Ordering shoes online is risky business, but when I saw the photos, I had a hunch these would work for my feet. I was right! They are cute, cost-effective, comfortable, and well-fitting.
For this review to make sense to anyone else, I should first let you know what my hard-to-fit feet are like. I wear a size 10 M, but seldom find shoes that fit.
First: My feet are both Wide and Narrow at the same time. What I mean by this is that the vamp of my foot is wide so that if I get a size Medium width shoe, it is too small and it crushes my wide vamp and my wide toes. HOWEVER, my heel and ankle are narrow, so that if I get a size Medium width shoe, it is too large and the shoe is always slopping and slipping as I walk - causing the shoe to constantly come off while I walk, making me trip over a shoe that won't stay put, and rubbing blisters from the friction and movement on my heels.
Second, I have a very high arch so that the top of my feet are always being smashed by the top of the shoe. It creates blisters on the tops of my feet and is miserably painful.
Third, the arches of my feet are a size 11, while my actual shoe size is a size 10. So if I get a shoe that has arch support that is placed correctly for my arch, it will be too big for my foot. And if I get a shoe that fits the length of my feet, the arch support of the shoe will be digging into a place on the sole of my feet that doesn't have an arch. It is very painful and it feels like there is a stone in my shoe. It ends up bruising the sole of my feet.
So, you can see that my feet are almost impossible to fit. A lace-up shoe usually addresses most of these issues, but most lace-ups are athletic shoes, and I like a cute, casual shoe unless I am at the gym.
So I was very glad to find these cute suede lace-ups in an earthy rose-colored shade. The toe box is rounded and wide and I have plenty of room for the wide part of my feet and my toes can spread out and wiggle! The heel is narrow enough to keep the shoes securely on my feet while I walk. The arch support is perfect for the size and shape of my aching soles, and the vamp is high & adjustable via the lace-up design. The insoles are soft and gentle on my feet.
I am so happy with this purchase! Cute and casual shoes that have been a perfect fit with no painful break-in period. These shoes are something I can live in for a long time to come.
Sperry Top-Sider women's crest vibe washable leather