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I Wore These Shoes to Mexico City (and Haven’t Taken Them Off Since)

Allbirds Are The Best Shoes for Travel

This weekend, a few members of the Cup of Jo team flew to Mexico City for a quick work trip. It was our first time there, and there was so much to love — meandering streets overflowing with jacaranda trees, the warm hospitality of the people we met, and shrimp tacos so delicious we found ourselves nodding in unison. Here are a few photos of the trip (including my Allbirds, which I never took off)…

Allbirds Are The Best Shoes for Travel

Every time I travel, the same thing always goes down: I wear my comfy airport clothes 99% of the trip. They’re always more comfortable than whatever I stuffed in my suitcase. When there’s so much to see (eat) in a new place, why would anyone reach for the fussy pieces that drive you nuts? As my parents used to say on family vacations, “We don’t have time for that.” For this trip, I lived in my Allbirds sneakers.

Allbirds Are The Best Shoes for Travel

Allbirds has a warm-weather style called Tree Runners, which are made from naturally-derived eucalyptus tree fiber. They’re light, breathable and exactly what you want to wear with a busy day ahead of you. I know people sometimes say shoes feel like you’re walking on clouds, but these seriously feel like you’re walking on clouds. Three people actually stopped me at the airport, pointed at my shoes and gave me a thumbs up. They, too, were hooked.

Allbirds Are The Best Shoes for Travel

Our first stop in Mexico City was El Pescadito Condesa. We ordered the shrimp tacos, cold beer and horchata.

Allbirds Are The Best Shoes for Travel

After lunch, we spent the afternoon wandering around La Condesa, a tree-lined neighborhood with Art Deco architecture, friendly cyclists and sidewalk cafés.

Allbirds Are The Best Shoes for Travel

We then stopped into El Moro for churros.

Allbirds Are The Best Shoes for Travel

Allbirds Are The Best Shoes for Travel

The churrería dishes up fresh fried dough — served still hot — and eight choices of hot chocolate. We dipped our churros into the Spanish hot chocolate, which was thick and sweet, and the Mexican hot chocolate, which was fluffy and spicy. They also sell a consuelo de chocolate, an ice cream sandwich, with coiled churros on each end. Because!!!!! The original location is open 24-hours, every day of the week.

Allbirds Are The Best Shoes for Travel

We were lucky to be able to see a few other Mexico City highlights:

  • Cuadra San Cristobal: A modernist ranch designed in 1968 by architect Luis Barragán, who said, “I think the ideal space must contain elements of magic, serenity, sorcery and mystery.” The horse stables, gardens and pools are designed with contemporary lines and graphic colors (except green, because Barragán leaves that color to nature). It’s breathtaking.
  • Rosetta: Tucked inside a colonial townhouse with vintage floral wallpaper is chef Elena Reygadas’s Italian restaurant. We feasted on the sweet rosemary rolls, handmade pasta and cheesy breadsticks that are taller than the table.
  • Ciudadela Market: This traditional-style Mexican market is filled with artisan booths and folk art. Plus, embroidered pillows, silver jewelry and little kids playing the fiercest game of sardines in history.

  • Overall, I can’t recommend Allbirds enough for making sightseeing a pleasure. My phone says I walked over 20,000 steps each day, but I didn’t think twice about my feet. The Tree Runners that I love come in different colors, like Charcoal, Chalk, Stone and Navy, and are perfect for summer travels. They also have other styles, like the Tree Skippers and Tree Loungers.

    Have you been to Mexico City, or do you live there? What would you recommend? We’d love to hear any insider tips!

    (Photos by Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Allbirds, the most comfortable sneakers we’ve ever worn.)

    1. Rez says...

      Hi! I am headed to Mexico City and I could have sworn COJ had info on the AirBnBs you stayed at during this trip. Where can I find those links?! I remember that you rented two places but mostly stayed at one :)
      Thanks!

    2. I love my allbirds! I love the idea of them being wool! Not only do they look superb but they are great for when it’s chilly!

    3. Lori says...

      I have been wanting to try out Allbirds. Can you comment about the fit? I wear a half size, and Allbirds is only whole sizes. Up or down?
      Thanks!

    4. Libertad Vera says...

      hi, a Mexico city cityzen here!, so glad you enjoyed your trip!… Teotihuacan is a great place to visit also stay in one of the few organic, eco boutique little hotels in the Ajusco area, to be in touch with nature… BR

      • Taylor says...

        I’m planning a trip to Mexico City and Oaxaca City in November and would love one of those eco boutique hotel recommendations, sounds amazing!!! Thank you in advance :)

    5. fefe says...

      I think I’m the ONLY person in the world that doesn’t love All Birds. They are comfy, but lawwwwd do they make my feet a smelly, sweaty, hot mess.

    6. I love my allbirds. I was visiting NYC a few weeks ago and I happily walked 50 miles in 3 days. They are so light and comfy!

    7. Vivian says...

      I put it to you that neither you nor Caroline knows what a jacaranda tree looks like when they aren’t in bloom (March!) so to mention them here and on Instagram is a little strange to me as a Mexican. There are so many other trees in bloom right now and all through the year, why the obsession with Jacarandas. Are they hip in Brooklyn?

      • erin says...

        I was also just in Mexico City and the Jacarandas are really stunning. It’s probably that simple.

      • Agnès Mérat says...

        Also a mexican and can’t get enough of jacarandas, they’re so amazingly beautiful.

      • Sophie says...

        Jacarandas are rare in the U.S., as they only grow in Southern California and Florida. The purple blossoms are so lovely!

    8. Cyn says...

      Joanna and Stella,
      Thank you for taking so much time and thought with my question. Thanks also to your readers for all the helpful comments! You have such a great community of readers. I’ve referred to your city guides many times (Nashville and Austin) and found them to be right on the nose. I really love your travel posts. Ya’ll are the best!
      xo

    9. jeannie says...

      most comfortable shoes I have ever worn for walking around a city!

    10. Emily says...

      Read this while reading my Allbirds tree runners! In love with them

    11. New Zealander here! So happy that the shoes from my corner of the world have found their way onto international feet. I’m a mid 20’s female and all of my friends wear AllBirds – they’re very popular here, especially in the capital Welllington (known for its style). They’ve recently made their way to where I live (a smaller town) and one of my senior colleagues bought several pairs for his family. They got shipped to work so we all found out! Crazy to think that they’re as popular here as they are overseas. From a small country it’s a pretty big deal.

