Verdict from 11 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • A commenter noticed that The North Face Back-to-Berkeley Low Am had an excellent overall weight compared to the other shoes he bought.
  • Some users would receive numerous compliments about the sneaker’s style.
  • Almost all of the reviewers exclaimed that the sneaker runs true to size and can even accommodate those who have big feet.
  • Along with the company’s long line of products, the low top sneaker is very durable.
  • More than a handful applauded its high-quality build.
  • A lot were astonished by the comfort The North Face Back-to-Berkeley Low Am delivered with one customer even stating that it felt great after intermittent walking for hours.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The sneaker doesn’t have a lot of colorway variations thus limited options for style.
  • Though the sneaker features winterized outsole components, the upper lacks a bit more insulation as testified by one user.
  • The hues of the actual shoe look lighter in person than on pictures.

Bottom line

Daily wear was the primary concern of The North Face Back-to-Berkeley Low Am as it was specifically designed to traverse urban landscapes with ease. Packed with insurmountable comfort, the sneaker encapsulates its delicate and pleasurable insides with high wear-and-tear uppers of leather and mesh.

The style was also one of the major concerns here observable with the sneaker’s shape and design that can perfectly blend in with prominent street apparel. Little does the audience know that behind that curtain of pure adoration lies sturdy and outdoor gear-inspired elements like the lugged and winterized rubber outsole.

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Good to know

Metal eyelets consume the lace-up system of an enclosure for fast snugging. Ease of access is provided by the heel pull tab while the padded tongue and collar allow a cozy ride for the ankle. Comfort is more enhanced via the OrthoLite® X-40 High Rebound footbed. Sizes for men range from 7 to 14 which are all constructed in D medium widths.

The North Face Back-to-Berkeley Low Am is a low cut shoe that could live up to city dwelling while simultaneously addressing trail hikes on the weekends. The smooth toe box is contrasted by the mesh paneling with an outgoing The North Face branding on the side. Pants and shorts are a staple partner for these but dressing up with khakis and slacks could also do the trick.

Few standout components of the sneaker include the TNF Winter Grip® rubber outsole, IcePick® temperature-sensitive lugs, and the OrthoLite® X-40 High Rebound footbed. The midsole also wedges in two separating the upper half which is a harder PU material and the EVA bottom.

It was a formidable climb for The North Face to achieve their stature of global acknowledgment, but ever since its establishment, the brand was more than apparel and gear. The outdoor company’s vision to impact change and impart quality to its believers spread like wildfire through recreationalists and fashion heads alike. Fact is, their primary goal of creating long-lasting products had been duly maintained after decades of existence.

The North Face was the baby of the then husband and wife Douglas and Susie Tompkins. It all started with a small shop set up in San Fransisco which distributes high-end camping and climbing equipment. The couple’s indulgence with high-quality materials earned them quite a reputation which later helped them to market their innovative tent products conveniently. Sadly, in 1968, stakes for The North Face was sold by Tompkins to Kenneth “Hap” Klopp, and the profit was used to aid in another company his wife started called Esprit.

The North Face in the hands of the striving entrepreneur was doing great, and Klopp helped the brand achieve limelight status with the introduction of specific technologies like Gore-Tex and Geodesic tents. Aside from that, the company also introduced high-wear apparel like insulated jackets which later traversed into the footwear genre.

One of its recent footwear examples includes The North Face Back-to-Berkeley Low AM. This low top sneaker invested in outdoor and winter elements with its TNF Winter Grip® rubber outsole with the IcePick temperature-sensitive lugs for exceptional grip and traction. The sneaker also focuses on urban adventures, implying it can surpass the busy streets of the cities and explore the outside world.

  • The two prominent colorways are New Taupe Green/Deep Lichen Green and TNF (The North Face) Black/Phantom Grey.
  • The materials on its upper consists of a fusion of mesh and leather.
  • The sneaker’s lining is composed of a textile material.
  • Its MSRP is $125.


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