AG Tomboy cropped jeans (different wash) | old, purchased summer 2013
Zady linen tee | gift to review from Zady, size medium
Veja sneakers | organic cotton/sustainable rubber/veg-tanned leather. true to size
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Admonish leather tote
I had quietly been thinking about adding another pair of sneakers to my wardrobe for a while before I ordered this Veja pair a couple weeks ago. Yes, I do already have four pairs of sneakers, two slip-ins by Vince, one CdG Play X Converse and the Everlane street shoe. I love them all, and will wear them much more frequently in cooler weather (I HATE to cover my feet during summer), but sort of wanted to try a lace-up, more “streamlined” pair, like the Nike Internationalist, but more sustainable/eco-friendly. When this Veja pair popped up on Zady, I jumped.
I wore them “out” for the first time yesterday since it was raining and slightly cooler. I took my true size (8) and they fit very well. They’re quite snug at first, and definitely needed some wear to stretch out a little and form to my foot. They did loosen up a bit with a day’s wear, but they’re still “fitted” – and I DO NOT wear socks; I hate socks. I do think they’ll stretch with more wear, but since the shoe is basically cotton canvas, I’m not sure how much. If you like to wear thick socks, it might be worth it to size up? Especially if you’re a half-size already.
Anyway, I didn’t think I’d love the way these looked on me, because I tend to prefer shoes with a lower vamp to show more of my foot, but the slightly tapered toe and slimmer look of the shoe is very nice I think, even with my sausage legs (LOL). I think they’ll be a great shoe for travel, and city-walking, and just otherwise running around, but I wouldn’t wear them for anything more substantial, like running, etc. But that’s mostly because I tend to need more stability in a running shoe. If you’re good with a lightweight, simple shoe, then these could work for exercise. Otherwise, they’re just a really cool, casual shoe.
I highly recommend these shoes, and am really pleased to be finding more sustainable, eco-friendlier shoe brands. There are lots of options out there (will do a post soon!), including some GREAT vegan brands, but man…are they spendy!
Have a great weekend!!