Friday, January 3, 2020

Veja Campo vs. Esplar Review

Veja Campo vs. Esplar

Veja Campo vs. Esplar

Veja Campo vs. Esplar

Veja Campo vs. Esplar

Veja Campo vs. Esplar

A few weeks ago, I shared on instastories that I was debating between two pairs of sneakers: the Veja Campo and Esplar. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the brand, Veja is a French brand and it became super popular when Meghan Markle was spotted wearing the brand. 

There are many different styles of sneakers from the brand, but the two I was most interested in were the Campo and Esplar in specifically these trims (tons of color options, though!). I haven't shared where or what we are doing for our honeymoon yet (I will after our wedding!) but we will be gone for approximately 18 days and quite a bit of exploring will be involved. I wanted to get a pair of chic neutral sneakers that I could bring with me as well as travel in. I do have several pairs of 'fashion' sneakers, but I just loved the crisp, neutral look of these two pairs. We still have a while until our honeymoon, but I wanted to get them and be able to fully break them in before then! 

Online, I really couldn't tell the difference between the two styles. They looked SO similar. So I ended up ordering both pairs. I couldn't find a single post anywhere on the internet comparing the two styles, so this post is for anyone who was wondering!

As soon as I took the pairs out of the box, in person, there is a very clear difference in the styles...

Esplar:
- 'Daintier' 
- Looks a lot like my Adidas Stan Smith (in terms of shape) 
- Simpler in design/ more streamlined (less rubber for the sole)
- Less shoe- you can see around the ankle that it has more open space 
- Smooth leather 

Campo:
- More shoe- bulky but I don't mean that in a negative way
- Pebbled texture (I think it makes them look nicer/higher quality)
- More support for your foot and more comfortable
- The word 'Veja' is on the outer side of this sneaker. The Esplar pair does not have this. 

The colors are obviously different. I actually ended up preferring the Campo in pretty much every way. First and foremost, right out of the box, they were really comfortable... a little stiff, but you can tell that once they're broken in, they will be amazing. The Esplar offered absolutely no support and definitely didn't seem like a shoe you'd wear when doing a lot of walking. The Esplar was even stiffer than the Campo. I also preferred the Campo's textured look rather than the streamline because it made them look nicer. All around, the Veja just felt more substantial and nicer/higher quality! 

Another reason I did not end up with the Esplar's is that they look SO much like my Stan Smith sneakers that I already own. Which I love, but don't need another pair that look so similar! The reason I am not taking my Stan Smith's on our honeymoon is that the green doesn't always match with everything and I want to pack as few pairs of sneakers as possible! I'll also likely pack my Tretorns which are another neutral, comfortable and classic sneaker and my actual workout sneakers because I might want to workout- 18 days is a long time!! 


As you can see, I ended up keeping the Campo style and returning the Esplar! Meghan Markle actually wore the V-10 style but I felt like they looked a little too 'bulky' and a little more trendy than I typically like!

2 comments:

Bree said...

Love these sneakers!
Do you still wear your Converse Jack Purcell sneakers?

Bree said...

Love these sneakers!
Do you still wear your Converse Jack Purcell's?

 

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