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Shoe of the Month: Alexander Wang ‘Antonia’ Sandals

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Hi Everyone,

I decided to start something new on the blog. Each month I’d like to feature and review pairs of shoes. I have done reviews before  this time I’m going to try to do them on a monthly basis

Details about the shoe: 

Packaging: 5/5

 Shipped in brown shipping box with tissue paper padding to prevent shoe box damage. Shoebox is sturdy cardboard with black on black printing. Alexander Wang printed tissue paper covers the shoe. Tissue paper is  used to stuff the shoes so that the straps on the ankle and the toe box area keep their shape.

Fit:  4/5

STS. I’m a size 4.5 and the size 5 fit me well. The ankle straps have an adjustable buckle.  If you are in between sizes, I recommend sizing up because these run small.

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Quality: 4/5 

The pair of shoes is of high quality leather. It has a full grain leather insole, leather sole and suede body. It is stamped with Vero Cuoio at the bottom of the size stamp. The shoes uses Italian sizing but they are not made in Italy. Actually if you flip the strap for your toes it says Made in China. The suede upper is soft and supple and does not cut into your skin or create blistering.  The leather insole is black which is easy to clean and will not darken over time with the oils in your skin.  The outsole of the shoe is made of  black leather. Overtime this will wear so rubberize outsoles will need to be added on. Also I recommends spraying some waterproofing protectant on these to protect them from water/moisture damage.

Comfort: 5/5

My first pair is Orange and orange is not a easy color to pair. I have worn them several times and the curve of the arch actually fits the curve of my feet so they do not ache after a few hours of wearing. The height of the heel is about 3 inches and they are fairly comfortable to walk in.

Price: Depends on when and where you guys these.  I bought mines at Bloomingdales and at the Alexander Wang website. The original price of the shoe is runs about $475 full price. But I have found them for more reasonable prices. Seasonal colors and styles go on sale at the end of the season.

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Is it a Shoe for Everyday?

The style is definitely classic and wearable for various occasions. I suggest investing in a nuetral pair without embellishments because you may get more wear out of them. It is a pair of sandals that I would purchase again. Yes, because I have. The silhouette is classic and many brands carry similar styles so if this one does not suit your price point then there are similar ones out there for you.

I hope this helps you decide if this is a sandal for you . If you are deciding to purchase this for yourself it would be a great addition to your collection as it is a versatile shoe.

antonia6Have a great Tuesday, take care and happy shoe shopping.

XOXO,

Elle

P.S. I shared an unboxing video. Check it out on Youtube!

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Review: Tieks by Gavrieli‎

Hi Everyone,

I have not done a review in a long time and I’ve been wanting to do a review on this particular pair of shoes for a while. Tieks Ballet Flats has been the talk of the shoe world. Oprah talked about it on her show, several bloggers have talked about it, and major bloggers wear them on their blog. I was curious so I bought my first pair about two years ago after reading about them and studying their website. I wanted to see what the hype was all about and if it really lived up to its reputation as a very comfortable and portable pair of shoes.

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While shopping for my first pair, I thought more about color, material, and pattern. I wanted a color that would go well with the rest of my wardrobe but I really did not want to pick up the basic black. When you first login to the Tieks website you find several categories: Featured, Prints, Patents, Classics, and The Vegan Collection. Figuring out which category to pick from took me a while.  I eventually choose a pair from the Classic Collection. I debated over a neutral pair versus a colored flat. I eventually choose the Cardinal Red.

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Details about the shoe:

Packaging: When it first arrived it came in a Tiek Blue Box wrapped with an elasticize band and a flower matching the shoe in the box. The packaging was pretty and instantly put a smile on my face. I felt like I was opening a present for my birthday. After opening the box the shoe comes folded with  drawstring bag for packing and storing (not pictured). In all honesty, I’ve only used this bag maybe twice when I needed to pack them for travel. The box also contains a care guide, a card for sharing Tieks on Instagram, a folded Tieks tote, and a personal note to you, the buyer.

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Fit: TTS. I’m a size 4.5 and the size 5 fit me well without slipping in the heel area despite my narrow heel. If you are inbetween sizes, the recommendation is to size up. If after ordering Tieks you are not happy with the sizing, there is an easy return policy and customer service is helpful in helping you find the right size for you.

