Are you seeing those cute sneakers with a V everywhere? When I found out Veja sneakers are unisex with some available up to size 47 eu (women's 15 us or size 13 uk), I got rather excited. Finally: a shoe trend we can all join in. 👏
I treated myself to Veja Campo sneakers, one of their most popular styles. Here's my in-depth honest review after a full 2 months wear.View Table of Contents
- Look cute & neat
- On trend
- Good heel cushioning - no blisters
- Go up to shoe size 47/48 eu
- Sustainable, ethical brand
- Flat underfoot vs sporty sneakers
- Come unlaced & first lacing is tricky
- Not cheap & hard to find discounts
Here's a video demo showing my Veja campo sneakers up close - both brand new and after 2 months of frequent wear. There's a more in-depth written review below which goes into more detail on sizing and comfort etc.
First up, French sneaker brand Veja is pronounced Vay-zhah (which rhymes with Deja vu).
The v on the sides of their stylish sneakers is instantly recognisable & celeb fans include Katie Holmes, Meghan Markle & Kate Middleton.
Veja sell ethical sneakers for around the same price as big sneaker brands even though they cost more to make. So more of your money goes to the producers & eco friendly production methods instead of flashy ad campaigns & influencers.
I love Veja's ethos. I paid around $130 (£110) for my Campos, which is the most I've ever spent on a pair of sneakers. But they are good quality shoes & I'm happy to support a sustainable brand striving to make a difference. You can read more about Veja's story & values on their website.
These are the prettiest sneakers I've ever owned. I actually gasped when I first opened the box. They looked that beautiful.
The combination of the creamy white pebble leather with the delicate pink accents is just perfection.
Sneakers often make big feet look super size with all their padding. Not these. My Veja Campos look really neat on my feet. Being able to size down to a 42 helped, but the slightly wide tennis shoe styling helps break up my foot too.
They look cute with summer dresses & cool with jeans. They're neat & chic, so you can dress them up or down. So versatile.
I got the white petale colorway in ChromeFree leather, which is soft and light and made in a more environmentally friendly way.
My pastel pink version is only available up to a generous size 43, but some Veja Campo sneakers go right up to size 47. There's a rainbow of colors - including pastels, brights & darks - with new shades released each season.
My Fitflop Rally sneakers (up to 43 eu) (full review here) have a similar classic tennis shoe shape, but look quite different on the foot. Fitflop Rallys make your feet look long and slender, whereas these Veja Campos give your foot a wider & shorter profile.
I found Veja Campo sneakers run large and are on the wide side, so you may need to go down a European shoe size.
I highly recommend buying Vejas by European shoe size because they're a French brand. Some of their international shoe size conversions are confusing e.g. Veja say both a 41 and 42 are 8 UK. Plus, other stores that use UK & US sizing can have their own custom conversions for added fun.
So I suggest you try Veja Campos sneakers in a size smaller than your usual European shoe size for the best fit.
Here's Veja's Campo size chart which includes length and width measurements for all sizes. It's rare to get such detailed size information & it's the best way to choose the right size. You can also contact Veja for advice on which size is right for you.
I'm usually size 43 eu (9 uk, 11-11.5 us), and sometimes larger in sneakers, but my Veja Campos are only size 42. On Veja's size chart, the size 42 Campo insole length is 27.6 cm which is larger than usual.
When my size 42 online order arrived, I felt my big toe had a bit less wiggle room than usual. Vejas ain't cheap & it's rare for me to size down, so I went to a men's shoe store to try my usual size 43 to be sure. As soon as I put the size 43 Campo on, it felt all wrong: way too big & clunky. I'm so glad I sized down, and it means my feet look smaller too which is always a good thing!
Veja sneakers are unisex and men's shoes tend to be wider than women's. Veja Campos have quite a wide toe box so they should suit women with wide feet as well as standard width. My feet are on the wide side of medium width and they are plenty wide for me.
I wouldn't recommend Campos for narrow feet though. Although the laces allow for an adjustable fit, the tennis shoe shape is fairly broad.
TIP: Bookmark Veja's size chart page which gives insole lengths and widths for all their shoe styles. It's a really useful reference but Veja's product pages link to a more basic size guide with less info.
Veja Campos are definitely fashion sneakers rather than sport sneakers. They feel more like casual shoes on than trainers & they don't feel springy like athletic sneakers. Note: Veja also do specialist running shoes for a more cushioned feel, but I haven't tried these yet.
But I've been pleasantly surprised by how comfy my Campos are. Firstly, they needed no breaking in. I didn't find the leather stiff at all & there's plenty of padding round the back of the heel. I had no fear of getting blisters right from the first wear which is unusual for me.
However they do feel flat under foot when walking outside, especially at first. The back of your foot feels nice & cushioned but the sole is completely flat and hard. So it feels like there is no flexibility in the sole under the main part of your foot.
It's not uncomfortable, but it does feel strange at first. I've had a similar feeling wearing skate shoes before. This does fade with time & after a few weeks I no longer noticed it.
Once you're inside, these sneakers feel great from day 1. I found them nice & comfy wandering round a big shopping mall for a couple of hours when they were brand new.
I can walk around 3 miles (5 km) in my Veja Campo sneakers before my feet start to niggle.
They are very comfy for shorter walks & are currently my go-to sneakers for daily errands and strolls. But if I'll be on my feet all day or I'm going on a long weekend walk, I'll wear sporty sneakers or my Skecher go-walks instead.
