The washable silk is heavier and less sheer than traditional silk, and more low-maintenance.
We wore and machine-washed the tops, but ultimately still prefer Everlane’s Clean Silk Shirt.
If you asked me to create a wardrobe out of only one material – and I could be as impractical as I wanted – the answer would probably be silk.
Why? It’s soft; it’s smooth; it looks like a dry martini served in a dimly-lit piano bar.
Unsurprisingly, though, you don’t get the glamour of silk without the maintenance. The queen of textiles isn’t cheap, and the care isn’t easy: You’ll probably need to hand-wash or dry clean it.
Startups have made it easier to find affordable and relatively hassle-free silk. You’ve probably seen ads for Lunya‘s washable silk pajamas or bought a silk pillowcase from Slip ($89) or Brooklinen ($50). The latest washable-silk option is from Everlane, the startup that’s responsible for a disproportionate number of our team’s all-time favorite basics.
Everlane’s Washable Silk shirt collection currently comprises three styles (The Wrap Top, The Relaxed Shirt, and The Henley). These styles currently come in up to six colors and range in price from $61 to $110 (though Everlane estimates the shirts would cost closer to $215 at traditional retailers). Everlane’s washable silk is less sheer and slightly heavier than traditional silk, and you can – as the name implies – just throw it in the wash alongside your other clothes. There’s no need to hang-dry, either. But, to keep the silky feel, you may want to tumble-dry it on low.
To see how Everlane’s washable silk stacks up in real life, I asked my coworkers to wear – and wash – the silk at home. Keep reading to find our reviews, but the gist is this: These are pretty, versatile tops that deliver on the drapery and luxe look of silk without the need for dry-cleaning. But, if you want a traditional experience and sheen, you should opt for Everlane’s $98 Clean Silk version and foot the occasional dry-cleaning bill.
Here’s what we thought after trying Everlane’s Washable Silk Tops:
Washable Silk Relaxed Shirt
When Everlane describes these blouses as heavier than traditional silk and less sheer, they’re not kidding. This makes it more versatile than traditional silk — no worrying about wearing the exactly right flesh-colored bra — but it also feels a bit like a hybrid of a suede and silk. You’ll still get the beautiful draping, but there isn’t the same lustrous sheen if that’s what you’re after. Better to stick to their other silk options.
After throwing this style in the wash and tumble-drying on low, I noticed a relatively minimal difference in the make and feel of the shirt, though it did take a little extra care to get the wrinkles out. It’s still far less hassle than a traditional silk shirt, but not a dead-ringer alternative.
If you like the sound of something that’s a little heavier and less sheer that you can throw in the wash — but that still offers beautiful draping — then you’re most likely to enjoy Everlane’s washable silk. — Mara Leighton, senior reporter
Washable Silk Wrap Top
I was intrigued when Everlane released its washable silk tops because I only had one silk article of clothing that I put through the wash even though the tag explicitly says “dry clean only”.
I tried Everlane’s Washable Silk Wrap top in rose in a size 0. Normally I wear a size 0 and rarely I’ll wear a 00, which is the size I should have chosen since the 0 was a bit too big for me. I love tops that are cropped, which this wrap top definitely is, so if you’re taller than 5-foot-3 or just don’t like cropped pieces, this might not be the ideal top. There are hidden buttons to help keep everything in place, but I constantly fought with the ties that kept threatening to come undone.
I ran the top through the wash in warm water along with way too much fabric softener and put it in the dryer along with the rest of my laundry on medium heat. When I took it out of the dryer, it looked no smaller than it was before but it also wasn’t as soft as it was prior to being washed and dried, especially considering the fact that I used too much fabric softener.
Regardless, I still love the color and how the top is cut. As someone who rarely sends clothes to the dry cleaner, I was satisfied, but not amazed by how this washable silk top stood up to the washing machine. — Ciannah Gin, former editorial fellow
Like most of Allbirds’ other styles, from the original Wool Runner to the Tree Skipper, the Tree Breezer retails for $95. It’s available in 21 limited-edition colors. It’s also the first Allbirds shoe to be available in half sizes.
While many women, including us, love the all-day comfort of Allbirds sneakers, these casual styles aren’t always appropriate for the office or dressier environments. One customer lamented, “I get bummed when I have to go to work on Monday and put my Allbirds away again until the weekend.”
Anyone who feels similarly can now finally wear Allbirds all week long with the Tree Breezer flats. They feature an FSC-certified Tree exterior, made from renewable eucalyptus woven into Tencel lyocell fabric, and SweetFoam soles, made from sustainably grown sugar cane.
Together, they form a breathable, flexible, and supportive flat that is just as comfortable as an Allbirds sneaker but wearable everywhere sneakers might not be the best choice – work, dinner, or a night out.
They’re also easy to maintain. You’ll need to hand-wash the insoles, but you can throw the rest of the flat in the washing machine, then let them air dry.
The Insider Reviews team received these flats to put them to the test. Overwhelmingly, we agreed that they’re yet another Allbirds hit, a shoe with little-to-no break-in time, versatile wearability, and easy maintenance typically unheard of for its silhouette.
Here are our initial thoughts when we tested them pre-launch, as well as a two-year follow-up on how they’ve performed since:
Sally Kaplan, deputy editor:
First impressions (May 2019): Last year, I decided that sneakers and ballet flats were going to be my new signature, because who has time for uncomfortable shoes anymore?! These flats are pretty much a dream come true. They’re lightweight, feel pretty similar to the Allbirds Tree Runners I already have and love, and don’t dig in anywhere. I had a tiny bit of rubbing on my heel the first time I wore them, but it subsided after a day. They’re obviously not as supportive as Allbirds’ sneakers, but they’ve got the same soft, washable fuzzy lining – I think they’re just as comfy!
For what it’s worth, I usually wear a 7.5 in sneakers, but I got the 8 in these flats since that’s what I’m used to from Allbirds sneakers and they fit perfectly.
21-month update (March 2021): I’ve been wearing my Tree Breezers probably once a week or so over the course of the past 21 months, and they still look good as new. I wipe the soles down when they get dirty, but haven’t needed to wash the shoes themselves often. There’s a small amount of pilling inside the shoe that I’ve noticed, but it doesn’t affect their comfort. I still love them just as much as I did on day one.
Mara Leighton, senior reporter:
First impressions (May 2019): Flats are hit or miss in terms of comfort for me and I was pleasantly surprised to find that this pair didn’t require any painful break-in time. From the box, I wore them on my long, 20-minute walk to and from the subway and all day at work. Zero blisters, zero discomfort, and more padding than I dared to hope for. For reference, I got them in my typical size 9.
It’s also pretty great that they’re machine-washable. Flats, by nature of being sockless hot-weather shoes, don’t stay fresh for long. I pretty much live in the leather Day Gloves from Everlane in the summer and I wish cleaning them could be close to as easy.
21-month update (March 2021): More than any other pair of Allbirds I’ve owned, the Tree Breezers have aged most gracefully. The wool inside has worn down to the shape of my foot with wear and the breathable material means they’ve transitioned from spring to summer to fall seamlessly. Like Sally, I haven’t needed to wash them often, but I’ve noticed some pilling inside the shoe itself. Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter. They’re among my most comfortable and most frequently worn pairs.
Connie Chen, senior reporter:
First impressions (May 2019): Allbirds, specifically the Wool Runners and Tree Skippers, are my default shoe to put on when I know I’m going to be on my feet all day and can get away with a more casual style. If I need to look a little more put together but don’t want to end the day limping home, Everlane Day Gloves or Rothy’s Pointed Flats it is. I’m happy to now have another option for a genuinely comfortable flat, and from a brand with a proven track record.
My favorite shoes are those that I don’t have to think twice about or mentally prepare myself to wear. The Tree Breezers saunter confidently into that category, no contest. They’re soft and mold to your feet upon first wear, but don’t have that thin, unsupportive feeling of some other flats. I wore them for more than 12 hours one day, first to work and then to a concert, and they had no problem keeping up with the prolonged walking and standing.
