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What Run Oregon is Wearing: Paris Trainers by Wills London

#LOVEVEGANSHOES

Untitled While we mostly review running shoes here at Run Oregon, we understand that we can't wear them 24/7 - as much as we would like. Therefore, we are always looking for stylish, comfortable, and supportive casual footwear to help keep our feet safe and ready for the next run.

I'll be honest, before being put in contact with Wills London, I was unaware that there was such a thing as a "Vegan" shoe. I guess I should have figured this out, but my Oregon - sentiments typically has my mind on food when this word is tossed around. So what exactly does it mean for a shoe to be vegan? The "Will" in Wills London (founder Will Green) says:
I started Wills with a passion to provide animal and human-friendly shoes with high-street styles and prices. My dream is to bridge the gap between everyday people and ethically produced vegan shoes. Wills is about getting the latest fashions at fair prices, while not hurting animals or people in the process. No matter who you are or where you’re going, Wills are there for when you want to make a positive choice. The entire range is free of animal products while workers are paid in accordance with European guidelines. Wills really is an animal and human friendly company. My contemporary designs echo trends, packed into four seasons giving you a year round alternative. Wills are designed with quality in mind. The range is created with microfibers that look, wear, breathe and resist water just like leather. I believe buying something well-made saves money, provides something to cherish and is better for our environment. Best of all, my shoes match the high street prices dropping the barriers to living an ethical life.
Shoes:

While the name says “Paris”, these shoes are actually made in Portugal. My wife agrees with me that these are visually awesome (something she doesn’t often say about my non-running shoes), and have a certain understated coolness, highlighted by basic colors and a straightforward design. Here’s a little on their design:

  • Soft faux-leather and faux-nubuck microfiber uppers
  • Water resistant and breathable
  • GrippY TR soles

First and foremost, let’s talk about the look. While these shoes (and all vegan shoes) prohibit the use of leather, these are created to look about as good as faux-leather and nubuck can. My wife was very impressed by the look, support that I don’t always receive when I bring home items for my wardrobe. They keep things simple with only a black and white-trim option, and it’s really a classy and timeless look. These pair perfectly with a pair of jeans, shorts, and may even be able pass as business-casual with a casual pair of dress pants.

The fit has proved to be very comfortable. It took a few wears to get break-in fully from the initial stiffness, but it’s really a well constructed shoe. The width seems to be pretty standard and the toe box stays wide and rounded for a roomier fit. They are classified as “trainers” and  could actually be utilized as running shoes in a pinch, though it’s probably best to avoid it. The sole is fine, but probably not supportive enough for high intensity workouts. They do look the part, however.

Follow Wills London on Facebook and Instagram. They offer 365 days of free returns and exchanges, so give it a shot if you are in the market for some stylish, functional, and vegan footwear.

 

Thank you to Wills for providing us with test shoes. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

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About Matt Rasmussen (965 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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