The number of Allbirds styles – now around 11, if our math is right – can be dizzying! So, how do you know what Allbirds style right for you? Read on to discover the best Allbirds style for you in our ultimate Allbirds Comparison!
Overview of the Styles + Why They Might Be the Best For You
A super minimal take on the classic flat.
An awesome children’s shoe – our favorite shoe for kids – merino wool and even washable! Full Smallbirds Review
Also, now there are even more Allbirds styles. Check out our Allbirds Tree Dasher 2 Review.
The Best Allbirds: What do we even know?
This whole blog post started when Mrs. We Tried It had a friend reach out and ask what Allbirds she recommend. She just responded with this picture:
Want to know the crazy part? That’s only part of them! We might have a problem…
Needless to say, we love Allbirds, tell everyone about them but it can be a little overwhelming to discover what style is right for you. So, let’s start with the basic: Allbirds Wool Shoes (like the Wool Runner) or their Tree Shoes (like the Tree Runner, Boat Shoes, etc.). Let’s dive in.
Allbirds Wool vs. Tree – Which material is the best Allbirds?
The main difference between Allbirds Merino Wool and Allbirds Tree Shoes is the warmth. The Tree Shoes are lightweight and more breathable. They also keep their shape better than the Wool shoes. However, the Allbirds Merino Wool Styles are warmer.
This is the first, natural question you must consider when considering Allbirds. Do you want Wool or Tree material. What’s the difference between Allbirds Merino Styles and Allbirds Tree Styles?
First, how almost all Allbirds are the same: they almost all have some wool on the inside of the shoes. Almost all of the shoes have wool on in insole (the part inside of the shoe). Wool is where Allbirds started and you’ll see that throughout their shoe line.
They are also all made from sustainable materials and have a low carbon footprint – something we can all get behind!
All Allbirds are also machine washable. Read our Allbirds Washing Instructions.
Allbirds Merino Wool Shoes: What they are best for
Allbirds Wool Shoes (the Wool Runner, Mizzles, Wool Lounger, Wool Piper, etc) are much warmer than the Tree shoes. They are better for cooler climates and keep your foot warmer. Mrs. We Tried It loves the merino wool styles the most. She calls them her “kittens” – because they are soft and cuddly.
The wool shoes also look more “normal.” The Tree shoes, on close inspection, don’t look as much like “real” shoes as the wool shoes do. That’s due to the perforated texture.
Allbirds Wool Shoes: Where they fall short
If Allbirds Wool Shoes are great for cooler climates, they naturally aren’t as suited for warmer climates. While Merino Wool is breathable (which Allbirds Wool is made from), it isn’t nearly as breathable as the Allbirds Tree Shoes, which is perforated.
But, here’s the real kicker on Allbirds Wool Shoes: the Toe Box. I didn’t know what the Toe Box was until I got Allbirds and misspoke on a YouTube video (imagine that!).
The Toe Box on Wool Allbirds tends to deflate over time. When you put the shoe on, it isn’t nearly as noticable, but it was a big deal to a lot of people (just check out the comments on this video).
So, yes, the Toe box does deflate over time, but when you put the shoes on, it is not nearly as noticeable. This is kinda noticeable on the Wool Runners, but REALLY noticeable on the Wool Loungers.
Allbirds Tree Shoes: Where they shine
This is where Allbirds’ strategy is brilliant: their shoes compliment each other. Where the Allbirds Wool shoes run a little hot, the Allbirds Tree Shoes run a little cool. They are more breathable.
The Toe Box on the Allbirds Tree shoes also tends to hold its shape a lot better than the Wool Shoes.
Mr. We Tried It loves the Allbirds Tree Shoes the best, since they hold their shape. Allbirds even calls the Tree Runner their 98% shoe – because it’s good for 98% of time.
Allbirds Tree Shoes: Where they fall short
As previously mentioned, they run a little on the cooler side. They also aren’t the most stable shoe in the world – especially the boat shoe. But, boat shoes aren’t exactly known for their stability, are they? They don’t even go over the ankle.
Allbirds Comparison: Which style is best?
This is where things get a bit subjective. Let’s start with the easiest and work our way to the hardest. Deal? Deal!
Allbirds Tree Dashers vs Tree Runners
The main difference between Allbirds Tree Runners vs. Tree Dashers is the Tree Dashers are a true running show. Don’t let the name fool you. The Runners are more of a casual shoe. The Tree Dashers are more of Running Shoe.
This is a no-brainer: hands-down, if you are going to be running – you need the Allbirds Tree Dasher. Read our full Tree Dasher Review to see how the Tree Dasher stands up to the test.
