*I was gifted these sneakers by Everlane but all opinions are my own.
I was really excited when Everlane launched their sneaker line last year because Everlane makes some of my favorite footwear. I was also excited because there aren’t that many ethically made/sustainable sneaker options that I feel like are “my style” out there.
Tread By Everlane
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to check out Everlane’s Tread Sneaker Pop-Up shop last year to see them in person. The Pop-Up shop also gave me more insight into how the sneakers are made and how they are trying to create the world’s lowest-impact and carbon neutral sneaker.
A More Sustainable Leather Sneaker
It turns out, most sneakers contain a lot of virgin plastic and create a lot of CO2 emissions which isn’t good for the environment. Everlane took steps to fix that by creating a sole made with 94.2% less virgin plastic with the entire shoe using 54% less plastic than other sneakers. The leather is produced at a Gold Certified Tannery which follows environmental protocols. And Everlane has partnered with third party firms like NativeEnergy to measure their carbon footprint and offset all emissions.
The Tread Sneaker was the first sneaker to launch. It’s got a retro vibe that has a similar look to an orthopedic or “Dad” sneaker. At first, I wasn’t really sure it was my style but it actually grew on me. It’s a great sneaker to try if you want to take part in the chunky sneaker trend without going too chunky. I also like that the sneaker doesn’t have any branding or logos on it. It’s very nondescript and I love it!
Color + Sizing
It originally launched in Off-White, Blush, Black, and Grey colors but they’ve since added other fun color combinations like Grey/Pine and Off-White/Blue. They also launched a “Gum Sole” version of the Off-White and Black colors which has a cool colored sole! Take note that some colorways contain leather AND suede and some are all leather.
Size wise these run small. I would recommend going up at least a 1/2 size. I’m either an 8.5 or 9 and I went with the 9 and they definitely don’t feel big. I also have a narrow foot. So if you have a wide foot you might even want to consider going up a full size.
I have to admit that I’m not a “sneaker expert”. I don’t wear sneakers that often. I have one pair of running shoes. However, I’ve worn the Tread Sneakers out to run errands and also while I was pregnant and they are comfortable. I’m sure that if I wore them a ton and broke them in more they’d be even more comfortable. I don’t think these are made for heavy physical activity but they are great for light exercise, walks, and running errands all day.
The Court Sneaker
If you aren’t into the orthopedic vibes of The Trainer then The Court Sneaker might be for you! This is a less chunky, sleeker, simpler version of Everlane Tread sneaker. The Court Sneaker also does not have any branding or logos.
Color + Sizing
The Court Sneaker has a few more color options than The Tread (although, some are sold out now). The Court Sneaker also comes in a True White as well as Off-White (The Trainer only comes in off-white. My favorite is the White/Mustard color combo (sadly, it’s sold out). But they just released new colors and I was able to get it in the White/Navy Gumsole which I love!
I found The Court Sneaker to run slightly big. I took the size 9 (same as I did with The Trainer) but I feel like there’s more room in the toe area and more room in the shoe in general. I do have narrow feet so this might not be an issue if you have normal or wide feet. I probably could have sized down to an 8.5 but I think the 9 will be ok.
I did just get these so I’ve only been able to wear them around the house. But I do think they are comfortable. I don’t think these are as supportive as The Trainer but they are still great for walks and running errands all day!
Both The Trainer and The Court sneakers are $98 which I think is very reasonable for an ethically made/eco-friendly sneaker.