Everlane linen tank top | size small
Eileen Fisher slouchy ankle pants | mine are size Large, petite
The Palatines Caelum slides in Tan | I purchased these on sale & with credits at Garmentory
I’ve been watching the Palatines for a while, but never really thought I NEEDED a pair of their shoes until these went on sale & I had enough credits at Garmentory to get them. I chose the tan pair because I wanted a more “nude” (for me) pair of shoes to break up all my black. And I took my normal size. AND, they’re wonderful.
I wore them significantly for the first time yesterday (around Ikea…) and they were very comfortable aside from the leather rubbing a bit on the top of my left foot. I’ll add some moleskine inside the shoe and fix that post haste. The leather is superb, the sole substantial, and I really appreciate the thong inside the shoe to prevent my foot from sliding forward. They do “flip,” which I don’t always like (noisy), but it doesn’t bother me too much.
Best of all, they’re made in Los Angeles by a small designer. Yay 🙂
Yes, it’s challenging walking in slides like this, it’s easier if there’s more leather covering your foot, but they’re definitely not a shoe for traveling, or if you’re going to be walking a lot. As Garance Dore says, they’re mostly just good for pictures. No, I find them comfortable and easy, and of course, they convey a sense of “chic” and “devil may care” attitude that I appreciate sometimes, but I don’t find them overly difficult to walk in, these anyway. I wouldn’t want to wear them in the city, definitely, but for my lifestyle, they’re great.
For a review of the Everlane slides, see Temporary Housewifey. I chose to pass on those because the leather strap is very narrow, and I knew they’d REALLY flip around and be tough to walk in.
The Palatines at Garmentory (use my referral link for a $20 credit)
Did anyone else get anything during Garmentory’s memorial day sale? If you had an account, they added a little surprise in there to sweeten the deal 🙂 I love that!!
Do you wear slides in warmer weather? Or do you find them hard to walk in?
How funny you just posted about slide sandals, as I quite literally just got back from my lunch break after purchasing my first pair of slides on a bit of an impulse! I just bought a pair of Vince Camuto slides as a low risk option to try out the style since my feet are on the wider end of the spectrum (this is why I passed on trying the Everlane option since I’ve always read that their shoes run on the narrow side and was a little hesitant to spend the money on the Emerson Fry version). I commute everyday to the Chicago loop, so I’m not so sure that they’re practical for commuting and walking around a large city as I’m sure I ‘d be THAT person who steps off the bus or El and loses her shoe. Hopefully they’ll work for my off duty time when I know I’ll be driving instead of walking or taking transit. I do foresee some rubbing from the top strap onto the top of my foot, though, so I’ll have to make sure to use some blister block as a preemptive strategy.
Grechen Reiter says
I would not want to wear these to commute, there’s just not enough support and they’re not comfortable enough for a ton of walking . Now my Emerson fry slides are much easier to walk in and a lot more comfortable – I’ve worn them for airplane travel and they were great. No falling off. Although that has happened with my beek sandals funnily enough…
Thank you so much for mentioning Garmentory! It is rare that someone turns me on to a site that has many pieces that suit me that I didn’t already know about. I’ve been gazing at the terra cotta Palantines slides for some time now (via Of a Kind) but what held me back is the smallest size is a 6. While I will take a 6 in ballet flats, kicks, etc, a 5.5 always works out better for me in a sandal. If they had a 5.5 I’d be much more tempted to try it. I’m a little envious because you have them and they look good on you! I have been mulling over the Eileen Fisher Edge sandal in nude as an alternative. It is similar but the toe strap is visible and the larger cross strap is farther down the foot (which may make it less flappy). The other shoe I’m looking at is a nude Tory Burch Miller (a thong sandal, not a slide). I love the look of a nude shoe with all black & a cropped pant leg.
I do find that during off time in Hawaii, I won’t wear a nice slide or flip flop very much because what we call rubba slippas (like Havaianas or Reef), is much more comfortable when it’s humid outside and also suits our jumping in the ocean lifestyle the best. A black Haviana also doesn’t cut the length of my leg off the way a black leather slide does. When a bit more dressed up (say dinner out), I’ll wear a more secure sandal like a gladiator, a slide doesn’t feel as effortless and mobile. However, a slide would be appropriate for me at work (casual dress) but I think I’d have rubbing too after a full day of work especially as I try to get in 10K steps per day on my Fitbit. But the Palantines did intrigue me, particularly in the nude colors. One fun slide I did pick up for summer though is the black Birkenstock in all EVA in the Madrid style. Technically like a flip flop but I swear it looks so dressy, like a leather, (the black one with the black hardware, the bright colorful ones are obviously overly casual funky).
My Palatines Cognitio tan slippers (same leather as yours but closed toe) just arrived too and i had a non-slip half sole added to the bottom to protect the leather sole before wearing outside. I ordered them in my normal size 8 and found them a bit small (maybe its just my own preference to have a bit of extra room past my sole).
I love the leather and the tan colour but to be honest, I’m not sure this was the wisest purchase because as you say, they seem too delicate for much walking so not sure what occasions I would find to wear them.
I got a pair of Palatines slides when they went on sale at Of a Kind. I literally JUMPED on the sale Lol. they are DEFINITELY good for photos, but I tried wearing mine out to brunch and they made me walk so slow and I am a New Yorker! The hidden thong definitely helpful but since I do walk everywhere as my main source of transportation, I would probably need to get them resoled to have more grip. They are also a tad on the narrow side. That said they are still very pleasing to the eye and I would like to continue breaking them in this summer, on small walking trips only 🙂
I haven’t noticed that my Charlotte Stone slides are particularly noisy, and they surely are comfortable with a nice padded sole. I haven’t worn then enough yet to notice if they’ll slip off…and yes, that would bug me.