I have been testing out Allbirds cutest casual shoe, the piper, for a couple weeks now. I think they’re a perfect chill white sneaker that goes with dresses and can dress down my business clothes as well. Here, I talk sizing, review their comfort & support level, and how they compare to other Allbirds favorites–the tree dashers and runners! Plus, I have a coupon code for you if you want to add a treat to your order!
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The style of piper I picked is the women’s wool piper woven. The woven texture is a bit sturdier and has less of a mesh design than Allbirds other shoes. If you’re looking for a walking shoe, the piper does its job well! There’s a nice bit of fuzzy cushion in the back, which, in my experience, prevented heel blisters (and believe me, if there is a way, I will get heel blisters). I found these comfortable with no break-in time.
An obvious question when you see the word “wool” is, “are these shoes hot?” I have not found temperature to be a concern with them yet, but I don’t run particularly warm, and if that’s a real issue for you, I think the tree runners are a better bet (they are the Allbirds my husband wears for that very reason!).
On the flip side, if you get caught in a light rain shower, I don’t think the Pipers would face any issues, but they are not listed as fully waterproof, so I wouldn’t pick them on a day with puddles.
I can also compare the pipers to a couple of other Allbirds shoes I own, including the tree dashers and tree runners. In terms of the Pipers versus the Runners, I think the runner and dasher series do better at a crossover between casual life and working out. The sole is a bit thicker, and the tread is stronger (especially on the tree dashers, which I recommend if you’re concerned about gravel or other slippery conditions).
Finally, a word on sizing: this is another Allbirds style that doesn’t have half sizes (I wish they would!). I wear a 10-10.5 and found the 10 to be just right. I do have a slightly narrow foot so I would recommend picking the bigger of your whole sizes if you have wide feet!
Let me know what other questions you have! Happy shopping!
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