Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Review: BCBGeneration Gracyn Wedge Espadrille

    A little bit of a late start to the week. I went home to Toronto for the Easter weekend, and when I returned to DC after a full day of traveling, I had a lovely email waiting for me, telling me that I need to put in a few hours of work at home. Needless to say, I was not pleased, but this is the explanation as to why "Shoe Week" is slightly delayed.

   First shoe review of the week is BCBGeneration Gracyn Wedge Espadrille. The first time I saw them online, I thought I was in love with them. I used to have a pair similar to these quite a few years ago, but they were very painful after wearing them for a day. The rubbing on the feet was excruciating despite the fact that they looked amazing under trouser jeans. I eventually had to give them up because I couldn't stand the pain in the aftermath after I wore them, but when I saw these, I thought I had another chance. Here in Pebble/Almond:

Comfort: They look great, no? I thought so too when I pulled them out of the box. And then I put them on my feet. Have you ever put on a pair of shoes and knew immediately that these were going to be so painful that you weren't even going to attempt to walk in them? Yes, I had that exact thought when I put these on my feet. Besides the fact that they felt about 1/2 too small, I could feet that the edge of the shoes were going to cut into my skin and that there was definitely going to be some rubbing issues. The padding under foot felt non-existent. This shoe was not good all-around. If you are one of those women who will suck up the pain for style, these shoes are for you.

Sizing: As mentioned above, at least 1/2 size small. Good for small feet, if you are willing to take the pain. The ankle strap could use an extra hole if you have small ankles.

Quality: Looked fairly well-constructed, but as discussed above, material is stiff and minimal padding under the feet. Good traction on the outsole.

Heel height: 4 inches.

Wedge height: 1 inch.

Price: $89, also comes in other colors such as black, lime, and tea rose (pink).

Final comment: Besides the pain factor, these were just too high for my lifestyle. I don't mind wearing a 4 inch wedge with a platform if I'm not doing a whole lot of walking, but I'm a pedestrian/city-dweller and these just aren't practical. At least half an inch lower would be closer the my ideal shoe height. I don't really recommend these, unless you have some tough feet. Mine are pretty wimpy as I have "thin skin" and everything rubs and cuts. I took only a few steps in these and immediately had to take them off. Return.

    And on a somewhat unrelated note, I had a shoe DISASTER this morning. I decided I wanted to wear my new MICHAEL by Michael Kors Flex Mid Pumps to work today. Three inch heels is normally not a problem for me. However, after I got off the Metro and was half way to the office, the tip of my heel scraped down so that the shoe was basically un-walkable. AGAIN. I felt like one leg was walking on a 45 degree angle. This is the SECOND time this has happened to me. The first time it happened was in NYC a few months ago, which caused me to buy these new pumps in the first place. I'm baffled. Luckily I had brought a pair of emergency flats with me because I never would have made it to the office. What's going on?? Does this happen to anyone else? Am I suddenly dragging my feet so that the tip shaves down after 10 minutes of walking on concrete? Am I buying cheap shoes? Are the sidewalks too uneven? All of the above? Argh. If anyone has an explanation for me, I'd be happy to hear it. It's so embarrassing to have to stop in the middle of the street to change my shoes, not to mention, I have to purchase another replacement. I'm not a happy girl. =(

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jenn said...

It's never worth it for me to have painful shoes.  I cant believe your heel scraped down again.  Since it happened before to that shoe maybe it's just poor materials that were used?  Can you take it to a cobbler to get the tips replaced? 

Cher said...

Actually this is a different shoe! The first ones were my Ralph Lauren pumps and now these Michael Kors pumps. I don't get it. I think I'm just going to return the shoe and complain. My heels started slipping out of them anyway and they already had heel grips in them. I'm pretty sad about it because otherwise they were actually comfortable!

Jarucha said...

I def agree about 4 inch not being sensible for people who walk around a lot....don't know how some girls manage to do it. About your heels being ruined, I feel for you --- are the streets the cobbled kind which are uneven and impossible for high heels? I commute in heels but I don't wear stilettos...maybe you should try a wedge?

Cher said...

Not cobbled, but definitely uneven. I was walking in an area of NY with the same type of uneven sidewalks (only worse), so I'm thinking that it's the sidewalks and not me. =/ But you're right, I think I'm going to have to go with a wedge instead of a thinner heel to prevent this from happening again.

Chandra Farris said...

I have been reading your blog for a while, but this is my first comment. I really enjoy your style posts and thorough review. I used to live in a city with pretty uneven paving, and it will ruin your shoes quickly if you don't take some steps ahead of time. If you take your pumps to the cobbler and have the heel tips replaced right away they typically have a more durable tip that they can replace it with which will be able to handle that type of paving.

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Cher said...

Thank you for de-lurking and letting me know of this great tip, Chandra! That is so helpful! (and I'm so glad it's just not about me starting to dray my feet). ;)

Sara said...

Definitely return & complain!! How annoying.  I hate when you spend good money on something and it still just falls apart.  I bought a leather purse about a year ago and the handle connection (which apparently is not leather) just completely fell apart.  BOGUS!

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