My Honest Veja Sneaker Review and Guide

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If you’ve been browsing white sneakers online lately, you’ve probably come across Veja. Veja sneakers have become so popular over the last few years after celebrities (Meghan Markle and Emma Watson, to name a few), influencers, and everyday women started sporting them—myself included!  

In this Veja sneaker review and guide, I’m sharing everything you need to know about Veja shoes before you purchase them. Keep reading for an overview of the brand, sneakers they offer, sizing information, thoughts on comfort and break-in periods, pros and cons of each Veja sneaker style I own, and how to decide which pair could be right for you.

About Veja

Veja is a French sneaker company that was founded in 2004 with a strong focus on transparency, fair trade, and sustainability. They source their materials directly from communities in the Amazon rainforest, and they’re manufactured in southern Brazil. They offer dozens of styles in fun seasonal colors and designs throughout the year—in my experience, Shopbop, Nordstrom, and Net-A-Porter have the best selection.

Veja Sneaker Styles

Veja sells a wide variety of styles but the Veja Esplar, Campo, V-Lock, and V-10 sneakers are the most popular styles. Other available styles include the Condor Alveomesh, Condor 2, Nautico Pekin, B-Mesh, Nova HT, Urca, Venturi, Rio Branco, and V-12 sneakers, but I don’t find the high-top sneakers as cute or versatile.

Here’s a look at some of Veja’s best sellers in each style:

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Veja Sneakers Sizing: Do Vejas Run Big or Small?

Many retailers and fashion bloggers suggest sizing down a half size to a full size in Vejas, but I find that all my Veja sneakers run true to size. I recommend reading sizing reviews for the specific Veja style you plan to purchase. For reference, I’m a size 10 womens, and I have purchased all my Veja sneakers in EU size 40.

Are Veja Sneakers Comfortable?

There’s some debate about the comfort level of Vejas. In my experience, all Vejas are comfortable eventually, but some styles take longer to break-in than others.

For example, the V-Lock velcro sneakers were very uncomfortable for me all around on first try, but they softened up generously with wear throughout my house and are now very comfortable. My V-10 lace up sneakers were comfortable other than the tongue of the shoe, which was rigid but softened within 1-2 weeks. My Esplar sneakers were comfortable from the second I put them on. From what I’ve read, the Veja Campo sneakers require no breaking in whatsoever.

Veja Sneaker Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Sustainable: Veja’s strong focus on environmental responsibility is so appealing as we learn more about sustainability. Many of their shoes are made with sustainable materials like organic cotton, wild rubber, plastic bottles, and chrome-free leather.
  • Stylish: Sneakers are having a moment (thank goodness!) and every pair of Veja sneakers I’ve tried truly is so cute and stylish. I’ve opted for classic colors, like white with navy, white and suede, and black and white, but they offer fun colors too if you want to make a statement.
  • Price: All Vejas cost roughly $100–$150, which is an excellent price point given the design, quality, and durability.

Cons:

  • Sizing Variation: Although all my Veja shoes have run true to size for me, I know that many find that sizing varies by shoe style. This can be a major pain, especially if you’re shopping online. 
  • Initial Comfort: My main issue with Vejas is how long they take to break in. It’s not a fun experience to invest in a shoe only to find that it’s uncomfortable out of the box. You need to be committed to 3-8 wears around the house, depending on the style, to break them in and make sure you purchased the correct shoe size.

Veja Sneaker Reviews

Over the past couple of years I’ve purchased the Veja Esplar sneakers, Veja V-10 sneakers, and Veja V-Lock sneakers. I love them all but I style them differently. Below is an honest review of my Veja sneakers with notes on what to wear with your Vejas. I’ll be writing comprehensive reviews and styling guides for each of these, so be sure to bookmark this page or check back for updates this year!

Veja Esplar Review

These are by far the most versatile style and their low profiles looks great with jeans, shorts, leggings, and dresses. They have a classic silhouette and a slightly narrow appearance, which I find flattering. The Veja Esplar also comes in dozens of colors. I bought the extra white navy logo sneakers, but Net-A-Porter and Shopbop carry fun colors like light blue, peach, gold, and burgundy. I don’t recommend walking around in these for hours as they don’t have much arch support and may create blisters.

Veja V10 Review

Veja V10 sneakers are amazing in terms of comfort out of the box except the tongue, which softens over time and can be slid to the side for your initial wears. Though they’re low-top sneakers, they have a slightly elevated heel that elongates your legs. I think they look best with jeans and midi dresses. Once broken in, they’re much better than the Esplars if you’re looking for a shoe you can walk in for several hours.

Veja V-Lock Review

If you like ease, comfort, and want a velcro sneaker, you will love the Veja V-Lock sneakers. They’re so simple to slip on and off and look especially cute with jeans and joggers. The white and suede color combination I purchased is by far the most versatile, but they also come in navy.

Are Veja Sneakers Worth It?

I own 3 pairs of Veja sneakers and 100% think they are worth it. Not only are they sustainable, but they come in many styles and colors to suit your preferences. If you’re looking for a casual shoe that is stylish and durable, I highly recommend them.

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Veja FAQs

Which Veja sneakers should I buy?

It depends! If you’re looking for a classic low top silhouette that goes with everything, go with Esplar. If you like an elevated heel and primarily wear jeans and dresses, go with V-10 leather sneakers. If you want a laid-back, 90s-inspired style, it doesn’t get better than the V-Lock velcro sneakers.

Which Veja sneakers are the most comfortable?

In my experience, the Veja V-10 and Veja V-Lock sneakers are equally as comfortable once fully broken in. The first time or two you wear them, they may feel stiff and tight. The open to loosen the laces on the V-10 shoes may offer a little advantage if you’re walking around all day or exploring a new city.

Are Veja sneakers leather?

Yes. The company uses vegetable-tanned leather for its leather sneakers, which is sourced in southern Brazil.

Are Veja sneakers vegan?

Some, but not all. 20 out of 81 styles made by Veja are completely vegan sneakers according to this article. All Veja sneakers are made with responsibly sourced and sustainable materials.

Do Veja sneakers soften?

Yes, I found that any tough or rigid part of my Veja sneakers softened with wear. For example, the tongue on the V-10 shoes softened within 5–10 wears, and the V-Lock shoes became less stiff overall over time.

How do I clean Veja sneakers?

To clean lightly dirty sneakers, I remove the laces, dampen a sneaker cloth, and wipe my sneakers down, avoiding any suede material. If they’re significantly dirty, I follow the same steps but use a sneaker cleaner, wipe with a microfiber towel, and allow them to dry completely.

How do I lace Veja sneakers?

All Vejas come laced, but I like to tie mine in small knots on each side of the top eyelet rather than into a traditional sneaker bow. It’s a different look that’s a little more chic, in my opinion!

How do I style Veja sneakers?

There are so many stylish ways to wear Veja sneakers, and I think the “best” way will depend on the pair you purchase. I’ve worn them in the winter, spring, and summer, and I share Veja sneaker outfits often in my Shop, but here’s a great post on 30 ways to style sneakers to get your wheels turning. I always wear no show socks.

What does Veja mean?

Veja means “look” in Portuguese-Brazilian, which the founders chose to inspire customers to look beyond the sneakers to how they are made, according to an interview with French founder François Morillion.

I hope this Veja sneakers review was helpful! If you have any questions, feel free to DM me on Instagram. I love chatting with you guys!