Herff Christiansen slouchy pants/leggings | no longer available
James Perse crew neck tee | newer version, less fitted
Organic by John Patrick cardigan | n/a
Lizzie Fortunato jewels necklace | n/a
Jerome Dreyfuss Florent backpack | review
Charlotte Stone Alice slides | true to size, I’m an 8, wearing a 38 (more resources for Charlotte Stone)
Well, here they are, the Charlotte Stone Alice “slide” sandals. I will say that I would NOT have ordered these had I already ordered the James Perse Birkenstocks, and I’m conflicted on whether to keep them or not, but I do love them. The sandals fit very well (I took my true size, 8/38), and are pretty cool looking, although NOT with short skirts/dresses and my chunky legs.
The footbed is very substantial, similar to birkenstock, but heavier. Which is strange, I guess it’s the rubber bottom that weighs so much? The bottom is cute, by the way, I kind of love the pink contrast. I was most concerned about how these would be to walk in. Although I haven’t worn them outside (to take these pictures I literally placed them where my feet would be and stepped into them, I didn’t walk on them outside AT ALL), I did wear them around the house most of the afternoon yesterday to get a feel for them. They are slides, and as you can see from the photo below, the straps stay towards the toes, so you will “flip” a bit when you wear them. And I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, but that’s one of the main reasons I HATE flip flops. The flipping.
Anyway, these don’t flip as much as flip flops (maybe because they’re heavier?), and they’re pretty comfortable to walk in. I wouldn’t wear these instead of my Birkenstocks for a lot of wandering or walking around, but if you don’t mind flip flops, then these are a great, more substantial, but still easy alternative.
My dilemma here is that these can’t work for me with shorter skirts or dresses because they are so flat, and they have no shape closer to my ankles (or cankles, as it were…). I’m actually okay with that, because I LOVE how cute they are with pants/jeans. But they can never be “the one sandal” I could take with me on vacation or something and wear with everything. For me, these can only be worn with specific things. Again, this is just me. If you have defined ankles, and not-so-heavy calves, these would be super-cute on you with shorts, skirts, whatever.
These Charlotte Stone sandals are definitely a different style for me, something I don’t have already, and will likely not buy again. But they are easy, and so cute…and sold out in black in 38 and 39 at Shopbop already. I think I’ll hold on to them. Anyway, having bought these is keeping me from using my Shopbop credit on CLOTHING I do NOT need. So, win-win??
(from instagram yesterday)
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They are a gorgeous and unique design, for sure.
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I really like those sandals, but I know what you mean about not being your “it” pair. I just ordered a pair of Maria Cornejo Ita sandals with some birthday money, and they came yesterday. I love them, but they cover up my toes completely and I think they will be more for fall, or at least when I’m in air conditioning all day.
Grechen Reiter says
oh, catherine!! i love those shoes!! i had a similar pair by riudavets last year and loved them, but they were bronze, so i sold them 🙁 but i agree, they’re better for fall; i don’t like anything covering my toes during the summer months! i’d really love a new pair of those though, but in black!
Too bad those can’t be your everything sandal because they are cute and interesting. I’m not into the whole “ugly” sandal thing going on now but there are some that just work (like these and some Loeffler Randall sandals I saw).
I can’t stand the sound of flip-flops!! I always cringe when I see women wearing flip-flops at the office (or I can hear them). I always want to yell “we aren’t at the beach, take those off!”. Lol
Aren’t you glad you kept that cardigan? It really suits you.
I like to have lots of different types of sandals in the summer, even if I don’t wear a pair ALL the time. Though, while I like the texture and color of those, I agree that the “slide” nature could be kind of annoying. They look cute though!
The Charlotte Stone’s are super cute. BUT, now that I know you have the James Perse Birkenstock’s coming, all I can think about is how excited I am to see that outfit with the Birks! (I am sure I will be wearing my ugly sandals long after they have gone out of style. I think I got my first pair in the 80’s).
Grechen Reiter says
they can’t be my “everything” sandal, but they’re still cute, and i still like them, so i’m going to keep them and wear them with as much as i can.
i HATE flip flops. my step son gets so annoyed during the summer because i make him wear shoes whenever we go anywhere together. living in florida, he’s not used to that. but i cannot STAND flip flops. i agree, save them for the beach or the pool, please! and seriously, who wears flip flops to the office??? the office?
Grechen Reiter says
ha! i thought of you when i decided to wear it! everything i’m selling/or that hasn’t sold is on the hanging rack in my office and since i FREEZE sitting at my desk i grabbed this to throw on and realized that i love it. i knew i loved it anyway, but hadn’t worn it for a while, and had it put away, so i hadn’t worn it. naturally 😉
and yes, i do like to have different types of sandals too, so now i do. done with sandals.
Grechen Reiter says
i know!! i will definitely wear the HELL out of those JP birks, have no fear. i predict lots and lots and lots of outfits featuring them ahead.
it’s funny, i had quite a few pairs of birkenstocks, starting back in college i think, but never the basic arizona style. i had the three strap style and the closed clogs (so ugly!!), and i just kept wearing them and getting the re-soled, and the cork replaced so i never had to replace the actual shoes. until i wore the sandals camping on the beach in israel. they were too far gone after that!! but that’s the beauty of good shoes, they’ll last forever if you take care of them….
My sandals are black with a metallic strap in the back. I really like the contrast and it adds a bit of interest. They are really comfortable and flat, and I was hoping to wear them to the beach next week. But not seeing my toes feels weird this time of year and I get so hot. I’m going to break them in and then wear them all through September and October.
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They are definitely cute. The flip/flop action with a heavy sole sounds like they might not be comfortable for all day with a reasonable amount of walking though, which is the only reason that I would buy a pair of “ugly/cute sandals”. I’m still torn as to purchasing a pair myself.
Love those, but not sure I could handle the “flipping” (flippin’ noise?!?) or that they’d fit my wide foot. 🙁
Nishita Kumar says
I am totally into the ugly sandal look. I recently bought myself a Charlotte Stone pair as well. They are the Luke design in gold. It took a little getting used to both style and comfort wise, but I love them now.