Fashion

The 4 Best Allbirds Alternatives

There's no question that Allbirds are great shoes — they're exceptionally comfortable and they come in tons of styles. That said, the average pair will set you back about a hundred bucks. For those of us who are on a tighter budget, I set out on a quest to find some thriftier stand-ins. The best Allbirds alternatives have three things in common: they're comfortable, they're lightweight, and you can wear them all day without socks.

All of my selections below boast comfort features such as cushioned footbeds, soft fabric, and shock-absorbing midsoles. That means that you can wear them all day without any aches. Of course, a big part of what makes Allbirds so comfy is their light and airy feel. The shoes on this list all showcase lightweight designs, as well as breathable knit fabrics that feel soft and well-ventilated.

Finally, rather than taking the brands at their word, I also read through the Amazon reviews to make sure real customers have vouched for the no-sock friendliness of all my picks.

With all of that in mind, take a look at the best Allbirds alternatives below to find the ones that best speak to your personal fashion sensibility.

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The Best Running Sneakers

What's great about them: These Adidas Cloudfoam running shoes are a fantastic option that's comfortable yet considerably more wallet-friendly than the Allbirds Tree Dashers. As the name suggests, the ultra-thin sneakers are exceptionally lightweight with soft mesh fabric that's breathable and moisture-wicking. The Cloudfoam cushioning allows for all-day wear without achy feet, and they have memory foam sock-liners to offer a step-in feel (and make them compatible sans socks). Best of all, they come in four neutral colors.

One reviewer wrote: "These could be slippers, that is how comfortable they are. They conform to your feet, and the size is just perfect! A great price for a shoe this nice. I tried on my friends Allbirds and was ready to order, then thought I would take a chance on these since there are free returns. Glad I did, these are way more comfortable than the Allbirds for me!"

  • Available sizes: 5 to 12
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The Best Everyday Sneakers

What's great about them: Made with a strikingly comfortable poly-wool fabric, these breathable, lightweight women's sneakers can be worn around town or when you're out with friends. They make fantastic everyday sneakers that are comfy (courtesy of the padded insoles) and durable (thanks to the foam rubber soles). They're extremely flexible, and reviewers noted that you can wear them easily without socks. They come in your choice of light gray, dark gray, or black.

One reviewer wrote: "I've worn these an equal amount of time comparing them to my $95 Allbirds. Go ahead and order these. They differ very little from the more expensive shoe. I like the sole of these better! I have not washed either yet. The fabric on the $95 shoe looks like my toes are wearing it thin. Not so on these. I wear both brands without socks"

  • Available sizes: 5 to 10
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The Best Slip-Ons

What's great about them: These Dr. Scholl's Luna sneakers slip on easily, according to reviewers, and have a similar style to the Allbirds Tree Loungers. The breathable, mesh-style fabric keeps them lightweight and breezy, while the soft microfiber material feels comfortable against your skin. In addition to ventilation, the perforations add style and chicness to these shoes, which can easily be dressed up or down, depending on your plans. On top of that, they come in a wide range of colors.

One reviewer wrote: "I was going to buy some Rothys or Allbirds to replace my worn out converse one stars for non-athletic sneakers but I saw these on sale and figured I’d give them a try first. Love them! Fit true to size, super comfortable, and sharp looking. Easy to slip on and off and work with or without socks. Not a ton of arch support but quite a bit of cushion. Will buy again in more colors."

  • Available sizes: 5 to 12
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The Best Flats

What's great about them: Constructed with special air-cooled memory foam, these knit ballet flats are similar in both comfort and style to the Allbirds Tree Breezers. The cushioning inside means you can stand or walk in them for long periods of time, and the woven fabric is stretchy in addition to being airy and cool. They have a cute scalloped design and come in your choice of taupe or black.

One reviewer wrote: "Super comfy! I wear them to work. 8 hours still like walking on clouds! [...] I like the color it goes with pretty much anything!

  • Available sizes: 5 to 11