I have to admit, this product had me interested from the description alone. A shoe derived from organic plant-based materials with minimal packaging fused together to make a something that you donâ€™t need to wear socks with. Not bad!
So when they offered to send me a pair to review, I had to give them a test drive. But to be fair, lets get past all the fancy marketing and see how this shoe really stacks up.
Ive had the shoes now for about 5 months, and have tested them periodically over the course of that time. Iâ€™ve used them for walking, running and hiking. Although, I should mention that the company doesnâ€™t specially say that they are designed as a running or hiking shoe, I just wanted to put them to the test.
The Lono Shoe is a shoe made from sustainably sourced plant-based material, and is intended to be worn without socksâ€¦and still not stink.
The shoes come in a variety of sizes and colors (mine were black) and have a mesh upper portion with a soft sole. They have laces, but can easily be slipped on without any untyingâ€¦.which I appreciate.
Shockingly this claim checks out. After 5 months of walking, running and hikingâ€¦.no socks used, and smell what so ever!
The shoes are very comfortable. They have a thick sole, which is not usually something I like, but it does provide a lot of cushion. They are also very light weightâ€¦.approximately 20 oz.
Running: Yes, for shorter runs.
Hiking: Yes, on shorter/simpler trails.
In general, I really like the shoe. Its plant-based and you can wear it sock-less without it smelling. This is a great selling point for me because I live in Southern California where I usually wear flip flops all day, so I can slip these shoes on and go for a quick run without having to grab socks.
The design is pretty good, but not my favorite. The sole is a little large for my tastes. But overall its still a good looking shoe. After 5 months of use, they are still in great condition with no rips or tears. So in summery, you wonâ€™t be disappointed with this shoe!