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Cloud Footwear: Comfortable Shoes for Everyday Adventurers
This review of Cloud Footwear Aline and Aika is sponsored by Cloud Footwear. The opinions are completely our own based on experience.
Beth reviews the Cloud Footwear Aline
When I first saw Cloud Footwear, I checked to see where they were made, because the styling seemed so distinctly European. My instincts were correct; they’re made in Portugal, with quality craftsmanship and delicious detailing we adore. Cloud shoes are lightweight, flexible and made of super soft leather. We road tested two pairs of Cloud Footwear, the Aline Wool Lining bootie, and the Aika sneaker.
The Cloud Aline Wool Lining bootie is as comfortable as a pair of slippers. The bootie is entirely lined with soft, genuine wool fleece; you can comfortably wear them with or without socks. Their roominess across the forefoot and lovely soft leather accommodate my bunions beautifully (I ordered up a size according to the brand’s recommendation, and am pleased with the extra wiggle room.) It’s hard to show in photos, but the leather has a gorgeous, subtle metallic sheen that is understated but adds interesting depth to the shoes’ appearance.
Most days this fall, these booties have been the first shoes I’ve reached for – they’re warm, comfy, and versatile. The footbed is lightly cushioned and removable, should you need to add an orthotic for greater arch support. I’ve tried them with an orthotic, and was still able to fit the fleece footbed on top of it, so I could gain support without sacrificing the wooly wonderfulness underfoot. (This is another advantage of sizing up.)
Kirsten reviews the Cloud Footwear Aika
I have a feeling this cute low profile sneaker in red Italian leather will make quite a few Christmas lists this year! The upper is made of the softest leather my feet have ever felt (Cloud calls it cashmere leather) and the toe box is generous without looking clownish. These features make the Cloud Aika an excellent choice for feet with bunions and hammertoes like mine.
The flexible, lightweight rubber outsole and cushioned insole combine to give the Cloud Aika sneaker a barefoot/minimalist feel. For those that need arch support, the footbed is removable and will accommodate a thin orthotic or insole such as the Klogs DRX Cobra insole.
I’ve enjoyed wearing my Cloud Aika sneakers this fall as they add a pop of color to casual outfits and fetch compliments from friends and strangers alike. Even my teenage son remarked that the shoes have serious “street cred,” meaning they have a youthful, urban vibe (this suburban mom will take that as a compliment). One of my favorite features of the Aika is its side zipper– I tie up the laces to a snug yet comfortable feel and then use the zipper for easy on and off.
As far as sizing is concerned, I ordered a euro 41 for my size 10 feet and the fit is perfect. Refer to Cloud’s sizing chart to determine best fit.
The Cloud Footwear Aline bootie and Aika sneaker are available in multiple colors and patterns from cloudfootwear-na.com, Nordstrom, with free shipping and returns. To find a Cloud retailer near you, visit their store locator.