FitFlop Airmesh Lace-Up Review

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FitFlop is relatively new in the shoe game, but they don’t let that hold them back. Instead of letting their youth restrict them, they see it as an opportunity to dream big. With only 12 years in, FitFlop has had staggering success. They have become a fast favorite of those who love blinged out sandals that don’t skimp on support. This Airmesh Laceup has all the makings of your new go-to sneaker. The midsole has a great rebound, the upper is soft and flexible, and the style is simple yet current. FitFlop makes sure that every shoe they create is great for your feet, and with an APMA Seal of Acceptance, you can rest easy knowing your feet are being well taken care of. Anyone who is no-fuss about there footwear, while still wanting to wear a style that looks carefree and cool, this FitFlop Airmesh Lace-up might be just right.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Flexible
  • Breathable
  • Arch Support
  • Sock-Like Construction
  • Toggle Lacing
Cons
  • Runs Slightly Wide
  • Few Color Options
Airflow

Airflow

Breathability is absolutely crucial in a casual sneaker. For a shoe that is going to be thrown on before leaving the house or worn throughout the day in any weather, you want something that can carry moisture away from the foot and bring air in to keep it cool and dry. The light mesh is perforated even beyond its normal structure, which cuts both weight and heat retention. Even the footbed utilizes mesh for superior breathability. FitFlop makes really amazing warm weather shoes and the Airmesh Laceup options are spectacular in ensuring a comfortable sneaker environment. This level of airflow ensures a healthy foot and footbed. Many sneakers can be vexed with issues that can create foot fungus and other unpleasant woes. FitFlop made a sneaker that is in a league of its own in terms of breathability with this Airmesh pick.
Color

Color

While this shoe is absolutely outstanding in the technology and practicality departments, it is lacking slightly in color. The options are not at all vast, and if you aren’t happy with some pretty basic options than you may be disappointed overall with the selection. Granted, this shoe isn’t being bought primarily to style, it has so many intensely specific features and a really high level of craftsmanship. It doesn’t seem to take away from it much that the selection in terms of hues is so limited. White, red, and black are the only options as of right now for this Airmesh. While it isn’t really too surprising considering that FitFlop likes to keep it simple, the colors are strong and solid, so they can be a little difficult to work into your wardrobe. The red in particular is an extremely bold, true red. The white is stark white and might be a little difficult to clean. The black is the most basic and easily adaptable. If this works for you, there won’t be a problem, but generally, there are more subtle options in a sneaker collection besides black.
Fit

Fit

What is great about this lace-up sneaker is that the laces aren’t truly laces. This FitFlip Airmesh uses a lacing system that simply needs to be tightened or loosened. Its side panels on the body of the shoe allow it to really wrap around your midfoot for a secure feel. FitFlop themselves, as well as reviewers, felt it worth mentioning that the shoe does run on the wider side. This is great for many people who have wider feet, and the shoe can easily be adjusted to slightly different widths, so it isn’t a dealbreaker. However, if your foot is slim and narrow, and especially if you have a narrow heel, you might struggle with the fit of this shoe. It is pretty perfect in how it fits and feels otherwise. Being wary of the fit is the price that comes with buying online, unfortunately, but if you get your correct sizing on this FitFlop, you will more than likely be a very happy customer.
Flexibility

Flexibility

The upper itself is, of course, going to be highly movement friendly. FitFlop studies biomechanics closely to ensure that every shoe outperforms its competitors. Biomechanical studies are looking at the way the human body moves, to best outfit them in gear that enhances and supports their natural abilities. For this Airmesh Laceup, it all starts in its sole. Anatomiflex is a patented technology they utilize in the midsole of this sneaker. The material itself is hyper-flexible and has amazing abilities to move with and support the foot at every turn. In the outsole, cuts into the base of the shoe are used to act as a catalyst for more motion. Cutting into the actual outsole rather than building it up to cut away from it makes it a more streamlined and flexible design overall.
Longevity

Longevity

Neoprene accents on this shoe set it apart from the rest. The material isn’t only incredibly flexible, but it is a type of rubber, creating great durability whenever it is utilized. The material wraps around the foot in a sock-like style, and also comes up on the sides to be secured by the laces. The shoe itself is made of a very soft mesh, which of course is susceptible to snags and tears. However, this shoe isn’t a total loss for durability due to its supple nature. The mesh is actually heartier than one would expect. The cleaning process of these is also incredibly simple and easy. All you have to do is dab areas with cool or cold water and mild, preferably unscented and uncolored soap, and you will have a shoe looking as good as new in no time. For the soles, it would probably serve you well to get a magic eraser, just brush away every scuff. This is a great sneaker to have for everyday comfort, but its heightened flexibility won’t completely protect it from issues due to stress on the shoe. As long as you’re mindful of where you wear these, chances are it won’t really be a problem for you.
Midsole

