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Gerry
Gerry Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Absolutely love these, very comfy.

Charli
Charli Posted:
Reviewer: from Louisiana
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

The shoe color is perfect: not too dark or too light and of a rich light caramel color, a perfect shade for any summer wardrobe. The wedge height is high enough to lengthen short legs like mine and still be comfortable. The rubber sole has a nice grip. I really like the buckling design of the shoe. I have many espadrille wedges that tie around the ankle, which can be a pain because they loosen easily and tying them with just the right tension for both shoes can take too much time. This bucking design seems stronger: the leather strap passes through 1/2 inch vertical leather piece that is stitched in. Therefore, the ankle strap will not move from its position. The metal buckle is solid, better than plastic. The buckle elastic is a negative for me. This type of elastic over time will break, and the shoe will be unusable unless you take it to a reputable shoemaker for replacement, which will most likely run $10 to $20 since it will need to be stitched. It is the weakest part of the buckling design. Nevertheless, the shoe is stylish in a more casual way. Here are my reasons for returning the shoe: (1). I wear size 6, or usually 36-37. The length of this size 36 is correct, and the width appears to be correct for medium. However, the leather covering the forefoot is very tight, though very soft. I think it would soften with time, but that is a gamble I am not willing to take at this price point, and there were other faults with the shoe. (2). The minute I opened the box, a very strong chemical smell escaped, which meant I was most likely the first person to open this box since all the shoe stuffing and in-box wrapping papers were in pristine order. The smell most likely is from the glue used and/or the chemicals that might have been used to soften and/or color the leather. I am aware that most of the shoes I purchase, especially those made in China and even Italy, are assembled with glue and have leather that have been chemically treated. However, I have never had such a strong chemical smell from a boxed pair of shoes. And I have purchased many pairs of shoes, from $80 to $1700 range. This strong chemical smell right out of the box is a huge turnoff. My reasoning is this: if I smell the glue, that means it is emitting a lot of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which means it might have been the cheapest chemicals used, ergo not something I would want next to my skin while wearing the shoes all day. Today, many chemicals used are available as either very low or low VOCs. They do cost more though, and some may be more environmentally and health friendly. (3). The heel part of the shoe, especially where it meets the sole, is not only tight but also rubs agains the sides of my heels, and my heels are not fat. I doubt that even with time, this defect will improve. This same part of the shoe also feels uncomfortable because I can feel the footbed decorative stitching. The thread is not soft and feels very coarse. As much as I love the style and color of the shoe, and the leather is very soft, these traits do not outweigh the negatives of the shoe.

Brynn
Brynn Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Really cute shoes. Just what I was looking for. Not that comfortable. The leather is hard and stiff. The shoes don't stay tied. I wear an 8 and based on previous review I ordered an 8 1/2. They fit perfectly. Sadly they're going back.

Break My Heart 3
Break My Heart 3 Posted:
Reviewer: from San Francisco
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are super comfy, but like often noted, lacking in arch support. But they are exactly what I have wanted for my summer trip to Europe with endless days of walking in the heat. So I simply bought some gel/silicone stick on arch supports, that happen to be the same color as the base of the sandal and they seem to do the trick. They definitely run long, too.I ordered both the 8 and 8.5 based on reviews for my 8.5 sized feet, and the 8s are perfect, if not a tiny bit too long. I think a 7.5 would be too small though.

Break My Heart 3
Break My Heart 3 Posted:
Reviewer: from Pasadena, Maryland
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are adorable! I saw them in a catalog elsewhere, on a model, otherwise I might have passed them by. They look great and are amazingly comfortable. The straps are super soft leather. These look amazing with everything. What a great purchase!

Break My Heart 3
Break My Heart 3 Posted:
Reviewer: from CA
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Runs very big. I went down a half size. Very comfy otherwise.