    12. Teotihuacan! I wonder if people can still climb to the top? I did! It was one of the most amazing feelings I’ve ever had.

    13. Leah says...

      Allbirds are unquestionably comfortable and they look nice, but for me, they don’t cut it for all-day walking (8+ miles). I took them and a pair of Birkenstock Londons on a two-week trip to Asia where we walked 8-10 miles a day. The Birks were perfect—I think it helps that they’re stiffer?—but the Allbirds left me limping. For me, their shelf life is about five miles.

    14. Cyn says...

      I have been thinking about a solo trip to Mexico. As a woman on her own I’m curious, did you find Mexico City to be a safe place?

      • Joanna Goddard says...

        i just emailed stella to see her thoughts! curious to hear from others, too!

      • Esperanza B says...

        Of course Mexico City is safe for a single woman as long as she follows elementary security measures such as not going through streets alone at night or going to dangerous areas of the city … otherwise there is no problem … I recommend using Uber to move or taxi sites and not use ostentatious jewelry … there are areas such as Polanco or La Condesa that are very safe and worth knowing … for tourist places we have red buses like in England with two floors that have tours safely and economically.

      • I’ve been here for 8weeks on my own and have felt safe. The people are wonderfully hospitable and welcoming. You should definitely visit ;)

      • Molly says...

        I am by no means an expert but wanted to share since my female friend and I visited in March. We felt perfectly safe in the areas we visited and had a great time! Just like any big city, areas seemed to vary. We used uber for transport which was great. I was a little concerned about safety as well and am glad that didn’t stop me from visiting. The food was amazing- I still dream of tuna tostadas at Contramar. I hope to go back to explore more!

      • Jennifer Vercelli says...

        I traveled there alone for a week, over Christmas, 2 years ago. I hired all day guides for 2-3 of the days and used Uber exclusively. That said I walked all over by myself day and even a few times at night In Condesa and Roma Norte and felt safe. I absolutely fell in the love with the city and have already been back once since.

      • Stella Blackmon says...

        Hi Cyn! Thanks so much for reaching out. I am curious to hear what others have to say about this, too! Like my experience, any foreign country feels like a little overwhelming the first day while you’re trying to get a feel for how things work, especially with a language barrier. But! We took Ubers the entire time (so, so cheap), kept our phones hidden (walking around and in cars), only walked around with our credit cards, and used Google translate for emergencies. Mainly the same stuff I do in areas of New York I don’t know very well. We also stayed in La Condesa and our hosts assured us we were safe, etc, but too avoid walking around very late at night — the same tourists things you typically hear. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Mexico City, and think you will, too. Can’t wait to go back.

    15. Andrea says...

      I’m sitting in my office a block away from El Pescadito. If only I’d known you guys were here! So good to hear you enjoyed Mexico. Hope you’ll come back because this city is full of surprises.

    16. Caitlin says...

      Hi! I have a trip to Mexico City planned in a few weeks and am just wondering if Cuadra San Cristóbal is open to the public? I can’t seem to find any info for planning a visit online anywhere and would love to check it out – It looks amazing!

      • I found this. But this seems steep. I know you have to have an appointment, but I saw somewhere else it was $1500 pesos for a group of 4 so this company likely upcharges for the transportation and other properties? Still cool though. http://www.luisbarragantour.com/half-day-tours.html

      • Caitlin says...

        Thanks for the info Jessica!!

    17. Claudia says...

      Love Mexico City! My husband is from there and we love to go and visit his parents and sister. We are even considering moving there!
      The only thing that I don’t love is the traffic …

    18. Meaghan says...

      Stella, where is your floral dress from? I love it!

    19. TJPea says...

      These are in the same boat for me as Dansko clogs. I suppose that they are comfy (which is important!) but very ugly.

    20. Lucy says...

      I’m torn between wanting comfort and wanting style. While these sound like they’re extremely comfortable, they still look… well… like granny shoes (I’m
      sorry ? forgive me).

      Does anyone have recommendations for a really cute and comfortable sneaker?

      • Hannah says...

        I searched for a long time for a stylish sneaker. The price is high, but I wear these all the time for city walking, they’ve held up impeccably, and they are so comfortable. Socks are a must though. I love them!

        https://nisolo.com/collections/womens-shoes/products/womens-leather-sneaker-bone

        There are many cheaper cute canvas sneakers (superga, bensimon, keds, etc) but I really wanted leather so they were a bit fancier. I wear these with nice day dresses, jeans and a top out to dinner – they’re versatile.

      • FLS says...

        I recommend slip on Vans! I’ve walked all over London and New York in my slip on’s and they never hurt my feet!

      • I hesitated buying these at first (Ecco shoes read as a more mature brand), but now I own them in two colors: black and tan. I get stopped ALL THE TIME by women (of all ages!) asking about my shoes. They are very simple, so they go with everything, and the soles are supportive and comfortable. I always pack these when I travel… you can walk for miles and miles without thinking about your feet! At the very least, go to Nordstrom to try them on :)

        https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ecco-soft-7-cap-toe-sneaker-women/4012442

      • Katherine says...

        I got all white stan smiths by adidas when I recently traveled to Paris. We did SO much walking and I was the only one in the group who didn’t complain about sore feet! They are incredibly comfortable!

      • Sam says...

        I love my Stan Smiths! I can’t quite get into allbirds, I find them to be so ugly! Sorry! I see girls in NYC with them often. Just can’t.

        The Veja sneakers that are often featured are really great. I haven’t bought a pair, yet.

    21. Sarah R. says...

      Hi! Mexico City looks beautiful, I’ll have to plan a trip there sometime in the future :)

      Since this was discussed briefly above, I wondered, would you ever consider doing a post about sponsored posts? I’m not in the blogging world at all and I don’t understand the mechanics of them. How do you find sponsors? What happens if you don’t like the product (or does that never happen)? How does the compensation model work (if you can share that generally speaking)? How do you find a balance between sponsored content and non-sponsored? Are you just completely inundated with sponsorship requests from companies? Do you ever review products now without a sponsorship? I just finished an article about fake reviews on Amazon so the whole idea of companies finding ways to get around the traditional marketing model is interesting to me. Anyway, perhaps I’m the only one intrigued by this, but I’d love a peek behind the curtain at this whole process (and in the end, it would probably make me more receptive to sponsored posts in general because I wouldn’t feel so much like I was being deceived without really knowing how).

