I’m convinced there are two, maybe three, classes of summer style when it comes to footwear. If you’re like me, you fall in the class of letting it all hang out.
My toes, that is.
As soon as I can shed my socks and shoes, I’m a summer sandal girl all the way. I have flip flops, athletic sandals, dress sandals, slip-ons. Just don’t make me keep my toes hidden. They want to breathe. They want to be free.
There are others, like my sister, who feel that a foot should always be properly encased in both a sock and a shoe, no matter what the season. When it comes to fashion, we’ve never really been on the same page so I shouldn’t be surprised. I just feel sorry for her toes.
But there’s this third class of summer shoe wearers that I’ll call the “toephobic.” These are the people that love a good summer shoe but absolutely hate their toes. My husband falls into this category but I’m mostly okay with it. It takes a special man to pull off sandals.
Women, however, can hate their toes too. Or maybe, sometimes, they’re like me. They hate their toes unless they’re painted. And sometimes I’m in between pedicures or I have an aging pedicure and my toes really shouldn’t see the light of day. Or sometimes, you need a closed-toe shoe. It might be for work or it might be because you’ll be walking through a dusty, gravel-filled parking lot.
No matter what your reason for falling into that third class, I’ve got some shoes for you. The GRACE Pewter/Bronze Slingback Espadrille by Zee Alexis is a shoe with an identity crisis – but that’s not a bad thing.
It’s a slingback. That means your toes stay snugly hidden inside the woven fabric while the rest of your foot can still pretend like it’s in a sandal.
It’s also an espadrille. Look at the soles and the ropey texture around the sole and you’ll be taken straight back to the 80s when you wanted espadrilles so badly but your mom wouldn’t buy them because they offered “no support.”
It’s also a comfort shoe – no matter what mom says about espadrilles. The interior (or sock) is made of memory foam so you’ll have plenty of sensible comfort when walking.
And it’s a fancy pants shoe. Look at the woven pewter and bronze metallic surface. You can dress it up (think evening summer party) or dress it down with just about anything because it’s a neutral. And that pretty much covers all I need for my summer wardrobe.
A few things you should know
- Good news/bad news for wider feet (like mine): The woven material is stretchy so it has plenty of give for my stately foot. The espadrille sole, however, has stitching on the inside which may not feel the most comfortable if your foot extends all the way to the edge.
- It’s a heel buster. In other words, if you haven’t quite toughened up your heels for summer strappy shoes yet, bring some band-aids with you because these might rub you the wrong way. Oddly enough, it only rubbed my left heel so maybe it’s just me (and my heels).
- The sizes are European on the Zee Alexis website. They do offer a a comparable U.S. shoe size. I ordered a size 38 (U.S. 7 – 7.5) and they fit my normally size 7 feet perfectly.
- They’re not cheap! This pair retails for $112 but the older I get, the more I’m willing to pay for good quality shoes. And if you look hard enough, you might be able to find other styles on some discount sites (I saw a great bargain on Zee Alexis on Zulily one day).
If you like what you see, stay tuned. I have one more pair of completely different Zee Alexis shoes coming up that will also keep your toes safely tucked away (and perfect for summer into fall).
Thanks to Zee Alexis for providing a pair of shoes of my own choosing to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.