If you’ve read this post, you know I’ve been struggling to find a perfect pair of summer sandals this year, something beyond basic flats but that I would be able to walk miles in. It’s a struggle when you see gorgeous shoes all over Instagram and on blogs, only to realize that usually aren’t very appropriate for any kind of walking.
With some travelling coming up, I really wanted to find a pair of sandals that would add a little bit of height. I love my Tory Burch Miller Sandals, especially when I’m doing a lot of walking but sometimes, I find that flat shoes really make me look much shorter than I am. I’ve seen some of my favourite Instagrammers (Rachel Moore of Pinteresting Plans, Laura Beverlin) rocking cute heeled sandals with shorts, skirts, and jeans and I really wanted something similar. After the disappointment of the Steve Madden Rizzaa situation, I found a cute pair of Chinese Laundry peep toe sandals that were comfortable and not too high. The downside – the suede split in a weird way in between the perforations on my left shoes, so back to the store they went after only wearing them three times (shout out to DSW Canada for the excellent customer service when I returned them).
I got lucky though and stumbled on what might have been the best choice in the end. Budget friendly, low-heeled, and on trend, the Call It Spring Ereissa is a steal at $32.99 CAD (on sale). They are still regular price ($59.99) in black, but the taupe (my choice) and cognac (also a great colour) are available at the sale price, both online and in store. Although they are not leather or suede, the quality is pretty great (and they are properly advertised as being synthetic – see this post for how I feel about advertising). They feel sturdy, the material is appropriately lined (meaning there are no weird spots that will rub against your skin and cause blisters, a common problem I have with shoes, both synthetic and leather/suede, and they fit true to size (I’m wearing a 6.5). Best of all, they are comfortable – I honestly can wear these for a significant period of time without them killing my feet (THANK GOODNESS). I will say that the feeling of the lace-up detail on your foot does take a little getting used to, not in a painful or uncomfortable way, but unless you wear lace-up shoes all the time, it can feel a bit foreign at first, if that makes sense.
One quick comment about the photos on the Call It Spring website – they laces are not quite as long as the photos make them seem. They do not wrap around your ankle, as it seems like they should from the photo. That said, I actually prefer that because I’m not a huge fan of that feeling that my ankle is constrained. But that’s just me.
This style of sandal is very popular right now and with good reason – they can be dressed up or down (and you know how I love that), so they look great with a variety of outfits from really casual looks (cut-off shorts and sleeveless tops) to summer sundresses, and the open style will keep you cool on hot summer days. Although Call It Spring shoes are a bit more difficult to find in the US, I’ve found some great similar options at Nordstrom that would work well, if you’re looking for this style of shoe.
It’s funny how things can truly happen for a reason, even in the fashion world. While I was disappointed with my previous sandal choices over the last few weeks for different reasons and was feeling totally frustrated about my options, these shoes popped up out of the blue and are perfect. I guess they were meant to be!
Enjoy the pretty things in life,