I Tried Allbirds’ New Running Shoes — and They’re My Favorite Addition to My At-home Workouts (Video)
They're comfortable, cushioned, and sustainable.
Whether you've transitioned your fitness routine to jogs around the neighborhood or workouts in your living room, the right gear is crucial to staying in shape at home. From yoga mats to fitness trackers to activewear, we've tested all kinds of accessories to help you improve you at-home exercise experience, and these new shoes from Allbirds are no exception.
Allbirds is known for its Wool Runners, a sleek sneaker made for everyday wear, although the brand has branched out to cozy slip-ons, stylish ballet flats, and even weather-resistant sneakers. But Allbirds' latest launch, the Dasher, is the brand's first sneaker that's designed specifically for running and athletic wear.
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The Dasher is made from sustainable materials, including sugarcane, eucalyptus, and superfine merino wool. And while other athletic shoes are fashioned from plastic, which has a high carbon output, Allbirds has taken steps to reduce and offset its carbon footprint. For instance, the brand now uses a calculation that measures the carbon output of each of its products so that it is able to accurately offset it to zero.
The shoes' eucalyptus-based knit is designed to cradle and stabilize the foot, giving it a sock-like feel. An anatomically contoured footbed, foam insoles made from castor beans, and a flared heel offer the arch support needed for a comfortable fit. Meanwhile, the outsole is made from natural rubber, which provides durability in high-wear areas. Beyond its impressive comfort and fit, the Dasher is also a stylish addition to your workout wardrobe. It's available for men and women in four colors: Geyser (white and blue), Cyclone (white and light green), Flame (tan and red), and Thunder (dark grey).
The shoes have been put to the test for thousands of miles by over 50 professional and amateur athletes. I even tried out a pair for myself and was impressed with how much cushion they provided while still feeling light on my feet. I've worn the classic Wool Runners for years, and upgraded to the Wool Runner-up Mizzles last fall, but I've been looking for a pair of running shoes that can keep up with my often miles-long walks around New York City, and don't look or feel clunky. For jogs and walks around my neighborhood, the Dasher sneakers have become my go-to shoes that I can rely on for comfort, wherever I take them.
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