Today I’ve got a quick review of one of the most popular shoes styles this summer: the espadrille wedge! I first saw this style back in early spring and fell in love, but wasn’t sure if I should take the plunge and buy a pair because I typically don’t wear heels or wedges (I can count on one hand the number of heels/wedges I own lol). After reading many reviews online about the comfort level of these shoes, I decided to jump in and purchased not one, but two pairs! Both are from different brands and price ranges, so I thought this would be a great resource should you decide to buy the designer pair or the dupes. I’ll also link as many similar styles as I can find in a variety of price ranges because who doesn’t want cute summer shoes?!
Comfort. Both styles are extremely comfortable! They each have a 4 inch heel with a 1.5 platform, putting your foot at much less of an incline than many other wedge styles and ultimately making them much more friendly on your feet. Like I said before, I typically don’t wear anything but flats, but both pairs didn’t give me any trouble. To get picky, the suede on the Chloe wedges (the black pair) is softer than the Marc Fisher (the cognac pair), making them just a bit more comfortable because they better mold to the foot. **Note: The Marc Fisher pair are slightly easier to get on because the suede that covers your foot is shorter, but it’s nothing that would deter me from buying the Chloe pair.**
Sizing. They both run true to size. I purchased the Marc Fisher pair in a 7.5 and the Chloe pair in a European 38 – for reference I wear a 7-7.5. For European sizing, if the style comes in half sizes (i.e. Chanel ballet flats and Valentino Rockstuds) I always purchase a 37.5, but go up to a 38 when only whole sizes are made (i.e. Chanel espadrilles). Zappos has a great size conversion chart that maps it all out for you here if you’re unsure about sizing.
Quality. Given their prices, both styles are very good quality. The smooth leather and suede is soft on both pairs. The jute on the heel is well constructed and braided nicely. When compared to each other, the Chloe pair has nicer finishes like a solid buckle on the strap and leather soles, but that’s to be expected of a high-end shoe. Both pairs were what I would have expected for the price.
Overall Impression. I am pleasantly surprised that I like both pairs so much! If you cannot afford or are nervous about purchasing an expensive pair of shoes, I definitely recommend the Marc Fisher wedges! These dupes are great in quality and comfort, and you’re bound to get compliments on them every time you put them on! As for the Chloe pair, I’m really surprised at the comfort and finishes on the shoe! If all high-end shoes felt this good, I would seriously invest in more. I feel like expensive shoes sometimes get a bad reputation for being uncomfortable, but fortunately this was not the case with these.
The Final Verdict. Buy the shoes! You’ll look great and your feet will feel good too – no matter the brand!