Summary

We spent 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Many claimed that the Native Cornell is a very comfortable sneaker. One described the feeling as walking on clouds.
  • One described these as his new favorite shoes as he finds himself wearing these more often.
  • Several online reviewers highly appreciate that this footwear can accommodate wide feet.
  • According to a tester, the perforations on the toe box are airier than what he expected. Although these are not ideal in the colder months, it can be a great sneaker to use in summer and spring.
  • These can be worn with or without socks, said one of the purchasers.
  • Numerous consumers enjoyed the compliments that they have received from wearing and choosing the Native Cornell.
  • One mentions that the Cornell is a great option for vegan sneakers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some buyers feel a certain level of discomfort at the top of the feet because the tongue, which is fused on the shoe, sticks out awkwardly.
  • Several observed that the laces are quite useless as they do not serve a purpose in tightening the shoe.

Bottom line

The first kind from the brand, the Cornell is the first sneaker from Native that sports an Ultrasuede upper that promotes breathability and comfort. With the usual perforations infused on the sneakers, it qualifies as appropriate footwear for the summer and spring. Offered at an affordable price of $75 a pair, users can highly appreciate a vegan shoe without breaking the bank.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated sneaker
A top rated Native sneaker
Top 1% most popular sneakers
It has never been more popular than this May

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The Native Cornell is available in men's and women's sizes that are available in 4-13 and 6-12 respectively, both of which come in medium sizes. Based on users' feedbacks, these fit true to size. Moreover, given that it comes in medium, it can accommodate wide feet, which is appreciated by many.

The Native Cornell is the first sneaker released by the brand that is coated in an Ultrasuede upper. The material gives it a slight texture, with the addition of the perforations on the top part of the shoe. A new style from the brand, these sneakers exude a casual sporty vibe that pairs well with tracksuits, jeans, or shorts. Three colors are available—glass green, pigeon grey, and regatta blue, which gives users enough options.

Despite being young in the footwear business, Native has established a heritage from its injection-molded EVA upper. However, because innovation is part of the survival strategies of the industry, it branched out to different materials while keeping up its vision of "Keep it Lite."

From its upper, down to its Ultralite rubber outsole, everything is kept lightweight. More than that, it delivers a stable ride while keeping the feet comfortable.

Banking only on his love for shoes, Canadian Damien Van Zyll De Jong was able to start a footwear company without knowing the industry. Backed up with an impressive story that seems to be built mostly on luck, Damien showed that without his traits of being a fast-learner, hardworking, and efficient, Native wouldn't be established.

Coming home from a snowboarding trip, he expressed his intention of putting up a shoe business. To know more about the industry and the manufacturing process, he flew to China and surrounded himself with people experts in the business. In 2009, he was able to launch his business making use of EVA-injected footwear instead of the usual canvas and leather. Over the years, with the founder's simplistic approach in colors and construction, Native was able to set itself apart from its rivals.

apart from its rivals.

  • All Native footwear is beast-free, meaning not a single hair or hide of any kind of animal is used upon the creation of this shoe.
Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com