’m using courtesy of Allbirds but yes they do look as good in real-life photos too! They are now my favorite go-to shoe to wear everywhere. 🙂

  11. I’m a walker. I walk everywhere. I will even take the long way around. (Much to my husband’s dismay.) I can really appreciate a comfy pair of shoes. These look awesome!!

    1. Walking is such a great way to get moving and easy. Having the right pair of shoes really makes a difference. They have men’s shoes too, so maybe with a pair of these, your husband might enjoy walking more! 🙂

    1. Perfect timing! If you do get a pair of Allbirds, let me know how you like them! 🙂

  12. Very cool! I have heard of these shoes before but did not know they were made from all-natural ingredients…Wool and sugarcane. How interesting. I will now have to try some on to check for comfort. They certainly look cute!

    1. It is amazing how they can make a shoe out of so many different natural materials! Have fun trying them on and hope you like them too! 🙂

  13. These shoes look so stylish and so nice to know that they are so comfortable. I would love to try these, thank you so much for sharing the review 🙂

  14. These shoes seem awesome! I love all of the different styles, how light weight they seem, and that they’re eco friendly. The soles of the shoes are made from sugarcane?! How neat!

    1. It is really cool how they made the soles out of sugarcane! I originally bought them for comfort but then loved how sustainable they are. A major bonus! 🙂

    1. Awesome! So great to hear that you have had a great experience with Allbirds too! 🙂

    1. I completely agree. Nothing worse than getting blisters or pain anywhere in the feet that can set back exploring! 🙂

  15. They look like comfy shoes Vanessa. I see on their site they do men’s too. I never knew there was such a thing as wool shoes.

    1. Yes! I obviously haven’t tried them but heard good reports on the men’s. I’m going to order my dad a pair for Father’s Day and he’s a tough critic. If he likes them then that will say a lot! Haha. This is my first pair of wool shoes too. So far I am loving them. 🙂

  16. I hadn’t heard of Allbirds before but I’m going to see if they have them in Australia or deliver here. I have around 60 pairs of shoes so what’s one more haha

    1. They are actually based in New Zealand so I would imagine they would ship to Australia. I’ll have to check. Haha yes, can never have too many shoes! 🙂

    1. Haha, they do have all the important necessities of a good shoe. If you do get a pair of men’s let me know how you like them! 🙂

    1. Allbirds has great arch support! I write a little about it under the section “Are Allbirds Good For All Types Of Feet” listing the different heel-to-toe drops for the various styles. I hope this helps! 🙂

  17. Allbirds keeps popping up on my feed and they are so cute! And love that they’re sustainable. Now which style to choose!?!

    1. It’s a good dilemma to have! Haha. Once you buy one pair of Allbirds you might find yourself wanting another! 🙂

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