All-New Allbirds Leaflet Review

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The latest release of running shoes from Allbirds, the brand made popular by their sustainable lifestyle kicks, is a big step up from their latest running offerings. The Allbirds Flyer is a legit road runner that can help you tackle your daily workout, made with eco-friendly materials and sporting a modern geometric design that looks good enough to garner compliments.

Flyer Allbirds | $160 (released May 17)

(Photo: Courtesy of Allbirds)

Mass: 8.7 oz. (women’s size 8.5)
Heel-toe offset: 8.5mm

What we liked

  • These felt great from the moment we walked in. The midsole, Allbirds new SwiftFoam, helps the shoe feel very stable from the start. The stretchy upper and fairly aggressive flared heel also contributed to that secure feel, and the grip and traction are impressive. They do just as well on gravel as they do on asphalt.
  • These are pleasantly bouncy (but not too spongy) and perfect for everyday training runs with relatively low mileage. The upper is super breathable and pairs well with a thinner sock, ideal for warmer days on the pavement. We also really liked the lack of a traditional tongue and found the sock-like fit to be comfortable for shorter distances.
  • The emphasis on sustainability here, including a castor oil-based foam that’s assembled with a process that uses less energy and fewer materials to produce, is impressive. A pair’s carbon footprint is 9.92kg, less than a typical sneaker, which is closer to 14kg. Many “durable” shoes tend to miss the mark for a truly comfortable workout, but they hold up well against this metric.
  • We loved traveling in these and with these too. They wear extremely well as lifestyle shoes without tired feet after a full day of running through airports. They also pack up nicely and land somewhere in the middle when it comes to weight.

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What we didn’t like

the upper part of the Allbirds Tree Flyer, which in our review we found needed to be sized for high insteps
(Photo: Courtesy of Allbirds)
  • If, like one of our testers, you have a high instep and a slightly wider foot, we’d recommend going a half size up – we ended up with indentations of the lace leftover on the top of our foot after a longer workout.
  • The laces must be changed. The thicker design often makes them untied, especially for anything over 3 miles.
  • At $160, the price is steep for a pair of everyday sneakers, and they’re so new that durability isn’t yet guaranteed. We’ll update here as we continue to wear them.

Who it’s for

  • Someone who cares about durability in their running shoes (we all should!) and runs shorter distances daily will find these shoes strong and reliable. They’re not meant for racing or even ultra-fast days out, but they’re more than responsive enough for solid road racing.
  • Great for the casual runner who also wants something they can travel in (and look great).

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