I think it’s worth getting one of the brighter limited-edition colors (I got them in the springy lilac Starfish). Because of their comfort, you’ll feel motivated to wear the eye-catching flats more often.
21-month update (March 2021): When I wore these flats during the summer, I realized they ran a bit warm for my taste and the wool insoles felt like they’d be more suitable for colder seasons. Now that the weather is cool, I’m wearing them more often. They’re perfect for transitional periods because they’re light on my feet while keeping them cozy.
Ellen Hoffman, executive editor:
First impressions (May 2019): Allbirds makes some of the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn right out of their box, so I was excited to try the company’s new ballet flats. The first word I uttered to my teammates after stepping into my navy Tree Breezers was, “Wow.” Like Mara, I really want to like flats, but they often miss the mark for me when it comes to comfort.
We’ve affectionately dubbed the Tree Breezers “machine-washable pillows for your feet” in our team’s Slack channel because they’re just that comfortable. I wore mine home from work the same day they arrived – a risky move since my commute home involves lots of walking and staircases – and my feet came away not only blister free but also feeling ultra cushioned and supported. They’re a perfect addition to an already impressive lineup from Allbirds for $95 a pair.
21-month update (March 2021): I love these flats! They’re not the most stylish flats I own, but I end up wearing them more than those trendier pairs because they’re so comfortable. Unlike the Wool Runners or Wool Loungers that can lose some of their shape with time, the Tree Breezers offer a really solid amount of structure; they look and feel the same 21 months later. I haven’t washed mine often, but I like knowing I can … I don’t have to be as precious with them as I have to be with other shoes.
The bottom line
As is always the case with Allbirds shoes, the new Tree Breezers are reliably comfortable and the most worry-free shoes you can slip on in the morning. The search for a go-to pair of cute, versatile flats is often a game involving too many blisters, worn-out soles, and impractical upkeep. Trust that you won’t have those problems with the Allbirds Tree Breezers.
Insider Reviews team members of different heights and sizes put both leggings to the test.
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Everlane, the startup that’s home to a dozen Holy Grail basics, has added to its first-ever activewear piece the design element that can take any garment to the next level – deep pockets that actually work.
The Perform Pocket Legging is a follow-up to Everlane’s first foray into performance wear, The Perform Legging, but with the addition of a long exterior pocket on each leg. You can securely store your possessions, making exercising and walking around town more convenient and even hands-free. What Everlane got right the first time and keeps for the second model is the extra-high-waisted fit and breathable, sustainable fabric with medium coverage.
Besides the variance in pockets, one of the key differences between the two versions is the new one’s leg-lengthening seams. The Perform Legging strays away from seams for a smoother look, while The Perform Pocket Legging uses them to create contours that compliment the natural shape of your body.
The differences between The Perform Legging and The Perform Pocket Legging are small, but notable enough to potentially sway your purchase decision. We’ve broken down all of the distinctions to help you decide and shared our experiences after testing both pairs below.
The Perform versus The Perform Pocket
The Perform Legging
The Perform Pocket Legging
Color options: black, ink grey, bitter chocolate, deep aegean, pine, heather charcoal, copper, lichen, brandy rose
Color options: black, cobalt, sand dune
Material: 58% recycled nylon, 42% elastane
Material: 58% recycled nylon, 42% elastane
Inseam: 25 inches for ankle length, 28 inches for regular length
Inseam: 25 inches
Care: machine wash cold, tumble dry low
Care: machine wash cold, tumble dry low
Made in: Kandy, Sri Lanka
Made in: Kandy, Sri Lanka
Original price: $58
Original price: $58
Everlane recommends sizing up if you’re between sizes for The Perform Legging, and a few of our testers back this piece of advice. For The Perform Pocket Legging, we didn’t run into this issue and instead stuck to our usual sizes.
Our personal reviews of Everlane’s Perform Pocket Legging
I’m a little over five feet tall, and I ordered The Perform Legging in a size large with an ankle-length inseam (definitely the right call if you’re short like me). I wore my pair to a few SoulCycle classes in The Before Times to test out how well the waistband stayed in place, which was my main concern since soft, silky leggings tend to roll and tug more. I know some of my coworkers had issues with the waistband rolling down, but even during what was the most intense class I’ve ever taken, my pair stayed in place. I don’t think I’d wear these if I were doing a ton of squatting or lifting because the material is relatively thin, but for a spin class or leisurely wearing, these are a new favorite for me.
The pocketed version of these leggings is also great. The material is the same, but there’s some seaming down the front to keep the pockets from pulling weirdly. The seams don’t always align when you’ve been moving around a lot so that can be annoying, but comfort-wise, the flat seams make no difference.
Update: It’s been about a year that I’ve been wearing The Perform Legging, and they’ve become my favorite for warm weather. They’re thin and breathable enough that I don’t feel suffocated or super sweaty in them, but even after tons of washes, they’re not so thin that I don’t trust the material when I bend over to pick something up. – Sally Kaplan, deputy editor
As a full-time-freelancer-turned-full-time-editor-working-from-home, leggings have been acceptable workwear for me for years. But there’s something special about the Everlane Perform Legging. I’m 5-foot-8 and between sizes, so I ordered the large because I was afraid the opacity would be an issue if I sized down. The leggings bunched ever-so-slightly around my ankles, but I didn’t really mind it.
The leggings were made from some of the most lightweight material I’ve ever put on. The slick material ensured there was no chafing between my thighs as I walked, too, which is always a bonus. I loved the high waistband, and how it didn’t roll down. I tend to feel super constricted in the waist of leggings that don’t fit well, but The Perform Legging was snug without being suffocating.
And while I loved the original Perform leggings, the pocket version was actually much more comfortable. Instead of having a small pocket on the waist, the pockets are on the legs, which makes for an even smoother waistband. They’re my preferred “pants” for running errands because I don’t have to bring a bag. – Maria Del Russo, style and beauty guides editor
I’ve never quite enjoyed wearing leggings, as their natural tightness can often feel uncomfortable. However, The Perform Pocket Legging has turned me into a believer. These leggings are so soft, flexible, and lightweight that you might forget you’re wearing them. The new deep pockets definitely pay off, with my phone staying perfectly snug while I take long walks and also during floor workouts. And though the added seams do move around a bit, I like how they shape my form and make the leggings stand out from other more basic pairs.
I’m 5-foot-5 and the XS fits me comfortably, crops a few inches above my ankles, and passes the squat test. Plus, the waistband supports my movements rather than interrupts them. For care, following Everlane’s instructions helps the material hold up after several washes. The only thing to note is that the air seems to go straight through the leggings when worn in colder weather, so I mostly enjoy sporting them around the house and during low impact workouts indoors. -Katie Decker-Jacoby, style and beauty reviews fellow
I liked the overall feel of these leggings. The fabric was soft and felt expensive and high quality. When I first put them on, I felt they were a bit tight. Throughout the day, they were comfortable to wear but the waistband rolled down a ton. I’m not sure if it’s because I am short or they were a little too tight on me.
Overall, I like the way they feel and think they look great. I would be curious to see if an XL would fit a little better on me, but I have never worn an XL in leggings so I’m not sure the sizing is all that accurate.
Update: After wearing these leggings more over the past few months on my quarantine runs and walks, I would definitely buy them again. While they’re not necessarily my go-to for lounging, they have become my favorite pair of leggings to work out in. They feel supportive and cool, and when I’m wearing them, it almost feels easier to run. And I’ve had no issues with the waistband rolling during runs. – Elisabeth Chambry, strategic partnerships manager
I’ve tested dozens of exercise leggings over the past six years and after trying these out, Everlane’s Perform Legging has joined my heavy rotation for moderate workouts. They’re great for someone who’s looking for a breathable legging that feels like a second skin, but they’ll be a letdown to anyone expecting them to be compressive or thick. And if you’re between sizes, you’ll want to size up.
