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Allbirds just dropped its own version of the TikTok-famous 'Pillow Slides' — I tried them and they're ridiculously comfortable

Side by side images of Allbirds Sugar Sliders and Pillow Slide
Amazon "pillow slides" on the left, Allbirds slides on the right.
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If you're already familiar with Allbirds, you know the brand got its start making sneakers with sustainable materials. But did you know they also make sandals in the summertime? 

Allbirds recently released an ultra-squishy pair of slides that look extremely similar to the viral "pillow slides" that TikTok went nuts for a while back. In fact, after buying myself a pair of those pillow slides and writing a popular review about them, I knew I had to see how the Allbirds pair stacked up. 

The main difference between the pairs is that the Allbirds have an adjustable strap. 

Allbirds Sugar Sliders and Pillow Sliders
I don't love the look of the strap personally, but it does make the shoe more versatile.
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Not gonna lie, I think the strap makes them kind of ugly. I prefer the look of the pillow slides to the Allbirds. It's nice that these are adjustable, but they're definitely less sleek. 

The other obvious difference is that Allbirds' pair is way more sustainable than the foam ones I bought on Amazon.

Side by side images of Allbirds Sugar Sliders
The slides are just so cushy.
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True to its brand ethos, Allbirds uses its signature SweetFoam material, which is sustainably made from sugar cane. The straps are made with recycled polyester and renewable materials. 

The Allbirds are unisex, come in whole sizes, and have three colors to choose from vs. the pillow slides from Amazon which come in a bunch more colors. 

Side by side images of Allbirds Sugar Sliders and Pillow Sliders
I prefer neutrals, but you can get both of these pairs in various colors, from pastels to richer hues.
Sally Kaplan/Insider

I got the "blizzard" color, but they're also available in black and bright orange. The Amazon ones come in about 15 colors. Both pairs fit true-to-size, and I'd size up if you're usually a half size.

Overall, the Allbirds pair are now my favorite shoes to wear after the gym, on quick errands, and around the house. The Allbirds pair is $50 vs the 'Pillow Slides' which are $20, but the Allbirds pair is way more comfortable — and worth the extra cost. 

Side by side images of Allbirds Sugar Sliders and Pillow Slide
Amazon "pillow slides" on the left, Allbirds slides on the right.
Sally Kaplan/Insider

The comfort is honestly unbeatable, and I can forgive the weird strap for how cloud-like they are to walk on — especially after a long workout or a day spent on my feet. They really feel like walking on gummy bears in the best way possible, and the insole is extremely bouncy, flexible, and cushy. 

Obviously, the price difference is pretty significant, but if that doesn't bother you and you're just after the most comfortable pair, the Allbirds win hands-down.

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