Recently, I did a massive closet clean out to kick the Fall season off. I got rid of anything I hadn’t worn in the past 6 months, and in less than an hour I was left with a very bare closet. As sad as it was to ditch all my old stuff, it was finally time for the fun part: filling it back up. As I began looking for new versatile additions to my wardrobe, I stumbled across Cariuma. At first, I thought it was just a wannabe Converse brand, but after looking into it more it seemed like there was a ton of hype surrounding this ‘sustainable sneaker brand’.
These sneakers have sold out many times and had as high as a 10,000 person waitlist, so when I saw they were available and I was in the market for a casual, everyday sneaker, I knew I had to give Cariuma a try. To contribute to my aspiring high-style wardrobe, I went for the OCA Low Canvas sneakers in off-white.
You’re probably thinking ‘casual sneakers are neither a new, nor a novel concept. What makes these different?’ Trust me, I’m aware that this style of sneakers has been around for ages. In fact, I’ve had countless pairs myself. But, between my Converse, Vans and Adidas I’ve come to realize that comfortable casual sneakers are something that most brands struggle to achieve. Here are the top reasons I love Cariuma, and keep reading for more on each of these:
- These are the most comfortable shoes I own
- There was no painful period of breaking them in
- I feel supported when I walk for hours
- They are sustainable
Cariuma sneakers are stylish, comfortable, and supportive
To be honest, out of the box Cariuma shoes look like all the other brands I mentioned. But as we know, looks can be deceiving. You know how when the first time you wear a new pair of shoes and they’re stiff and hurt like crazy? These shoes were the exact opposite – from the second I put them on they were comfortable and fit perfectly.
As I continued to walk around, I was waiting for the inevitable cramping and blisters to set in – I was completely blown away when I realized these shoes stayed comfortable the entire day. My feet were left completely unscathed… which is not something I can say about any other pair of shoes I own!
Another unique aspect of Cariumas is the cork insole. The shoes were equal parts comfortable and supportive. I didn’t feel like I was sinking into the ground or walking on concrete. In fact, it was the exact opposite – the shoes molded to my foot as I continued to walk around in them and were completely broken-in by the end of the day. Cariumas truly have the comfort of an old pair of shoes and the style of a new pair of shoes!
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Back to my aspiring high-style wardrobe, Cariumas are also versatile when it comes to style. Whether it’s the summer and you want to pair with shorts, a skirt or dress, or winter and want to pair with leggings or jeans these shoes will complement virtually anything you wear them with! There are also tons of styles, colors, and prints to choose from: canvas, leather, slip-ons, and high-tops, they have just about anything you can ask for.
I love the sustainability of Cariuma
If after all that you’re still not sold on Cariumas, I have one more thing that might get you to make the switch. Cariuma is committed to reducing our carbon footprint by using natural materials and recycled plastics to make their shoes. Also, Cariuma goes above and beyond with their Reforestation Program – for every pair of shoes purchased, Cariuma will plant a pair of trees in the Brazilian rainforest! Wearing Cariumas, you’ll leave nothing but footprints (and trees) behind!
Committed to pairing style and sustainability, Cariuma has secured a permanent spot in my stylish wardrobe! Cariuma shoes are stylish, comfortable and can be worn in every season. I’ve been able to dress them up and down, and pair them with just about anything. Whether I'm going to the office, to the store, or out with friends, these shoes get me there comfortably and in-style. As a plus, I know my shoes made a difference!