      • Joanna Goddard says...

        oh my gosh, of course! i’m happy to answer your questions:

        How do you find sponsors?
        Sponsors generally come to us and ask if we’d like to work together. We accept only a small percentage of sponsorships because we only work with companies we really believe in and use ourselves. Most of our sponsors then become long-term partners who we work with for years and who become part of the CoJ family — including Pinhole Press, True Botanicals, Brooklinen and Allbirds.

        What happens if you don’t like the product (or does that never happen)?
        Then we won’t work with the sponsor. Often, a potential sponsor is a brand that we’ve used many times before (like Nordstrom) in which case we already know that we love and trust them. Other times, if we haven’t tried the brand before but think their product looks good, we’ll ask to try their products to see if they meet the high standards we have for our readers. If we love the products, we’ll work with the brand; if we don’t, we’ll respectfully decline.

        How does the compensation model work (if you can share that generally speaking)?
        We are typically paid a flat fee for sponsored posts. The fee can vary depending on a number of factors (time of year, production cost of the post, whether it’s a full sponsored post vs a giveaway, etc.) We are always happy to figure out different partnerships based on different companies’ budgets, sizes and needs, of course. We really strive to support small and women-owned businesses.

        How do you find a balance between sponsored content and non-sponsored?
        Sponsorships with companies we trust help keep the blog running — which means paying for our company expenses, office space, photo shoot props, etc. and also paying fair rates to our contributing photographers/illustrators/HR consultants/etc and our employee salaries, including medical/dental insurance and maternity leave. I’m really proud that our hard-working employees are able to support themselves and their families. I also feel lucky to be able to partner with great brands, start-ups and small businesses. We stick to a certain number of sponsored posts per month — typically, one a week, and sometimes two, especially around Mother’s Day or holiday season. We do 8+ other editorial posts per week, so those 1-2 sponsored posts hopefully will feel welcome in that mix and not overwhelming.

        Are you just completely inundated with sponsorship requests from companies?
        Yes, I feel really lucky to be in that position, after 11 years of running the site, and it enables us to be very particular about who we accept.

        Do you ever review products now without a sponsorship?
        Yes, all the time. Most of what we recommend isn’t sponsored. But you can feel comfortable that the things we’re recommending that ARE sponsored are really things we use and love, as well.

        Thank you so much, Sarah. Please lmk if you have any other questions xoxo

      • JO says...

        CupofJo team, your response here is exhibit A of why you are so successful and so deserving! Eloquence, intellect, respect, and kindness! Love this blog :).

      • Stephanie says...

        Great Q&A. I’ve always been curious about this as well!

      • Sarah R. says...

        Wow, thank you! That was very enlightening, and I agree with Jo when she says it is thoughtful responses like this that make your blog a pleasure to read. I especially appreciate the note regarding how sponsored posts help keep the blog running – often when I watch a Youtube video and there is an advertisement at the beginning, I will specifically watch the whole thing (as painful as that is!) because I imagine it helps support the Youtuber. But it is interesting that you mostly get flat fees for sponsored posts, rather than any percentage based on click throughs or eventual purchases, since you know the advertisers are tracking that. However, on the other hand they probably come back to work with you again based on those statistics, so I’ll continue to click on sponsored links to support you guys :)

        Anyway, seriously thank you for taking the time to respond to this!

    22. Julie says...

      Saw a comment related to feedback on sponsored posts, may I say I think the Cup of Jo team does a great job, this didn’t feel like a commercial…now all I want is CURROS! (I would note to all birds, I went to look at the tree runners and they are sold out in all my sizes sooo it is sad to read about something you can’t have :( )

      • Claire says...

        Yes, agreed. I liked the photos in this one, (happy people having fun in a beautiful place!). Now all I want is a vacation, and I want it to include hot chocolate.

      • Mary says...

        Yes–the churros look to die for as does that dense hot chocolate!

        Re: Allbirds, I first ordered loungers for my husband and me after reading one of Jo’s sponsored posts. The loungers fit my husband well (he has wider, block-like feet), but I couldn’t get the sizing right for me and my narrow ankles (I’m an 8.5, and both the 8 and 7 slipped in the heel). I kept the size 7s, though, despite my toes being right at the front, and only wear them on airplanes or on road trips. My husband and I find them to be very hot for our feet, so they work best in cooler, dry weather and in air conditioning. My husband has since purchased two pairs of the runners, but I have not branched into the laces department. I’m optimistic, though, that the laces would take care of my heel-slipping problem. Hope this personal review helps someone with similar feet.

    23. Amanda G says...

      Would love a city guide for Mexico City! It looks like such an enchanting place.

      Also, I dove down the airbnb rabbit hole of Mexico City apartments and they are ALL. SO. PRETTY. Not sure how I would ever choose, but man those are fun pages to click through!!

      • Lizzie says...

        Great idea!

      • Karen says...

        One of my favorite time-wasters is cruising Airbnb. Loveeee itttt. Going to check out Mexico City now.

    24. I got a pair of Allbirds for my husband for Christmas and am super jealous now every time he wears them! The only reason I haven’t bought some for myself yet is because I can’t decide on a style (or color).

      Love Mexico City! I went to visit a friend for New Year’s so the city was all done up for the holidays with twinkle lights and decorations everywhere. We had churros at an outdoor Christmas market and the vendor had about 8 or 10 different flavors of jams, nutella, chocolate syrup, etc that they would fill the churros with! Best churros ever. My fave part of that trip, though, was visiting the Frida Kahlo museum in her old home. If you go ever go back, it’s definitely worth the stop!

    25. Monica says...

      I swear by Allbirds! I got them for my last trimester of pregnancy when nothing felt comfortable and they seriously delivered. They became my uniform! I now feel some sort of brand ambassador. I’ve been telling people about them and gifting them around (my husband will get a pair for his first father’s day). As someone who crossfits, I just wouldn’t recommend wearing them for practicing sports like that.

