Allbirds’ shoes have become something of a meme in the software development community. They’re a shoe that VCs and techbros rave about for their comfort and simple, minimalistic look; a fashion piece that, combined with a Patagonia sweater, is a telltale sign that somebody has the words “thought leader” in their Twitter bio.
Well, I really hate to echo those folks, but Allbirds make for absolutely lovely shoes. They’re just as comfortable and stylish as they’re hyped up to be. But—the Mizzle shoes take those attributes and make them just the sort of thing an Oregonian wants in their everyday apparel: They’re waterproof!
“No way, Graham,” you say to me. “They’re wool! How could they be waterproof?” Well, I have no clue. They use some fancy marketing terms like Puddle Guard to vaguely justify this behavior. Regardless, I can personally confirm the weather resistance of these shoes. They’ve kept my feet dry and warm in many downpours throughout this past winter in the Pacific Northwest.
One thing I will warn you about, however, is that I find the toe of the shoe to be a bit low for my taste. While I have enough distance between my toe and the end of the shoe, my toe has been rubbing against the top of the shoe. That’s just one of the hazards of buying shoes online, but Allbirds has a good try-and-return policy so you can return them if you don’t enjoy them completely. Unless you’re lazy, like I am.
One last note: The Runner-Ups are mid-top shoes. If you prefer a lower ankle, there are also the Runner Mizzles, that are in a lower sneaker profile. I’ve linked to the collection pages for both the Men’s and Women’s Mizzles, for your convenience.
Holy smokes, I just wrote way more words about a single pair of shoes than I intended to. I’ll try to keep the rest of the newsletter a little shorter.