Verdict from 8 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The Native Nova Hydroknit has left reviewers in awe with its excellent comfort even when used for weeks straight.
  • Some purchasers like how the shoe is constructed and how it is vegan and will recommend it to their colleagues.
  • Several users share that the shoe is waterproof and is warm to wear, which is perfect for cold places or seasons.
  • Many buyers love how the shoe didn't leave blisters on their foot, making it their go-to-shoe for casual use.
  • The Nova Hydroknit from Native has a stylish look that is easy for reviewers to style it with any casual outfit. 
  • Several people say that they are left in awe with its functionality and will want to buy another pair.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The opening of the Nova Hydroknit is a bit narrow which makes it hard for some users to slip their foot in.
  • Several reviewers note that the outsole lacks the grip, which makes it slippery when walking on smooth or wet surfaces.

Bottom line

Perfect for the cold season, the Nova Hydroknit features a waterproof membrane, which keeps the foot warm all-day-long. The comfort leaves most users speechless as it keeps them on the move whether it be for a casual day or out on the outskirts. Its stylish look adds to its appeal, making it a favorite shoe of many even with its slightly expensive price. 

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Good to know

The Native Nova Hydroknit has a regular fit for both men's and women's sizes. This slip-on sneaker features a 3D knit upper, giving a lightweight and sock-like feel and allowing free movement. Its high-top construction also provides a form fit.

To keep the foot warm and dry during, the shoe comes with a waterproof membrane and water and stain-resistant spray protection.  

The Hydroknit has a simple yet sleek construction that adds to its charm. The available colorways can go well with any casual outfit to flaunt on the streets. 

For women, donning the kicks with a pair of jeans and topped with a shirt may grant a relaxed yet stylish look. A sweater and coat can also be worn during the cooler seasons. As for men, pairing the sneakers with some chinos or jeans and a long-sleeved shirt may complete a chic look during the weekend.

Native Shoes' Nova Hydroknit is a minimal waste shoe as it uses 50% recycled PET yarn for its knit upper. It also has a waterproof feature keeping the foot dry, especially during the rainy days. For its sole, it uses a Dynalite midsole and lite rubber outsole, providing grip and traction as if "hovering the hemisphere." 

The Vancouver-based company named Native Shoes was founded back in 2009 by Scott Hawthorn and Damien van zyll de Jong. Its main goal was to release casual shoes with a unique look and feel with great functionality that is hardly seen in other brands. It did get to bring out silhouettes that are lightweight, durable, and comfortable to use on different occasions and conditions.

Although it hasn't been long since it first started, Native has grown exponentially with branches released in about 30 countries. From releasing EVA silhouettes, the brand took various innovative approaches to the materials used in making a shoe. The result was coming up with high-tech materials such as the form-fitting 3D knit and incorporated them into their future releases.

This time, Native brings out a shoe made with minimal waste materials, and that is the Nova Hydroknit. It is made of future fibers and recycled materials that offer breathability and lightweight comfort. Its waterproof features grant long-lasting protection every day from either rain or snow.  

  • Some of its colorways are Jiffy black and Shell white.


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