I started shopping at Everlane about a year ago. In my quest to buy fewer objects, but objects of better quality that lasted longer, the Everlane ethos fit well with me. They work with a handful of factories, which are ethical, and show you the cost of each step of the process, from materials to shipping. The idea is that they produce high quality items for less-than-usual retail because they don’t have a large marketing mark-up.
I was drawn to the look of their Street Shoe. With its slightly pointed toe, it’s like a chic and sophisticated Vans. I love the ease of Vans slip-ons, but they last me only about a year before they start to fall apart. Vans are made with man-made faux leather. The Nubuck Street Shoe from Everlane is made of soft nubuck leather with a leather lining. (UPDATE: as of fall 2017, the nubuck version doesn’t appear to be sold anymore, but there is a leather version). Apologies, I’ve lost the photos I took, so these photos from their website will have to do.
The description says they run narrow, so I ordered a half size up, and also a full size up. I was excited when the package arrived. Alas, neither size fit. They were both too narrow. My feet are considered on the wide side here in America. (Though in Asia they seem to be normal sized and I have no problems finding shoes there.) I can get away with medium widths, but for brands that run a little wide.
As to quality, the shoe appears well made. (They’re produced in an Italian factory.) The footbed is plush and seems like it would be comfortable. If you have narrow feet, I say go for it. The Street Shoe is priced at $135, which I think is very reasonable for a leather shoe. Everlane also runs “Choose What You Pay” discounts from time to time when they overproduce an item. Right now there’s a discount for Nubuck Street Shoes in several colors, including the slate gray that’s pictured in this post.
Fellow owners of wide feet, don’t bother.
By the way, this post is not sponsored. I purchased these shoes myself. If you find my reviews helpful, please use my referral link to Everlane to make your first purchase. Thank you! I appreciate it. You can see my other Everlane reviews here.