This Hollywood-Approved Shoe Brand Launched a $98 Leather Sneaker That Has No Break-In Time
When it comes to affordable sneakers that actually look and feel good, Cariuma may be the best in the game right now. The sustainable shoe brand has won over thousands of people , including supermodels and celebrities like Helen Mirren and Pete Davidson, thanks to its comfy, stylish kicks. (One sneaker alone once had a 20,000 person waitlist.) Now, it's released yet another all-around winning style that's bound to sell out in no time.
Cariuma's latest Salvas shoe is an ethical leather sneaker that advertises no break-in time and costs less than $100. (I mean, you're already sold, right?) In-line with the brand's sustainability efforts, the sneaker is made with responsibly sourced leather from Leather Working Group-certified tanneries. The Salvas also have cork insoles and recycled mesh in the padded tongue, which are just two of the eco-friendly features that help the shoes utilize 71 percent less water than traditional leather sneakers.
Other than the fact that you can actually feel good about slipping the Salvas on your feet, they're super trendy, too. Cariuma has paid homage to old-school sneaker aesthetics with the Salvas, including details like subtle perforation, contrasting colors, and the brand's signature leaf logo on either side of the shoe. Basically, if Adidas Stan Smiths and Vans Old Skools had a baby, it would be the Cariuma Salvas.
On to the most important part: The comfort. I've been wearing the Salvas that the brand gifted me for under a week, but it feels like I've owned them for years. While I was a little wary of the "no-break in time" language being used for a pair of leather sneakers —which is rarely ever the case — I was shocked at how true it was. The kicks were comfy from the moment I put them on; the Salvas weren't rigid at all and they actually felt like they molded to my feet thanks to the memory foam-like cork insoles.
On top of that, they look so good. I love how the contrasting colors of the leaf logo and back tab add a little bit of flash to whatever you're wearing. You can snag them in a few different color combos, including black and red, black and green, and a fun Pantone version that features the color of the year, Very Peri. The brand says that the Salvas are a "timeless piece" meant to carry you through any occasion, from the weekends to weddings — and honestly, they're good-looking enough that I'd actually wear them at a wedding.