      • Joanna Goddard says...

        love that, monica!

      • Giovanna Lima says...

        I live mine too, but haven’t washed them yet. Any tips? They are begging to be cleaned!

      • Mary says...

        @GIOVANNA, I have washed my husband’s Allbirds by hand. I’ve popped out the liners first and gave them the longer soak. I delicately blotted them and then left them to air dry for at least a couple of days. I would imagine they would dry all the faster in the sun, too.

      • Other Ashley says...

        Monica – did you get the runners, and were you able to slip them on and off? I’m eyeing them for my fast-approaching third-trimester but don’t want something that I have to bend down to tie/untie.

      • Joanna Goddard says...

        other ashley :) i have the runners and you can slip them on with having to tie/undie. would definitely recommend them for pregnancy! i remember those final months and NO WAY was i going to bend over haha. (and congratulations on your baby news!!)

      • Monica says...

        @Other Ashley ;) I got the wool runners and yes, I’ve been able to slip them on and off, including now at 36 weeks! At first I got the loungers because I thought they’d be easier to wear, but unfortunately it was chafing my right ankle (random!), so I returned. I really enjoyed their customer service, they were super accommodating. If you’re in doubt, I’d try and then return if it’s not working for you. I love that they give you 30 days to try the shoes and, if you don’t like them, they’ll donate them to charity. I don’t feel very comfortable shopping for shoes online, so that was definitely a plus!

    26. Elise says...

      I just received the new Allbirds and love them. I have three pair and wear little else. Well, except clothes!

    27. Chloé says...

      I’d love to get Allbirds, but I’m not sure if I should get the wool ones or the tree ones…
      Are the wools ones too warm for summer?

      • Joanna Goddard says...

        in a hot summer, maybe so, since your feet might be craving sandals. the tree ones are lighter and feel good, though!

      • Giovanna Lima says...

        I live in Brazil and used the wool version throughout summer. I did not think they were too warm.

      • Kay says...

        I love my wool runners, but only wear them in the fall & winter (or cool spring days). I know they are marketed as “year round,” but wool just isn’t practical in the summer. If you want summer shoes, get the new tree runners.

      • sally says...

        I live in SF and have the wool ones and they are too hot on warm days but great for cool ones. Hope this helps — now I want the cool ones!

    28. Darcy says...

      Hi. I think it’s better to list a post as sponsored at the TOP, as Swiss Miss does, so that one doesn’t read all the way through before discovering it’s actually a commercial. Shows respect for the reader.

      • Stella Blackmon says...

        Hi Darcy! Thank you so much for your feedback, we really appreciate it. We are now tagging our sponsored posts above the title of the articles. Hope this helps! xoxox

      • Joanna Goddard says...

        yes, thank you, darcie! every post says “sponsored” on the top, so readers can see right away that it’s sponsored. we’ll experiment with making it bigger to make sure it’s extra obvious. thanks again xoxo

      • Curious why you would feel that way, as this particularly didn’t read like a sponsored post and I wouldn’t want to click by and miss stories of the trip to Mexico. Now all I can think about it those churros and hot chocolate!!

      • Jenny says...

        Ditto Cait.

        Cup of Jo always does the best, most authentic posts, especially with sponsored content, that it’s really not necessary. I don’t want any of their posts to look like other blogs (I’ve never heard of the one in which she referred).

    29. Lindsay says...

      I bought a pair of Allbirds the last time y’all did a post about them and I love love love them. So much so that I bought the loungers about a week later to wear as my house slippers. I’ve never had any issues with them stretching out or getting stinky and I’ve never washed either pair. I might have to get the tree skippers for summer!

    30. April says...

      I wish they made them cuter-they seem so mawmaw! But I probably wouldn’t care as much on vacation if I was comfortable :)

      • KL says...

        I agree with you! I put them in a cart and just couldn’t commit to actually buying them because I don’t entirely love the look.

      • Mary says...

        I’ve ordered them, and I agree that some of them can definitely be a bit matronly, with particular colors more so than others. I think they blend with particular styles better than others. They’re definitely more in the comfort over style category, but the fun color offerings (when available) can make up for this.

      • Kay says...

        I waffled for a while before buying the wool runners because I couldn’t decide if they were ugly or cute. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments while wearing them, though, and they really are comfortable. I wore them on vacation right out of the box and got zero blisters.

    31. I can’t wait to get a pair! Once my Chuck Taylors wear out these are on my list.

      Also, so glad to see photos of you in cute outfits and tennies! I’m heading to Germany next week and have to wear running shoes (which I hate wearing outside of actually running) due to orthotics (wonky back and pelvis :/) and it’s making me feel better about my fashion choices for the trip!

    32. Shanna says...

      I have a pair of the wool runners from Allbirds and I LOVE them! I wear them to commute to work in Chicago every. single. day. They are the most money I have ever spent on a pair of shoes and I cannot recommend them enough. I call them “a friend for my feet,” and this is coming from someone with a slew of foot problems. They are fantastic.

      • CJ says...

        Are the Wool Runners good for warm weather? Just looked at those yesterday online!

    33. Jenny says...

      Can anyone comment on sizing with Allbirds? I’ve been thinking about a pair for while. I’m either an 8 or 8.5 in most sneakers and can never decide which to buy! Thanks :)

      • Hanna says...

        I’m in the same boat and I wear an 8! Love them. They have a helpful sizing quiz you can take on their site.

      • Caroline says...

        I’m usually a 9 or 9.5 (lean towards 9 though) and I got the 9 and they fit perfectly!

      • Liz says...

        I actually had a weird sizing experience with my Allbirds – I wear a women’s 9 almost always, but the men’s 8 fit me the best in my pair of Tree Skippers – both in terms of length and fit. The women’s sizing was weird on me for some reason. If you can get to their Soho shop that’d be the best bet to test out different options, but if not, I know their customer service is excellent… it might just take a bit longer to find the perfect fit. Good luck, it’ll be worth it!

      • Evelyn says...

        I just bought a pair of their wool loungers and I’m in love. I’m usually a 9- 9.5 and bought a 10 and they fit great. Their website says to size up for half sizes, but if they do end up being too big, they have a 30 day return policy!