I prefer a lean legging, so these were perfect for me. They’re silky, breathable, and so comfortable you can forget you’ve even got them on. I appreciate the extra-high waistband and that the regular inseam is nice and long on me (it bunches slightly on me at 5-foot-7). The size small was perfect for me. Some reviewers note they run small, but I didn’t find this to be the case as a 26-27. They helped cool me down in pilates and barre classes, and I didn’t experience rolling in the waistband. – Mara Leighton, senior E-learning reporter
The overall fit of Everlane’s Perform Legging was good. The ankle inseam was perfect and the waistband was over my belly button, so I felt like the leggings weren’t going to slide down or move anywhere. However, the material was just too thin for me. I didn’t feel comfortable bending over in fear of the material becoming completely see-through.
As far as comfort and performance goes, I felt cool and dry all day. I wasn’t too surprised by that given how thin the material was – there’s no way heat could get trapped inside. Overall, I think they’re great leggings for lounging around at home, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing them to the gym where I’d be stretching and squatting. – MoMo Lamping, manager of culture & employee experience
One of my favorite things about The Perform Legging is the fabric. It’s silky smooth and truly feels like a second skin – I don’t even really feel like I’m wearing anything. But, the thin fabric definitely has its faults. At times, I felt like you could see the outline of my underwear, which I am not a fan of, though I think that wouldn’t be a problem had I gotten a darker color.
The regular inseam fits my 5-foot-6 frame well. I had some bunching at the ankle, but the fabric is so lightweight it didn’t bother me at all. In theory, I like the high-waist band, but it just wouldn’t stay put. When I sat, it rolled down so I had to keep pulling it up. This could be because the fabric isn’t super compressive or because I got the wrong size, but I can’t be sure. Other than the waistband issue, I think the leggings fit like a glove. If you see me running errands or lounging on a Sunday afternoon, I’ll probably have these on. – Remi Rosmarin, former reporter
Cons to consider
For the regular Perform Legging, some experienced issues with the waistband rolling down and the thinness of the fabric. It seems best to sport this pair while lounging at home or during low impact workouts, as Everlane itself notes.
For the new Perform Pocket Legging, our testers noted that the added seams don’t quite stay put. Also, because the material hasn’t changed, the fabric is still quite thin and might be better for wear indoors and during less intense exercises.
The bottom line
At the end of the day, both The Perform Legging and The Perform Pocket Legging earn spots in our legging sequence thanks to their blend of recycled nylon and elastane. We can’t stop raving about how soft, light, and comfortable the two leggings feel, though the long pockets on the newest version take rank. The deep pockets make life a little easier, whether you’re running errands or hitting the home gym.
A few years ago, I was looking to add a classic khaki trench coat to my closet. It’s one of those staple pieces that goes with everything, and it’s the perfect weight for New York City springs … which are unpredictable at best. But I didn’t want to spent a lot of money on one.
I’d come to rely on the direct-to-consumer brand Everlane for its affordable and modern basics, so when the company introduced a trench coat to its site, I knew I wanted to try it. It was the right price at $148.
The Everlane Modern Trench Coat has a slightly longer, more relaxed fit than traditional options, but it still has a super-classic look.
The trench coat is made of 100% cotton twill and comes in classic khaki. The material has a water-resistant finish and the design includes a storm flap that ensures water doesn’t slip into the jacket as it runs down the shoulders – after all, it wouldn’t be a good spring jacket if it wasn’t rain-friendly.
I was worried the oversized silhouette that looked chic on Everlane’s 5-foot-10 model would drown my 5-foot-3 frame, but once I took it out of its packaging and put it on, all my concerns were gone. It’s longer on me than the model in the pictures, but I don’t look childish in it since it fits my shoulders and its waist lines up perfectly with my own. The coat falls a few inches past my knees, creating a flattering midi length that Everlane probably didn’t intend, but that I quite like.
In a traditional retail setting that accounts for various forms of markup, Everlane estimates that the Modern Trench Coat would cost $335. But at $148, it’s a total bargain.
Four years later, I still get compliments and “Where’s your jacket from?” questions from coworkers and total strangers. When I reply, “It’s from Everlane!” anyone who is already familiar with the company is never surprised. We’ve all come to expect only the best quality from the direct-to-consumer darling.
Do your closet a favor and add the $105 Day Glove flats (11 colors) and a pair of $68 Authentic Stretch skinny jeans (five washes and three lengths) to your cart while you’re at it for an effortless and timeless spring look. We can be outfit twins!
If Everlane has taught me one thing, it’s that spending more money on clothes doesn’t always mean you’re getting better quality.
Editor’s note: The ReKnit Day Gloves are being phased out by Everlane, so the limited sizes left are on sale for $39. Below is our review from when the shoes first came out, plus an update after months of regular wear.
To reach the upper echelons of Picks fame is of course not without cause. These flats are ultra-soft and flexible, with tiny air vents for breathability and a convenient back pull tab. They now come in 13 colors, and as I write this, I’m seriously considering getting a second pair in a cool slate blue (color no longer available).
Just as we were considering penning another love letter to these fan club-worthy flats, a new generation of Day Gloves arrived in August 2019 to delight us.
They’re called the Day Glove ReKnit, retailing at $98 (currently $39) and made from eight renewed plastic bottles, and they’re as amazing as the original Day Glove.
Their lightweight and breathable knit uppers, which have a ribbed pattern that reminds us of our favorite summer cardigans, are combined with cushioned leather insoles that let you walk in the shoes for hours on end. Like Everlane’s other popular Day styles, including the Day Loafer and classic Day Heel, they have a back-side pull tab.
As much as the Day Glove ReKnits belong to the Day shoe family ethos of comfort, versatility, and style, they’re also part of Everlane’s story of sustainable production practices. By 2021, the company is hoping to eliminate new plastic from its entire supply chain. Its ReNew outerwear collection was the first step towards that mission, and its first sneaker, the Tread Trainer, also takes care to use recycled plastic whenever possible.
The coolest part of it all is that you wouldn’t suspect a thing. The ReKnits look and feel not just like a regular pair of flats, but an elevated style you’ll reach for automatically every morning, so it’s impressive they’re also made from environmentally friendly materials. Since they’re light and slim, they’ll pack easily for travels, and their classic silhouette makes them appropriate for both casual and more formal occasions.
Read on for our individual thoughts of the Day Glove ReKnit flats, including a one-year wear update:
Sally Kaplan, Insider Reviews senior editor:
When we first put on these flats, pretty much all of us thought aloud, “Oh no, we’re going to have to update every article that names the leather versions of these as the best flat ever!” I think there’s a complete consensus on our team that these are some of the most comfortable flats we’ve ever worn. I have two pairs of the leather Day Gloves and they’re definitely my most-worn shoes in my closet, but I’d say the knit version is just slightly less restrictive. There’s also no break-in time like there is with leather (even though it’s buttery soft and molds easily). The knit material is just stretchy and flexible enough to form to your foot and move with you through the day, and though there’s not much arch support, the insoles are soft enough to wear all day.
I got the white pair thinking they’d be easy to spot clean, but I’ll be honest – I think they’re going to get dirty very quickly. I’ll report back once I’ve had enough time to get them scuffed up, and in the meantime, I’ll be hawk-eyeing the website for a nude or light grey pair that won’t get dirty as easily!
May 2020 update: I’ve been wearing my knit Day Gloves just as often as my leather pair over the past year, and I have to say that these continue to be even more comfortable than I thought possible. Despite having very little padding, they’ve held up really well with consistent wear. And though the white pair does pick up a lot of dirt from city streets, I’ve been able to spot clean the tip of the toes pretty easily.
