I’m a runner, and, as is typical for most runners, I’m dealing with an injury. It’s called metatarsalgia, and it essentially means I’ve got inflammation in the base/ball of foot joint of my second toe on my right foot. It’s ok–it’s healing and I’m almost to the point where I can run again. What this… View Article

Summer Sandals Review

I’m a runner, and, as is typical for most runners, I’m dealing with an injury. It’s called metatarsalgia, and it essentially means I’ve got inflammation in the base/ball of foot joint of my second toe on my right foot. It’s ok–it’s healing and I’m almost to the point where I can run again. What this boils down to in terms of fashion, though, is that I can’t wear anything remotely flip-floppy. I can’t wear anything that puts pressure on that second toe joint. This wasn’t an issue last summer–or any other summer of my life for that matter–so I currently have no sandals I can wear as I own entirely thong-type sandals. I decided to remedy this situation, and what I found surprised me. I like non-thong sandals a lot. They look much classier than thong/flip-flop style sandals. Here’s what I ordered from Zappos:

Lucky Brand rose gold and nude sandals.

Lucky BrandCovela

My favorites of the order. So chic, and the rose gold/nude color goes with everything. Sadly, they were sightly tight on the right foot toe area. I decided to order the next half size up, so I’ll keep you posted on how they fit. Verdict: pending keep. *UPDATE* The 9.5 fit perfectly. Just wore them out for a day of shopping yesterday and they felt great.

Silver flat sandals

Silver flat sandals

BC FootwearAt Large

I’ve got a major gripe with sandals like this. They’re cute, right? And metallic goes with everything in the summer. But check out the sole. It’s hard as a rock. It’s a totally flat board of plastic/cardboard type material. Why do they make women’s shoes like this? Are there men’s shoes like this? It’s entirely unacceptable. These are flat sandals meant to be worn everywhere, and yet they feel like walking on concrete. Verdict: return.

Naturalizer Jane in Nickel Alloy Metallic

Naturalizer Jane in Nickel Alloy Metallic

NaturalizerJane

I was so disappointed with these sandals. Online, I like the way they look. The slight wedge/heel is very fetching, and the cut looks great. In person, the toe area is far too long and looks like a silver lip sticking out beyond my toes. Furthermore, Naturalizer as a brand prizes themselves on comfortable shoes, and yet the leather on these sandals was the stiffest of all the leather on all of the shoes I ordered. I didn’t even have to take a step in them to feel that they were uncomfortable. They cut into my feet while I was just standing in them. Verdict: return. Very return.

Silver flat sandals

Silver flat sandals

Bella-VitaSade II

I loved these from the moment they hit my feet. They’re a soft, rubbery material and have a nice, cushy insole. And they’re cute. Nothing says summer like bright white, and while they won’t go with everything, they’ll look great with a lot of things. Combining these with the Lucky Brand sandals above will cover all my bases in terms of color. Verdict: keep.

Silver flat sandals

Silver flat sandals

SanukGirlie Siesta

I ordered these thinking that they woud make good replacement flip flops for when I want something ultra cushy that I can just slip on. They are very cushy. But sadly, as I walk they slowly slip off my feet. Maybe ladies with less narrow or taller feet than mine would have better results. They were quite nice–good craftsmanship and very soft and comfy–but they just didn’t fit me. Verdict: return.

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  1. I agree with you completely. Except I would move the verdict on the first pair to keep!

    Sam on May 24, 2013   /   Reply
    • Just got the 9.5s in the mail today and they’re definitely keepers!

      admin on May 24, 2013   /   Reply