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7 reasons to buy

  • Many appreciate that these are a low-maintenance shoe. With only minimal cleaning needed because of its material, these sneakers are ideal to wear for messy conditions.
  • A couple of users love that these do not make the feet smell.
  • Several purchasers attest that these will not be the last Native shoes that they will purchase.
  • Because of the waterproof upper, numerous consumers find that these are very functional as they are perfect to use as a water shoe.
  • Some say that the Native Miles provide some arch support.
  • A high number of consumers find these extremely comfortable because it eventually conforms to the feet.
  • According to one tester, these are the perfect option if one wants a more stylish version of a sandal but hate wearing socks.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One feels disappointed that the pair he received has a manufacturing defect.
  • The fit of the Miles feels narrow on the toe box.

Bottom line

Another member of the injection molded EVA sneakers is the Native Miles. Much like the other Native sneakers, many enjoy its waterproof feature, comfort, and breathability. More so, because it is easy to clean, it becomes a great shoe for the beach or water shoe.


Top: Low
Inspired from: Casual
Collection: Native Casual Shoes
Price: $45
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, White, Yellow
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Miles is a unisex sneaker that is available in men's sizes ranging from 4-13 and women's in 6-12. Both of which come in medium width and half sizes to help users find one that fits them best. The molded EVA upper creates an easy slip on and off wear that makes it a convenient shoe to wear whenever on the go.

The Native Miles is one of the most recent additions to the brand's EVA line. With a similarity in name, these are described as the long-lost sibling of the Miller. Although both sport the same rubber-like upper, compared to the Miller that seemingly has perforations that resemble laces, Miles is molded with holes all over.

These low-top sneakers are very easy to style and make the perfect sneakers for summer and for when at the beach. Pairing it with shorts, light jeans, or dresses would be ideal to achieve that easy, breezy, casual look.

During the conception of the brand, the use of injection-molded EVA as an upper was something that the founder contemplated on because of some material restrictions. These, however, poses more benefits than the negatives, making it a material that was used on Native's series of footwear.

Even though it is relatively new in the footwear industry, Native, throughout its history has always kept its head in the game. In 2007, founder Damien Van Zyll de Jong shared his intention of starting a footwear business line while on his way home from a ski trip. Seemingly a wild idea, Damien proved that his seriousness and trait of being a fast learner.

With no knowledge in the business, Damien spent more than a year in China to know more about the industry and the manufacturing process. Moreover, he made use of his connections by surrounding himself with people who are experts in the industry.

In 2009, Native was released with a line of injection-molded EVA sneakers instead of the usual canvas and vulcanized construction. Since then, the brand made a reputation of utilizing this material but also expanded into other designs showing that it can also innovate.

  • All Native footwear are vegan constructed.


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.