Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • A couple of reviewers described these as the perfect summer shoes.
  • These matches almost any article of clothing, said one
  • Many of the users enjoy the convenience as these can be cleaned without a hassle.
  • Despite several times of wear, these shoes are able to retain its shape and look.
  • The Native Jefferson Block exudes a casual yet dressy vibe.
  • Several consumers like that these can adapt to extreme weather conditions.
  • Some of the testers highly appreciate the easy on and off feature as it is similar to a sandal, only with more protection.
  • Few users are quite pleased that the Native Jefferson Block can be worn with or without socks.
  • A functional shoe that can be worn for a beach trip or a warm rainy day is how some consumers described this footwear.

3 reasons not to buy

  • One commenter said that compared to his previous Native sneakers, the Jefferson Block is not as good as before. A crack developed on the heel part after a short period of wear.
  • The soles are quite thin and do not seem to be durable and made for long-term wear, said one
  • According to a buyer, these sneakers would be better if these can be recycled

Bottom line

A refreshing twist to the Jefferson, these sneakers come in several stripes detailing while keeping all of its features intact. Despite its simple silhouette, many can enjoy its versatility not only in style but in function as well. Priced at $50, users can already avail of shoe that can hold up to various activities and weather.

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Good to know

Native, since its conception, lived through its mantra of producing shoes that are made to wander. In support of that, easy to slip on designs seem to be a must on most of its designs, including the Jefferson Block. The upper material creates a soft canvas to cushion and protect the feet. Coming in a wide variety of sizes, each can avail of a pair to suit them. Men can choose from 3-13 and women from 5-12.

Apprehensive at first in using injection-molded EVA uppers because of its restrictions, Native pushed through and eventually made it one of its signatures. Having Jefferson's low-top and sneaker-like profile, the Block version sports strategically-placed stripes which add a certain quirk on the whole vibe of the shoe. Pairing it with a simple and summer-ready outfit will certainly highlight the design of the shoe.

Despite its simple and straightforward design, the Native Jefferson Block does not sacrifice its features like comfort, shock absorbency, odor resistance, and easy maintenance. The perforations all around increase its breathability, making it an appropriate footwear for wet and hot conditions.

In 2007, coming home from a snowboarding trip, Canadian Damien Van Zyll de Jong mentioned his plan of putting up a footwear company. Although it may seem like an impetuous decision as he has no background in the industry, Damien proved that his dream could be made into reality.

The United States and Japan were two of the most reputable countries when it comes to footwear quality. Damien, however, took a surprising turn to China to know more about the manufacturing process. With his love for sneakers as the foundation for the business, he set his eye on building a company that is non-conventional but mass-produced. In 2009, after two years of carefully building the brand, Native sneakers were launched.

  • The Native Jefferson Block, like all footwear from the brand, is constructed without any animal hair or hide used.
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.