The next shoe purchase

Now that I'm all sorted with flat black footwear, it's time to move on to the next item. The bulk of this year's spring/summer wardrobe budget will be on comfortable yet still attractive footwear. I need to replace a number of shoes/sandals I currently have not because of wear and tear but because my need for comfort has increased tremendously due to my increasingly fussy feet.

Sadly my bone/silver shoe sandals are probably going to have to go (insert very loud sob here...). I have loved and worn these babies for three years now but alas, when trying them on this past weekend when closet cleaning, I discovered they don't really have the arch support I now need and border on too narrow across the mid foot. So I am in the market for a dressier light colored sandal for the warm weather. Lo and behold, these silvery-white Naot sandals (the color is called Misty Silver) are available at the same local store I got the Naot Lan shoes. The heel is only 1 inch in height and it has the same Naot anatomical footbed as my current Naot footwear. I also have a real soft spot for any type of footwear that wraps or crosses over on the top of my foot - have no idea why...

Thoughts on this style for MY style?

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  • jenanded replied 5 years ago

    They are pretty cute. I would carefully look at the level of refinement if that is a term of your summer skirts, tops and pants and the heels or soles of these. I don't know what that is but I sometimes find the heels etc are too chunky for smooth tops. Some eileeen clothes will work I imagine. Olsen also strikes me as smooth. I would love to see what you think works....

  • always trying replied 5 years ago

    I really like these.  look like very versatile sandals too.  lucky find for you.

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    Thumbs up. 

  • jenanded replied 5 years ago

    Shannon, Nordies has a Naot sandal called Vogue... very drool worthy... sorry I can't link right now.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Jenanded - these are the Vogue's, correct? They are also available at my local store.

  • jenanded replied 5 years ago

    That is them... they come in whitey grey and silver it said... I am googling both too now!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Do you mind if I ask what it is about the Vogue's that appeal to you more than the other pair?

    Angie - if you pop back in (and thanks for your thumbs!), do you see one of these pair of Naot's working better with my wardrobe/style more than the other?

  • jenanded replied 5 years ago

    The Nordies picture made me think they were a bit more statement looking and that might work with your Danier, Olsen etc. No strap at the back, ankle strap are potentially problematic though. It really comes down to how they look IRL. I agree the cross straps and colour of Myth are spot on....

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    I like the first pair listed, the misty silver Naots. The Vogues lack of a back strap or anything would be a deal breaker for me. That first pair look comfortable, you can try them on in a store, and could be worn with anything.
    I just hope that the heel isn't too high for you.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Cross straps are gorgeous on your pretty ankles, Shannon -- plus, to my own feeling, they provide a really nice sense of foot security to those of us with higher insteps/arches. They give the advantages of a high vamp (security, stability) without the disadvantages (stumpification). 

    I like the ones you linked to and think they are worth a shot. I do worry a bit about the colour of the heel/sole, but it might be better IRL. I also love the ones Jen linked to, but they are more like a gladiator in feel and might look better with different types of outfit. 

    Sobbing with you about the silver/ bone shoes -- those were one of my absolute FAVES on you ever. :(

  • jackiec replied 5 years ago

    Love those first Naots. Agreeing with Joy's points. I have the exact same love for shoes that cross over the top of my foot like that. They seem to hold the foot in super comfortably. I think I might be your shoe twin....

    Ps I just ordered the Munro Abby's (but in black - if I love them I might go for the gold too....)

  • replied 5 years ago

    Hi Shannon:  I like your pick very much- and can absolutely see them working with what you like to wear. I say go for it!  Regarding the Vogues - I fussed around with those last summer, trying them on, deliberating, and then buying them (from Cdn Footwear too).  I was having a mid-life foot meltdown/crisis of my own last summer and decided to go the comfort shoe route (plus my bf is the Naot rep - haha).  I ended up returning the Vogues as I just could not justify spending that kind of money (mid 200's with tax if I recall) on sandals that didn't look worth the money.  The upper looked a little cheap to me - not Naot's usual high-quality leather.  I know part of my problem was that I'm finding it hard to move toward this type of shoe as it's not "me" , yet, (the moulded heel is still not my favourite look)   but I do think I would have kept them had they looked  worth what I had paid for them .  Sorry if I'm carrying on .  Again, I do like the first ones you've picked.  We should go shoe shopping together :)  

  • Laura (rhubarbgirl) replied 5 years ago

    There's something about the heel of these - both of them, actually - that reads very orthopedic to me, to be bluntly honest. I know needs must when we're talking about foot comfort, but as far as looks go I don't like them.