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Quality: The pair of shoes is of high quality leather. It has a full grain leather insole, leather suede lining and the upper is  made of Italian leather. The leather upper is soft and supple and does not cut into your skin or create blistering.  The leather insole eventually darkens over time because of the oils in your skin. If this is not something you like you can prevent the discoloration with some insoles or ballet flat socks. I did not mind it.  It shows that I wear them often. I usually wiped them down with baby wipes and a cotton cloth. The outsole of the shoe is made of leather but attached to it is a rubber split sole that minimally scratches over time and wear. There is cushioning throughout the insole of the shoe which provided added comfort when worn and a cushion heel for days when you are on your feet and walking. I am constantly on my feet at work. The inside of the shoe does not have lining so the leather is raw except for the throat of the shoe where there is fabric lining. This is to lessen the wear of the shoe where your toes meet the leather. While this fabric is is unbroken the leather at the top of the throat will remain in good condition. Once this fabric breaks the leather will start to wear.

Comfort: After two years of owning my very first pair of shoes from Tieks, I would say it is extremely comfortable. It feel like your walking on pillows. I have never gotten any pain or blistering from wearing them. It has my been time and again my go to pair of flats. In an average week I wear then about 3 to 4 times.

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Price: $175.00-$295 is expensive but if you calculate price per wear and comfort I believe it is worth every penny. Tieks never go on sale and it is truly an investment shoe.

Is it a Shoe for Everyday?

Yes! It is the one pair of flats I will purchase again and again for the sheer fact that it lives up to the quality of the shoe and comfort and I’m saying that after two years of wearing them three to four times a week and traveling. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves flats and would like a pair that’s worth every penny.

I hope this helps you decide if this is the shoe for you. If you are deciding to purchase this for yourself or give it to someone it’s great gift to give yourself or someone who loves style and comfortable shoes.

Hope you are having an amazing weekend and that you chose Tieks as a gift, now or later. Take care and happy shoe shopping.

XOXO,

Elle

Review: Hunter Rain Boots

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Hi Everyone,

I’ve been meaning to do a shoe review for a while now. I think the last shoe review I did was on the Mohop Bespoke Sandals that I know. I am hoping to do at least one review per month if my pocketbook will let me.

For a couple of years now, I have been looking at a pair Hunter Rain boots. It was definitely on my boot wish list. I read through a lot of reviews on the item before I decided to finally take the plunge and purchase myself a pair. Because of my petite frame. some things that I considered before purchasing was  fit and the height of the boot shalf.

I decided to buy my pair of Hunter Rain boots last December before heading out to Northern Michigan. There were two reasons for this purchase. One, the rain boots would come in handy in Hawaii for the rainy seasons. For the most part people here like to wear their flip flops (in Hawaii we call them slippers) or whatever shoes that they have. I personally do not like it when my feet gets wet in the rain unless I am dressed like I am going to the beach. The second reason is that I wanted to see if it really worked in the snowy weather. It was definitely worth a try.

Before taking the plunge and purchasing a pair. I read reviews about Hunter boots for a while and perused different opinions on petite friendly sizing. So while certain colors were on sale at Nordstrom and decided to go and  check them out. I was torn between the women’s size five in the regular and the women’s size five short. I know that a lot of petite women recommend trying the children’s Big Kid size 3. After trying out the adult sizes, I decided to try out the Big Kid boots for myself. I found myself in the kids section of Nordstrom. I left Nordstrom not purchasing one that day. I wanted to do more research before completely committing to a pair.  After some thought, i decided on purchasing the children’s version. Some things that helped me consider:

1. a children’s size 3 is the same as a women’s size 5.

2. The shaft for the children’s size 3 was a lot more fitting to my height and frame than the women’s size 5.

3. The boots are made with the same material and have the same use and the price difference was about $100. So I went with the more cost effective version.

4. They look a little different, child size shoes has reflectors while the women’s do not have reflectors. I personally do not mind the reflectors. The socks cover the reflectors at the top and the bottom reflectors are hardly noticeable.

5. Calve sizing on the children’s Big Kid size was a bit looser than the Women’s version. I have bigger calves so this was a welcomed feature.

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I initially bought socks to go with these hunter boots but have since returned them. I was given heated socks to use with mine for the cold Michigan winter. They actually worked better than the Hunter brand socks.

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After two months of owning a pair of Hunter  Rain Boots they have really come in handy. I wore the boots mainly in Michigan  in the snow. They manage to keep my feet dry and warm for the times I used them on the trip. They worked better than my Dr. Marten’s in keeping my toes and my feet insulated in the light snow that we got up there. It’s great for walking around in lightly dusted areas but it definitely is not for heavier snow mainly because I do not know if the bottom of the boots have the grip needed. Besides snow, I have used it in torrential Hawaii rain when the streets are a bit flooded. At this point in time, I am satisfied with the purchase. If you have any questions feel free to comment or send me an email.

