If you catch me on any given day, chances are I’m wearing sneakers. Sometimes I’ll throw a pair of classic boat shoes into the mix, but for the most part, it’s sneakers. If my feet aren’t flat on the ground, I find most shoes to be painful after a while. To put my love of comfortable footwear into perspective: The only reason I wore heels on my wedding day was to please my mom, and I changed into platform sneakers immediately following our ceremony.
My tried-and-true favorite has always been the Superga Cotu. But because I love a good pair of lace-ups so much I’m always willing to try others. I’ve bought a handful of styles from other brands that range from Keds (too narrow) to Converse (zero support) to Allbirds (way too warm), and I’ve struggled to find ones that are as comfortable or reliable as my trusty Cotus. Well, that is, until I tried Cariuma.
The brand of sustainable sneakers (psst, if you buy one pair, they plant two trees in the Brazilian rainforest) has officially claimed multiple spots in my sneaker collection. I love them because they require absolutely zero break-in period, unlike most others, and they have both low and high top styles in various materials, so there’s something for every sneaker mood. Ahead, I’m breaking down the specifics of my favorite styles to show you exactly what I mean. And if you want to try a pair for yourself, use code PUREWOW15 to receive 15 percent off!