Verdict from 14 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • The Native Malibu is budget-friendly.
  • Many purchasers found the kicks to be amazingly comfortable. An individual described it as like walking on clouds.
  • A few buyers were pleased that they received so many compliments for this sneaker.
  • According to a couple of wearers, the Native Malibu is perfect for being on-the-go.
  • It’s easy to clean, commended some reviewers.
  • A lot of users loved the look of the shoe. Some of the words they used to describe it include cute, nice, stylish, fresh, sleek, and minimal.
  • The Native Malibu is lightweight, lauded more than a handful of commenters.
  • It’s great for the summer, a couple of purchasers agreed.
  • According to quite a few buyers, these kicks are versatile.
  • Wearers have several colorway options for the Native Malibu.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Many buyers noted that the sneaker runs small. They went for the next size up.

Bottom line

The Native Malibu received heaps of praise for its ultra-comfortable and lightweight feel, along with its stylish and versatile appeal. Buyers even received compliments for the kicks. Users also loved the shoe’s slip-on feature, which enabled them to be on-the-go.

Additionally, it was easy to clean. Wearers hailed the sneaker as perfect for the summer, with several color options to choose from. However, the model was found to have a small sizing. Purchasers had to go for the next size up.

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Good to know

Available in unisex sizes, the Native Malibu shoes are offered in men’s 3-13 and women’s 5-15. They have a coated microfiber upper that is as lightweight as it is comfortable. Meanwhile, the slip-on design keeps things convenient for those who are constantly on the go. The low-top silhouette delivers plenty of ankle mobility.

The Native Malibu was released in several neutral color options, namely: Milk Pink/Shell White, Regatta Blue/Shell White, Pigeon Grey/Shell White, and Jiffy Black/Shell White. These colorways feature a low-key yet sophisticated flair. They will suit plenty of outfits for day-to-day wear.

Women can wear these kicks with pretty much anything, from skinny jeans and pants to shorts and skirts. Their perforated design is well-suited for the summer season, ideal for pairing with dresses, capri pants, leggings, and more.

Meanwhile, men can wear the shoes with jeans, pants, chinos or shorts along with a t-shirt or sweatshirt. Neutral, pastel and bold colors will emphasize the sneaker's subtle yet elegant appeal, especially with such colorways as the Native Malibu in Pink.

Featuring an unlined and coated microfiber upper, the low-top Native Malibu offers an ultra-lightweight and comfortable feel. The upper is designed with laser perforations that keep the feet cool and fresh. A neat appeal is added by the plain white and ribbed midsole, which has a slimmed-down look.

The Native logo is found on the side near the collar. On the insole is the Native Keep It Lite branding. The collar is unpadded, while the toe is rounded for a classic touch.

Footwear brand Native Shoes is relatively young, having been founded in 2009. It was launched in Vancouver by Damian Van Zyll De Jong, who had no prior knowledge about the shoe industry. He headed to China to learn all about the manufacturing side, while he consulted with people he knew in the industry. When he was ready, he created his collection of Native casual sneakers.

From the start, Van Zyll De Jong wanted his brand to be distinct and practical. First, he had thought of creating injection-molded EVA shoes, which were user-friendly and could be molded in a single unit. As a result, the models would be seamless, lightweight, and durable. They were also anti-microbial.

The brand’s lifestyle kicks quickly became sought-after, owing to the comfort, breathability, and durability that they offered. The brand has since branched out to experiment with different materials, leading the way for the next trend in casual footwear, leading to the creation of such kicks as the Native AP Mercury Liteknit.

One of the label’s current progressive offerings is the Native Malibu. It’s built to transition from the streets to the beach or anywhere else. It's made to have a sunny disposition, with a sharp Southern California silhouette. Laser perforations dot the upper, complemented by stylish cuts that elevate the simple model to sophistication.

The upper is made up of coated microfiber, which delivers a flexible and lightweight feel. With its slip-on design, wearers can just put on the Native Malibu and slip into palm-induced dreams. This sneaker, with its summer-ready color options, can add a soft and classy flair to any casual ensemble.

  • The sneaker’s EVA outsole offers a supportive ride.
  • Orthotics can be accommodated by this shoe as it has a removable foam insole.
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.