Remi Rosmarin, Insider Reviews reporter:
You know that feeling after a long day of walking when you pull off your shoes and feel a sigh of relief as you let your feet finally breathe? That’s the feeling I got when I took off my other shoes to slip this pair on. They’re so strikingly lightweight, it feels like you’re barely wearing anything. The ribbed knit strikes a good balance between being structured and soft. Little details like the leather tab on the back and a hard rubber sole make these feel a little more chic than your average knit flats. The only reason I won’t wear these every day is because I got them in white, and I don’t want to let the New York City streets ruin them that fast.
May 2020 update: I wish I had worn these more than I have because they really are so comfortable. The round-toe ballet flat just isn’t a style I usually lean towards and thus, the ReKnit Day Glove hasn’t become a staple in my wardrobe. On top of that, as someone who lives in a big city where the streets are not known for being particularly clean, the white knit and low profile of this shoe isn’t really practical for my day-to-day. Maybe when I’m visiting my family in suburbia or spending a spring day out of the city I’ll give these another try.
Connie Chen, Insider Reviews senior reporter:
Whenever I try an amazing product, I always worry that the next version or style will fall flat. All good things must come to an end, right? In a rare twist, the new ReKnit flats lived up to my original Day Glove-ridden expectations. Part of the reason is they have the same comfortable and supportive leather insole that makes them wearable right out of the box. The ribbed knit fabric is really cute and adds some texture contrast to any outfit, and it shines in the brighter color options – the red (which I tried) and the yellow. I’m a little too excited to have a new shoe to rave about to my friends.
Do yourself and your feet a favor by getting the new Day Glove ReKnit flats. Whether you’re already a Day Glove devotee or considering your first Everlane shoe purchase, you won’t regret getting these comfortable under-$100 flats.
May 2020 update: Now that some time has gone by, I’ve realized I ultimately prefer the original Day Gloves because they mold better to my feet (which makes sense given that I’ve worn them for longer) and the heel is more comfortable.
Earlier this year, I brought my ReKnit flats on a trip to London, and I loved how versatile they were for traveling, style-wise. Unfortunately, once I wore them all day, I developed some heel blisters.
That said, I still wear the ReKnit flats often, and I do think they’re more visually appealing and feel a little more durable due to their knit construction. With knit-fabric shoes, the prevailing concern is that they’ll eventually lose their shape, but my ReKnit flats continue to look neat and structured.
Ellen Hoffman, Insider Reviews executive editor:
Everlane does it again! I hate to sound like a broken record, but the company really does make some of my favorite clothes and shoes, and the new Day Glove ReKnit has shot right to the top as my favorite shoe it has made to date (I’ve tried almost every major shoe style Everlane has launched in the last four years, for what it’s worth).
There’s absolutely no break-in time needed for the ReKnits, which surprised me since Everlane shoes typically take me a few wears to break in. I packed my work bag with back-up flats to change into in case they started irritating my feet after a few hours, but I needn’t have bothered. They’re up there with the Allbirds Tree Breezers as the most comfortable and breathable knit flats I own, though I think the ReKnits offer a more fashion-forward look. It remains to be seen how well the flexible knit upper maintains its shape over time, but as far as first impressions go, the ReKnits nailed it.
May 2020 update: A year later, I stand by my initial recommendation 100%. I love my ReKnit flats so much I bought them in another color. They’re the most comfortable “cute” flats I own and they hold their shape well over time.
Laptop bags are one of the trickiest accessories to get right. We all want something that is stylish and easy to carry, but also durable enough to withstand a long commute.
Some people prefer to stuff their laptop in large, fashionable bags, but we recommend finding something that at least has a dedicated laptop compartment. Luckily, there are plenty of attractive and protective options available.
The new generation of laptop carriers runs the gamut from techy styles with tons of extras to fashionable tote bags in luxurious leather. We love all different kinds of bags and have included a mix on this list to suit a variety of worker’s needs.
We are currently in the process of testing a whole new batch of bags to see if they stack up to the ones already on this list. For now, the following four bags reign supreme.
The Ryan Laptop Bag from Dagne Dover is super functional, complete with the brand’s signature interior compartment system, and very cute.
Pros: Tons of compartments, detachable key fob, convertible straps, water resistant Cons: Expensive
Laptop bags that actually look like laptop bags can be cute. The everyday-bag masters over at Dagne Dover have proved it with the design of the Ryan Laptop Bag, which is both stylish and very practical.
It’s very similar to the brand’s best-selling Signature Tote, with a more durable, tech-friendly exterior made of water-resistant neoprene. The interior contains Dagne Dover’s signature compartment system. There’s a laptop sleeve, a key ring, several card slots, and mesh pockets to organize your workday essentials. A zippered exterior pocket allows you to stash items you reach for on the go, like your subway card, passport, and cell phone.
The Ryan is available in both Medium ($135, carries most 13-inch laptops) and Large ($155, carries most 15-inch laptops) sizes and can be worn as a crossbody or shoulder bag.
“I wish the Dagne Dover Ryan Laptop Bag had existed while I was in college, because it would’ve actually held up to all the heavy study materials and the laptop I carried around campus,” Insider Picks reporter Connie Chen wrote in a previous review.
If you are a teacher or member of the military, you are eligible for a 20% discount on any Dagne Dover purchases you make. Simply fill out this form using your official education or military email address and the company will give you an exclusive code to use at checkout.
The best affordable laptop bag
With nearly 1,000 5-star customer reviews on Amazon, the Ytonet 17-Inch Laptop Bag is a relative bargain that will not let you down.
Pros: Affordable, has a lot of compartments, expandable, water resistant
Cons: Not the most stylish
You truly do not need to spend a ton of money in order to find a good quality laptop bag you’ll actually want to carry every day. Sure, the Ytonet 17-Inch Laptop Bag is not the most stylish option on the market. But it’s not hideous, and it is practical and affordable.
This sleek, structured rectangular bag contains a multitude of compartments to hold everything you could possibly need for one workday (or a full week of them). Seriously, there’s an individual pocket for a cell phone, laptop, tablet, passport, pen, umbrella, water bottle, and even clothing!
You can pack for a short business trip using just this one bag. There’s even an expandable zipper to give you more room, effectively turning your laptop bag into a duffle. The bag has a 4.6-star rating based on nearly 1,300 Amazon customer reviews and has been praised by Travel + Leisure.
Pros: Lots of interior pockets, fits 13-inch or 15-inch backpack, high-quality materials
Dagne Dover really knows what its doing as far as work bags go. The Signature Tote is very similar to the more utilitarian in appearance Ryan Laptop Bag we chose as our top pick, only it doesn’t look like a laptop bag at all.
If style is a top priority for you, you can’t go wrong here. The Signature Tote is made of coated canvas with leather trim. It has a classic and simple silhouette that won’t go out of style or clash with anything in your closet.
Dagne Dover’s founder and CEO Melissa Mash sums up our feelings about the tote best: “It’s no longer good enough to just be ‘arm candy’. Nowadays we expect the services and products we use to multitask, to be data-driven, and to work harder,” Mash told Insider Reviews’ director of content strategy Ellen Hoffman in a previous interview. “Dagne Dover is the only brand in the handbag market that does so while continuing to be stylish and organized.”
This bag comes in a bunch of colors and four sizes, but the Classic ($245) and Legend ($265) styles are the only ones large enough to fit a laptop. Inside both models is a padded compartment large enough to conceal a 13-inch or 15-inch laptop, respectively, three pen loops, a phone/MetroCard pocket, a detachable key leash, and a neoprene water bottle holder.
If you are a teacher or member of the military, you are eligible for a 20% discount on any Dagne Dover purchases you make when you fill out this form using your official education or military email address. The company will give you a special discount code to use at checkout.
Pros: Water resistant, stylish, comes in two sizes, easy to carry, optional key leash
Our affordable pick is a great option for travel but if you’re looking for an upgrade, the O.G 2 Overnight Bag from Lo & Sons should be on your radar. Its predecessor comes highly recommended by Insider Reviews editors.
