Allbirds’ Mizzles are Amazing
Product review of the eco-friendly weatherproof high tops from Allbirds
I’m picky when it comes to fall footwear.
As a Canadian, autumn is a real season. It gets cold, we start to accumulate a bit of snow on the ground, and everything becomes wet and slippery. Men are offered two options to navigate this season:
- Boots that look like you’re on a construction site.
- Boots that look like you’re about to go mountain climbing.
I have always hated both of this choice. No shade on guys who like boots that look butch and intimidating, but this isn’t my style. If I did manage to find a pair of shoes that looked good, they were often poor quality. It doesn’t take much slush and salt to break down cheap footwear.
Functionally, beefier boots leave a lot to be desired. The fabric is entirely unbreathable, meaning my feet would get hot and itchy after a few minutes inside or in a car. Not only that, this footwear feels so awkward! Driving with those clunkers on your feet is just miserable. Most years, my strategy is to wear my sneakers as long as possible until I’m forced to switch to winter boots. Needless to say, this greatly shortens the lifespan of my footwear.
The Allbirds Mizzles are the first shoes I’ve worn that can stand up to Canada’s fall weather that I’m actually excited to wear. They are weatherproofed, meaning they can handle puddles and slush and are warm enough to keep me happy even when the temperature drops below freezing. It only took me a day or two to break-in these shoes. Mizzles are so comfy!
Allbirds is also a pioneer in environmentally-friendly footwear. Their shoes are made with renewable materials like Merino wool, TENCEL, and responsibly sourced sugar cane. I initially noticed these shoes when I was preparing an eco-friendly holiday gift guide and fell in love with the company’s dedication to sustainability. I was curious if Allbirds could live up to their talk about functional and sustainable shoes, and I’m happy to say that they were successful.
Aesthetically, these shoes are miles better than other seasonal products. They don’t look like a weatherproof shoe; they just look like a regular pair of sneakers. I got the “Medjool” color, shown above, which appears red or purple depending on the lighting. The color pops in a way that is noticeable but not flamboyant. While I love this color, there is a decent selection of other colors on the Allbirds website if you are looking for something else.
Overall, I am incredibly impressed by these shoes. For those in warmer climates, these shoes may be able to last you all winter. A stranger complimented my shoes in Starbucks yesterday, which never happens to me! I was happy to gush to him about these guys, so I wanted to share that excitement with others.