Our verdict

Comfortable? Check. Fashionable? Check. Sustainable? Check. We believe that the Veja Campo has virtually all you need in the modern sneaker game. This clean-looking leather shoe boasts a minimalist style with a sophisticated flair that allows us to dress up or down without overthinking it. The go-green construction of this Veja sneaker also made this top-notch sneaker even more appealing to us. Now it's in you to decide whether you're ready to pay the premium price for all these benefits.

Pros

  • Premium leather and craftsmanship
  • Sustainable materials and manufacturing
  • Clean and minimal aesthetics
  • Light for a leather sneaker
  • Low to the ground and stable
  • Excellent durability
  • Comfortably flexible

Cons

  • Quite expensive
  • Long tongue chafes the skin
  • Not for narrow feet

Audience verdict

89
Good!

Who should buy

We believe that the Veja Campo is not a sneaker to sleep on if you are looking for the following:

  • a sustainably-made pair of sneakers from a recognized French brand
  • a real high-quality leather (or suede) sneaker 
  • a classy and minimalist white kick with Stan Smith vibes
  • a sneaker that can complete a business casual attire

Veja Campo review

Who should NOT buy

The premium price point of Veja sneakers can be off-putting for many people. Not everyone is ready or willing to spend $175 on a pair of kicks even if it comes from a sustainability-oriented French company that uses ethically sourced materials and high-quality leather.

Luckily, the Campo is also available in a Canvas option with a much more affordable price of $135. Ot consider the Veja Esplar ($130).

Alternatively, you can always rely on the evergreen Adidas Stan Smith or Gazelle. For only $100 these shoes are always a safe bet.

Veja Campo lab test

Breathability

We hardly ever recommend leather sneakers for warm weather and the Veja Campo is not an exception.

The shoe has zero perforations on the upper to channel the air in and out of the interiors.

On a breathability scale from 1 to 5, we rated the Campo with a low score of 2. The shoe got a bonus point because some air still finds its way inside through the collar and the gaps between the tongue and the vamp.

Test results
Campo 2
Average 3
Compared to 49 sneakers
Number of shoes
1
Breathability
5

Durability

Leather/Suede quality

We believe that one of the primary reasons for choosing Veja sneakers is their premium-class leather (or suede).

In this review, we are looking at the Veja Campo Chromefree Leather but you can also opt for the Chromefree Suede or Canvas options.

Veja Campo microscope test

The word "Chromefree" indicates that the company uses a more expensive but higher quality and environmentally friendly tanning process. We guess is that it is vegetable tanning but it might as well be the brand's proprietary technology. According to Veja, "no chrome, heavy metals, or dangerous acids are involved."

Veja Campo under microscope

Checking the shoe's bovine leather under the microscope, we found its texture to be real, not artificially embossed like it is on the cheaper sneakers.

Another approach we use to check if the leather is real is exposing it to fire using a butane torch. As you can see, the Campo's leather did not catch fire nor did it melt down like synthetic material would.

Applying the same test to the shoe's heel collar patch, we found that it's made of genuine leather as well. Veja doesn't skimp on material quality even in the details!

P.S. If you wish to maintain the shoe's leather in its best condition, the brand recommends occasionally wiping the upper with a wet cloth and applying a special leather care product every once in a while.

Test results
Campo Real leather

Toebox durability

We expect nothing but stellar quality from high-priced leather shoes and the Veja Campo delivers exactly on point.

Using sandpaper, we tested the limits of the shoe's leather for 12 seconds at 5K RPM. And all it did to the material was just a minor scuff!

Veja Campo Toebox durability

That's not enough to deduct even one point from the shoe's toebox durability. The Campo scores a perfect 5 out of 5 on this test!

Test results
Campo 5
Average 3.8
Compared to 49 sneakers
Number of shoes
1
Toebox durability
5

Heel padding durability

If you have reservations about the durability of recycled materials, Veja sneakers will most likely vanish those.

