Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You Wash Allbirds?
If your AllBirds pair starts to feel less than fresh, you will be happy to know that most footwear from the brand, like the Wool Runners, are machine washable. The company recommends washing them on the wool or gentle cycle. Remove the insoles and laces, use a mild detergent, avoiding bleach, and put them in a delicates bag to protect them while they get washed. To dry them, the brand recommends air drying - avoid using dryers at all costs.
For shoes that have been treated to repel water like the ones from the Mizzle collection, AllBirds recommends hand washing them, spot cleaning dirt with warm water and gentle soap. If they need a deep clean, you can still put them in the wool or delicate cycle washing machine.
The AllBirds insoles can be washed by hand by applying a small amount of gentle detergent to the top, woolen part of the insole, and rinsing off the detergent in lukewarm or cold water - avoid the washing machine, and air dry them to preserve the longevity of your insoles.
To wash the AllBirds socks and undies, you can do so in the washing machine, setting it to cold, once again preferring a mild detergent, and tumble dry on low or air dry. As for the shoes, steer clear from bleach and dry cleaning.
Is Allbirds Really that Comfortable?
AllBirds pride themselves on the comfort of their shoes. Not only do their respectfully sourced materials lend an unmatched level of comfort to their shoes, but the brand also strives to accommodate all types of feet, including the wide and flat. A savant mix of merino wool, tree fibers, natural yarn, and more unexpected materials like sugarcane all come together to create unmatched comfort which gives Allbirds their signature "walking on clouds" feel.
If you have flat feet, it's more than likely you'll be able to find the shoes of your dreams within the extensive AllBirds range, as a few models like the Tree and Wool Runners or the Dasher style have built-in arch support and a high level of cushion for maximum comfort. If you are looking to use your own inserts or orthotics, you can easily remove the AllBirds insole to adjust to your feet' needs. It really does seem like the company has thought of every possible way to make their shoes comfortable enough to wear on any occasion.
Should You Wear Socks With Allbirds?
When you buy a pair of AllBirds, whether wool runners, tree runners, or any other style from the brand really, you don’t necessarily need to wear socks if you don't want to. Indeed, even worn without socks, AllBirds are still some of the most comfortable shoes the market has to offer. However, if shoes worn without socks are not really your thing, the company has released a collection of Trino™ socks to match their shoes' comfort level, but you can, of course, wear Allbirds with your regular socks as well.
Are Allbirds Eco-Friendly?
To put it simply, yes - the New Zealand-based brand offers only eco-friendly products. Abiding by the motto “Mother Nature is our muse,” the company strives to create renewable and naturally-derived alternatives to traditional fabrics. Thanks to their sustainable ways of sourcing out the materials of their shoes, the company has earned the Forest Stewardship Council® certification, which places the brand as a positive entity for the environment and for the people and animals who depend on the sustainability of the trees that AllBirds uses to create its products.
Rooted in a vision of environment protection, the company uses sustainable materials like TENCEL™ Lyocell, a tree fiber sourced from South African farms that use 95% less water than cotton and cut our carbon footprint in half. Similarly, instead of yarn, AllBirds has invented Trino™ and TrinoXO™ yarns that blend the brand’s renewable materials' incredible properties into a comfortable and breathable fiber (Tree + Merino, which gives Trino™).
As the brand's base, the Allbirds wool is selected very carefully, and its sourcing process allows the brand to use 60% less energy than materials typically used in synthetic shoes. The superfine AllBirds merino wool is temperature-regulating, moisture-wicking and breathable for extra comfort. AllBirds laces are also made from recycled plastic bottles. Some unexpected materials also come into the composition of the company’s products, like Castor Bean Oil, which helps increase the natural content of the AllBirds insoles. Another surprising “ingredient” that the company uses is Brazilian sugarcane, with which the company crafts its bouncy and comfortable SweetFoam™ shoe soles.