    34. Amy Sedestrom says...

      I lived in DF for 3 years. One of our favorite places was Matisse for breakfast. They have the best chilaquiles and giant conchas! Yum! My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

      • Karen says...

        Is it crazy that my mouth is watering also, but i have no clue what those are or taste like?

      • Joanna Goddard says...

        oh my gosh, YUM.

    35. shopgirl says...

      I still swear on classic Converse All Star, navy, white and black. Just the right image, not too chunky, good with trousers, jeans or a skirt, a cap in front that protects the fabric and toes, soft, airy, I can walk in them all day, no sneakers can beat them.

      • Darcy says...

        With ya. :)

    36. Joy Miller says...

      Hi do you have to wear socks with the Allbirds shoes please?

      • Caroline says...

        I have a pair of the wool runners – you don’t have to, they’re super soft and comfy inside without, but if you have sweaty feet like me you probably want to :P

        I don’t know about the tree runners though! Maybe since they’re more breathable?

      • Joanna Goddard says...

        i have the tree runners and don’t wear socks. they’re super comfy with or without.

    37. Carolyn says...

      We went to Mexico City last August and it is one of my all time favourite destinations. The food, the markets, the lovely people, record shops, coffee , and museums were all wonderful. We stayed in Condessa/Roma which we loved. We also dined at Rosetta which was amazing . I would recommend for eating – Contramar and Maximo Bistrot. Ubers are the best way to travel. Frida’s house is a must-see.

    38. Amber Grady says...

      Technically I could buy a men’s pair, but it bums me out that the biggest size allbird has for women is a 10.

      This post and Stella are fabulous though!

      Love, a woman with size 11 feet

      • Avalanche Lake says...

        Haha. I hear you! I wear size 12 (women’s)! I actually did break down and bought a pair of the tree skippers in men’s size 10. The problem with buying shoes for men is that they’re often too wide in the heel–and that is a problem with these. Since the skippers have laces I was able to tie them pretty tight so the heel doesn’t slip too much, but it definitely gives me pause about buying the loungers, which is the style I would prefer.

      • Anna says...

        I wear size 12 womens and bought the mens wool loungers size 10 in light red and love them !! They aren’t too wide or anything

      • Kate says...

        I wear size 11/11.5 and I just got a pair of the tree skippers in men’s size 10 and they are PERFECT. As far as I can tell there is absolutely no difference between the men’s and women’s styles. I say go for it!

      • Christina says...

        Hi! I also have size 11 feet, and I eventually bought the men’s size 10 – they are exactly the same shoe, but maybe a skosh wider? I was watching them for a while and wishing for a size 11… but they finally came out with pink in the men’s shoe which I was so excited about, because I wanted a fun color! I love them!

      • Christina says...

        P.S. LOOK at this community of women with large feet! Maybe CoJ should do a post of how to find shoes for us – I’m sure we all have some great tips and sources! I love it!!

      • Sara says...

        YES! I second a post for those of us with larger feet. Finding shoes is incredibly hard and I have a pile with what I call “fingers crossed shoes” that have ended up being rarely worn due to discomfort.

        I also have a pair of All Birds and they’re great.

      • Michelle says...

        Adding to the chorus and the campaign for size 11s! I find they are much more widely available now than they were when I was younger, so it’s disappointing when a major brand stops at 10. C’mon guys!

      • Kelly says...

        They haven’t done a “larger size” round-up, but there have been great discussions in the comments in previous shoe/”A Week of Outfit” posts! Like this one: https://cupofjo.com/2018/03/best-comfortable-work-shoes/

        From,
        A 11-wideish woman

      • Kate says...

        Another size 11 wearer here! I have wider feet and sometimes even buy a 12 in shoes that run small. I just ordered my first pair of allbirds (I got the tree skippers in Men’s size 10, which is what they recommended). I, too, like that the men’s shoes come in a wide variety of colors- I got rose, which feels a little more feminine. I’ll report back!

    39. Laura says...

      I lived in Mexico City for a year about 10 years ago and still miss it. The food, the people, and the weather are all so lovely. The Turibus is actually a fantastic and economical way to see the city, especially since you can get off whenever you want. In addition to the Zocalo and other sights, if you have time, it’s wonderful to walk around Chapultepec park and see the castle, as well as all the families out strolling on the weekends. The anthropological museum is great, but there are also tons of amazing art museums, from Jumex to Soumaya and Tamayo. Frida Kahlo’s house is great and Coyoacan is very pretty. All the markets, from food to crafts to wholesale flowers, are so much fun–don’t be intimidated by the large ones. If you like to sit on a boat and drink, check out Xochimilco; it’s very unique. And if you really want an experience, go to lucha libre one night!

    40. Amanda Sharpe says...

      I love Mexico City! Did you go to the Zocalo? Enter the Cathedral? Visit the National Palace, which you can go in, to see murals by Mexican artists? Did you go to the Museo de Bellas Artes? Chapultepec? Frida Kahlo’s House? The Anthropology Museum? Just thinking about Mexico City… I am ready to go back!

      • Jodi says...

        I love Mexico City! Visiting Frida’s house (Casa Azul) and the nearby market are not to be missed. And yes, Diego Rivera’s murals in the National Palace & nearby Secretaria de Educacion Publica are mind blowing!

    41. Audrey Johnson says...

      Wow. Sounds like a quick but wonderful trip. Thank you for sharing the details. The food has to be delicious there.

    42. Becky says...

      So many people talking about Paris! We honeymooned in Paris Bruges and Amsterdam last summer. I bought a pair of sandals from the walking company for about 150 bucks. They were awesome!!! But I also brought a pair of cheap slide on sneakers from Target that I absolutely loved!!! 22 bucks. I’ve bought several since in a few colors, some doubles. I’ve worn them around Manhattan, Brooklyn, Boston, walking the dog, chasing the kids I watch. I believe in investing money into good solid pieces but every once in a while the cheap stuff really impresses me!!!

      • Lorena says...

        Your honeymoon sounds lovely!
        Can you share links or photo of these magical Target shoes? I agree on having mostly high quality footwear, but also have found some tried and true cheap pairs!

