Sneaker Trends

Found: The Everyday Sneaker That Requires No Break-In Period (It’s Also Sustainable)

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I may not be a certified sneakerhead but I know a good sneaker when I see one. Living in New York City and using the subway as my main mode of transportation has really motivated me to do my research and find shoes that are stylish, easy to wear with my wardrobe (for context: I mix and match a lot of crop tops and high-waisted jeans), built to last, and require no break-in time.  That's part of the reason why I was so excited to get my hands on a pair of Cariuma shoes.

What to know about Cariuma

For those unfamiliar with the buzzy shoe brand (although chances are, you've seen their ads on Instagram), the sneaker company puts sustainability and quality first. It uses ethically-sourced, raw materials like bamboo, organic cotton, sugarcane and mamona oil to create its lineup of comfy sneaks.  There are six core styles you can choose. but personally, I fell in love with the OCA LOW Off-White Canvas kicks. Not only did these seem the most comfy, but they also were the most versatile for my wardrobe (aka, they go with everything) and my lifestyle. Think Vans, but elevated.

What sold me

The first thing I noticed about the shoes was how lightweight they were, which is thanks to the soft canvas and cotton materials. As I walked, they helped propel me forward rather than dragging my feet down—something I appreciated as I passed block #5 on the way to the grocery store. They also have a narrow silhouette so you don't have to worry about your feet looking too bulky. Plus, the low-top design is great for pairing with a skirt, dress or whatever street style look you might be going for (they also look good with pants—so what I'm saying is, they look good with everything).

The real selling point was how and if they held up during my adventures exploring my neighborhood in New York City. Spoiler alert: They did! I was able to wear them for more than eight hours without discomfort. That's partly because of the vegan insoles made of organic mamona oil and cork, which are cushioned with memory foam to provide arch support. The shoes have a snug fit but still give your feet room to breathe. The OCA Low also comes in various colors (the Well+Good team collectively loves the Camel Suede, which is a nice fall shade that pairs with everything).

Cariuma offers a wide variety of sneakers, too: Well+Good's Sr. Commerce Editor tested the White Premium Leather Catiba Pros for several weeks, wearing them on four-mile walks and jogs with her dogs, and outings on the weekend. These particular shoes feature the Cariuma signature logo on the side, differentiating them a bit more from your standard white sneaker. Her takeaway? This shoe took no break-in time (similar to the OCA Low), were roomy (even with thick socks), and gave her the perfect amount of support she needed on a day-to-day basis. Plus, they looked cute with her outfits (a steady mix between leggings and floral maxi dresses on weekends, because Los Angeles).

If you're looking for a high-quality sneaker that you can wear every day (and with multiple outfits) that's easy on your feet, these shoes are a safe bet. The only downside is that these shoes sell fast. If you find a style you like that's out of stock, get yourself on a waitlist, stat. They're totally worth it.

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