When we made the move from the UK to the US I made the ridiculous decision to bring only one pair of shoes with me. Good excuse to buy some new shoes. After an almost embarrassing amount of research (I’m a research addict) I decided on these.
They are Sanuk Donnas in black, which is really a sweet tweedy sort of weave. Everyone raves about their comfort and I have to say I understand why. I’ve been wearing Terra Plana’s Vivo Barefoot Odettes for over six months now. They are a “barefoot” shoe, meaning there’s only a 3 mm puncture proof sole between your foot and pavement. The feeling is unlike anything else, and it takes getting used to. I love them, but I’ve worn them down to the nub and they kill my feet after walking around town all day. The Sanuks offer just a bit more comfort, but with a super cushy flat sole (think flip flop), and the upper really hugs your foot. Can you tell I’m in love?
I have to sing my praises for Zappos, too. You have no idea how novel it is to go to a site that offers good customer service. Because I’ve been endowed with feet the shape of a duck’s (thanks Mom) I have trouble with shoe sizes. I usually run around the 7 1/2 mark, but these only come in full sizes. I bought the 8s, but they do run a bit big. Thank goodness for free returns. I got the 7s with my store credit (and amazing next day shipping) and they fit beautifully. I never pay full price for shoes, but because of the risk I’m happy I didn’t pay shipping either way.
They are so 70’s hobo style, which isn’t a bad thing. They’re the type of shoes I’d travel around the world with. And maybe one day I just might.