Allbirds SuperLight Trainer – Lightweight and Sustainability on One

If there was ever a running shoe company tailored with Pacific Northwest sensibilities, it may be Allbirds. Their commitment to being an earth-friendly company – from the sourcing of the materials to the recyclable packaging – and their sustainability mantra are absolutely admirable and in line with the way most of us feel the running shoe game should be headed. We recently checked on of their newer shoes – the Allbirds SuperLight Trainers.

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SuperLight Trainers

Now obviously these aren’t true running shoes. They may look like it, but they are more geared towards fitness settings like the gym or HIIT conditioning classes. I can tell you, wearing running shoes in the gym is not a good idea – so having a pair like these is solid.

Outside of the fitness arena, they can be used for just day-to-day trucking around – and looking good doing it.


Obviously, the looks of all Allbirds shoes are quite top notch. We have always been fans of the visuals of this company. There are three colors of these – a standard white option, as well as limited editiion blue and green. The SuperLight Trainer has a minimalist design that looks great with any outfit. It’s a shoe that can be worn with jeans or workout clothes and still look great.


While it may look casual, there is plenty that goes into the SuperLight Trainer. The upper is made from a breathable mesh material that (a new FSC-certified eucalyptus fiber combined with recycled monofilament) fits snug and secure for stability. It also keeps the feet cool and dry during intense workouts. Though stable, the material is soft and stretchy so comfort isn’t an issue unless you need a ton of room.

One thing we have always lamented in most Allbirds shoes are the laces – which historically have been rounder and making the lacing support the lacking part. The SuperLight Trainer does not have this issue, as it features a more typical lay-flat lacing system. Even the raised rounded eyelets in previous shoes (which I did not like) have been adjusted for a better fit.

The SuperLight Trainer features a unique midsole construction that provides excellent cushioning and support. The midsole is made from a material called SweetFoam, which is a type of foam that is made from renewable sugarcane. The SweetFoam provides excellent energy return, which makes it easier to keep lifting or conditioning for longer periods without feeling fatigued. We aren’t currently into multi-hour HIIT and weighlifting workouts – but regardless these feel great on the feet.

And speaking of “on the feet” – holy crap are these things light. Like 5-6 ounces light. It’s almost a barely there feeling!

If you ARE hitting the gum again, the outsole provides durable rubber material that provides excellent traction and grip. Clearly the gym floors are a solid match, but these will also be great in working out on any number of artificial turf fields, tracks, or pavement. The sole has a unique tread pattern that helps to prevent slipping and sliding, even on wet surfaces.


The SuperLight Trainer is a great multifunctional shoe at a very satisfying pricepoint. It won’t be your running shoe, but hot dang if it won’t be a prime candidate to wear out and about – to the gym or the festival – this summer (and beyond!). It provides both comfort and style – and sustainability – in one.

Allbirds Superlight Trainer $120


  • Drop: 6mm (Forefoot: 11 mm, Heel: 17 mm)
  • Weight: 5.07 oz W9
  • Best For: Home workouts, bodyweight exercises, conditioning, cross-training, HIIT
  • Internal Reinforcement: Microsuede lining helps reinforce high-wear areas
  • Multi-Directional Traction: Strategically placed outsole pads help provide linear grip


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