Featuring 100% recycled polyester for its inner lining, the Campo managed to score high on yet another durability test.

Veja Campo Heel padding durability test

After 4 seconds of drilling, the damage on the heel padding was very minor. It was, in fact, smaller compared to the average results we see in our lab.

Thus, we readily rate the shoe's heel lining durability with 4 out of 5.

Test results
Campo 4
Average 3.4
Compared to 49 sneakers
Number of shoes
1
Heel padding durability
5

Outsole hardness

It is expected that Veja also uses ethically sourced materials for the Campo's outsole. But how does it compare to standard rubber outsoles?

A mix of Amazonian rubber, silica mineral, and recycled rubber, among other non-listed components, makes for a moderately hard compound.

Veja Campo Outsole hardness

Our Shore C durometer showed a lower-than-average reading of 76.5 HC, indicating a slightly softer material. It is 10% softer than the average sneaker rubber, to be precise.

Let's see if that affects its ability to resist abrasion.

Test results
Campo 76.6 HC
Average 85.0 HC
We use an average of four tests. The photo shows one of those tests.
Compared to 49 sneakers
Number of shoes
72.9 HC
Outsole hardness
90.3 HC

Outsole durability

To our pleasant surprise, it does not!

Having applied our Dremel to the same spot on the Campo's outsole for 22 seconds at a high 10K RPM speed, we observed a merely standard amount of damage.

The sandpaper failed to drill any deeper than 1.1 mm! That's a regular dent depth among our lab-tested sneakers.

Veja Campo Outsole durability test

This gives us confidence in the shoe's ability to last a good while.

Test results
Campo 1.1 mm
Average 1.0 mm
Compared to 49 sneakers
Number of shoes
0.0 mm
Outsole wear
2.0 mm

Outsole thickness

Let us also take into account the thickness of that rubber compound.

Veja Campo Outsole thickness

Even though it is thinner than some other sneaker outsoles, it has a trusty rubber layer of 3.6 mm.

We expect the shoe's outsole to last as long as your typical daily sneaker.

Test results
Campo 8.6 mm
Average 5.5 mm
Compared to 50 sneakers
Number of shoes
3.4 mm
Outsole thickness
8.6 mm

Weight

Despite its all-leather upper, the weight of this Veja shoe is kept under control.

Veja Campo Weight

Weighing the Campo in a men's US size 9, we found it to be only slightly heavier than the average at 14.5 oz (411g).

Veja Campo sneaker

Looks like Veja is here to prove that leather sneakers don't need to feel hefty on foot.

Test results
Campo 14.50 oz (411g)
Average 14.18 oz (402g)
Compared to 50 sneakers
Number of shoes
8.54 oz (242g)
Weight
22.61 oz (641g)

Cushioning

Heel stack

As a minimalist sneaker, the Veja Campo sits very close to the ground.

Veja Campo Heel stack

At 22.3 mm, its heel stack is on the lower end of the sneaker spectrum, between the Adidas Samba (20.3 mm) and the Air Jordan 1 Low (22.9 mm).

Test results
Campo 22.3 mm
Average 29.6 mm
Compared to 50 sneakers
Number of shoes
18.2 mm
Heel stack
41.8 mm

Forefoot stack

The shoe also features some of the lowest forefoot stacks in the industry, putting the ball of the foot only 10.6 mm away from the ground.

Veja Campo Forefoot stack

It feels almost as if there is no buffer between the floor and the foot! That's why people with foot pain or other conditions that call for cushioned and supportive footwear may want to think twice before getting the Veja Campo.

But on the other side, this sneaker feels as minimal as it can be!

Test results
Campo 10.6 mm
Average 18.7 mm
Compared to 50 sneakers
Number of shoes
10.6 mm
Forefoot stack
28.3 mm

Drop

To make sure your heel has enough cushioning in this very grounded setup, the Campo's heel stack is notably thicker than the forefoot.

Veja Campo Drop

A heel-to-toe offset of 11.7 mm is very optimal for taking the pressure off the Achilles and making the heel feel more supported.

