After writing my 2022 Fashion And Beauty Trends Post, I became a little obsessed with Very Peri, Pantone’s color of the year. After all, who doesn’t need a bright, cheerful color that is meant to symbolize “personal inventiveness and creativity”?! That obsession led me to Cariuma, a shoe brand that partners with Pantone to create shoes in their colors of the year. The brand’s founders were inspired by their mutual passion for board sports. Now, skating and surfing are some of the last activities that I’d ever do. But after reading a few reviews, I thought these shoes would also work for someone who likes to keep her feet on the ground. I bought the Cariuma Salvas sneakers and here’s what I think of them…
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Color And Style
Cariuma made 4 different styles in the Pantone Very Peri color:
- The celebrity-loved OCA Low style in Very Peri canvas.
- The OCA Low style in off-white canvas with Veri Peri accents.
- The Catiba Pro in Very Peri Canvas.
- The Salvas in white leather with Very Peri accents.
I ended up with the Salvas which I thought would be the most versatile. The sole is about an inch thick, so not quite a platform but enough to add some height. The toe box is round (wider than Converse All-Stars) and there’s plenty of room for my almost-wide feet. I also like the stitching that adds a subtle but upscale design element.
Note: the Veri Peri accents on these leather Salvas are a deep lavender color. The Veri Peri on the canvas shoes looks like a brighter purple on the website. (The canvas versions were sold out in my size when I was ordering.)
I haven’t had a chance to take any long walks in these Cariuma Salvas sneakers, but since they have plenty of room for swelling feet, I plan to. I do have several pairs of sneakers to compare them with:
The leather in my Cariuma Salvas feels softer than my Tory Burch Howell sneakers which are still a little stiff even after a couple of years of wear. Cariuma leather is also Leather Working Group certified, which means that it comes from a tannery that is environmentally conscious.
For the past couple of years, I’ve been wearing my Allbirds Tree Runners several times a week. They are also really comfortable, but they’re definitely a very lightweight sneaker. If you want a little more cushioning in the sole, the Cariuma Salavas are a good option. I did also try on Cariuma’s OCA Low canvas sneakers. I thought those also had more support and structure than my Allbirds.
Now it’s probably not fair to compare the Salvas to my black Vionic Dinora shoes which are part loafer-part sneaker but they are another pair that are supposed to be comfort shoes. They turned out to be a bit narrow for my feet and they are very heavy, so I tend to wear them less. I’m on the lookout for a replacement that is lighter and more comfortable.
Cairuma is a B-Corp which means that they have been assessed for their positive impact on the environment, their customers, their workers, and more. They minimize waste in their production methods and design classic silhouettes so that their shoes are staples, not trends. They use lower-impact materials like bamboo, rubber, sugarcane, organic cotton, and cork. Their shoe boxes are also their shipping boxes and are made from recycled materials and soy-based ink. You can read more about their sustainable practices on the Cariuma website.
So far, I really like these new sneakers. I know they’re going to be a closet staple for spring and summer, and for the fall, I may just buy one of their canvas versions.
Are you familiar with Cariuma shoes? Let me know what you think of their style in the comments below…