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Allbirds Women’s Tree Dashers Reviewed

Allbirds new running shoes have ample cushion and 10k kind of stamina. The company's sustainability sets the tone for these runners
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The Allbirds Women’s Tree Dashers are flexible, plushy, and sustainable.

Pounding the pavement on a run for three miles or more, three days a week or more, can tear your feet to shreds. What you put on your feet is important not only for their health but also for the health of the environment. 

Because everyone’s feet are different, those hot new running shoes that just slid off the assembly lines of the leading manufacturers might not be the right ones for you. That’s why shoe companies have an array of designs to fit different foot types. For the purpose of full disclosure in this review, I tend to start off with a slight supination, then roll inward with an overpronatation.

I’ve been running for years, and I’ve used half a dozen different running shoe brands and, within those brands, half a dozen different models.

Enter the Allbirds. Like most runners with an Instagram account, I get a slew of sponsored content for running shoes, apparel, and other necessary running gear. Creative as they are, most of these products have no place in my life; that is, until I saw sponsored content for Allbirds.

Allbirds makes sustainability their top priority, and it’s listed prominently on their website. It’s almost like they want you to click on that link. Their transparency made it easy for me to take the leap and try their new running shoe line.

Tree Dashers look and feel

I purchased the Women’s Tree Dashers, limited edition, in puukeko. This color is only available with a white sole. They’re striking, vibrant, and very flexible. The fabric wraps the upper in one solid piece like a sock. It’s lightweight and breathable. They almost feel as if Allbirds took a mold of the foot and put a meshy Lycra on it; it moves with you. I love how easy they are to slip on and off, without bending to untie the laces.

The outer sole on these, however, leaves much to be desired. Most running shoes come with a good amount of traction that will last a few hundred miles. The Tree Dashers don’t actually have traction, rather they have dimpled soles. I’ve only gone on a few runs, and already some of the dimples have flattened out.

Running in the Women’s Tree Dashers

I received them on a Tuesday and was out running in them on Wednesday morning. They are comfortable, light, bouncy, and have an equitable amount of give when the mid-foot hits the ground. They have a generous amount of padding that, surprisingly, doesn’t feel like cement on foot strike. And stays cool on longer runs. Cushioned insoles usually cause too much warmth inside the shoes.

The first thing I noticed when I tried them on was how easily they slipped on my feet. They pull on like socks, and there’s no tongue in the way. I got the durable tree material on my Tree Dashers. With this design, customers can opt for tree rather than wool if preferred. Plus, I live in Miami; there’s no need to slide on a pair of warm runners.

There’s also no need to tighten the laces because the material clings so well to your foot. I did double knot the laces, though, to prevent tripping on loose shoe strings. Because the top mesh of the shoe is all one piece of fabric, your foot can expand and retract inside the shoe without the usual discomfort that having tight laces can sometimes cause across the top of the foot. 

Allbirds environmental sustainability

I’m a vegan, so I would rather not wear animal products. But replacing naturally biodegradable materials like leather and wool with plastics is not sustainable. However you want to look at it, plastic of any kind is the problem.

Allbirds uses wool. However, in their sustainability link, they’re open about where they source it from. The company is committed to the environment. They partner with companies that ensure their farming, land management, and animal welfare are held to the highest standards. I can live with that, and so can the environment.

These shoes are great if the mileage stays low. But once I went past the five-mile mark, they didn’t feel as bouncy and the fabric upper seems to stretch out, losing its elasticity. Unfortunately for these shoes, I’ll continue training in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 for my upcoming half marathon.

Whichever shoes you chose, be sure to train in the same ones you intend to use for your official races. This will avoid injuries on race day.

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