Allbirds vs. Everlane vs. Rothy's: What's the Best, Most Comfortable Shoe?

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Which sustainable shoes are the best for you? We compare Everlane, Allbirds and Rothy's. EVERLANE/ALLBIRDS/ROTHY'S

When it comes to comfortable shoes with minimal design and ethical, sustainable practices, there are three mainstream brands that reign supreme: Allbirds, Everlane and Rothy's. People love to wear these styles as on-the-go commuter shoes and, of course, to get behind the ethos of each brand, too. With the planet and the consumer at the forefront, it's no wonder that each of these comfortable brands is top of mind when shopping for shoes.

But if you're in between the three and aren't sure which brand—or shoe, really—is right for you, it might be hard to tell the difference. Which one really is the better shoe? It all depends on your personal preference, style, fit and what you'll be wearing the shoes for. Newsweek compared some of the most popular styles at Allbirds, Everlane and Rothy's to make the decision easier for you.

Best Comfortable Shoes From Allbirds, Everlane and Rothy's

  • Allbirds Wool Runners, $95
  • Allbirds Tree Breezers, $95
  • Everlane The Day Glove in ReKnit, $39
  • Everlane The Forever Platform Sneaker, $70
  • Rothy's The Point, $145
  • Rothy's The Sneaker, $125

Allbirds Wool Runners

Wool Runners sneakers from Allbirds are available in both men's and women's styles, and retail for an affordable $95. ALLBIRDS

Price: $95

What You Need to Know: Well, Barack Obama wears Allbirds Wool Runners, so that's really all you need to know. No, we're kidding—although that's a heck of an endorsement. Wool Runners aren't just worn by a former president (regularly, we might add), but they're also ethically made with ZQ Merino wool, feature moisture-wicking properties, and are machine washable to boot. Super lightweight, comfortable and formfitting, Wool Runners also don't itch the way some wool fabrics do. The sneakers are super soft, slip right on (even though they technically have laces, which BTW are made from 100 percent post-consumer polyester), have a sustainable midsole made from sugarcane and an insole of layered castor bean oil. Allbirds Wool Runners are so comfortable, they're basically like a cloud. They're also one of the most sustainable shoe options.

User reviews: Wool Runners score a 4.8 rating out of a possible five stars on Allbirds.com and have been reviewed 870 times. One user wrote, "I love these shoes. I love the way they look and feel. I love being able to wash them in the washing machine. I love how my feet feel at the end of the day of walking the dog, golfing, playing tennis or pickleball and walking the dog again."

Allbirds Tree Breezers

Available in more than 20 different colors and color combinations, Tree Breezers from Allbirds retail for $95 and are made with renewable materials from eucalyptus trees. ALLBIRDS

Price: $95

What You Need to Know: If it's sustainable and comfortable flats you're looking for, Allbirds Tree Breezers retail for just under $100 and are made with renewable materials from eucalyptus trees. If you've hopped on the eucalyptus-tree-bedsheet trend, then you already know how soft and moisture wicking eucalyptus can be. That's a major plus if your feet tend to sweat! These shoes are flexible, to conform to your foot's unique shape and movement, and also feature an odor-reducing insole. Tree Breezers are the flats for people who hate flats—not in style but in practice. If you love the look of flats but find your feet always hurt in them, they don't fit right or they give you blisters, you've got to try Tree Breezers. These are the flats that will convert you!

User reviews: Allbirds.com wearers have reviewed Tree Breezers 776 times, ultimately giving these shoes a rating of 4.8 out of five stars. One reviewer wrote, "I have very narrow feet and can never seem to find a flat that doesn't flop around or leave horrible blisters on my ankles. But these flats are a game changer. The elastic edge is soft and keeps the flat securely on your foot while you are walking. The sole is substantial, which makes them much more comfortable than most flats. I am going to buy another pair soon in another color because these shoes are really worth their cost."

Everlane The Day Glove in ReKnit

The Day Glove in ReKnit shoes by Everlane are now on sale for $39. EVERLANE

Price: $39

What You Need to Know: Some of the most comfortable shoes on the planet just so happen to be good for the planet, too. When it comes to minimal design and sustainable practices, Everlane is certainly one of the most beloved brands in the space, and its fans particularly love their range of shoes. From its 100 percent organic cotton Forever Platform Sneaker ($70) to its classic Italian Leather Day Glove flats ($105), just about every Everlane shoe option is a total win. But the standout design here is the company's reimagined take on the original Day Glove—the The Day Glove in ReKnit. Currently on sale for $39 (that makes it 60 percent off and also the most affordable shoe on this list!) these fit-like-a-glove flats are made from 88 percent recycled polyester from plastic bottles. This practice, of course, diverts waste from our landfills, but it's really the shoes' incredible fit that's the kicker here. The ReKnit are specifically designed to mold to your feet perfectly, so you won't realize they're even on your feet, let alone made from plastic waste!