Midsole

FitFlop goes out of their way to create midsoles that will leave you raving. This is absolutely no exception. As mentioned, their Anatomiflex midsoles are really something else in terms of comfort and flexibility. The cushioning in this FitFlop is intuitive to how you move and your foot's natural motions. Arch support is included in the cushioning to ensure great posture all day. Flexible midsoles are great for just about anything. If you are using this shoe for casual everyday wear, you can walk confidently knowing that your making full contact with the ground on every single foot-strike. The cushioning is ultra-responsive. Your knees and ankles will thank you when wearing these FitFlop Airmesh Lace-ups. Don’t be scared to get moving and test their limits.
Outsole

Outsole

This outsole may not look like much and that’s okay. One of the things that are so easy to love about this FitFlop is it is so unassuming and simple. When you look at it, you wouldn’t assume it is a high-performance shoe or even that it provides half the support it is capable of providing. The shoe just looks like an amazingly casual sneaker option that slips-on and easily laces to your comfort level. The modest appearance of the outsole is absolutely deceiving, however. This FitFlop has an anatomically designed outsole as well, so it meets your foot where it needs to, all while closely hugging the ground. On the front and back of this Airmesh sneaker, there are non-slip rubber grip pads which provide insane levels of traction. The cuts into the bottom of the shoe provide the utmost flexibility. This sneaker feels like a treat and it performs just as well.
Shock Absorption

Shock Absorption

The American Podiatric Medicine Society has raved about the FitFlop brand for being great for the feet who wear them. This shoe is the pinnacle of everything that FitFlop is recognized for in the footwear industry. Their midsoles are exceptionally supportive. With a built-in arch that is seamlessly added to the already cushioned midsole creates an additional buffer between your most sensitive areas of the foot and the impact of the ground. The cushioning used throughout the soles is high-rebound. While this isn’t an incredibly thick layer of outsole or midsole, small rubber additions in the outsole also lend help to the decrease in shock to the body when walking. Overall, this FitFlop Airmesh isn’t necessarily a star in the shock absorption department, but it is still very adequate and has elements that make up for the lack of bulk in the soles.
Style

Style

FitFlop usually makes styles such as platform, bedazzled sandals that keep you fit while moving but with a bit of stylish flair. This Airmesh sneaker could not be any more different than their expected look. That being said, it is an exceptional sneaker design that is very on trend. While it isn’t wildly ambitious in looks or throwing back to sneakers of days past, this FitFlop definitely stands on its own when considering sneaker styles. Sock-style uppers are being seen all over. From high-end Italian designers to more contemporary options for the purely athletic. Their performance is completely complemented by their design. Every element of the appearance goes beyond aesthetic to add to the overall function of the shoe. When a sneakers work so well with its own form it is really a remarkable thing. Knit has been steadily on the rise in the fashion world for quite some time, and with practical applications like this Airmesh, it is obviously here to stay. The toggle lacing is sweet but still maintains an athletic look. A whole lot of smarts went into this sporty sneaker!
Upper

Upper

The breathability of the upper on this FitFlop is fantastic, but that obviously isn’t all its good for. The toggle lacing system is not only cute, but it also provides really awesome support for its wearer. It is bringing together two separate neoprene panels, which are ultra flexible in their own right but have a bit more stiffness to them than the perforated mesh of the rest of the sneaker. This creates quite a bit of stability when wearing this FitFlop, something that anyone can appreciate. The upper is also designed to be a sock-like shoe. What the sock style of the shoe provides is a close fit to the foot. It has a seamless appeal that will almost feel like you’re only wearing a slipper, or as the name suggests, a sock. A construction such as this reduces uncomfortable rubbing on the ankles or the upper of the foot itself. It manages this without additional padding on the collar or tongue. The result is a really slim and barely there profile.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

FitFlop may be a young company, but their skills and creations show that they are far from uninformed in the ways of great footwear. For lovers of comfort and style, FitFlop makes footwear your feet will thank you for buying. Every pair is crafted to work with the biomechanics of the wearer. Its extremely light design, flexible layers, and neoprene collar come together in a way that will make this shoe a favorite for years to come. FitFlop may not have a long history, but they certainly have an extremely long future ahead of them if they continue to make thoughtful footwear such as this Airmesh Lace-up design.