        ***One of my favorite things to buy when I travel is actually shoes. A functional and, often more frequent, reminder of an amazing trip!

    43. Lorraine says...

      I find myself wearing my allbirds all the time! I wasn’t expecting to do so but I find myself more apt to go on an impromptu long walk if I know my feet will remain comfy.

      Beautiful Mexico City pics!

    44. Jenna says...

      Awesome post – those shoes look super comfy! Wearing the right shoes is definitely the number one thing when traveling; I am so lucky to have found a pair of Nikes that I love. :) Great pictures!
      -Jenna <3

    45. Julie says...

      Where did you stay?? Travel post coming soon?? XO

      • Julie says...

        Booked!! Thank you so much!!

    46. Marcella says...

      My boyfriend and I just went to Paris for a few days, he had Allbirds and I had some crappy sneakers… I was jealous of his Allbirds the entire trip!!! My knee starting hurting and he was just gloating about how great his Allbirds felt, haha. Definitely going to have to buy a pair!

    47. Abesha1 says...

      No, no, no! Am I not the only only who hears those white sneakers saying, American tourist! American Tourist!

      ?

      • Joaquina says...

        White sneakers are totally on trend in western Europe as well. All the “cool kids” in London wear them. Also saw them on younger, hip Parisians.
        As a Gen Xer though, I can’t quite get behind the look! Stella pulls it off well though :)

      • MaryMargaret says...

        My thought exactly!

      • Joanna Goddard says...

        yes, when we went to paris last year, almost every cute woman was wearing white sneakers. same with in NYC. it’s more of a fashion look now than old-school tourist, thankfully! :)

    48. Nicki says...

      Hi! I’ve lived in Mexico City for the last three years and am packing up to leave soon :( So glad you got to El Pescadito and El Moro – must haves for sure! They do one taco where they take a pepper stuffed with cheese, deep fry it, and chop it up to put on a taco with fried shrimp. AMAZING. Also if you come back, I suggest going to el Museo de Arte Popular. It has an impressive amount of folk art from the different regions in Mexico and a great gift shop. It’s also very close to the original location of El Moro :) As well, riding a bike down Paseo de la Reforma on Sundays when it is shut to vehicles is awesome! you pass by all of the monuments and there’s a great art and fruit and veg market on Sundays on Sullivan. The Chapultepec castle is worth a visit as is getting a drink on one of the rooftops surrounding the Zocalo to watch the world go by. I really like El Mayor, which is on top of a book shop and overlooks the ruins of el Templo Mayor below!

      • Thanks for your recommendations Nicki! I travel to Mexico City 3-4 times/year, visiting el Museo de Arte Popular every time I go. If you like folk art (I’m in the business) you must really visit Victor’s on Isabel la Católica and Fonart on Patriotismo. I’ve never been to El Mayor but I’ll be drinking a salty margarita in your name overlooking el Templo Mayor on my next visit! Mil gracias y saludos…

    49. Nisha says...

      Let me join the folks giving you the thumbs-ups! I got mine a week back and I’m trying to come up with ways to justify wearing them to work. Ridiculously comfortable and good-looking to boot. Love love love. <3

    50. Kristin says...

      I’m curious about the tree runners versus the wool ones. How are they different?

      • The original has an outer made from wool, and these have an outer made from eucalyptus pulp (hence: “tree” runners”). Both contain wool inner soles. Hope this helps!

    51. Mexico City is officially one of my favorite cities after visiting in March for my bday. Can’t wait to go back!

    52. Kate says...

      I love my allbirds! I wore them on my trip to Paris and they were the best wardrobe decision I made on that trip, comfy and cute!

    53. Mannnnn it’s always a let down to have a sponsored post without a coupon code… ;) Allbirds so rarely go on sale!

      • june2 says...

        Ditto THAT! It’s surprising, in fact. I mean, why not, Allbirds?

    54. chris says...

      so disappointed with my wool allbirds! they stretched out so much after just 2 months of gentle wear that they are now completely unwearable. :( allbirds told me that they advised against wearing them on a daily basis because the wool would stretch too much, and said to buy another pair in a smaller size. while they are extremely comfortable, i can’t recommend them or buy them again because i would have to replace $95 sneakers every few months!

      • Taylor says...

        I have some, and I did note stretching but I found after washing them and letting air dry they shrank back now problem.

      • Sophia F. says...

        Have you tried washing them? Mine stretched out quite a bit as well but I’ve found washing them helps the fibers shrink back up. I’ve had them for about a year now, and while they’re definitely looser than when I bought them, they’re still very comfortable and wearable.

      • Rach says...

        I haven’t had the overall stretch issue, but after wearing my wool Allbirds without socks pretty intensively, the thinning over the tips of my toes has me wearing them only with socks. I miss the barefoot feel, but I’m not ready to have them be completely useless because the wool has worn through. The thin liner on the inside of the toe box wore through, which their customer service acknowledged could happen and recommended wearing socks to prevent it. So the barefoot angle isn’t necessarily a solid recommendation in their marketing, especially if you have ambitiously upturned toes ? That said, I’m waiting on my tree skippers…

      • june2 says...

        @ Rach
        Have a felter look at them, she might be able to invisibly patch it pretty easily – or put a different colored toe cap on it, that would be cute too!

      • Nicole Brant says...

        @June2 @Rach
        I had the same problem with mine. I didn’t like the tree skippers because the toe seemed more noticeable and I thought would wear out even faster, so I returned them. Great idea about the felter!

    55. KT says...

      Do those of you who own Allbirds feel like they have enough arch support??

      • Thank you for asking the question on everybody’s minds! I love the sound of the shoes, but like most shoe stores they don’t actually have a photo showing the inside and they don’t give us any details on the arch situation. It’s so dissapointing, I feel like I’m always finding great quality shoes like the Oliberte sneaks I was drooling over earlier this week, but no info on the arch situation is sadly a deal breaker on even the greatest quality shoe in the world. :(

      • EK says...

        Sadly I didn’t love mine for this reason — they were too squishy and my feet ached from the lack of arch support. IMO they have similar levels of support as Nike Flyknits, if that helps!

      • india says...

