Allbirds Shoe Review: Wool Runners
Five Word Review: Amazing Customer Service, Comfortable Shoes
Let me clarify something important right up front: Despite the name “Wool Runners,” these shoes are made more for ‘running to get frozen yogurt’ rather than actual running. Allbirds are made of superfine merino wool and are a very unique, casual, comfortable shoe. I had been wearing Chucks (converse) or Nike running shoes in the capacity that I now wear my Allbirds and feel a little bit EXTRA and put together. I have even worn them to work a few times and (while holding my breath) no one has said anything. They have a variety of colors including their classic colors and a rotation of limited edition colors. I ended up with the “Fry Tuke” color (a pale violet/neutral).
Originally I went for River (a bright blue), but the color was a bit much for my wardrobe. The shoes cost $95 (no tax, no shipping, free returns). The return could not have been easier. You have 30 days to try them, wear them and if you aren’t happy for any reason, return them. They e-mail you a prepaid return label (which is a huge plus for me). Alternately I heard they are at Nordstrom and they also have a very generous return policy. I wear a 10 and originally purchased a 10- BIG mistake.
Picking your right size:
I would recommend sizing UP at least 1/2 of a size. Their women’s shoes only go up to a 10, HOWEVER, “our shoes are made from one model, which means they're actually UNISEX! Men’s sizes are 1.5 larger than women’s and there's no difference in the width! If you wear a women’s size 11, a men’s size 9 or 10 should be a good fit (depending on if you tend to size up or down). If you wear a men’s 7, a women’s size 8 or 9 should be a good fit (depending on if you tend to size up or down). If you end up falling into a half-size conversion (i.e. you're a true women's 11, which corresponds to a men's 9.5), we've found that most customers size down in the Tree Runners and up in all of our other styles. Please note if you have a wider foot, we'd suggest going up to the next full size as well.” I usually wear a 10 but found them to run very small. I would have ordered a women’s 11. Because 10 is their largest women’s size, I was advised to order a men’s 9 (the straight equivalent of a women’s 10.5). They are much more comfortable, but could even stand to be a little bigger.