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For many years, my go-to sneakers for travel have been a pair of grey Puma’s. They went with me whenever the itinerary called for day hikes and long walks in the city. They even made it through an absurdly slippery and muddy trek in Sapa, Vietnam. I love my sneakers for travel because let’s be honest, I’ll never be that girl who poses on top of a mountain with a flowy gown and high heels. Or at least, before I get to the top, I’d like to be wearing something more comfortable. Alas, recently I’ve had more slips and slides than usual on hikes, which made me think that it’s time to retire my Puma’s.
While researching for new sneakers, I came across Allbirds, an apparel brand that offers both functionality and comfort in their line of sustainable products. As sustainability is a big goal in my travel plans for 2020, I love that Allbirds sneakers are made of eco-friendly materials that drastically reduce their carbon footprint. The sneakers are uncompromisingly sleek in style and come in such pretty colours (looking at you, Women’s Wool Runners in lilac)! Some of these sneakers are even water-repellent, for whenever the dreary weather threatens to ruin my travel plans. With durability, comfort, and the brand’s commitment to environmental responsibility, I think I’ve found my next pair of sneakers to help me go the distance.
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What is unique about Allbirds?
Allbirds is a certified B-Corp retailer brand. This means that the brand holds themselves accountable as part of the movement towards sustainability. They use renewable and natural materials to make their products, which reduces energy consumption and creates less waste. Even their packaging is made out of recycled cardboard. That’s how you know they mean serious business! Furthermore, Allbirds measures and offsets their carbon footprint so that the brand is carbon neutral. There is tons of information on Allbirds’ website if you are interested in knowing more. I think it’s amazing the work they put into providing transparency for environmentally-conscious consumers to make informed, eco-friendly purchases.
By the way, B-Corp is an important distinction not just for Allbirds but for all consumer purchases. It is probably the quickest way to put your money where your mouth is and contribute to the social and environmental movement. I think this is a factor that sets Allbirds apart and serves as a statement to the company’s commitment to positive change.
What makes Allbirds sneakers sustainable?
Allbirds sneakers are made and produced with materials that are either sourced naturally (think tree fiber and sugarcane), or made from recycled materials. The materials that make up Allbirds’ products and packaging include:
- Merino wool
- Recycled plastic bottles and cardboard
Sustainability goes beyond the sneakers that go on our feet, and according to Allbirds, their sheep are in good hands! The brand also goes further by working with farms that use rainwater and little fertilizer.
Allbirds’ sustainable sneakers for women
If you have read my minimalist packing guide, you know that limiting my travel carry-on to a backpack is top priority. Not only do I save on luggage fees, I am also reducing my carbon footprint. Allbirds’ sneakers are made for female travellers who want to go from roaming in the city to adventuring in the woods with incredible comfort. I love the minimalist design and both the neutral and bold colours open up possibilities for working with a limited wardrobe.
The Women’s Wool Runners are made to feel like you are walking on clouds. The insole is cushioned to give each step a bounce. The wool texture looks cozy and soft for whatever season. Honestly, I want one in every colour, especially the limited edition colours like Twilight, Pitaya, and Blueberry!
In case it rains!
If you live in a rainy city like me, or want to be prepared for all weather while travelling, you’ll want to check out Women’s Wool Runner Mizzles. These are the ultimate sneakers for travel as they feature all of the comfort of the regular wool runners, with an added rubber grip and water-repelling coating.
- Fit true to size
- Machine washable
- Cozy, comfortable, and lightweight
- Sleek design that is versatile in use
- No half sizes (size up if in between sizes)
- Need to be broken in
The Tree Runners are the go-to sneakers for everything from long work shifts to day trips in the city. With the soft insole, it feels like wearing slippers while getting through the grinds of the day. In addition to striking colours that contrast with the white sole, the tree runners also feature limited edition colourways with matching soles.
- Flexible and breathable
- Machine washable
- Made for all day comfort
- Sizes run large
- No half sizes
- Need to be broken in
Who knew sustainability could look this good? The Tree Dashers are performance-driven and will hold up well both in the gym and out on the trail. The Tree Dashers feature an eyelet design and a wool lining for durability.
- Half sizes available
- Easy to slip on
- Durable and geared for performance
- Size down by a half if too wide
And there you have it, an awesome selection of sustainable sneakers from Allbirds that I’m excited to take on the road. If you are interested in learning more about Allbirds’ men’s collection (to match with yours), Levi Hildebrand has a comprehensive review on Youtube.