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If you know me, you’ll know that calling me a fan of Everlane’s Day Gloves is a massive understatement.
Since the brand’s take on a glove shoe first debuted in the spring of 2018, I’ve purchased six pairs in a wide variety of colours, and wear one of them pretty much every day. While the moldable, high vamp shape of the $177 flats is still a no-go for some people, I’m obsessed with the understated ease of these flats — not to mention their second-to-none comfort (I walk 10+km a day and have never had any foot pain in these).
Everlane has come out with several new pairs of flats since the Day Glove’s release — from The 40-Hour Flat to their newer Day Ballet Flat — and I’ve pretty much tried them all in search of the next great shoe. But, so far, I haven’t found anything that compares to the classic Day Glove.
So recently, when I went to check out Everlane’s new arrivals section, as I do every Sunday (Psst - new picks drop every week!), I was happy to see a new release that looked like a twist on my treasured Day Gloves: The Tapered Day Glove.
Naturally, I had to try them (for the greater good!). Here’s what I thought about Everlane’s newest flats and how they compare to the original Day Glove.
The look and aesthetic
At first glance, the Tapered Day Glove looks pretty much identical to the classic variety, but it does have some key differences. While I’ve always thought the traditional Day Glove has a slightly tapered almond shape, the Tapered Day Glove is definitely more of a pointed square toe — not as pointy as, say, the 40-Hour Flat.
Both Day Glove varieties have a comfortable footbed and side venting for coolness (a must for my ultra-sweat feet) — but the new Tapered Day Gloves have a couple of updates that, I think, makes them look a bit more sleek and put-together. One of those features is the lack of a pull tab at the heel — something that’s a divisive part of the Day Glove. While I don’t mind it at all, and actually appreciate it for helping to pull my shoes on, I know that some people really don’t like the look of it, so this is a great alternative that’s a bit more streamlined. The other thing worth noting is that the Tapered Day Glove have both a side and front centre-seam detailing.
I love both, but if I was working in an office right now (remember those?!) I think I’d opt for the Tapered variety for a bit more of a modern, classy edge.
The fit, comfort and quality
There’s a reason I’ve picked up six pairs of the Day Gloves over the past few years — they are ridiculously comfortable. The soft, padded footbed can stand up to hours of being on my feet — whether I’m walking, biking or commuting. In pre-COVID times last year, these were one of two pairs of shoes I packed on a 10-day trip to Europe — and they were as comfortable as they were functional for every setting, whether I was exploring London or going for a fancypants dinner in Cannes.
I do find that both of these shoes run a bit narrow. I’m usually a 7 in most flats, but have always gone with a 7.5 for Everlane, and I find that’s the right choice. If you have a flatter/wider foot, these can also cut into the top of your foot a bit, which causes some discomfort. I find that after a few wears they soften up significantly and mold to the shape of your foot, but if you want to speed up the process, I wore my first pair around the house with giant socks for a few days to stretch the top of the vamp.
When the Day Glove first debuted, I had trouble with the quality on a couple of my first pairs (peeling leather or one shoe that was slightly darker than the other), but Everlane’s customer service was great and sent me replacement pairs right away. I think those quality issues can be chalked up to growing pains, since I have noticed anything off with any pairs since then, including the newest release.
The only other problem I have with these shoes in general is their soles — since they’re made of rubber, I’m not really sure there’s much to do in terms of resoling when the sole reaches its end of life. The heel on my first pair is quite worn down so I may look into this further to see if there are any resoling options. But if not, the life of the shoe is definitely not as long as I might like — especially since I walk a ton.
The price point
Both the traditional Day Gloves and the Tapered Day Gloves retail for $177 CAD, which includes duties to Canada (which can be a huge pain in the butt to pay on delivery). While that’s not cheap, I personally think these are worth the price since they can be worn with everything.
So, which one is better?
It’s really a toss up and depends on what you’re looking for. If you want a classic, wear-with-everything flat, the classic Day Glove is your best bet. But if you want to spice things up a little bit, I’m absolutely loving the modern tailoring and details of the Tapered Day Glove — and I think they’ll be my go-to this fall!