Fast-forward a few weeks. After searching and searching, I hit the jackpot when I found them restocked in my size at Nordstrom. I chose Veja’s Espalar style for its minimal black-and-white design and ordered them immediately. Because they’re so simple, they go with everything from long flowy dresses to a jeans and a blazer. I never think twice about wearing them to work, even at a fashion-forward office like Glamour‘s.
It’s not just that Veja sneakers are comfortable and versatile. I can feel good wearing them knowing that they were ethically made, which can’t be said for all sneakers. Veja sources cotton directly from fair-trade-certified farming associations in Brazil and Peru, while the leather is upcycled from leftover tilapia on fish farms.
My Vejas have just one minor downside: It took a couple of wears to break them in. (Tip: Don’t wear them barefoot right out of the box.) The effort paid off, though. These days it feels like I’m walking on clouds. My feet never get tired, even after wandering around the city for 20K steps or more. All that walking hasn’t dulled their shine, either. With the help of a Magic Eraser, my Vejas stay spotless—perfect for a clean-sneaker snob like me.
Thanks to Duchess Meghan Markle, I’ve been united with the perfect pair of sneakers. It’s been only six weeks and I’m already screaming about my love for Veja from the rooftops. (And from my Instagram, of course.)
Michaela O’Shaughnessy is the senior social media manager at Glamour. Follow her @lifeofaladybear.