Verdict from 34 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Most of the wearers praised the sneaker as it feels very light on the feet.
  • The Native Cruz, as mentioned by some is budget-friendly.
  • For the majority of the buyers, they find the shoe very comfortable.
  • This sneaker has a breathable feel and can be worn for extended hours, according to a few users.
  • There is a customer who mentioned that this shoe feels good on the feet during yoga classes.
  • Its overall feel and design, as per a number of wearers make the Native Cruz a natural choice for summer ensembles.
  • A few customers liked the simplistic design of this slip-on shoe.
  • One user advised that she hadn’t sustained any blisters while wearing the sneaker.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There are some disappointed buyers as they complained that this low-top sneaker does not have half sizes and runs smaller than the standard size.
  • Arch support seems to be non-existent, as mentioned by a wearer.
  • Durability is an issue according to a commenter, as the soles became so thin after a few months of usage.

Bottom line

Most of the wearers attested to the comfort and lightweight feel of the Native Cruz. Aside from the cozy wear, it also exhibits a minimalistic construction that matches well with a variety of clothing.

There are concerns about the sizing of this shoe though, as there are comments that it runs small plus the fact that there is no option for half sizes. Considering all of its features, purchasing the affordable Native Cruz is an agreeable decision.

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Good to know

This slip-on shoe is offered in US men’s sizes from 3 to 13. For the ladies, it can be purchased in sizes 5 to 12. Currently, the Native Cruz does not have any half-sizes available. Although made to fit true to size, it may run smaller than the regular size as per some wearers. Be aware of the return policy if ordering online as there is a possibility that the ordered size doesn’t fit correctly.

Its slip-on entry and heel tab allow the shoe to be worn more easily while its mesh upper delivers a soft and breathable fit.

Feel the beachfront breeze with style and ease with one of Native’s low-top sneakers, the Cruz model.

Take advantage of the sneaker’s modest construction and monochromatic color schemes as it looks like a natural match to a myriad of summer clothing combinations.

The Native Cruz has an EVA outsole which contributes to the sneaker’s light build and offers a degree of water resistance.

Native Shoes founder Damien Van Zyll de Jong envisioned to start a footwear company in 2007. During that time, he didn’t have a real design concept and had no experience in the sneaker business. Van Zyll de Jong then surrounded himself with friends who have ties in the industry. After a year of experience in China about the production process, he finally launched his first collection in 2009.

For most of Native’s offerings, it has a consistent theme of simplistic and minimal design. By featuring the company’s trademark of simplicity, the Native Cruz embodies the company’s formula – innovation, originality, and lite-ness.

  • It is available in various colorways including Bone White, Jiffy Black, and Victoria Blue.
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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.