It turns out the hype was right.

By Summer Cartwright
Updated February 26, 2020
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AllBirds Wool Runner-up Mizzles Natural Grey Tout

If your social media habits are anything like mine, you surely know about Allbirds. It’s the brand that makes those cool-toned wool shoes that tech bros and commuters alike swear by, but its targeted Instagram ads and sponsored posts never made much of an impression on me. I thought the shoes were just another craze that would fill my feed for a year and never return again. After all, wearing wool on top (or in place) of socks sounded like a disaster.

It wasn’t until I saw the brand’s newest high-top Mizzles (; $135) that I invested a few minutes of my time into seeing what its shoes were all about. That’s because to me, there’s no sneaker superior to the high top. They add a depth of style and amplify the cool factor of any look, making my mom-est of mom jeans look fashion-forward.

Allbirds touts the moisture-wicking and temperature-regulating capabilities of its wool shoes all throughout its site, but what really sold me on trying the all-weather Mizzles was the sustainable materials with which each pair is made. Because Allbirds are made from wool, the brand says it uses 60 percent less energy to produce its shoes compared to sneakers made with synthetic materials. What’s more, the laces are made from recycled plastic bottles, and each insole incorporates castor bean oil rather than the unrecyclable plastics found in most sneakers. Even the packaging is 90 percent recycled. (It also helps that my forever crush, Leonardo DiCaprio, liked his Allbirds so much that he invested in the brand).

Even though no shopping is entirely sustainable, I decided to give them a try. Plus, if you don’t love the water-resistant shoes, you can return them to Allbirds within 30 days and get your cash back. I really couldn’t go wrong.

The shoes arrived, recycled packaging and all, looking crisp and pristine. I chose the limited-edition Fog color because it’s monochromatic and would match anything in my closet. I’ve worn wool socks before, but wasn’t certain what the high tops would feel like, especially since my feet are sensitive to any material that can be remotely itchy or ticklish. I slipped my feet in barefoot (since wearing the shoes without socks is what true Allbirds fans do) and was pleasantly surprised by how smooth and soft the inside felt. It was like wrapping my feet in a cool, cloud-like comforter.

The first day I had the sneakers, I wore them walking throughout New York with my mom and stepdad, and they thrived through every step. I didn’t notice any aches and pains at the end of the long day, and I had completely forgotten about that “wear-in” period every new pair of shoes has—the Mizzles were comfortable from the get-go.

Next up, I wore them like I would slippers. I put them on when I woke up, laced ‘em up, and wore them inside as I worked at my desk all day. They didn’t feel clunky like typical sneakers, and they were as flexible (if not more) than all of my past slippers. When it came time to grab an afternoon latte, it felt nice not having to switch my shoes up.

The high tops pair well with more casual office outfits and also look surprisingly cute with dresses and shorts. As for sweaty feet, when I wear Allbirds, my toes stay nice and cool all day long. If I don’t wear socks they get a little moist, but not to the extent they would in my other sneakers.

When the end of the 30-day trial period arrived, I brushed it away like a bad flyaway. It’s been months, and I continue to get compliments on these shoes. Rain or shine, indoors or outdoors, I wear my Allbirds high tops all the time.

AllBirds Wool Runner-up Mizzles Fog


To buy: $135;