XOXO,

Elle

Review: Mohop Sandals/Shoes “Bespoke”

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Hi All,

Hope you are having a great holiday season. I have not done a shoe review in a while so I decided to revisit a couple of pairs of shoes that I have owned for a while.

For the past three and half years, I have been the proud owner of 2 pairs of “Bespoke” Mohop Sandals. I came across the company accidentally several years ago while perusing Etsy.com. I was initially attracted to the look of the shoe and was interested in its construction.  I searched for their website and read more about the company before deciding to purchase.  I really liked the company’s mission and vision and social consciousness. I like their focus on using sustainable and recycle-able materials as well as materials that are fair trade.

One of my reservations about buying the shoes at first was the fit and comfort of the shoe, I read several reviews and many of the reviews spoke about the wear-ability and comfort of the shoe. After taking some time, I emailed Annie Mohaupt, the owner of the company and asked all the questions I needed before ordering. I was really happy to know she answered all my questions and made me feel comfortable about my first customized  pair.

The smallest size they offered on the website was a size 5 and being a size 4.5, I was afraid the size 5 may be overwhelming on my foot. I was glad to know that they customized shoes based off a drawn outline of your feet. Sizing for Mohops are petite friendly. I say this because not every size 5 is a true size 5. Sizes range depending on the cut of the shoe. I was glad Mohops sandals are literally cut to your size.

When I first received the shoes, they came via priority mail. Annie emailed after they were done and told me it was on its way. It took about three weeks for the Mohop team to create. I could not wait to receive the shoes. When they arrived they were in a plastic foldable shoe box, packaged in an organza bag, tying instructions, 7 pairs of ribbons, and wooden rings in several sizes for styling purposes.

The first thing I examined was the craftsmanship of the shoes. The wood is sanded, polished, and finished with care. Because the Mohop team put great attention to detail, the shoes were clean and free of defects.

 

I tried the many ways of tying the shoes that were provided on the cards as well a perused online for other tying ideas. I liked some more than others but it is really based on personal preferences. I noticed that I favored cleaner finishes to ending the sandals, so I played with different ribbons, buckles, rings, and even added snaps and hook and eye closures to different ribbons to get the look that I wanted. The possibilities for tying and ending the ties for the shoe are limitless. I find new ways each time I play with mine. Honestly, it is really a shoe for every day if you are the creative type. It can be worn with many different outfits and you can definitely style the shoes according to the outfit and the occasion. Some drawbacks to the sandals, although they are easy to put on, I do not recommend using them if you need to remove your shoes frequently, they take some time to put back on.

I have been wearing mine for years now, these shoes are extremely comfortable to walk in. The platform and the pitch of the sandals balance each other so that it does not put pressure on your arches. The sandals comes in different heights. Both pairs that I own are about 3.5 to 4 inches in height but they never hurt my feet when I am in them for long periods of time.

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When I purchased my sandals, each of them were $150+ in 2010. The current price for the Bespoke Style runs about $500+. It may be a bit pricey for the style but the sandal can be styled in so many different ways, that you could literally have 500 different pairs of sandals for the price of one. And if you calculate price per wear, you can own a hundred pairs of shoes for a dollar each pair.  In addition, the company does offer other styles that are reasonably priced like their new Mokobo line which I have been eye-ing for the past couple of months.

At the moment Mohop is currently expanding to keep up with the demand for eco-friendly and vegan sandals. These shoes are completely manufactured in the United States and they are currently campaigning on Kickstarter.com. Here’s a link to their campaign as well as to purchase mohop shoes. The campaign ends on January 25.

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I hope this helps you decide if this is the sandal or shoe for you. I’m glad that I purchased them. They are really the only two pairs of sandals that I own and frequently use.

Hope you are having an amazing New Year’s Week. Take care.

XOXO,

Elle

Review: Jeffrey Campbell “Encase”

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I hope you are having an amazing Sunday afternoon. I’ve been enjoying today with time spent with my family and friends. I am definitely looking forward to Summer and working on this blog more extensively. I have so many plans that I cannot wait to share with you.

I’ve been a little relaxed with this blog. I’m trying my best to find time to work on blog posts as well as keep up with the pace of my day job. I’m deciding to do more reviews on different pairs of shoes that are added to my collection. Hopefully, I can do one or two every month. Let me know if you have any suggestions. I would love to hear from you.

I fell in love with this pair a few months ago while looking through my feed on Instagram. I have recently become a Jeffrey Campbell shoes fanatic and so far I have been happy with every purchase. After months and months of waiting to find these shoes in my size. I finally found them last month at Nordstrom. They came in two different color combinations, black with white sole and heel and this one, silver with natural sole and heel. I opted the Silver version of this shoe as it works better for my wardrobe. I adore the fact that the silver is a little muted and that it has a vintage feel to the overall look of the shoe.

