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. =(