Break My Heart 3
Break My Heart 3 Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have worn these sandals for two summers straight. My favorite things about them: â?¢They are comfortable without looking comfortable â?¢The gold color goes with everything â?¢I have extremely narrow feet and the lace up design solves this problem wonderfully

Kiki
Kiki Posted:
Reviewer: from New Orleans
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Pretty and soft, but the back strap rubbed a bit when i walked around the house with them so i decided to return.

Gerry
Gerry Posted:
Reviewer: from IL
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These sandals seem so comfy and well made. Sadly, they are too short for my foot. I'm really hopeful that a 1/2 size large will do the trick!

Betsi
Betsi Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

This is a beautiful shoe, but the leather is somewhat stiff and will be very uncomfortable. I expected that a sandal at this price point would be designed to be comfortable on sockless feet, so I'm disappointed and will be returning these. Am ordering a nubuck sandal instead: those tend to be much more comfortable for me.

Lily Moon
Lily Moon Posted:
Reviewer: from Midvale, Utah
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes are so pretty! Soft, comfortable, very nice insoles and a cute heel cut out.

Luci
Luci Posted:
Reviewer: from Midwest
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Excellent comfort! Cute style idea. I'm a usual 7.5M size - that size fit me perfect. However, the toe opening was perfect to allow my entire second toe to slide all the way out as well as a significant portion of my big toe = made my foot appear odd-shaped and my toes larger/longer.

Bay Braid
Bay Braid Posted:
Reviewer: from baltimore, maryland
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Bands do not hold it onto my foot

Lily Moon
Lily Moon Posted:
Reviewer: from Athens, Georgia
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Very cute and comfy. Highly complimented. I work in a hospital and walk all day to see patients; I stay comfortable all day.

Bay Unique
Bay Unique Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Incredibly comfortable shoe right out of the box. I did not experience any discomfort related to the zipper as has been reported by others. Maybe it depends on the shape of your heel? At this price point these shoes are an investment for sure, but they are a good buy for someone who is on their feet a lot.

Break My Heart 3
Break My Heart 3 Posted:
Reviewer: from Buffalo, NY
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Regularly a size 9&1/2. The 8 fit perfect! These shoes feel like dreams. I am going to wear them for a wedding to a trip on a tropical island. They will work awesome with dresses, leggings, shorts... anything. I'll also wear them all summer long! They really are so comfortable. I got the golden brown color, I'm pretty sure they winked at my as soon as I opened the box. Thank you Zappos! I love the delivery especially since these ran so big :) Zappos, you make our wildest dreams come true #zapposorbust #zapposweloveyou #inzapposwetrust #zappos2020

Joy
Joy Posted:
Reviewer: from New York, NY
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

SO comfortable! Really cute as well. I think my only complaint is that they aren't more of an "all-year" shoe. In other words, they are so comfortable and I want to wear them all year round, but they are a more casual/summer shoe.

Brynn
Brynn Posted:
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated: 1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

These shoes run very small. I would order an entire up.

Haddie
Haddie Posted:
Reviewer: from Southern California
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I have a normal-width foot but with a narrow heel. I tried so hard to make these work, since they are otherwise so comfortable and stylish, but even with all the laces they still slip in the heel. I wear a 10-1/2 normally, so I ordered the 11.

Joy
Joy Posted:
Reviewer: from Texas baby!
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The pewter pair is my latest Gentle Souls addition to my wardrobe--I can now say I own one pair in each color of these incredible platform sandals! I think I'm slightly obsessed! The height is awesome, the fit is great, the walking-on-clouds footbed makes me want to not take these babies off! The color is burnished and more along the lines of an oxidized pewter shade rather than bright and shiny: this paired with the dark wood tone of the platform base makes for a killer color combination and a very striking pair of shoes. Be prepared to receive compliments! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

Haddie
Haddie Posted:
Reviewer: from NC
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Very comfortable--a bit heavy due to suede. Felt true to size; can wear them shopping or sightseeing all day! Price is a bit steep, but worth it in the end.

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