Thousand Fell Sneakers Review, Price, and Where to Buy 2022

Phillip Friedman

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White sneakers: a wardrobe staple, an essential that just works for every man, no matter his MO. As a result, a slew of fashion companies—from behemoth retailers to streetwear labels to couture houses—shell them out regularly. Adidas, Nike, Reebok, and other footwear brands, of course, hold a greater claim to sneakers, and most of the market share, one with an evaluation of $20 billion. It is a competitive arena, no question. But despite so many options out there from so many storied, deep-pocketed challengers, Thousand Fell has created a style that blows many out of the water.

Thousand Fell is relatively young; it was founded in 2019 by Chloe Songer and Stuart Ahlum with an eco-friendly ethos. Sustainability is one of those buzzy terms used by marketers over the past few years to cynically push product, but for Thousand Fell, it is not at all flimflam. The brand debuted with white sneakers—a lace-up and a slip-on, both made of bio-leather—that truly champion a circular economy. See, it takes sneakers about one thousand years to completely decompose (hence the brand’s name) and to circumvent this, Thousand Fell has set up a zero-waste system that avoids adding to landfills altogether. And in just three years, the direct-to-consumer company has garnered impressive sales and a legion of fans. I’m one of them, because these are the shoes of the future—or at least should be.

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They’re completely recyclable.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, about 11.3 million tons of textiles produced for consumer goods fill up landfills. To make sure that it doesn’t add to this egregious estimate, Thousand Fell’s vegan leather sneakers are made of a combination of recycled and organic materials: plastic bottles, repurposed yoga mats, coconut husk, sugar cane, castor bean oil, corn waste, and wood fibers. They’re almost entirely biodegradable. And for the parts that aren’t—and when the sneakers have been worn to the point of complete exhaustion—Thousand Fell will take them back free of charge to either refurbish them or break them down and reintroduce them into the supply chain. But you won’t have to worry about this for quite some time, because these shoes are heavy-duty.

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Phillip Friedman

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Phillip Friedman

They’re incredibly durable, odor-proof, and as close to scratch-resistant as it gets.

White sneakers are usually prone to stains and marks. But not when they are made by Thousand Fell. It was just yesterday, on my way to Madison Square Garden to watch the Knicks (they won, thankfully), when I experienced the utter durability of the bio-leather. I shoved through crowds on the subway, walked through puddles, climbed escalators, and spilled one too many drops of Johnnie Walker on my sneakers. And as I gaze at them now, after all they’ve been through, they still look as if they were fresh out of the box. How? Well, the shoe is coated in natural quartz, which can withstand moisture, scratches, and a whole lot of whisky. What’s more, they are completely odor-resistant, because of the breathable Aloe Vera liner. This basically means I can go sockless in ’em. I won’t, but I definitely have the option.

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The design is brilliant and the comfort is bar none.

I own a great number of sneakers, far too many to list. But let me tell you, Thousand Fell’s lace-ups are just about the most comfortable things I have put on my trotters—and right out the gate, too. Every new shoe requires some breaking in, we’ve all had to do it, but when I glided into my lace-ups for the first time, they felt as if I owned them for years. There was no pinch, no constriction, no soreness whatsoever. And they weren’t loose at all; they fit as if they were molded to my feet. This is because of the pillowy soles made from recycled yoga matts, and the sleek design: the heel tab hits the ankle perfectly, the silhouette is just the right amount of long and wide, and the curve of the toe box is the best I’ you see. These shoes, folks, are faultless. So come and join the fan club, because these are the kind of kicks that’ll make the future bright.

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Photography by Philip Friedman. Prop styling John Olson for Halley Resources.

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