We Reviewed the Oliver Cabell Shoes That Sneaker Enthusiasts Love. Here’s What To Know

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About Oliver Cabell Shoes

Oliver Cabell is a high-quality shoe brand devoted to classic, handmade craft and design techniques. Although the brand uses materials that often come with a hefty price tag like Margon outsoles and ethically sourced Italian leather, it keeps its prices lower than competitors by lowering its markup and cutting out typical retail middlemen that make prices skyrocket.

Oliver Cabell’s quality-first, cost-later model is the brainchild of founder Scott Gabrielson, who launched Oliver Cabell in 2016. Although Gabrielson had no fashion, retail, or startup experience at the time, his vision for how to make and sell shoes differently quickly made the brand among the most well-respected and acclaimed shoe brands around.

Oliver Cabell Distressed Shoes Review

Oliver Cabell’s most diverse shoe line is its Distressed collection, which comprises 45 shoes. The entire line boasts Italian calfskin leather uppers, linings, and removable molded insoles. All Distressed shoes also include Margom Italian outsoles with durable, lightweight rubber and Italian cotton laces.

Most shoes in the Distressed line come in Oliver Cabell’s classic Low 1 style and show tiny bits of the popular distressed look – so tiny, in fact, that you might miss them at first. Others come in the Demi and Court styles that really lean into the distressed trend.

Our favorite Distressed styles are the Wallaby, Daybreak, Military, Chicago, and Belmont. We’ve briefly reviewed each below.


The Wallaby Low 1 is hand-stitched and lasted in Italy, where it also gets its full-grain suede leather exterior. Its white Italian cotton laces dashingly top off the shoe’s suave greys and blues. It looks like a classic sneaker, but with smart and ethical leather construction, there’s so much more to it than meets the eye.

Wallaby Low 1


The Daybreak comes in the Low 1, Demi, and Court styles, all of which have a sleek black and grey look great for casual Friday or a relaxing springtime stroll. The black and grey look somewhat hides the artificial aging in the Demi and Court shoes – more obvious is that the Demi has a slightly more angular sole, and the Court’s sole rises higher than the others. No matter which style you choose, you’ll shine darkly and deeply in class and comfort.



The Military Low 1 instantly brings sandy deserts and arid sunsets to mind. The toe cap and sole are nearly the same tan color as the upper, and this color scheme sets the Military apart from Oliver Cabell’s typical white soles and caps. And if you take these shoes to the sand that they resemble, the removable molded insole makes a casual beachside stroll a total breeze.

Military Low 1


With its splashes of red and blue color, the Chicago Low 1 is a certified eye-catcher. It comes with amorphously shaped black scuff marks and a gentle gray texture for a lovingly worn-in look. Not that the Chicago is actually old and used – it checks all the same boxes of quality as every other Low 1 shoe, but its aesthetic is unparalleled among Oliver Cabell shoes. Tie your striking red laces together, throw your bomber jacket on, and hit the town with undeniable style.

Chicago Low 1


Like the Chicago, the Belmont has some wear and tear built into it. If you get the Belmont Low 1, you’re looking at a nearly sparkling shoe with just a tad of built-in graying, and you can introduce some more artificial aging with the Belmont Demi. The Belmont Court looks especially worn-in, with the classic Oliver Cabell upper circle noticeably darker than with the Demi and Low 1. Whether you go clean or scuffed, these white and gray sneakers will shine.

Belmont Low 1

How to Care for Your Oliver Cabell Shoes

As Oliver Cabell aptly says on its website, “Distressed doesn’t mean dirty.” Put another way, although Oliver Cabell’s distressed look is all about artificial aging, it’s not about getting mud stuck to your soles or caked on your uppers. And with Oliver Cabell’s Distressed Kit, you can easily clean your Distressed shoes.

The Distressed Kit includes Oliver Cabell’s premium shoe cleaner, shoe cleaning brush, wooden shoe trees, and two dozen quick wipes. Follow the simple instructions that come with each pair to remove any muck and grime from your Oliver Cabell shoes without affecting the distressed look.

What Customers Think of Oliver Cabell

Oliver Cabell is no stranger to enthusiastic customer reviews. A reviewer from the United States named Keith B. says of his Navy Low 1s, “The purchase was easy, delivery was fast and the shoes are beautiful.” Reviewing the Slate Low 1s, Mlads from Canada says, “3rd pair I’ve purchased, [the] quality has been great and consistent across colorways.” The Low 1s in Nude are also a favorite of Erbey Mendoza V. from Mexico: “I love the color [because it’s] subtle and elegant.”

How to Get Oliver Cabell Shoes

Since Oliver Cabell sells direct-to-consumer, you can get your Distressed shoes now by visiting Oliver Cabell’s website. You’ll get free U.S. shipping if you spend over $50 and free international shipping if you spend over $150, though international orders may include duties.

If you’re not happy with your Oliver Cabell shoes, you can return them within 14 days of receiving them, though international customers may be responsible for shipping costs. You can start your return online, but you can only return items in their original packaging with no visible damage or wear.

Between the free shipping and flexible returns, Oliver Cabell makes buying and trying its shoes easy – and now is the perfect time to give the Distressed collection a go. Head to Oliver Cabell’s website now and get 15% off site wide PLUS a free Gordon leather bracelet ($70 value)! Find your perfect new pair of high-quality, ethically sourced shoes – all at reasonable prices.

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