Test results
Campo 11.7 mm
Average 10.9 mm
Compared to 50 sneakers
Number of shoes
6.7 mm
Drop
17.2 mm

Midsole softness

Note: a low durometer measurement equals a soft material, whereas a high measurement means it's firm.

When half of a shoe's midsole is made of rubber, a soft ride is not to be expected.

The plush insole of the Veja Campo is hidden inside a sturdy vulcanized sole which has no squish whatsoever.

Veja Campo Midsole softness

Pressing our Shore A durometer against the carrier part of the midsole, we recorded as much as 60.0 HA. This is about 50% harder than the average sneaker midsole.

Test results
Campo 60.0 HA
Average 29.2 HA
We use an average of four tests. The photo shows one of those tests.
Compared to 40 sneakers
Number of shoes
15.0 HA
Midsole softness (soft to firm)
60.0 HA

Insole thickness

But don't worry, the shoe won't feel like a brick thanks to the stunningly cozy and padded insole. Measuring its thickness in the heel, our caliper showed 11.5 mm which is 6 mm thicker than the standard insole!

Veja Campo Insole thickness

But unlike other insoles, it works as part of the shoe's primary cushioning as opposed to being a welcome add-on. It is responsible for making the step-in feel rather pleasant in this Veja shoe.

Like most other parts of the Campo, the insole is made of eco-friendly materials including Amazonian rubber, sugar cane-based EVA, and organic cotton, among other components.

Test results
Campo 11.5 mm
Average 5.4 mm
Compared to 50 sneakers
Number of shoes
3.1 mm
Insole thickness
13.9 mm

Stability

Lateral stability test

Thanks to the shoe's very grounded and firm platform, it felt nice and planted during our wear tests. The vulcanized midsole also has a pretty high topline, contributing to the steady experience.

Torsional rigidity

Other than that, the Veja Campo doesn't have any stabilizing components to make it feel rigid.

We were able to twist the shoe almost effortlessly in our manual test. On a 1-5 stiffness scale, where 1 is the most flexible, the shoe's pliability earned it a low score of 2.

Test results
Campo 2
Average 3.5
Compared to 49 sneakers
Number of shoes
1
Torsional rigidity
5

Heel counter stiffness

There is not much stiffness in the shoe's heel counter either.

Giving it a good push and squeeze in our manual test, we rated the heel counter stiffness with a moderate score of 3.

How does that feel on foot? The shoe's rearfoot doesn't feel floppy but it doesn't really participate in stabilizing the heel either. So if you have a severe case of overpronation, it won't stop the heel from sliding inwards.

But most people should feel comfortable with this amount of heel counter stiffness.

Test results
Campo 3
Average 3.2
Compared to 49 sneakers
Number of shoes
1
Heel counter stiffness
5

Midsole width in the forefoot

Veja also keeps the Campo's platform width minimal. It's neither particularly narrow nor wide.

Veja Campo Midsole width in the forefoot

Measuring the sole width between the shoe's most distant contact points, our caliper showed 110 mm. That's on par with the average forefoot width of casual sneakers.

Test results
Campo 110.0 mm
Average 108.8 mm
Compared to 50 sneakers
Number of shoes
100.0 mm
Midsole width in the forefoot
121.0 mm

Midsole width in the heel

We also discovered that the shoe's heel width is just about the same as the average. Our caliper showed 81.1 mm in the widest area.

Veja Campo Midsole width in the heel
Test results
Campo 81.1 mm
Average 83.0 mm
Compared to 50 sneakers
Number of shoes
69.4 mm
Midsole width in the heel
103.1 mm

Flexibility

Stiffness

With its all-leather upper and vulcanized sole, the Veja Campo may come across as a very stiff sneaker. But we discovered that it bends just as well as most other lifestyle kicks!

Using a force gauge, we found that it takes 22.3N to flex the Campo to a 90-degree angle which is exactly the same as the average.