Not only are the overnight bags super cute, with a water-resistant nylon exterior available in a variety of chic, understated colors, they’re extremely functional for overnight trips or use as an airplane personal item. One of the more unique features is the adjustable back panel that slides over a rolling luggage handle for easy transport as you move from security to your gate. You can choose from two sizes: medium ($378.00) and large ($398.00).
Carry the bag top-handle or use the attachable messenger strap and toss it over your shoulder. A series of pockets, including a padded laptop sleeve and a side pocket for shoes, make organization easy. Lo & Sons says the internal laptop sleeve for both sizes of the bag fits up to 13-inch laptops. Some 14-inch and 15-inch laptops can fit inside of the main compartment of the bags, but do not fit inside of the padded laptop compartment.
“With all of the smart features, I’ve found I’m able to fit just about everything I need for a weekend away in this one bag,” writes Insider Reviews reporter Remi Rosmarin of the previous model. Travel experts at Huffington Post and Good Housekeeping are also big fans.
Better yet, the O.G. 2 linked here has a dedicated laptop sleeve, and it has been reinforced for stability when fully packed up.
Other women’s laptop bags we look forward to testing
Everlane oversize Caryall: This large catch-all bag has a dedicated laptop compartment and comes from the maker of our much loved – but now discontinued – Everlane Form bag.
Cuyana Tall Structured Leather Tote: Cuyana is known for its sustainable and ethically-sourced bags. This tote features a dedicated laptop compartment and is made from Italian leather from a woman-owned factory.
Bellroy System Messenger bag: This laptop bag is for travelers on-the go. It has a padded laptop pouch and lots of pockets – including ones that pop out and back in when not in use. The bag’s luggage slip also fits over travel luggage handles.
Go Dash Dot Puffle bag: This fun bag is Go Dash Dot’s take on the classic duffle bag. It can be worn on the shoulder or as a cross body. It has a dedicated laptop compartment, as well as an interior zipper that can release a shoe compartment for more depth.
EaseGave laptop bag for women: This stylish and affordable bag has a dedicated padded laptop pouch with a reinforced bottom and comes in 13 different colors.
The best athleisure brands are saving people from wearing the same boring sweatpants every day.
With pieces from our favorite brands, you can be comfortable and presentable at the same time.
Brands like Nike, Twillory, Vuori, Uniqlo, Public Rec, and Everlane are among our favorites.
Over the past few years, athleisure has been one of the quickest growing categories in clothing, but now it’s more popular than ever – and for good reason. Drawing cues from true performance athletic wear and cozier loungewear styles, athleisure fills the gap between the two categories, which makes these pieces some of the most versatile clothes you can own and wear.
Whether you’re shopping for clothing that’s stylish enough for Zoom meetings yet comfortable enough for sitting on your couch, or you want clothes that you can wear to work out in before running errands and grabbing lunch, athleisure has you covered for it all.
Think of it as the easiest way to get dressed for daily life without having to put much thought and effort into it. No longer will you have to choose between form and function when it comes to your clothes.
Here are the best athleisure brands for men in 2021:
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Nike‘s clothing is dependable, sporty, and fashionable all at the same time.
Nike has a massive selection of tried-and-true sportswear that’s been backed by some of the world’s best athletes. The iconic branding translates well to the full spectrum of style — from casual everyday wearers to sneakerheads and streetwear enthusiasts. In other words, pretty much anyone can wear Nike products, and look good in them too
On top of that, Nike’s clothing is relatively affordable. You’ll find that in some instances it’s actually cheaper than up-and-coming athleisure or performance wear companies.
Another plus side of Nike is its ability to create inclusive clothing. Although some styles favor a more masculine or feminine silhouette, a good portion of Nike’s clothing is unisex.
You’ll be able to find shorts, T-shirts, hoodies, compression pants, socks, and basically anything else you could possibly think of. Also, don’t forget that Jordan Brand and Converse are part of the Nike family, making the selection seemingly endless.
Vuori’s clothing is both lightweight and comfortable, which makes it a breeze to both live in and work out in.
It’s obvious that Vuori takes its inspiration from the beach that’s just a stone’s throw away from its headquarters in Encinitas, California. And that means that its clothes maintain an easy, laidback California aesthetic that is effortlessly cool without looking sloppy.
The brand’s Ponto Performance Pant is the absolute best for people who want to seamlessly transition through different environments in one pair of pants.
While most performance wear is based strictly on sportiness, Vuori is centered around performance in more than just sport. The pants are made from a light and stretchy material that’s soft against the skin. Whether you’re doing yoga, running, working out, riding a bike, lounging, or dressing casually, the Ponto Performance Pants can handle it in comfort.
If you’re looking for a great shirt, I would recommend the Tradewind Performance shirt. The Tradewind Tee is the company’s “most technical” in the lineup, featuring micro-perforation for ventilation, flatlock seams, and a front chest pocket. The shirt promises to wick moisture and dry quickly, making it perfect for a run, a hot yoga session, and any errands you may need to run in between.
If you simply need a good T-shirt without spending a lot of money, Uniqlo’s Dry T-shirts are the way to go.
Although Uniqlo isn’t an athleisure brand specifically, it’s my favorite place to get comfortable basics at affordable prices. You’ll find an array of T-shirts, shorts, sweatpants, sweatshirts, hoodies, and other pieces that fall into the category of athleisure.
Despite Uniqlo’s affordable prices, the brand does a great job of offering variety. There are a handful of different materials available to help make clothing more comfortable or useful for specific activities or seasons of the year.
AIRism, a lightweight material that makes clothes more breathable, UV Protection, which blocks sunlight, BLOCKTECH, a water-resistant material, and HEATTECH, a warmth-trapping material, are just some of the many technologies you can find.
In terms of style, Uniqlo definitely pays close attention to fashion trends and regularly collaborates with designers to create more elevated basics.
Rhone’s athleisure clothing is made with its special GoldFusion technology, which keeps odors at bay no matter how long your day drags on.
Back in 2016, Rhone managed to raise nearly $113,000 to bring GoldFusion technology to its line of activewear. And now, it can be found in a wide range of activewear and athleisure clothing.
GoldFusion technology is Rhone’s proprietary, eco-friendly fabric treatment that leverages real gold particles to help fabrics dry up to three times faster. In addition, it’s UV protective, and looks great, too.
The technology goes a long way in keeping your clothes fresh for extended periods of time, whether that means long and active days on the go or simply getting a couple wears out of your workout clothes before having to wash them.
Beyond the odor-blocking technology, Rhone has proven itself to be a versatile brand, offering everything from workout apparel to casual comfort styles.
I absolutely love Rhone’s Commuter Pant, a great pair of trousers that you would actually feel comfortable wearing to an office. Well-tailored and sharply cut, these pants prove that looking good and feeling good can be two sides of the same coin. Similarly, I love the Reign Long Sleeve Shirt. Combined with a pair of shorts, you’ll be ready for a workout, but if swapped for a nice pair of chinos, you could even be ready to go on a date.
If you’re more interested in Rhone’s athletic gear, you might check out the 7-inch Swift Lined short. Perfect for running, these shorts feature a perforated venting system for cooling, as well as two side zipper pockets to hold essentials during a jog. Plus, a soft performance liner promises an exceptional fit.
Todd Snyder fuses old school style with high-quality materials to make super stylish, yet sporty clothes.
Todd Snyder is an all-encompassing menswear brand, but its Champion collection specifically is a great place to find stylish athleisure wear. The collaboration brings together the best of both worlds — high-end looks from Todd Synder and the undeniable sportswear history from Champion — to create timeless pieces you’ll want to wear casually and during workouts.
Todd Snyder has sweatpants, shorts, T-shirts, hoodies, and a lot more — and everything is available in plenty of colorways, so you can pick out your favorite shades or stock up on a few good ones to rotate between.