        They’re reasonably supportive but I wouldn’t use them to go for a run or hike. I use mine for walking the dog or other every day use but nothing too strenuous.

      • Taylor says...

        I would think of them in the same category as ‘barefoot’ or minimalist. A nice bed to protect from the pavement but not much ‘support’. This being said, I wear mine for HIIT workouts and the elliptical.

      • Melia says...

        I have super flat feet and have been wearing Allbirds for about six months. I’d say the arch support is good.

      • Yvonne says...

        I have completely flat feet and have worn mine for almost 2 years. They have little arch support, however.

      • Lily says...

        I need good arch support and allbirds work for me really well. They really are the comfiest shoes at least that I have ever tried. When I’m with my kids and am wearing allbirds I run around with them more too. They just feel good to move in.

      • Taylor says...

        I saw the other day that Nordstrom is now carrying Allbirds. That’s definitely the best way to try them out and see how you feel about the arch support. Nordstrom has the best customer service and if you wear them a few times and decide they’re not for you, you can return for a full refund!

    56. edie says...

      Love the pictures :) and those shoes are popping up everywhere!

      any suggestions on someplace to stay – hotel or AirBnB?

      • Carolyn says...

        We went last year and Air BnBs in Condessa/Roma are amazing and very affordable. . We loved the neighbourhood. Uber is great in Mexico City and was super cheap.

    57. Caitlin says...

      Okay maybe this is just because I am hard on my shoes in NYC and I commute either via subway or Citibike to work in my Allbirds, but has anyone else found that they stretch out/become very unsupportive? I’ve had mine for a little over a year now and love them but have a hard time wearing them because my feet slide around so much and they offer no support/shape (even after washing). Any tips, or do I just need to retire them?

      • Ali says...

        I agree with this! I have had mine for about a year and they stretched out really quickly and the footbed kind of lost support, so my feet hurt when I wear them now. They were really comfortable at first but I’m not sure the quality is worth the money.

      • Nicole Brant says...

        Have you replaced the insoles? You can buy new insoles from Allbirds for $15.

    58. Kat says...

      Mexico City is one of my favorite places EVER! La Roma is also another great neighborhood in the city that I loved.

      • That really sounds promising! I was aiming to find a great neighborhood to visit in Mexico that wasn’t all about the beach or desert and was more about arts, people, food, and city, so this post has me convinced that maybe I’ve finally settled on the perfect place to go to!

    59. Christine says...

      I am so intrigued by the idea of getting a pair of Allbirds for days filled with lots of walking (we live in Brooklyn and our honeymoon is in Paris this fall, so there are plenty such days in my future), but I have such a hard time feeling “cute” in sneakers. Am I the only one? Am I nuts? I have a pair of white Vejas that I can sometimes convince myself to feel cute in since they’re less “I should be in gym class right now,” but while lovely I really consider them shoes for tons of walking. Sigh. First world hang-ups.

      • Christine says...

        Don’t really*** whoops..

      • I feel you! I always feel like a mom in sneakers. (Granted, I AM a mom, but still).

      • Caitlin says...

        I just got a pair of their slip-on style for this very reason, I think they are a little cuter and less sporty. I like that you can wear Allbirds without socks, but the sneakers aren’t my style, but I am really loving the slip-ons!

      • Ali G says...

        Converse has some styles that are less like “sneakers”. You can also design your own. Year’s ago I bought a pair of Converse Mary Janes – I still love them. I wore them all over Italy. I don’t think they carry them anymore, but their stuff is comfy.

      • Colleen S says...

        No, you’re not the only one. I feel like half of my leg has disappeared with sneakers on, and I can’t find a pair that make my legs look good and look somewhat stylish. First world problems for sure, but it’s something I can’t change my brain for.

      • Anna says...

        I feel you Christine. I do not feel cute in sneakers. I bought the allbirds thinking, “ok maybe these are my solution” but I do not love them. They still feel like sneakers to me. I have NOT swallowed the allbird pill. I know I’m ruining my feet. Currently, rethinking toms. If you find a comfortable non-sneaker let me know.

      • Lizzie C. says...

        You’re not alone! I still haven’t figured out how to make sneakers look cute rather than frumpy or “not even trying.” I’d blame my build (short and solid), but I’m sure there are women of similar proportions who can rock the look. I just don’t know how!

      • Stacey says...

        I’m with you! I used to never feel “cute” in sneakers either, but matching them with a girlier outfit such as a skirt or dress helps.

      • EK says...

        Try platform sneakers? I like Vince sneakers because they look sleek and cool, and the platform makes you look taller/elongates your legs.

      • india says...

        If you want something else thats comfy for lots of walking but not a sneaker, try Palmaira Sandals. They’re so comfy and durable. I went backpacking for 9 months and these were my daily shoes other than if I was actually hiking and then I’d wear my sneakers. After being home for another 8 months I still wear them almost daily and they’re still super comfy. I had to get them resoled once but after over a year of almost daily use I think thats reasonable. Just make sure you wear them in before your trip. It only took me two or three days and I don’t think I got any blisters but it might not be fun wearing new shoes in on a trip with lots of walking.

      • Susannah says...

        Yes. This. I prefer to be barefoot whenever possible and have been searching high and low (and high and low again) for a comfortable (no blisters) slip on flat that doesn’t look too sporty (sneakers) or too preppy (ballet flats). The dream: I want to go from exploring along rocky coastlines and feeling graceful to going to some place afterwards with beers and still looking cool. I’ve probably spent more money on this mythical unicorn than any other thing in my wardrobe ever. Rothy’s too indoor, Nisolo… blisters, Tevas close but not fancy enough for some places, Birks no bueno for explorations… I’m willing to try clogs!? I found this wild amazing pair of perfect moccasins (https://heathermarieheaton.com/products/mox-boot-thread) actually made in Mexico City that were my everything for 5 years (and make me feel like a swift and silent stalker in the forest when I wear them “hiking”), but now that I have a baby they’re too cumbersome to get on and off. Anyone who has the Allbirds Tree Loungers… do you feel swift? Graceful? @India of the Palmaira sandals, are they hard to get on and off? Apologies for the ridiculously detailed inquiry but if I can crowd source a solution to this everlasting problem anywhere it’d be here!

      • Janelle says...