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    I echo what Suz said, Shannon. I love your first link - the white - because the crisscross strap detail is very flattering. 

    I also like what jen linked too. A little more hard edged, but probably not as stable - agreeing with Joy. 

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Such wisdom!

    Jenanded - thanks for chiming back in with your reasoning. I always appreciate that sort of thing since I can learn from what others see.

    Joy - I agree that the lack of back strap is problematic. Too much "flipping" around of my foot causes all sorts of stress on the PF.

    Suz - I can't believe you're popping into this thread from Israel - you're so sweet! I totally get what you're saying about that feeling of stability.

    Lisa - thanks for chiming in with your experience regarding the Vogues. Always valuable to have an IRL review! You know before my feet were fussy and I had medical issues with them, I never would have spent $200 on a pair of sandals. Now I have no problem whatsoever spending that to find comfort and be able to go home from work at the end of the day pain free. Like the Mastercard commercial says "priceless". I'll bring you over to the dark side of Naot yet - lol :)

    Laura - appreciate your honesty but I'm at the point where I can overlook one element of a piece of footwear that I don't like for overall comfort. I've often wondered if people looking at our shoes or sandals really notice the heel???

    Angie - thanks for popping back in with your opinion. Always appreciated :)

  • Tina replied 5 years ago

    I am in awe of your ability to sniff out attractive and suitable shoes given your constraints. I agree, comfy shoes and happy feet rate right up there with non irritating unmentionables.
    These sandals look fabulous and I think will suit your wardrobe well. Good for you for grabbing the bull by the horns and not letting this issue cramp your style.

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Shannon, I like them a lot. If you get them, I may have to hunt them up. Actually, my preference for a sandal is a clunkier platform style that is a lot more casual; I just bought and am mulling the ones below. I think for your work wardrobe as well as casual needs, this more refined heel (on either pair above) will work beautifully. Like you, I'm partial to the look of crossed straps on my feet, and I also like t-straps--both seem to be more flattering to my high-volume foot.
    I want to point out that the Vogue does have a strap in back; it's just not anchored to the sole--it's like a sling-back. I do find sling-backs have to be just perfect in order to work for me. Oh, and both of these styles--Vogue and Myth--have a narrow-to-medium fit. You might take a size up from what you wear in the Lan.

  • replied 5 years ago

    ha - Shannon, I'm already part-way to the dark side of footwear , lol. I have a pair of Naot oxfords, and I've got a pair of slingback/clogish things enroute too.I agree with paying whatever it takes to get comfortable shoes - and again, the only thing stopping me from buying more from this line is that plastic heel.  I loved the pair Sharan linked to, and tried those on as well. The strap cuts very low down on the foot and didn't cover my one stupid bunion.  My rep friend said that the major discussion at Naot sales meetings is making sure straps crossing over the top of the foot are placed at the proper angle and at the right part of the foot. Apparently a LOT of women have issues with strap locations and bunions, big or small. Also - can we please come up with a code word for bunion - it is such a horrible sounding word. So ugly.  I vote "butterfly" or 'lily" or something pretty :)    

  • viva replied 5 years ago

    I second butterfly or lily, Lisap. haha - suddenly I love my feet!

    Shannon, I really like the ones you posted and can see them interacting so well with your style.

  • Susie replied 5 years ago

    OMG I have always hated the word bunion! But please let's use butterfly because Lily is my pup!

  • Susie replied 5 years ago

    Sorry, Shannon, I got sidetracked! I like the first sandal you showed and I can see it working well for you.

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Oh I am sorry for your loss of silver and white shoes - I always loved them on you. But on to better things. My first reaction is that I prefer the ones you originally linked, but really it is hard to say without seeing you modelling the options. :-)

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