One of the standout features of this Veja shoe is that it is a classy leather sneaker that feels just as comfortable as its more laid-back counterparts.

Veja Campo flex point

Test results
Campo 22.3N
Average 23.1N
We use an average of four tests. The video shows one of those tests.
Compared to 50 sneakers
Number of shoes
5.8N
Stiffness
51.8N

Grip / Traction

The shoe's outsole traction proved to be sufficient for most day-to-day settings such as supermarket tiles.

Veja Campo outsole

Size and fit

Internal length

Trying the Veja Campo in our regular men's US size 9, we found that it runs precisely true to size.

Veja Campo Internal length

In our lab, we also recorded its internal length at 270.3 mm. This corresponds to the stated 27 CM on the box which is the equivalent of our US size 9 or EU size 42.

Veja Campo sizing

Test results
Campo 270.3 mm

Toebox width at the widest part

However, we discovered that the Campo's toebox dimensions are somewhat unconventional for our size as the shoe leaves a little more space around the ball of the foot.

Veja Campo fit

Measuring this part of the shoe with a caliper, we got a pretty high reading of 105.3 mm. That's about 6 mm (or half a size) wider than average!

Veja Campo Toebox width at the widest part

This could be the reason why some people prefer to size down in the Veja Campo.

Test results
Campo 105.3 mm
Average 99.2 mm
Compared to 50 sneakers
Number of shoes
94.0 mm
Toebox width at the widest part
107.7 mm

Toebox width at the big toe

But we don't think that everyone should go and get a smaller size. That's because the Campo tapers quite significantly towards the toes.

Veja Campo Toebox width at the big toe

Our caliper showed a narrower-than-average measurement of 71.7 mm near the big toe. Thus, we don't think that people with wide or square-shaped feet would benefit from getting a smaller size in the Campo.

Test results
Campo 71.7 mm
Average 74.9 mm
Compared to 49 sneakers
Number of shoes
63.7 mm
Toebox width at the big toe
83.0 mm

Tongue: gusset type

This Veja shoe features a classic design in which the tongue is not gusseted (not attached to the upper on the sides).

Veja Campo Tongue: gusset type

If you've seen other people wearing this Veja silhouette on the street, you may have noticed that their shoe tongues are slipped to the side. Some people do that on purpose because the Campo's tongue is pretty long and tends to dig into the ankle.

Veja Campo laces

But if you're not happy with this little workaround, another option to avoid chafing is to leave the top pair of eyelets unlaced or have the tongue cut by a cobbler.

Either way, we don't think that such an expensive pair of shoes should require so much hassle.

Test results
Campo None

Comfort

Tongue padding

The Campo's tongue is rather moderately padded. It has 6.0 mm of foam based on our caliper measurement.

Veja Campo Tongue padding

We are glad that Veja keeps its designs simple and minimal wherever possible.

Test results
Campo 6.0 mm
Average 9.3 mm
Compared to 50 sneakers
Number of shoes
1.0 mm
Tongue padding
38.4 mm

Heel tab

There are no pull tabs or finger loops but you can hold onto the shoe's slightly extended heel collar to assist the on-and-off.

Veja Campo Heel tab

However, we do recommend using a shoehorn if you want to prevent wrinkles on the shoe's leather for as long as possible.

Test results
Campo None

Removable insole

Even though the Campo's stock insole can be removed, we wouldn't recommend replacing it because it is so thick and functions as a key part of the shoe's cushioning setup.

Veja Campo Removable insole
Test results
Campo Yes

Misc

Reflective elements

There are no 3M or reflective elements on the Campo's upper.

Veja Campo Reflective elements
Test results
Campo No

Background

Veja prides itself as the world’s very first sustainable sneaker brand. It uses ethically sourced materials from Brazil and follows environmentally friendly manufacturing processes.

Veja Campo lacing

Spotted on the feet of Emma Watson and Megan Markle around 2018, Veja quickly gained traction among the public.