I, honestly, think that Allbirds made a mistake in their original naming convention. If Allbirds would have known they were going to eventually make the Tree Dasher, I think they would have named their running shoes something different.
Also, but sure to check out our Allbirds Tree Runner Review.
Tree Dasher vs. Tree Runner
The main difference between the Tree Dasher vs. Tree Runners is the overall design. The Tree Runners were designed as more of a casual shoe. The Tree Dasher was designed as more of a running shoe. I know the names are confusing, but that’s the truth.
Both are made from a similar Tree Material. But that’s several other things to consider:
✅ One-piece upper
✅ Dual-density SweetFoam™ midsole
✅ 7mm heel-to-toe drop
✅ Machine Washable
✅ Wear with or without socks
✅ Castor bean oil soles
❌ Two-piece upper (body + tongue)
❌ Single density SweetFoam™ midsole
✅ 15mm heel-to-toe drop
✅ Machine Washable
✅ Wear without or with socks
✅ Light and breezy
If you are a serious runner, I’d recommend checking out the Tree Dasher. Check out our full Allbirds Tree Dasher Review.
Don’t worry, Allbirds has an incredibly return policy. They allow you to return the shoes – even if you’ve already worn them! And, they are super nice about it, too. 🙂
Allbirds Tree Dasher vs. Allbirds Wool Runner – which is best?
The Wool Runner is a great everyday shoe – not a running shoe. We’ll keep this short. For running, the best is the Tree Dasher. For an everyday shoe, we’d probably recommend the Wool Runner – but see more about Allbirds Wool vs. Tree and much more below.
Allbirds Wool Runners vs. Tree Runners
The main difference between Allbirds Wool Runners vs. Allbirds Tree Runners is the fabric. The wool keeps your feet warmer, but the tree fabric allows the shoe to breathe.
Best Allbirds Overall Style: Cooler Climates – Allbirds Wool Runner
You can’t go wrong with the Original – the Allbirds Wool Runner. The above photo shoes you how the shoe ages, which isn’t that bad – especially since this will become your new favorite shoe.
You can wash these shoes and they are insanely comfortable. Read more in our original Allbirds Review.
Best Allbirds for Lounging: Wool Lounger
Another no-brainer here: the Wool Lounger is what got Mrs. We Tried It to fall in love with Allbirds. They now have an even more Epic version of the Wool Lounger: The Wool Fluffs. Awesome!
The Wool Lounger suffers from the same issue the Wool Runner goes with the Toe Box, but it’s perfect for around the house or running to and from Yoga classes.
Best Allbirds Overall Style: Warmer Climates (or if you want them to last longer) – Allbirds Tree Runner
This shoe, as mentioned, is Mr. We Tried It’s favorite. He wears the grey version all the time. In fact, even though it was cold outside today in Colorado, he wore them on a bike ride with the kids this evening.
The style isn’t as awesome as the Wool Runners, but they are pretty awesome, still.
Be sure to take our Allbirds Quiz to get the right style for you!
Best Allbirds for rainy climates: Allbirds Mizzles
This is where Allbirds line gets a little confusing. The Mizzles are simply a term they use for the style that is built for Mist and Drizzle (get it, Mizzle?). They aren’t 100% waterproof but they are water resistant. They come in two styles: a modified version of the Wool Runner and a High Top.
Best Allbirds for the most fashion-forward person
Frankly, Mr. We Tried it can’t pull off the high tops, so it’s to the Tree Skippers for him. The Tree Skippers are not as stable as the High Tops (their’s no ankle support), however, the Tree Skippers did go through 2 days at Disneyland with no problems at all!
Best Allbird Flats: Tree Breezer
Well, this one is technically really easy, since there are only one pair of Allbirds Flats – the Allbirds Tree Breezer. These are super simple but we just aren’t sure if they are worth the $95 price tag. Personally, we recommend Rothy’s (check out our full Rothy’s review) if you want some great, washable flats.
Be sure to take our Allbirds Quiz to get the right style for you!
The Best Allbirds for… what did you think?
Do you have any questions or comments about our Best Allbirds post? Let us know in the comments below! If you’d rather take the Allbirds Quiz, take it right here.
Are Allbirds good everyday shoes?
Yes – they are great everyday shoes because they are lightweight, very comfortable, AND washable.
Are Allbirds good quality?
Yes! We’ve had Allbirds last for years, even with multiple washes and still be comfortable and look good. The tree shoes tend to hold up a little better over their wool shoes.