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Details about the shoe:

Shoe Details: Shoe comes in two color combinations, black with white heel and sole and silver with natural heel and sole. 3 inch thick heel and zipper back allows to easily put on and take off the shoe. The strappy design is uncomplicated and classic and works with different outfits.

Packaging: The shoe comes in a box with the signature Jeffrey Campbell design. The shoe was in bed of tissue paper, individual sides of the shoe are packed in their own dust bags.

Fit: The Shoes fits  true to size.

Quality: The shoe is made of silver dyed leather with leather lining.

Comfort: So far the shoes is comfortable to wear. The pitch of the leather stacked heel is about 3 inches but because of the thickness of the heel, the shoe is comfortable to walk in and does not put a strain on your arch. I have worn the shoe at work and on a dinner with friends and both times they strappy design did not blister or hurt my feet.

Price: $169.95  (But prices may vary depending on the establishment.) This particular pair was obtained from Nordstrom.

So far, I have been happy with this purchase. I have also worked it into my wardrobe easily. If you have any questions, feel free to comment or email me. I hope this helps you decide if this is the shoe for you. Have a wonderful Sunday. Take care.

XOXO,

Elle

Review: Tory Burch Reva Flats

Hi All,

Hope you are having an amazing Saturday. I’m trying to get things done on my list and as promised here is my review of the Tory Burch Reva Flats that I picked up on Sunday.

This week, I couldn’t seem to get enough of how comfortable these flats felt on my feet. I have read many many reviews on them and everyone I have read has spoken about it. This year, I put in on my wishlist of items I wanted to add to my closet. Here is my take on the Reva Flats.

I own three pairs of flats in my collection of shoes. Two are from Jeffrey Campbell and this pair of black Reva Flats from Tory Burch.   I initially wanted a pair that had a subdued black emblem but the gold emblem detail stood out to me. I tried several pairs before settling on getting this pair and after a week owning them, I have already worn them several times at work.

I love the way the leather feels on my feet. It is supple and soft and hugs my feet.

Details about the shoe:

Packaging: The shoe comes in a box with the signature Tory Burch design.  The shoe was in bed of tissue paper. It does not come with a dust bag.

Fit:  TTS. I usually fit shoes from sizes 4 to 6 depends on the cut and make of the shoe, for this particular shoe I purchased a size 5 because I felt the 4.5  feel to snug for my toes in the toe box area. The heel has elastic gathering which I am happy about because it stays on my narrow heel. So far, I’m very happy with the fit of the shoe.

Quality: The shoe is made of soft nappa leather with the signature Tory Burch emblem for ornamentation in the front of the shoe. The lining for this shoe is leather and the insole has padding that hugs your feet at every step. The craftsmanship looks amazing.

Comfort: After a week for wear,  the shoe has not given me blisters or cuts. The shoes is extremely comfortable.

Price: $225.00 (But prices may vary depending on the establishment)

I hope this helps you decide if this is the shoe for you. I’m glad that I purchased them.

Hope you are having an amazing Saturday. Take care.

XOXO,

Elle

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Review: Jeffrey Campbell Skulltini Flats

Hi All,

I know I promised to post the items for my style challenge but I haven’t gotten to taking pictures of every item. I will hopefully post them sometime this week. I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately with the weather here being a bit indecisive.

Since I bought my Martini flats from Jeffrey Campbell. It’s been my go to flats for work, errands, or just hanging out with friends. I’ve been loving how the leather lining molds to my feet. When the Skulltini design came out, I wasn’t sold completely but decided to check it out at Nordstrom. I tried on several colors but instantly fell in love with the red and gunmetal combination. I’ve had it for about a month and I thought I’d let you know my thoughts on them.

Details about the shoe:

Packaging: The shoe comes in a box and each shoe has a it’s own dust bag.
Unlike the Martini flats there are no replacement skulls for this shoe.

Fit: TTS. It runs a little narrow at the heel.

Quality: The shoe is made of synthetic upper with skull ornamentation. Leather lining and synthetic sole. The craftsmanship is great, the synthetic leather looks supple and the skulls are securely attached.

Comfort: After month of wear, the shoe has not given me blisters or cuts. The shoes is extremely comfortable.

Price: $150.00 (But prices may vary depending on the establishment)

I hope this helps you decide if this is the shoe for you.

Hope you are having an amazing Saturday. Take care.

XOXO,

Elle

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