We recently got our hands on a pair of the new Allbirds Tree Dasher and are ready to give you our honest Allbirds Tree Dasher Review. If you follow We Tried It at all, you know that we love Allbirds (read our Allbirds Review, Allbirds Tree Runner Review and our Allbirds Mizzle Review. Do the new Allbirds dashers running shoe stand up to the test? Read on for our Allbirds Dasher Review.
|👍🏻What We Love||👎🏻What We Don’t Love|
|– High performance version of Allbirds!|
– Can still be worn without socks.
– Fun, new colors.
– More environmentally version of a running shoe.
– Incredibly lightweight.
– Machine washable.
|– Can still wear with socks, but should probably wear on serious runs.|
Allbirds Tree Dasher Review: What’s the big idea?
The big idea here is that Allbirds is trying to create a running shoe made out of natural materials, with next to no carbon footprint (they call it “Tred Lighter”). They’ve “broken the rules” of traditional manufacturing to create the new Tree Dasher.
Many people have said that traditional Allbirds don’t have the support needed for running or the stability for more vigorous activities. What’s the truth? Keep reading for our honest first impressions and Allbirds Tree Dasher Review.
Tree Dasher Review: What’s different?
These Allbirds look different at first look. They are “busier” than other Allbirds, but there is also a lot going on. But that’s because there is a lot more going on here. The Allbirds Tree Dasher is designed for a much higher level of performance than the other Allbirds Styles.
A couple of different features that make the Tree Dasher different:
Tree Dasher Sole
The Sole of the Allbirds Tree Dasher is the first big difference that you’ll notice.
The sole is very different than other Allbirds you’ve seen. The “responsive, dual-density sugarcane midsole” provides better performance that other Allbirds.
The other thing you’ll notice about the Allbirds Sole is the thickness. The shoe soles are VERY thick.
I actually felt a little bit taller wearing these shoes – I mostly only wear Allbirds (mostly the Tree Runners) or flip flops around the house, so these felt a little taller.
The shoe also felt more cushioned on the sole.
One other unique thing about the Allbirds Running shoe is that the upper is all one piece. There is no “tongue” on the shoe.
I didn’t notice this on the Allbirds website before ordering and once I recieved the new running shoes, I thought that it would be more difficult to put on the shoes. But it didn’t. The Tree Material is very flexible.
Allbirds claims the seamless upper delivers a lasting fit that moves with your moves. Allbirds says that the seamless upper makes it more durable.
Inside the shoe
This is where the Allbirds Tree Dasher is the most different. Most insides of Allbirds are one solid material. However, the Tree Dasher is a bit different. There is some of the merino wool that made Allbirds famous inside these shoes, but not in 100% of the inside. Allbirds says, “Our contoured castor bean sockliner and merino wool lined heel pad cushion your heel and lock it in place, providing breathable, anatomical support in every stride.”
The insole is also not wool, like previous versions of Allbirds.
Can you wear the Allbirds Running Shoe without socks?
Our favorite thing about Allbirds is the ability to wear without socks. As we mentioned above: the Allbirds aren’t designed with the same wool inside the shoes as the other Allbirds, but the Allbirds Tree Dasher can be worn without socks, too. Allbirds even confirmed on Instagram this when they released the new shoe:
However, if you are a serious runner, we’d recommend that you wear socks with the Allbirds Tree Dasher. The inside being made of different materials is fine for most walks and even lifting weights. However, if you are running, you will probably get some rubbing on the feet with the different materials. Allbirds even created the new Trino™ Sprinters Socks just for the new Tree Dasher Shoes.
Allbirds Running Shoes: The fit
The Allbirds fit very true to Allbirds size. We’d recommend ordering the size that you normally wear in Allbirds. I like my shoes a little looser, so I order a half size up to a “perfect” fit. You might not want to do this if you are running in these shoes, since you don’t want them loose when you are running.
Allbirds Tree Dasher Review: The final verdict
So far, we really like the Tree Dasher. It’s a higher-performance version of the original Allbirds (and the Allbirds Tree Runner). It’s $30 more than the Wool Runners and Tree Runners, but you can tell there is a lot more that goes into this shoe. They’ve reinvented their already innovative shoe from the sole to the shoelace eyelets.
We’ll wait to give the Allbirds Tree Dasher the We Tried It Seal of Approval until we have the chance to test them further. Right now, we love the Tree Dasher, but want to make sure it holds up over time and can be washed!