Hi guys! So back when I reviewed the Everlane Modern Ankle Boots and the Everlane Street Ankle Boots, one of the reasons why I didn't end up keeping them was because the weather of my new home, San Jose, is much more like sandal weather than boots weather (this week it's about high 60's to low 70's). So I thought, well why not try out Everlane's sandals then? These sandals have been on their site since last season so there's not a lot of color options left. But since black is my favorite color it was a no-brainer to get the black ones.
The sizing on these are typical to Everlane sizing, which is to say size a half-size up (I'm usually a 7.5 but I always go 8 on Everlane shoes, except for the Modern Ankle and Street Ankle Boots-- those are true to size). Now, I'm not an expert on sandals since all I ever really wear are TOMS (see my post about that here), but having grown up in Hawaii my usual summer footwear of choice is the rubber slipper (or what some of you Mainlanders call flip-flops). So Everlane's Italian leather slingbacks are definitely an upgrade. But unfortunately I didn't find them all that comfortable (which is really my number one criteria when it comes to shoes, especially in the summer).
-The bottom of the sandals are smooth leather so they're quite slippery, even with the bit of rubber on the heels. Like Everlane's modern loafers and modern points you could just add non-slip soles like these to the bottom. So that's an easy fix.
-But the sandals themselves are super flat so there's no arch support of any kind. For me that becomes a problem because then I can't really walk very long in these types of shoes before my feet start hurting.
-And lastly, the leather on these sandals are super stiff. So the straps press into your feet and hurt. But I think these sandals will probably get more comfortable with wear (if you have the patience and pain tolerance for that).
If these 3 things don't bother you, then these sandals are really quite good-looking. But personally, I have no will to deal with painful but good-looking shoes. Guess that's why I've been wearing mostly these sandals around the shop these days (I just need some overalls and I'm reliving my 90's adolescence, lol). As usual, reviews are done on items I've purchased for myself and are not sponsored. Check out my other Everlane reviews here and Everlane's items (referral link).