User reviews: Don't want to take our word for it? Totally fine (even though when we tried these personally, they slipped on effortlessly, like butter). Here's what one user said on the Everlane website: "It was comfortable and cool. Lovely to wear. It was not tight. Breathable." Not to mention, The Day Glove in ReKnit has amassed 726 reviews on the website and average a rating of 4.72 out of five stars!

Everlane The Forever Platform Sneaker

Made from 100 percent organic cotton and featuring a rubber outsole, The Forever Platform Sneaker from Everlane are also machine washable. EVERLANE

Price: $70

What You Need to Know: The Forever Platform Sneaker from Everlane take the cake in just about every category (in our humble opinion). From their low-key minimal design to their high-quality materials, like organic cotton and a durable rubber outsole, The Forever Platform Sneakers are the perfect commuter shoes, can be dressed up or down, and are comfortable enough to wear while walking the dog around the neighborhood. That certainly checks all the boxes, right? This popular sneaker model averages a 4.37 out of five star rating on the Everlane website and is available in four different colors: Warm Khaki (pictured above), Black, Ecru, and Seaglass. Lauded for their comfortable fit, these platform sneaks can be machine-washed cold and are super roomy, so be sure to size down half a size.

User reviews: These may be our favorite sustainable platform sneaks on the market right now, but here's what an Everlane.com reviewer said: "Worth every penny. $70 for canvas shoes feels like a lot to me, but these are literally perfect. I've been searching for a basic off-white sneaker for a while and I'm so happy I found these! I feel clean and polished when I wear them, but also think they'll look good beat up!"

Rothy's The Point

The Point in Black Solid are one of Rothy's best-selling styles and retail for $145. ROTHYS

Price: $145

What You Need to Know: The biggest draw of Rothy's various shoe styles is that they can conveniently dress up any outfit instantly, are totally comfortable, and be thrown into the washing machine, as well. All together, this makes them mom, commuter and just-about-everyone friendly. The Point, like many of the other eco-minded sneakers and flats on this list, are machine washable, and their pointed-toe shape elevates their look, making them more work appropriate. Created from thread spun from recycled plastic water bottles and featuring the brand's signature blue halo, The Point come in a variety of colors, though the Black Solid is the most reviewed on their website. The fit of this shoe is comparable to the ReKnit from Everlane, but dare we say even more comfy, at least upon first wear. Rothy's promises a zero break-in period when you buy your pair, and considering how well The Point conform to the contours of your feet, it's not hard to see why.

User reviews: Buyers on Rothys.com have reviewed these shoes 6,099 times, ultimately giving the shoe a rating of 4.5 out of five stars. One user wrote, "Super comfy. Wasn't sure The Point would be comfortable (I have the sneaker and the flat) but was pleasantly surprised! They are very comfortable."

Rothy's The Sneaker

A less expensive option than The Point, The Sneaker at Rothy's retail for $125 and conveniently slip on for on-the-go wear. ROTHYS

Price: $125

What You Need to Know: If you're looking for shoes that are a bit tougher and more versatile, The Sneaker at Rothy's in Bright White are a meaningful option for just $125. We love that The Sneaker are a sustainable take on traditional slip-on sneaks and that they're also made with thread spun from water bottles. You'll also love their true-to-size and their ability to go with just about any outfit—from jeans, a tee, and a blazer to a classic summer sundress—to ensure you get the most wear out of these classic white kicks.

User reviews: Rothys.com users have rated The Sneaker 840 times, giving them an overall rating of 4.6 stars out of five. One happy customer wrote, "These are my first pair of Rothy's and I'm so pleased I'm definitely going to be purchasing another pair. I haven't washed them yet, but that might be what I'm most excited about. I'm an elementary school teacher so I am on my feet all day (in South Florida) so needless to say, they need a good wash. But I love that I don't have to worry about spills or dirt from the playground! They're a smidge tight on the width (I have a slightly wider foot) so I would love to see a wide width, especially if I'm going to purchase the flats! But I love them."

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