Kickin’ it around town, there’s no need to leave your “outdoorsy” flaire in the backcountry. With the variety of products available from Patagonia, you can pretty much count on having something suitable for most of your adventures in the hills at the beach or in the office. The Patagonia Whino Lace shoes offer casual styling for everyday action.

Patagonia Whino Lace Shoes Features:

  • Polyester laces
  • 100% polyester lining provides comfort and durability
  • 70% recycled polyurethane footbed with 100% recycled polyester cover provides support and comfort
  • 20% recycled EVA/rubber outsole provides lightweight cushioning combined with durability and traction on smooth, wet surfaces
  • Medium/wide width, medium arch/instep
  • Weight: 284 g (10 oz)
  • Colors: Black, Retro Khaki, Dark Burlap, Henna Brown (tested)
  • MSRP: $100

Patagonia Whino Lace Shoes Review

Over the years, I’ve been able to review a variety of footwear from Patagonia. The full shoe line has a ton to offer everyone from the serious trail runner to the serious lounger. This time around, I opted for a pair of everyday shoes. The Whino Lace Shoes have been awesome with only a few minor quibbles.

Lets talk about the construction of the Whino. The uppers are made from hemp (yes, hemp). You’re likely familiar with the characteristics of this material, but if you’re not, it’s a great material for footwear. It’s very durable, breathable and, if done right, is highly-sustainable. You know Patagonia is going to do things right.

Some shoes require minimal break-in, but keep in mind that the Whino Lace will get much more comfortable after several days of wear. The midsole and uppers just need a few miles to conform to your feet and give you the best experience. Now, after several months, the Whino’s provide serious comfort for all-day wear. I like the Henna Brown color with jeans and these shoes even hold their own with shorts.

The low-profile outsoles are siped for extra all-conditions traction. For the lack of tread, I’m surprised how grippy these shoes are. Wet pavement or loose terrain really doesn’t phase these much as I’ve enjoyed surprisingly-capable traction. It’s nice to have the outsoles be non-marking in case you want to enjoy a pick-up basketball game at the gym (I suppose).

As I’ve worn the Whino Lace’s on some long, warm days, I’ve loved how well they breathe. My feet tend to get pretty warm, but I’ve  stayed comfortable all day long.

The only real frustration with these shoes is the sizing. I tend to wear a 10.5 in Patagonia’s other casual shoes, but these are a tad long in a 10.5, which causes me to occasionally catch my toe on things. They do have a narrow fit, but also tend to run longer than I think they should.

The Good

  • Excellent mix of materials (with a nod to sustainability)
  • Very comfortable for all-day wear
  • Surprisingly-grippy in all conditions
  • Show little wear after 4 months of extensive use
  • Excellent styling

The Bad

  • Sizing is a little large (I’d size down a half size)
  • Initial break-in period is a little long

Bottom Line: Patagonia Whino Lace Shoes

If you’re looking for a pair of outdoorsy casual shoes, the Patagonia Whino Lace is an excellent option for all-day comfort. Once broken-in, these offer a slipper-like fit and show little signs of wear after several months of extensive use.

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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