Monday, November 13, 2023

Veja Review: Campo vs. Esplar

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These beautiful French white leather sneakers have taken the shoe game by storm. Ethically produced in Brazil, these unisex tennis shoes are tough to find in the states, pricier than your average pair of lace-up white shoes, but incredibly on-trend, at the same time being classic and a staple in my wardrobe.


In college, I wore Converse to parties. I graduated and started visiting Manhattan often, and realized I needed a white sneaker. White leather sneakers truly go with everything. My first pair was from J.Crew. Then I upgraded to Stan Smiths. The year after I went one step further and got a pair of Esplar Veja sneakers with the signature “V” logo in hot pink. After that, I purchased the Campo in rose gold.


Before I get into the comparison of the two different models, let me say that for both styles of shoes you have to size up. The shoes run very very very small. I am a true EU 40 and I have to wear a 41 in these. Unfortunately, the brand does not do half sizes, so when in doubt, size up. 


These shoes also sell out incredibly fast in the US. I was on a wait list for months for the rose gold Campo shoes. Nordstrom is my go-to spot to find them. 


They are way easier to find in France. Alex bought a pair while we were there this summer. They are also cheaper by about $40-50 in Europe plus a VAT refund. 


Both pairs are incredibly easy to wipe down with a paper towel and some water. I have easily done hundreds of miles in each pair. 



            My first pair

            Flat leather, not as flexible

            Thinner sole

            Squeezes my toes


Campo (as pictured)

            Pebbled leather

            Thicker sole

            Very supportive

            Never got any blisters



I highly recommend the Campo. They are way more comfortable in my opinion and I am already eyeing my next pair. If you want a pair, snag them FAST!


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