Almost all of the pieces use a super soft french terry cotton, garment-dyed treatment for a worn-in look, and vintage Champion branding.
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If you’re a fan of the classics, then look no further than Adidas to supply you with great performance gear that looks good, too.
Even with the emergence of what seems like an endless supply of athleisure brands focused more on the leisure than the athlete component of their names, one company has maintained a position at the top of the mountain. And that company is Adidas. Whether you’re looking for great athletic wear or just great clothes to wear, Adidas has you covered.
Adidas remains one of the most sought-after brands around the world. That’s likely thanks to its expert combinations of quality and classic style that manages to be both fashion-forward and reminiscent of the brand’s roots — plus, its pieces easily transition across a variety of environments with just a few small adjustments.
Thanks to a wide range of styles, Adidas can match just about any aesthetic. While many of its bestsellers are the brand’s trademark sneakers, you can also find a great selection of performance clothes that work well at the gym and just hanging out.
One of my favorite pieces to wear is the Adidas Must Haves 3-Stripes Shorts. The brand describes them as “sporty everyday shorts with a strong Adidas look” and that’s precisely what they are.
They feature 3-Stripes branding along the sides of the legs and a small Adidas logo on the left leg. You’ll also find basic requirements for any good pair of shorts like side pockets and a drawstring waist.
In addition to having good-looking performance clothing and classic designs like the shorts, the Three Stripes has teamed up with dozens of brands.
Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, White Mountaineering, A Bathing Ape, Reigning Champ, and Alexander Wang are just a few of the many collaborators they’ve worked with for more elevated designs.
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Brought to life by a former JP Morgan banker, Public Rec makes the kind of athleisure clothing that you’d be comfortable wearing to work.
It started with a pair of sweatpants so popular that it attracted a 1,200-person waitlist. And things have just ballooned from there. Public Rec specializes in technical leisure apparel for men, operating under the mantra that if you feel good, you’ll look good. The brand actually got its start on Kickstarter back in 2015, when it designed and sold its first pair of public-appropriate sweatpants. But since then, it has expanded its offerings to include a number of presentable yet comfortable pieces for everyday life.
The original bestseller is, of course, the All Day Every Day Pant. While they feel like sweatpants, they’re sized more like jeans, which means that they fit your body instead of hanging off of them. You’ll feel totally at ease wearing these pants out and about in your daily life, and if you’re working in a more casual environment, you could certainly wear them to the office as well.
Also popular is the extremely versatile polo shirt, the Go-To Polo. Designed to wick moisture, be breathable, and never lose its shape, it can be dressed up or down, and could even be workout appropriate. Plus, at under $70, it’s surprisingly affordable — most name-brand polos will set you back significantly more, and certainly wouldn’t stand up to an hour at the gym.
The shirt is made from a proprietary fabric blend of Pima cotton, Tencel, and spandex, which is designed to wick moisture and never shrink while staying soft and stretchy. The material is actually the same as the brand’s Go-To Tee, but thanks to the polo design, it’s much more versatile in terms of wearability.
We’ve also noticed that Public Rec apparel never loses its shape. Despite several wears and several washes, both pants and tops alike look as new as the day we got them, and that durability is a major win in our book.
Twillory might be best known for its performance dress shirts, but the brand’s venture into athlesiure shouldn’t be overlooked.
The collection includes a zip-up hoodie, joggers, T-shirts, polos, and henleys — and they’re all designed to be stretchy, moisture-wicking, cooling, and quick-drying.
However, the standout pieces are the joggers and the hoodie. The joggers have a nicely-tapered fit, slanted side pockets, and a single pocket on the right side of the rear. Combined with the pattern of the material, these joggers look more like your favorite chinos than a sloppy pair of gym sweats.
The hoodie, which comes in matching materials and colors is just as comfortable and completes the set. You can save $20 on the set when you bundle the Althouger Joggers and Athlounger Hoodie.
Olivers Apparel covers the full gamut of athleisure with workout gear, loungewear, and performance gear you can get away with at work.
Olivers Apparel came to life after a 2013 Kickstarter and has since become one of the best brands for stylish athletic wear. If your sense of fashion is clean and simple, then Olivers is perfect for you. While many sportswear brands use bold colors and patterns on its gear, many of Olivers’ clothes use solid colors and logo-less designs.
Some of our favorite items include the Classic Sweatpants made from Supima cotton, and the Convoy Tee, which is made from 100% merino for a cozy, yet relaxed fit.
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Everlane is a dependable place to buy all wardrobe essentials, including athleisure.
We love Everlane for everything from its cashmere sweaters and jeans to footwear and outerwear. The brand’s products are always responsibly made with a high level of quality and keen attention to style.
While you can always rely on Everlane to find clothes that will help you look your best, you can also rely on them to find clothes that will help you feel your best.
The brand just launched its new Track Collection, which includes a variety of organic cotton sweatsuits. You can find T-shirts, sweatsuits, and even sneakers at Everlane.
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Flip flops are the perfect summer shoe, but they have a reputation for being flimsy and plasticky.
The following options are comfortable and stylish enough to wear with casual outfits.
Whether you’re shopping for men’s or women’s sizing, these are the best flip flop styles out there.
As far as shoes go, flip flops tend to get a bad wrap. While other shoes can be dressed up and down, flip flops tend to be relegated to casual wear – or to the beach. But that doesn’t mean you should discount these summertime favorites. The right flip flops can elevate your day-to-day wear and keep your feet comfortable in cool in warmer temps.
On the Insider Reviews team, we’ve tested dozens of flip flops, from the most casual options to ones that are slightly more elevated. And these are the best flip flops brands for men and women that we’ve worn. Whether you’re looking for your new beach shoes or in need of some more polished shoes to slip into after dancing all night, there’s a pair for you here.
Here are the best flip flops in 2021:
The cushioned sole of Sanuk‘s flip flops makes you feel like you’re walking on a yoga mat.
When you do yoga, there’s a moment when you press your hands into the mat during downward dog or sink into child’s pose, and the world melts away. That sense of relief and comfort is in large part due to the mat itself. Yoga mats, though relatively thin, make you feel cushioned and supported even on top of a hardwood floor. Sanuk makes flip flops that mimic that experience.
The footbeds are made of actual yoga mat material. It’s a cool, unique concept that translates well to real-life comfort. The brand’s most popular style for women is the Yoga Sling 2, which has a stylish wrap-around silhouette that is clearly yoga-inspired and makes these art-gallery-owner-chic. While not a true flip flop due to a piece of fabric that secures around the ankle, it still gives you that thong sandal look.
In men’s sizing, there is the cleverly named Beer Cozy Flip Flop. This is more of a traditional flip flop with thick straps, Sanuk’s signature yoga mat footbed, and a curve for additional arch support.
Rainbows have been a favorite flip flop for decades, thanks to their leather exterior and nonslip rubber sole.
If you’re looking for a flip flop that’s comfortable enough to walk around in for hours, you need to get a pair of Rainbows. Rainbow has been making leather sandals for the whole family for over 40 years with the intention of creating the world’s best sandal.
While different styles have evolved over the years, all pairs are made to look and feel great on your feet and not wear out over time. Rainbows are my favorite sandals by far — they’re extremely comfortable and supportive for a pair of flip flops. There’s a nonslip rubber sole, sturdy leather top, and a sponge rubber midsole. Essentially, what this does is create a fit that molds to your feet over time.
Rainbows come in single-layer and double-layer options. This refers to the layers in the midsole, so the double-layer offers more arch support. Even so, the single-layer sandals are much more supportive than your typical rubber flip flops.
The leather makes these sandals feel more appropriate for wearing out and about. But be careful with these around water. If you do get them wet, they take a long time to dry, and it could eventually ruin the sandals.
Colorful and comfortable, Havaianas are a perfect beach flip flop.
