What I wore yesterday…trying to start smiling more 🙂
An outfit from a couple weeks ago:
I got my AllBirds runners in November before going to Denver, and the loungers in early December, so I haven’t had either pair for very long. In this time though, I’ve worn the loungers way more often than the runners, and I haven’t washed either pair. I also took my true size in both pairs.
My thoughts on the runners:
They’re incredibly comfortable, and warm (warmer than the loungers because they cover more of my foot). They fit really nicely and have stretched minimally. I do always have an issue with my big toe creating indentations on the tops of my shoes, and these are no different. I DO NOT WEAR SOCKS with either pair. (I dislike socks very much)
I’ve worn these for a couple of months, not very often, but to walk Dagny, and walking the city when we went to Denver. They’re not showing much wear or dirt, honestly, so I haven’t felt the need to wash them. They don’t smell either.
The problem I have with them, if it’s a problem, is that I generally travel two places right now, Atlanta, and Orlando. When I go to Atlanta, I climb Kennesaw Mountain near my mom’s and I would NOT want to wear these for that. They’re not sturdy enough in my opinion for that, and they would get ridiculously dirty. In Orlando, I walk around the neighborhood mostly, but it’s usually too hot for wool shoes. I understand that wool is “all-weather” but when I first got these, it was quite warm here and I tried to wear them outside, and my feet got too hot. So, for me, for “regular” travel, if I took these with me, I’d also have to take an additional pair of exercise shoes, which is excessive for me; I travel with a very small carry on and try to never take more than one extra pair of shoes besides the one I wear. I certainly don’t take more than one of any “type” of shoe.
They were perfect for Denver in November (although it was pretty warm there), and would be for any other type of dry, cooler weather city walking. The key here is CITY walking. I wouldn’t wear them hiking, etc., but Leah from Stylewise says she has, with no problem.
Ultimately, I like these, but they’re not a good all-purpose shoe. I would rather travel with my Nike free sneakers and bring wool socks for cooler weather, so I could have a more sturdy shoe for exercise in addition to city walking.
Now, the wool loungers:
I LOVE THESE, but must qualify that to say that I primarily wear these as slippers at home. I wear them out a lot too, but I really love them for wearing at home, and for talking Dagny out for quick walks, or playing out in the yard. They do slip off my heel sometimes, but they don’t generally feel like they run big. Bigger than the runners maybe, simply because they don’t have laces to cinch up.
I will take these with me, along with my Nike sneakers, to both Atlanta and Orlando, or for any other travel, to use as slippers at home or in a hotel. They’re really light and don’t take up a lot of room, and they serve a separate purpose from running shoes, so I don’t feel like I’m violating my minimalist packing sensibilities by bringing two pairs of shoes.
If I’d bought the loungers first, I may never have bought the runners, honestly. The runners don’t really fill a need for me, and the loungers definitely do. I love both pairs, and will continue to wear the runners when I can (I wore them yesterday and was super happy with them). If I had to choose one pair to recommend though, it would be the loungers.
Do you have AllBirds shoes? What do you think of them?