Everytime I tried them on (with the objective to wear them that day), I noted signs of the discomfort I was sure to feel within 10 minutes of walking. The shoes looked great - but they were slightly pinch-y in the (peep-hole) toe-box. The inside sole was a mildly textured, which was annoying. The sandals zipped up the back and I sensed the back closure was going to give, or not, and I wasn't willing to take the chance.
The thing is, 99.99% of the time, I'm excellent at returning things as soon as I've decided an item is not for me. But, between jury duty and work being crazy and near constant rain and headaches... well, I didn't get around to it.
Five weeks went by. To its credit, the boutique gave me the opportunity to exchange the shoes for another pair of the same price or higher. (I'd missed the return and credit milestones by quite a bit.) I tried on every pair of sandals in the store. I knew my window of redemption had all but closed and I wasn't prepared to be saddled with a pair of uncomfortable sandals I'd rarely wear.
In an irony, the day I came in for the exchange, every shoe in the place was on sale for 25% off. Now the blue sandals hadn't been cheap. To find another pair of the same value at 25% off was impossible.
Balisi, the shop, did let me use the extra towards a surprisingly practical travel bag:
|Co Lab Gillian Crossover|
Anyway, back to the sandals. There were few pairs remaining for me to try in my size, what with everything having gone on sale for 25% off.
I finally decided on these (the only pair I could get with stylistically that was also comfortable - and, let me tell you, comfortable they are!):
|Zinda 8544 Ante Mango|
The soles are leather (they're made in Spain using that insanely soft suede and leather that feels like clouds). Of course, suede sandals are the epitome of stupid - especially in Toronto, since the weather's gone all UK on our asses these past few years - but really, they were the only choice short of forfeiting 200 bucks.
I can't say that yellow and brown shoes are my go-to colour scheme, but these are a) SO comfortable, b) so neutral, when you get right down to it and c) of the perfect height to be sexy without being trashy (or uncomfortable). They fit my foot perfectly - which makes any shoe look that much more attractive.
This is one of those purchases I would never have made, had circumstances not dictated, but I'm actually really happy with the outcome. Admittedly, the shoe is not dainty. (It's not as clumsy as it looks in the photo, however.) It's only wearable in certain weather. But it's walkable for miles and it gives one very nice calves. It looks great with jeans (skinny or trouser) and equally good with a denim skirt or shorts. The yellow may stand out (if you wear white) or recede into the background. The shape is retro, which is to say it actually looks like a shoe from the 70s, not like some reproduction designed to appeal to women who completely missed that decade. And, did I mention that they're comfortable?
So, today's questions: Have you ever had a purchase moment like this, wherein a particular item would not have been your first choice but it grows on you despite that? Have you tried Zinda shoes and can you tell us anything about the brand? Would you ever wear yellow shoes? Let's talk.