        I spent ages looking for a shoe as comfy as a sneaker but NOT a sneaker. I walk at least 2 miles everyday for my commute, so a comfy, yet still stylish shoe was crucial. The best shoe I found is the Alice May from Clarks (https://www.clarks.co.uk/c/Alice-Mae/p/26133742) with cushion plus technology. I got it in the nude colour, so it matches my skin tone and elongates my legs. I can wear it to work with trousers or on the weekend with a dress or shorts. My feet are finally happy, and I don’t have to feel frumpy by wearing sneakers. Hope this helps :)

      • Jenny says...

        I feel the same, and finally settled on Victoria plimsolls. Similar to Converse but more streamlined and less bulky- somehow I feel like they make my legs/thick ankles look as “graceful” as possible for sneakers. They’re pretty flimsy so definitely not meant for hiking, but I live in London and do a lot of walking with a toddler in tow, and they rarely leave my back or legs aching like a lot of my sandals do. Plus I love how they’re slip-on so no time wasted tying shoes when you’re trying to get out the door to school drop-off!

      • Meg says...

        Thank you, India, for the intro to Palmaira Sandals. Super tempted to order a pair…

    60. Twyla says...

      Ugh. I’m SO jealous. I so badly want to go to Mexico City, but sadly, am grounded for the time being…

    61. Rachael says...

      Mexico City looks amazing. I tried out some Allbirds but found they rubbed my heels so would never be able to suffer them on a long trip. But, you can return them after wearing them for 30 days, no questions asked. So that’s awesome!

    62. M says...

      I want a week of outfits with Stella!! Love her style :)

      • Lily says...

        Plus one!!!

      • Nicole Brant says...

        Third!

    63. Stella!!! All of your outfits are on point. Would you mind sharing where your striped tee with the multi-colored shoulder cuffs is from?

      <3

    64. Rue says...

      This is little embarrassing..but don’t the sneakers stink ?with all the walking in hot sun..
      I always worry about stinky feet when wearing closed toe shoes in summer :(

      • Stella Blackmon says...

        Hi! Haha, not embarrassing! I actually have this fear with all of my other sneakers, but somehow these don’t because they’re more breathable!

      • Ali G says...

        No-show socks! Solves the stink problem :)

      • Jeanne says...

        I have super sweaty stinky feet and I live in a hot climate. I have to tell you that my Allbirds don’t smell. At. All. And I wear them everyday too, they’re that comfortable. I think it’s because they’re made of merino wool, which sounds like they’d be super hot and smelly but they breathe so they’re super comfy instead. Oh…and you can toss them in the washing machine and also buy new insole replacements too.

        I’m excited Nordstrom sells them now. I think I need a blush pair. I sound like a commercial sorry!!

      • Stephanie says...

        Mine stink so bad. SOOOO bad. But I still love them. Just don’t take them off within five feet of anyone else. I’ve washed them twice, but the stink comes back fairly quickly.

      • shannon says...

        Re: stinky shoes. Put them in a ziploc or grocery bag and keep them in the freezer overnight. It kills the odor causing bacteria, it’s free, and there are no wonky scents like you get in those sneaker ball devices.

      • Natalie says...

        I’ve had my allbirds for over a year (the wool ones) and they stink really badly as well, even after washing. It’s a bummer because you are supposed to be able to wear them without socks but I just can’t anymore.

    65. Baily says...

      I love that shirt with the rainbow sleeves! Where’s that from?

    66. Esperanza B says...

      Hello!!! I live in Mexico City and I think you can visit many more things like Frida Kahlo House in Coyoacán, Xochimilco, the historic center, the Teotihuacán pyramids, go to a popular market to eat real tacos of beef with sauce … there is so much to know in the city … The next time with pleasure I can help you!!!

      • Stella Blackmon says...

        Thank you so, so much, Esperanza! These sound amazing — already planning my trip back! My friend Lynsey said the Frida Kahlo House is the greatest thing she’s ever seen. Love your city and excited to learn more :) Thanks for sharing!

      • Joanna Goddard says...

        you are the sweetest!! thank you!!

    67. Beautiful photos and I loved following you along via Instagram this weekend! (One quick typo, fyi: I think it should read that passersby gave you a thumbs up at the airport vs. thumps.)

      • Stella Blackmon says...

        Hahahaha, thank you so much, Claire. xox

    68. Carly says...

      Love this! Stella, do you mind sharing the details on your black pants?

      • Stella Blackmon says...

        Thank you so much, Carly!!! They are the Everlane straight jean :) https://bit.ly/2KIOEgq

    69. Sarah says...

      Just got a pair of wool runners last week and am loving them. They are perfect for a big trip to New Zealand my husband and I are going on in a few months! I work at the local hospital so I may have to invest in another pair for work… (because hospitals are gross and I try not to cross contaminate my home with those germs!!) But… Seriously so comfy.

    70. Those churros!!!!!

    71. Callie says...

      I have a pair of the wool allbirds. Love them and have been eyeing the tree skippers for summer. Curious if you wore them with or without socks?

      • Stella Blackmon says...

        Hi Callie! I wore them without socks and they were just as comfortable! x

      • Joanna Goddard says...

        i have a pair and wear without socks. the good thing is, you can throw them in the washing machine.

        ps i got a pair of the tree runners after my mom came to visit, fell in love with my wool pair and wore them back to michigan! we are big allbirds fans around here :)

      • Sarah says...

        I have some wool runners… curious, did you size up or down? I’m an 8.5, and the site recommended sizing up to a 9.. they fit well but was wondering if an 8 would be better?

    72. Bobby says...

      Sneakers are cute, but i’m drooling over your dress! Can you share the details, please?

      • Jo says...

        Oh yes, I love the dress too!

      • Stella Blackmon says...

        Awww, thank you!!!!!!! It’s from Ganni, but often Need Supply has awesome sales on their clothes and that’s when I pounce :) http://bit.ly/2IpnmgB

      • Sarah says...

        I have that dress!! I love it, but I found it goes down awfully low in the front–how are you keeping yours so lovely and modest?!

      • Stella Blackmon says...

        Sarah, I added a snap button!!! Hahaha, everything is naturally so low on me and I have zero chest, so I bring it to the tailor! Hope this helps!