I often wear sneakers to feel comfortable and look cute – to work (back then it was one thing to go to the office), walking around the neighborhood / town, running errands, meeting up with friends, etc.
I was really excited to try this pair just for looks. The style of these outfits is versatile enough to match many different outfits, and they can get sportier or more “girly”. But they’re not plain at all, with some signature details that I really appreciate – a cream colored rubber sole, beautiful full-grain leather, and a super cool mustard suede insert on the sides and heel collar.
How I tested
I started wearing these around the house for a day to get a feel for them. I could tell the heel area could be a problem. Instead of taking a walk in them, I next ran some errands in hopes that the shorter walking intervals (e.g. grocery shopping, stopping at the pharmacy) and breaks from walking (while driving) would be better around to break this in. I carried them to walk our family dog around the neighborhood that̵
I wear a size 10 in sneakers, and these fit out of the box pretty well – except for the heel area, which was too tight and created a pressure point. They were also a little tight and stiff everywhere – but in my experience that is often to be expected with tennis shoes made of real leather. The fit got roomier every time I wore it as the leather was broken in while maintaining the basic shape.
Shape of the shoe
These sneakers fit my foot well enough for tennis shoes, except for a couple of minor issues. They don’t offer much support for my tall arches so I don’t know if I would wear them for a full day walking tour, for example. The shape of the heel area was initially a problem for me too. My heel bone sticks out pretty far back (technically the top of my calcaneus) so it’s quite common for them to press against shoes, especially new ones, until I get blisters. I was concerned that these shoes had the heel but luckily the initial tightness and rubbing in the heel caused only minor irritation. And I stretched the heel area out enough after a couple of wears that it worked fine.
Feeling of the shoe
The footbeds of these were on the firm side, but not uncomfortable. In fact, I think the overall firmness helped make up for the lack of pronounced arch support provided by the shape of the insole. The feeling also becomes more natural and comfortable over time as the insole (and the rest of the shoe) adapts a little to my feet.
How my body feels during and after the activity
At the end of my first walk outdoors (about a mile on tarmac), I had enough heel discomfort that I was happy to take it off when I got home. The part of the skin that rubbed the shoe was a little pink and tender, but it didn’t blister. (I was wearing my thinnest socks too, that couldn’t have helped.) Fortunately, with the gradual wear and tear, this problem disappeared in the next test clothes. When I wear these, they don’t cause any problems at all.
Company’s right of return
Everlane has a good policy with a 90 day return window. However, the item must be in unworn condition and in its original packaging. So be sure to go around inside (and save the box) before deciding if you want to keep it. Unless you’re buying directly from the brand, be sure to check the return and exchange policies of the retailer you choose.
The bottom line
These stylish and versatile sneakers come in shape from the park and at the same time meet the expectations of their function as lifestyle sneakers. The first time they were worn, they were a bit stiff overall and irritating in the heel area, thanks to the shape of my heel bones. But after breaking in a bit, they fitted great and felt more comfortable than when they were unpacked. This shoe is ideal for anyone looking for a beautiful, well-made lifestyle sneaker.