One thing to be aware of is that Veja Campo sneakers are not that lightweight. Each size 42 shoe weighs around 420g (nearly 15 oz), whereas my similar Fitflop Rally sneakers are 60% lighter at just 255g (9 oz) each. While they feel substantial to hold, they don't feel clunky or heavy on your feet though.
Finally, in hot weather (mid 70s °F, mid 20s °C) they do start to feel a bit warm under my feet after a while, although they don't get sweaty.
Veja Campo sneakers have an unusually long tongue & I saw complaints about the stiff tongue digging in pre purchase.
I needn't have worried though. I always wear socks with my Campos and never had any problems with the tongue. It's lightly padded & I don't feel it at all. It also stays in place even though I didn't put the laces though the loop on the tongue.
But I tried them briefly with very low invisible socks when I first got them & I noticed a mark across the front of my foot from the top of the tongue afterwards. So I can see how this might cause discomfort with wear. A workaround I've seen is to push the tongue to the side initially until it softens up.
But once you're wearing even thin socks that go up higher than the tongue, you should be fine.
Campo sneakers come unlaced (direct from Veja at least) which is unusual. I don't mind that at all. It means you know you've got a pristine pair.
Heads up: lacing them up for the first time takes forever. The Campo lace holes are tiny whereas the laces are thick & feel rough. So it takes effort to push the laces through the holes and tiny bits of the inside padding get everywhere as you lace.
Once you get through this initial breaking in of the lace holes, redoing them afterwards is easier. Plus the laces soften up after washing.
I followed the aesthetic/photogenic lacing style in this video to get a neat finish, including not putting my laces through the loop in the tongue.
I appreciate that Veja sneakers use fairtrade organic cotton laces, but personally I'd prefer smoother thinner laces that are quicker & easier to do up.
While I'm nitpicking, I'd love if the bright white laces were a softer tone to compliment the creamy pebble leather. They may well be pure white for environmental reasons though which is fair enough!
With a bit of everyday wear, the white doesn't stay too bright for long anyway. They didn't look grubby to the eye, but I washed my laces for the first time as part of this review & couldn't believe how much brighter they looked afterwards.
One thing I do like about the laces is the perfect length. I often try to hide my long lace ends in my sneakers, but I can just forget about that with my Campos & leave my nice neat laces on show.
Note that Veja laces come in 3 slightly different lengths: 125cm (sizes 35-38), 135 cm (sizes 39-42) & 145cm (sizes 43-47).
I've worn my Veja campo several times a week since I got them in early June 2022. I'd say I've walked about 10 miles a week (16 km) on average in them.
They're holding up well so far. The leather quickly creased around the front and also at the veja tab at the back of the heel, so they no longer look box fresh, but that's what real leather shoes do. The sides of the shoes & the pink Vs still look brand new though.
The rubber outsole has a few grey marks near the back which don't easily wipe off. I haven't tried scrubbing them because I'm not bothered about them.
I can also see the very back of the sole has worn down slightly but the full sole looks good otherwise. You can still see all the pattern on it.
These are white runners but the combo of the creamy off-white pebble leather, tennis shoe aesthetic & laces mean that bits of dirt are not too obvious. So far, I've just given them a quick wipe with a damp cloth every couple of weeks.
I find putting a small squirt of mild dishwashing liquid on a damp cloth, e.g. Fairy liquid in the UK or Dawn in the US, great for removing more stubborn marks on the rubber outsole that don't wipe off. I haven't used any special leather cleaners or treatments yet.
I've been out in rain showers a few times & the leather was fine, but I did need to wipe them down afterwards because they got a bit mucky. Bits of dirt & muck even got in the laces, but I didn't bother cleaning those at the time.
When I was giving the shoes a closer look for this 2 month review, I noticed the tongues had quite a few dirty marks on them. When I removed the laces I could see dirt around the bottom of the tongue and on the laces too. But you don't notice any of this when you're wearing them everyday.
Most of these older marks came off with a wipe & the laces looked much brighter after machine washing them too. They're a bit too bright white at first actually, especially against the worn-in creamy leather.
I bought my sneakers direct from Veja who ship to most countries worldwide. Some Campo colours go right up to size 47 eu (which may fit size 48) but others stop at a roomy size 43 eu (which should fit if you're up to 10 uk, 12 us or usually 44 eu).
Veja offer free shipping & returns for most regions including US, UK & Europe. Veja don't do discount codes, but they do have an outlet section where you might get lucky.
Here are direct links to Veja Campo sneakers at popular stores to save you time if you want to check for a better deal or shop local etc. For sizes larger than 41, you may need to buy from the men's department, but all campos are unisex.
Note that if you end up buying via these links, I could earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Farfetch is a luxury online marketplace with a great selection of Veja campo sneakers. If you have your heart set on a color that's sold out on Veja, this could be your best bet. They have separate search results for women's campos and men's campos but remember all campos are unisex.
Farfetch can be pricey but all taxes & duties are included at checkout & returns are free for most regions worldwide (UK, EU, US, Canada, Australia etc), so there's no nasty surprises after you order.
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Overall I'm very pleased with my Veja Campo sneakers after 2 months. They look so pretty & it's nice to be on trend for once.
While they were an investment, I'll get plenty of wear from these versatile sneakers. Plus I love Veja's ethical ethos.
Bottom line: these are super cute sneakers that look good with everything. They're also surprisingly comfortable for fashion sneakers.
But if you're hitting the gym or on your feet all day, sporty sneakers or more supportive shoes are more suitable.
I'll update this post in the future to let you know how well my Vejas hold up long term. Have you tried Veja sneakers? Got any Campo questions? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.