Sizing wise, how do these stack up versus Nike and Adidas?
True to size. For the Techloom Pro, I wear 12 in Nike/Adidas and went with 12 in APLs which fit perfectly.
How does the Techloom Pro compare to the Wave, Bliss, Breeze, Phantom and Chelsea versions?
The Pro is APL’s simplest and most classic version. It’s also the lowest priced. For those reasons, the Pro is the obvious choice for us.
The Phantom is a close second. It has a similar look to the Pro but also has an inner liner of sorts which provides a sock like feel. The Wave most closely resembles the look of Boosts and Nike Flyknit but it also comes with a premium price tag. Bliss and Breeze are a lower cut shoe which we think look a little funny with a traditional no show sock (they look better with a lower cut loafer sock). I know Oprah loves them, but I’m not a fan of the Chelsea. Chelsea boots look a lot better when paired with jeans…not shorts in the gym. (Plus they cost $300. If you want a great casual boot, check these out).
What do you think of the Hickies versions?
At first glance I thought they were kind of corny looking, but one of my friends bought one and I absolutely loved it. I get stopped more often to ask which shoes I’m wearing than almost any other item on this site. If you check out reviews on Amazon for Hickeys, it tends to be a lot of negative reviews which complain about their durability. If you’re lazy and just try to squeeze your foot into the top of the shoe without using your hands to lift the tongue first, the top one will absolutely break eventually. Otherwise, they’ll last. I only broke one in the first six months of owning a pair.
What’s the return policy?
Returns are free and can be done with a prepaid label off the website. Must be unworn and returned within 10 days of receipt.