Verdict from +100 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • A couple of purchasers appreciate how easy it is to keep these sneakers clean. 
  • One has compared these with Toms, only much better.
  • Some satisfied consumers find the minimalist style appealing since they can be paired with different outfits.
  • Numerous reviewers have described these as a lightweight, cool, and easy to wear.
  • It is among the Native sneakers that are perfect for the summer and outdoors, according to some testers.
  • Some commenters find the price of these sneakers to be affordable.
  • These have very soft footbeds, according to a significant number of shoppers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Several of those who have bought complain that the shoe rubs at the back of the foot which causes blisters. They blame it on the high insole which makes the heel exposed.
  • A couple of users wish that there are half sizes available.

Bottom line

Aside from being in fashion, the minimalist sneaker trend poses different advantages that most consumers prefer. One of which is the fact that it can be paired with different outfits. The Native Venice exudes this and more. 

Using a different upper material from the signature EVA that the brand has been known for, this shoe portrays that the brand can diversify but still keep its heritage of producing a lightweight shoe that is ideal to use for travels.

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The profile of these sneakers comes in a low-top and slip-on silhouette which allows the users to respond to any demand in an instant. The removable footbed provides a snugger fit to the shoe but at the same time, freedom for the users to alternate it with orthotics. It is available in men’s and women’s sizing.

The intent of the brand, in fulfilling the "Keeping it Lite," is exhibited on the Native Venice. More than having a lightweight construction, the style of the shoe is kept versatile without the need to have footwear changes when on the boat or when clubbing. Coming in countless and because print treatments are also available, users will not have a hard time finding a pair that would best suit their style personality.

If the Native brand can be defined through a formula, it is originality, innovation, and lightness wrapped in a shoe. Although the upper of the shoe deviates from the regular EVA material, the futuristic fiber upper used on the Venice delivers a lightweight and breathable feature due to the perforations around it.

Comparing to how other footwear brands started, Native seems to have started on a whim. In 2007, while en route home from a snowboarding trip, Damien van zyll de Jong casually blurted to his friends his intention of starting a footwear business.

Despite not having a real concept in mind, no background in the market, and only knowing that he wants to avoid canvas uppers and the vulcanization construction, Damien was able to push through the business two years after.

Despite the reputation of Japan and England made footwear to be the best, Damien traveled to China to know more about the manufacturing process and surrounded himself with experts. To set himself apart from the others, he set on using EVA on the upper of the shoe. Despite some design constraints, the advantages it delivers make minor drawbacks easy to dismiss.

For a relatively new brand and with the tight competition in the footwear industry, it can be surprising how it thrives the market, being present in more than 30 countries already. The EVA upper might be the material that set the brand apart from others, but it eventually diversified to more than that while still keeping intact on its identity.

  • The Native Venice is offered at $55 a pair.
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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.