My summer sneakers have arrived and I'm in love.

I ordered two pairs. My new Converse (#1 and 3), for street wear, are a custom leather pair direct from the website. I've never had leather Chucks before, but they fit pretty much like the canvas ones. They'll need a bit of breaking in, but true to my expectations, they're 90% comfortable out of the box, and I adore the leather color. (Oh, the photo in #1 looks slightly different than the actual shoes because I changed my mind about the toe cap at the last minute. I decided I wanted the classic Converse look, after all.)

The second pair (#2, 4, and 5) are AllBirds. My intent is to use them as semi-gear shoes. My workouts are mostly indoors on the bike and treadmill and my feet are neutral and generally unfussy, so I don't need heavy-duty running shoes. These will serve for that, as well as for some walking-intensive vacation days. They are the most comfortable thing I've ever put on my feet. Seriously. These are "forget you're wearing shoes" shoes, even, and maybe especially, without socks. Amazing.

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