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  • AllBirds launched in 2016 with an eco-conscious mission and a very clever product: merino wool footwear. Its initial Wool Runner quickly became a hit by straddling comfort and function — all while looking cool. Surprisingly, superfine merino wool makes an excellent material for athletic footwear with plenty of flexibility, sweat-wicking capabilities and incredible breathability. Plus, unlike most athletic shoes, AllBirds’ Wool Runner felt like a slipper, leading many shoppers to grab a pair for weekend lounging, running errands or traveling.

    To top it off, most AllBirds shoes can be thrown in the washing machine to remove stains and sanitize — perfect for the current environment, where keeping your belongings clean and disinfected is of utmost importance. They won’t lose their shape or fade in the wash either, and you can either let them dry naturally, or run them through a gentle cycle in the dryer without fear of shrinking.

    AllBirds is simply so comfortable, you would keep them on through the night if it were socially acceptable to wear shoes in bed. The shoe fits snugly against your foot with a tapered toe for an elegant, elongated look, and the sole is raised near the heel, which is fantastic for arch support.

    Aside from the woolen construction of these shoes, the soles are very lightweight and supportive. The other great thing about these shoes is that you can wear them without socks. In fact, the sneakers are meant to be worn without socks. This is because the merino wool construction of the shoes is moisture-wicking and anti-bacterial. (This is a natural property of a cute sheep’s clothing).

    While the original Wool Runners (which are the ones we tested and reviewed) aren’t waterproof, AllBirds released a line of water-resistant sneakers—its Mizzle collection—at the end of 2019. The Mizzle line includes both the Wool Runners and the Runner-Ups. These now feature rubber treads, a reinforced sole, and the brand’s patented Paddle Guard protection which wicks away water.

    According to the company, the new water-repellant (and weather-resistant) shoes have “a breathable bio-based shield living beneath a reinforced wool upper treated with a fluorine-free coating that’s ECO PASSPORT Certified (by OEKO-TEX).” The treads on the Wool Runner Mizzle and Wool Runner-Up Mizzle are also made with natural rubber. The brand says it’s “a renewable alternative to petroleum-based synthetic rubber.” The new line is slightly more expensive than the original shoes. The Wool Runner Mizzle is $115 compared to the regular Wool Runner’s $98. The Wool Runner-Up Mizzle is $135 compared to the Tree Topper’s $115 (the Tree Topper, made from eucalyptus trees, is the most similar style to the Wool Runner-Up).

    Part of creating a sustainable product is ensuring that you don’t have to engage in overconsumption. Washing a pair of AllBirds means your shoes last longer, and the company aims to make cleaning easy: they’re machine washable. When your sneakers are looking a bit worse for wear, remove the insoles and laces, and brush off any excess grime with a towel or soft brush. Then, just put your shoes in your washer on a wool or delicates cycle—be sure it uses cold water.

    Another tip on how to clean AllBirds? The brand recommends placing your shoes inside a laundry bag when washing, but I’ve never done this. You can also wash the insoles, if needed, by hand. Because the shoes are made of wool and tree fibers that can be damaged in high heat, never tumble dry your sneakers: just let them air dry, and by the next day, they should be as good as new.

    The company claims that its products are made in safe and lawful environments, with high standards for ethical manufacturing standards. AllBirds shoes are hand-assembled in Busan, South Korea, while an additional operation based in Shenzhen, China also handles assembly. The brand sources its fabrics from a factory in China that helps knit AllBirds sweaters and shoes and recycles excess yarn. There’s also a factory in Vietnam that is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified, meaning it’s globally recognized as a green building, capturing and reusing rainwater, as well as offering an on-site green space for native plants. The company’s apparel is manufactured domestically in North Carolina, with a company who has been producing socks for over 100 years.

    The Bottom Line

    AllBirds Wool Runners will set you back $98, which is comparable to similar sneakers from Nike and Adidas, and the money is worth it. Given that I’ve been wearing my pair at every possible juncture, I feel as though I’ve gotten more than $98 worth of mileage out of these shoes already—especially because I can wear them year-round. The wool upper also makes this shoe ideal for the winter. Having spent my last several years braving the cold in the northeast, it’s a dream to have a pair of sneakers that doesn’t let in every gust of wind.

    That said, it doesn’t mean they’re without fault. If you’re looking to go to the gym in these shoes, don’t. While they can certainly withstand long walks or short jogs, they’re not meant as running shoes or for intense workouts. They’re too warm for extended strenuous physical activity, and the shoes simply aren’t designed for long distance runs or tough kickboxing sessions. For those sports, you’ll want more structured, breathable shoes that offer support across your foot, like AllBirds running shoes. After testing AllBirds Tree Dashers, we found that they are also great quality.