Havaianas are the ideal beach sandal — durable, colorful, and able to withstand rough conditions. Even if they get a little scraped-up and windswept, they’ll still look cool after the fact.
There are a few different iterations of the sandals for men and women. They both have a slightly curved footbed, though some have slim rubber straps while others have thicker straps, and some are stamped with the Havaianas logo.
Havaianas have been my go-to flip flops for years. They’re simple, but comfortable enough to walk in for hours and look good with pretty much everything.
Tkees flip flops are sleek enough to go from the beach to dinner.
Flip flops are usually reserved for walking along the beach or even wearing in the shower at the gym, but Tkees takes the shoe style to the next level. Tkees makes simple, elegant sandals and flip flops for both adults and kids.
Tkees are made with leather (some with vegan leather) which gives them a more sophisticated feel than plastic options. The sandals are thin, but have a rubber sole for extra support. Each pair has a soft, cushioned footbed for added comfort. They’re the perfect shoe for when you need something to throw on, but want something that looks better than a rubber flip flop. One of the best parts about Tkees is the inclusive range of nude shades. The Foundation flip flops come in a range of neutrals to match a variety of skin types.
Generally, they’re very comfortable, but because they’re so thin, they’re best for the beach, pool, or anywhere else where you don’t mind if your feet get a little dirty. Additionally, the thin leather straps can get a little uncomfortable if you’re walking for a long period of time. But, by the same token, they’re very durable because of this construction.
The style and durability of these shoes make them feel worth the price. If you’re looking for an elevated pair, they’re a great option.
Hari Mari makes “boat safe” flip flops that keep you steady-footed when you walk.
You don’t need to own a boat to enjoy Hari Mari flip flops. “Boat safe” in this case essentially means nonslip, so they’re suitable for just about any slick terrain. These are flip flops for everyone, even people who don’t normally wear flip flops. They’re cute and sporty, but more attractive than your average pair.
What really makes Hari Mari flip flops unique is the memory foam toe, designed to minimize the awful chafing you get from other thong sandals. It’s described by the brand as “a formidable cylinder of memory foam encased in soft nylon to help grip toes, reduce abrasion and do away with painful break-in periods.”
Old Navy flip flops are great for people who don’t want to pay a ton for their beach shoes.
The signature thing about Old Navy flip flops is that they are cheap — not affordable or inexpensive, but cheap. Most pairs are normally $3.99 when not on sale, but they are seemingly always discounted. If you like the look of Havaianas but don’t want to spend a lot of money (especially if they may become sand-logged), check out the Old Navy Classic Flip Flops.
They come in men’s and women’s sizes that look the same aside from minor adjustments to accommodate different foot shapes. Old Navy offers the Classic style in tons of colors, including some fun pastels.
Of course, being so cheap, you sacrifice some quality and comfort. Don’t be surprised if you have to replace one each year. But, Insider Reviews Guides Editor Les Shu wears the Old Navy Classic Flips Flops to the gym showers regularly, and finds that they hold up nicely. He does recommend replacing them often if you use them for the gym, to prevent bacteria buildup.
Oofos reinvented the flip flop to make the most comfortable sandals we’ve tried.
Oofos specifically markets these sandals as recovery shoes for people who need more arch support and impact absorption than others. Many athletes and people with feet problems swear by them.
The special foam is built to absorb even more shock than your average sports shoe. They are formed to fit the curve of your arch, so Oofos’ sandals offer much more support than your average pair of flip flops. They absorb impact and they don’t move up and down as you walk, either.
Even though the sandals are a bit pricey, they are worth it because they will last and last. You can even machine wash or hose them down after a day on the beach to get rid of all the sand they pick up. They may not be the most beautiful sandals you’ll own, but they sure will be the most comfortable.
The Day Glove comes with the same big promises of comfort and style that customers came to associate with the Day Heel. According to the company, they’ve created a flat that gives you sophistication and ease without asking for trade-offs like discomfort and blisters. You’re supposed to be able to literally run, bike, and cartwheel around in them as well as wear them to a Monday morning meeting. In terms of style, they’re subtle, versatile, and look like a chic update to the classic you know.
In other words, Everlane’s Day Glove is the flat you never thought to ask for, until now. It’s made from soft Italian leather, has an easy pull tab on the back and perforated side vents to keep your feet from getting sweaty, and a cushioned insole that’s soft and contoured for all-day comfort. The shape and leather work together to mold to your foot like a literal glove.
And as if it weren’t already an excellent value at $118, Everlane just lowered the price to $105 and introduced new color choices.
To see how close the Day Glove comes to its claims in real life, four women on the Insider Reviews team tested them out. You can read our initial reviews, plus how the shoes have weathered two years of regular use, below. If you don’t need any more convincing, we’ll just share that for sizing, your best bet is to go true to size, and if you’re in between sizes, go up a half size.
Shop all the Day Gloves at Everlane here, or continue on to read our reviews of them.
As a general rule, I don’t wear flats. I’m 5’2″ and I like to feel tall(er) by wearing 2-3-inch heels every day. I’ve also just never found a pair of flats that were comfortable enough to wear all day long. They always seem to chafe my ankles, pinch my toes, and feel unsupportive.
Everlane’s Day Glove Flats are much more comfortable than any other flats I’ve tried. They actually fit my foot and move with me – not against me. The black leather is soft, comfortable, and stylish enough to go with anything. They’re long in the toe, so you don’t feel like your toes are running into the edges of the shoe, and the heel fits comfortably without chafing. The softness of the leather has excellent give, so I almost felt like I wasn’t wearing shoes at all. That said, they’re not terribly supportive, so if you need support from your shoes, these are not for you. But as far as flats go, I think they’re wonderful.
I don’t wear flats often, but Everlane’s Day Gloves are my favorite pair. They don’t chafe or rub against my ankle or toes in any way. I actually keep my pair at work for “shoe emergencies” when I just want to switch into something more comfortable or swap out my rain boots for a nice-looking pair of shoes. Like the Day Boots, these flats have very slim soles and delicate leather, so I imagine mine would be more worn out if I wore them more often.
I like to think of myself as an Everlane super-fan, but I’ll be the first to admit that its shoes can be a bit hit-or-miss. I have two pairs of its loafer mules (the ones without backs) because most of the shoes I’ve tried from the brand that have stiff backs cause me near-instant blisters.
I also have a pair of the Day Heels which I love – specifically because the backs are made from a buttery soft leather with elastic stretch – so I was really excited to try the somewhat similar Day Gloves. I got a white pair, despite my better judgment as a city-dweller, and they look super modern and sleek with everything from jeans to slip dresses.
Though they don’t have any sort of stretch by the heel tab, these flats are still exceptionally comfortable. The leather is thin and flexible so there’s no extreme stiffness, and I wore mine all day with zero evidence of blistering or rubbing. Everlane recommended that we go up a half size when sending in our choices, and I’m glad I did. I think it would have been cramped otherwise. The toe area of the size 8 felt fine for me (I wear a 7.5), but I have pretty average feet when it comes to width. I will say that if you have really wide feet, these probably aren’t the shoes for you.
Overall, I have to say – I think these flats are more than worth the price, and though Everlane could definitely get away with charging more, I really appreciate that they don’t.
There exists on this earth no better flat than the Day Gloves. The original pair I got for this review is still in constant rotation for me (yep, the white leather has held up and proved itself to be easy to clean!) but I fell so hard in love that I bought myself another pair in a cognac brown color since then. They wear beautifully, are super easy to clean (just wipe them down with a damp cloth and maybe a little hand soap if necessary), and mold to your feet like malleable leather socks. I love them so.
I spend a lot of time in flats, and these are definitely the most comfortable (and flattering) pair that I’ve worn. I haven’t always had luck with Everlane shoes, but these are undeniably great.
