Native Shoes: A TOMS Alternative for Travelers

Native Shoes for travelers

This guest post is brought to you by Hayley Simpson.

There were a lot of great things about living in Vancouver, Canada. The snowy mountains, the beach, the beer scene, and Native Shoes. A local company, I had never heard about them until my former boss started wearing them on the food truck everyday. She said they were the most comfortable shoes for being on your feet all day. Then winter came and another food truck owner started wearing Native boots that looked so cosy and warm I wanted to steal them.

The shoes come in mostly the same designs but different colours/sizing for men, women and kids. All products are made using EVA, which is ethylene-vinyl acetate. This material is perfect for footwear as it molds to your feet. The company’s website describes it as “the marshmallow that never melts.”

So when it was time for me to buy a decent pair of shoes for my solo trip through Canada and the United States for 10 weeks, they were my first choice. I know, I didn’t choose Toms – I swear every Canadian girl owns a pair. Here is a list of pros and cons so you can make your own decision regarding Native shoes.

My particular style is the Verona shoe.

My croissant and my Native Shoes in Montreal
My croissant and my Native Shoes in Montreal

Pros

  • Extremely lightweight, like a feather (I kid you not). I have never felt a shoe so light, which is perfect for traveling.
  • Due to the rubber-like waterproof material, you are able to wash them with a mild soap and water, which I have done on occasion. Due to the breathable holes in the design I have found a little bit of the outside gets inside, but a quick wipe and wash and they look brand new.
  • They are the most comfortable shoes I have found in a long time. If you want a shoe you can wear all day everyday, this is it.
  • I do have to mention the fashionable styles, as that is a pro for me. I like comfort and trend, what can I say! The Verona shoe I wear with dresses, skirts, shorts and pants. If I was staying in Vancouver for another winter I would totally buy the Jimmy boots to keep me warm, dry and stylish too.
Me, Native Shoes and the statue of John Harvard at Harvard in Cambridge, MA
Me, Native Shoes and the statue of John Harvard at Harvard in Cambridge, MA.

Cons

  • It does say odor resistant, yet mine have started to omit a little bit of an unpleasant smell at the end of a hot day of continuous walking. This is when it is time for a shoe bath.
  • I have found after three months of constant wearing the bottom has started to wear away just at the balls at my feet. The rest of the sole is still in good condition though, so hopefully they keep going.
  • As I mentioned above, elements do get into the holes, so I have found some days my feet are a little dirty, which you wouldn’t usually get in a sneaker.
Me, Native Shoes and my mascot Wally on my head in Washington DC.
Me, Native Shoes and my mascot Wally on my head in Washington DC.

I am glad I discovered the Native shoe. I love the fact I can wear them every day with most outfits and still feel stylish. Sorry, Toms.

>> Shop for the Native Verona shoe on Amazon.

* * * * *

About the Author: Hayley is an Australian expat currently living in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. She blogs at Hayley on Holiday and writes about being an introvert constantly stepping out of her comfort zone and into the world.

Add your voice & leave a comment!

Gear We Use

Organization

Packing Cubes – Organize your luggage with the lightweight, durable and compressible Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes.


Backpacks + Daypacks

Pacsafe – Since they come with extra theft-resisting features, Pacsafe bags make you a more confident traveler. We especially love this bag.

Sea to Summit – Of all the Sea to Summit products, our most recommended is the fits-in-your-palm, super packable Ultra-Sil Daypack.


Personal Care

Nalgene Toiletry Bottles – These leak-free toiletry bottles and tubs come in all sizes – even super tiny, helping minimalists pack it all without bulk.

Turkish Towels – They’re thinner than most travel towels, and they actually cover your body! We can’t get enough of Turkish towels for travel.


Clothing

Speakeasy Supply Co. – They make the awesome hidden pocket infinity scarves that are perfect for stashing secret cash, lip balms, and passports.

Anatomie – Anatomie travel pants come with luxury prices, but they offer many benefits for travelers. See our review of the famous Skyler pants.

Travel Resources

Booking Airfare

Dollar Flight Club – Get flight deal alerts for your preferred departure airport. There is both a free and premium version (recommended for more sweet deals). Members save on average $500 USD per flight!

Skyscanner – Skyscanner is our preferred site for searching flights. They offer unbiased search results and are free from hidden fees. You can also book your hotels and rental cars.


Accommodation

Airbnb – Airbnb is the best place to book out apartments around the world. Sign up using this link to get $37 USD off your first stay booking + $14 USD towards an experience booking!

Booking.com – Search for hotels, hostels, and apartments using this one resource. Use it for flights, car rentals, and airport taxis as well.

Hostelworld – For hostels, Hostelworld remains our number one source for booking stays. Choose from straight up hostels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Trusted Housesitters – Save money on travel accommodation by becoming a housesitter. Housesitters often have extra duties, like caring for pets and gardens.

Reader Interactions

Comments

  1. Denise Bleakly says

    Hayley,
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us! I am always trying to find a comfortable shoe whether it is for work, play or travel. I took a look at the shoe, and I’m going to have to try them out. Have safe travels!

    • Mallory says

      I know this question is over a year old, but for anyone else wondering, the answer is yes. The girls I nanny wear their Natives in the shower after swim practice several times a week.

Leave A Reply