The preferred shoe of the eco-minded urban hipster dad, Allbirds is everyone’s favorite for good reason (and no, it’s not that the brand advertises a lot). Allbirds Wool Runners (which are walking shoes, despite the name) level up sneakers in a smart way: They’re durable, lightweight, and wildly comfortable, with an attention to detail — like laces made from recycled plastic bottles — that wearers can truly appreciate.
Now, the brand has entered the running footwear space with new Allbirds Tree Dashers. They look like their older siblings, but have some distinct differences that make them truly performance-driven. The Tree Dashers give your feet solid support and stability thanks to the brand’s foam midsole, which is made from sugarcane, while the castor bean (seriously) sock liner provides extra cushioning, and is removable and washable. The knit upper is made from very breathable eucalyptus fibers and wool. And, like the traditional Allbirds, Tree Dashers are super-lightweight.
One of the standout features of Allbirds shoes is the total lack of logos and branding — which is refreshing in a field where louder is usually considered better. The new Dashers are also logo-free, and as streamlined and simple in appearance as the other styles. They’re slip-ons, and the laces provide added security should you need it. They’re also washable, which is a major boon for those with smelly feet, or those who tend to run through mud and in the rain.
Plus, the brand itself is easy to feel good about. It’s gone fully carbon-neutral. And in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Allbirds has donated $500,000 worth of shoes to healthcare workers.
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