They really do fit like a glove, and the soft, flexible Italian leather is only going to get better with repeated wear. The colors are all beautiful neutrals that have a luxe sheen in the sun, and the elongated upper converts them from an average pair of flats to a chicer iteration. And in terms of comfort, it elevated the experience: I never slipped out of them (or felt I would) and I ended the day without angry red lines from where the leather cut into my feet when they bent.
The real highlight, though, is the ventilation holes Everlane added. Flats have a habit of becoming gross, I-don’t-want-to-take-these-off-in-front-of-you shoes in the hot summer months. Adding perforation to the sides to encourage airflow is the kind of upgrade I wish I had thought to look for years ago.
The Day Gloves are much pricier than what I would normally spend on a pair of flats and I did need to size a half size up, but given how often I wear them, how comfortable they are, and how much of my closet they go with, I’d rather have one pair of these than cycle through the run-of-the-mill pairs I typically buy.
These are the best flats I’ve ever worn, and one of the first products I recommend when people inevitably ask me ‘what are the best things you’ve tested?’ when they learn what I do. I loved them so much I wrote a second review. They’re versatile, come in a whopping 11 colors now, and have aged really well. My white pair has been easy to clean (I use a damp paper towel), and I still wear them multiple times per week. Despite that, they show little signs of wear – some creasing of the leather, but nothing major.
Like a lot of workingwomen, I simply don’t have time for uncomfortable shoes. I’ve bought enough of them to know better at this point in my life. I need shoes that are supportive and versatile, and that can handle all the walking I do in New York City every day. And gratefully, Everlane’s new Day Glove seems up to the task.
The Day Glove surprised me with its out-of-the-box comfort and all-day-long breathability. The backs and sides of ballet flats typically blister and irritate my feet, but after a super short break-in period for the Italian leather (yep, these babies are made from only premium and ethically sourced materials, but they do still require a little time to mold to your feet), I was able to traipse all around the city in my Day Glove – in complete comfort.
Get yourself a pair in your favorite color (I’m partial to the light blue) – trust me, your feet will seriously thank you. Just make sure to size up half a size for a perfect fit. I normally wear a size 8, but I got an 8.5 per Everlane’s recommendation, and an 8 definitely would have been too small.
As a product reviewer, it’s really saying something when I consistently come back to a product, and Everlane’s Day Glove is the one pair of flats I’ll always come back to for its comfort and easy style. They’re my go-to transitional fall/spring shoe. I have three pairs of the Day Glove, two leather styles (in light blue and tan) and the new ReKnit version (in yellow). I slightly prefer the ReKnit version because my feet tend to sweat a bit in the leather style.
When in doubt, don a cardigan. That seems to be an unofficial rule in styling – whether you’re looking to polish a casual outfit or if the temperature suddenly drops. After all, in addition to keeping you sharply dressed, it also helps keep you warm in frigid office environments. When it comes to picking out your perfect cardigan, there are a few things to keep in mind.
First, you’ll want to consider the fit. While some cardigans make slouchy look elegant, others are slightly more buttoned-up, and could almost pass for a less structured blazer. Also important to keep in mind is the material of your cardigan. Wool probably won’t work as well in warmer environments, while a thin cotton won’t do much to keep you cozy in the winter.
No matter which of our favorite brands you choose to buy your next cardigan from, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed. And while these options are marketed for women, we believe folks should wear what they like, regardless of their gender. But if you’re looking for men’s sizing, check out our guide to the best men’s cardigan sweaters.
Here are the 5 best places to shop for cardigans:
Loft’s cardigans have withstood the test of time thanks to their comfortable materials, durable construction, and classic aesthetic.
Sizing options: XXS-XXL in regular and petite
Though Loft has been around since 1954, don’t assume that the brand has lost touch with modern fashion. Rather, the cardigans from Loft do a great job of combining timeless elegance with more recent trends — jewel tones, unique cuts, and a distinctive point of view.
What you’ll love best about Loft is its extensive variety when it comes to cardigans. Whether you’re looking for a v-neck cardigan, longer cardigan, or cardigan with pockets, Loft has something for you.
One example of the brand’s consistently timeless elegance is the Relaxed V-Neck Cardigan. This sweet and simple sweater in black, white, or navy could blend in perfectly at a more professional function. Meanwhile, the Slouchy V-Neck Cardigan paired with jeans and sneakers could make an easygoing weekend errands outfit.
Everlane‘s cardigan collection is chic and minimalistic, but oh-so cozy.
Sizing options: XXS-XL
It’s been eleven years since Everlane was founded, and in that time, the e-commerce brand has managed to make its way into what seems like every millennial’s professional and casual wardrobe. And with pieces like its cardigans, it’s really not very difficult to see why.
Everlane is absolutely unmatched in making the simple look sleek. Take, for example, The Texture Cotton Cardigan. The larger-ribbed knit design, made of a cotton-nylon blend, gives this sweater its texture and structure. Plus, the tortoise shell buttons add an elegant yet modern touch. While you could easily take this cardigan with you on a windy beach day, you could also wear it to the workplace without feeling too casual.
Everlane also does the boxy, oversized look better than most, but its fitted options are beautiful as well. The Cotton-Merino Cardigan is the embodiment of the classic cardigan with its slimmer fit that looks fantastic tucked into a pair of jeans or slacks.
As for color options, Everlane offers up minimalistic neutrals to cover the basics as well as muted tones for subtle pops of color.
Forever 21 is here to prove that you can buy a cardigan for less than $20.
Sizing options: XS-XL
I’m not ashamed to admit that I have more than a couple Forever 21 pieces hanging in my closet, and surprisingly enough, the ones that have lasted the longest have been my cardigans. When it comes to your basic, everyday cardigan selection, this teen-focused brand is actually a great place to start your search.
Because this brand caters toward a younger customer base, you’ll also be pleased to find that all of these styles are remarkably affordable. You can find a number of cardigans, like the Longline Cardigan Sweater for less than $25, and there are even styles for as low as $7. The millennial clientele of Forever 21 may also appreciate the more contemporary cardigan designs. Take, for example, the Ribbed Lettuce-Edge Cardigan with its playful trim and collar.
But just because Forever 21 has a few more creative options on its list doesn’t mean that it’s pushed traditional styles to the wayside. The Heathered Knit Cardigan Sweater is a cozy yet chic cardigan that could be dressed up or down.
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Not only is Gap‘s cardigan selection vast in styles, it has colors and sizes for everyone.
Sizing options: XS-XXL in regular, petite, and tall
If you’re looking for variety, head over to Gap. You might be surprised to find that this brand has a ton of assortment in terms of cardigan designs, colors, and sizes. To start, Gap carries cardigans that are open, buttoned, cropped, long, belted, and hooded. They’re ribbed, textured, softspun, and printed – you name it. And you can find these offerings in splashes of pink, blue, green, red, and more.
One of the more practical factors to consider when picking out a cardigan is sizing. Gap, however, makes it easy for all with its Regular, Petite, and Tall ranges. Thankfully, a number of the stylish cardigan sweaters you can find in the Regular section, are also offered in Petite and Tall sizing.
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Topshop at ASOS
For cardigans that nearly reach the floor, check out Topshop‘s collection at ASOS.
Sizing options: XS-XL
If your preferred look is British chic, look no further than Topshop and its ever-trendy selection of cardigans. And while it may not be accurate to suggest that the long cardigan look is from across the pond, it does decidedly fashion-forward. Take, for example, the Maxi Cardigan, a long open cardigan that has drop shoulders, side splits, and a ribbed trim. But just because it’s a more relaxed fit doesn’t mean it’s not stylish — thanks to its ankle (or almost floor, depending on your height) length, it doesn’t look just like every other knit cardigan you’ve ever owned.
But the long cardigan isn’t the only style Topshop does well. The brand makes cropped, balloon sleeve, and collared cardigans, to name a few. The Cropped Cardigan is one of the brand’s more colorful and casual offerings, while the Tie Detail Wrap Cardigan is a versatile neutral option that turns the wrap trend into a chunky sweater.