I've noticed that most of my flat sandals are in bad shape this year. My favorite Target pair that I bought last year after seeing Emily wear them to work one day. (no longer available)
They are my go-to sandals, I think because they are a neutral color and tend to go with everything.
BUT (this is a big BUT) they are so incredible uncomfortable! They have absolutely no cushion to them what-so-ever. I can wear them to work just fine, since the majority of my day is sitting at a desk, but if any walking is involved these are the worst.
I wore them this past weekend to the Bedlam baseball game which required walking around downtown. At one point I told Dave that I'd be more comforable barefoot.
When we got home I showed him the flat sandal situation I was dealing with and he agreed to let me buy a new pair to get me through the summer with as little complaints as possible. (such a nice guy)
Here's my line-up of flat sandals:
I really like these, they are very comfortable (thanks for putting some cushion in there Cynthia!), but these are yellow with a bronze footbed. i.e. they don't go with everything and even though yellow is everywhere lately I can't realy considered it a neutral.
I really loved these when I bought them 2 years ago and they are very very comfortable! But after 2 years they're so worn out I feel like a slob when I wear them. (the metallic is peeling off in random places)
I'm still thinking about replacing these as they are great slip on casual sandals.
In fact, I was so impressed with the Diba sandals I had bought the previous year, that last year I purchased these:
These are cute but the back strap does not stay up on my foot for more than 2 seconds, incredible annoying.
And yes, I've tried tightening the buckle.
I also have the black gladiators in the above picture, in my rotation. These are great, they have cushion BUT I got them at Ross for $7.99 and they're already starting to fall apart 5 wears later.
So, on Saturday I went out in search of new flat sandals for the summer! The main ingredient they needed was comfort. I also didn't want them to fall apart quickly, so I was willing to spend a little more money on them if I could wear them all summer and they'd still look good. Remember, I wear sandals to work and pretty much every weekend.
I had a couple gift cards to Saks so I thought I'd check there first.
I tried these on because I thought they could be dressy or casual and all my other Tory Burch shoes are so comfortable I wear them all the time!
I so badly want these to work and to end my hunt for the perfect flat sandals right then... But (there's that annoying 'But' again!) they were so narrow I felt like my feet were hanging off the sides and I have narrow feet!
Seriously though, look at how much room they've given you for your big toe: Ridiculous!
Sorry Tory, make these wider and you'd sell a lot more pairs!
Saks didn't have much else so my Mom and I headed to Dillards.
I tried on the Steve Madden's I'd blogged about earlier. They were as hard and uncomfortable as the target pair I adore. :(
I also tried these, which were very comfortable as far as cushion for the bottom of your foot goes, but the toe strap thing was not comfortable. Fail.
I tried the below on in the Brown and Cream color. I like the cushion and the style could be casual or dressy depending on the rest of my outfit.
I ended up leaving with the cream pair, but couldn't help but think that I could've got something I liked better for the $75 price tag.
So I kept the receipt and continued the hunt online.
I remembered seeing some Tory Burch sandals last summer that I really loved and looked SO comfortable, but of course they're gone this year :(
This is the closest they have now, Tory Burch Avriela Thong Sandals
I was unsure of the patent leather being able to hold up for an entire summer and if I'm spending $200 on sandals they better last!
I couldn't get the Tory Burch "Huxley" sandal from last year out of my mind, so off to ebay I went.
I found them! Brand new, never been worn and in my size!
They're silver and gold, which ensures me they will go with everything I own! How perfect!
Not to mention they've got way more room for your big toe than the pair I originally wanted.
I placed my bid and waited patiently until Sunday evening. Since the auction ended at midnight and that's supposed to be past my bedtime, I upped my max bid to what I was willing to pay for these beauties and went off to sleep. I was very happy when I woke up and saw that I'd won! Hooray!
It really is better when you win it!
Expect to see these in a lot of outfit pictures this summer!
anxiously patiently waiting for them to arrive on my doorstep, and returning the $75 dillards pair today!
What are your favorite flat sandals this summer?
Do you pay more for better quality or stock up on cheap pairs?
Total shoe dilemma, how will you ever choose ? Well I've got something for you over at my blog, come on by and check it out!
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