on May 23, 2014
I think the negative reviews are from folks that didn't wear them correctly. I am a 7 1/2 in all of my shoes and ordered a size 7. They fit great and are insanely comfortable! However, the first time I wore them, I didn't realize the strap that goes across the top of my foot was actually under the shoe. I think this is the issue folks have that are stating that the strap around the ankle wouldn't stay up. If you read the directions you will understand how you are to wear these correctly. I do not see how the ankle strap wouldn't stay up. I bought these to wear to yoga class, but find myself grabbing them to wear with shorts, skirts and dresses...so comfy!!
on July 17, 2014
These were the greatest buy ever! I was searching for a while to find a versatile and comfortable shoe for a Europe trip where I knew we'd be doing a lot of walking. I hate the idea of being confined to sneakers as my only fashion alternative, or else suffer sore feet as a consequence. These were the PERFECT alternative shoe choice! The straps are stretch fabric so they don't dig in, pinch, or irritate your foot anywhere! Although the sole of the shoe looks flat, the material forms to your foot so it still gives you great support on your arches and the fact that there is the back ankle strap, keeps them securely to your foot while you're walking around so they were a savior since I needed to survive walking at least 8-10 miles per day. Luckily I told my sister about these before we left for the trip and she got a pair too. Since her other shoes weren't as fabulously, she literally wore these for 10 days straight, all day and still thought they were the most comfortable things ever! A huge accomplishment for one pair of shoes! We're both planning to add more color combinations to our wardrobe!
on June 5, 2014
These are really nice sandals-- comfortable, cute, and unique. I wear an 8.5 and generally size up to a 9 in sandals, but had the fortunate opportunity to try these on in a brick-and-mortar store prior to purchasing, and ended up going for the 8. It's a close fit, but the 9 would have been much too large. Also, the width is a little borderline, so though I'd recommend sizing down if you're a narrow or regular width half size, if you've got wider feet, I might choose to size up, instead. Also, I've read some reviews saying the person's heel kept slipping out, but unless you have them on wrong, you've got a defective pair, or you're wearing a vastly wrong size, I just can't see how this would happen. First, these require some "putting together", so to speak-- one of the pieces arrives looped under the footbed, and you need unloop it out from under, or there's no way these will fit right. But if you DO have them on correctly (and I concede that even once you have the piece unlooped it might take you a few tries to get it right the first time), the cloth pieces are extremely stretchy. I have a very narrow ankle, and I have no problem at all with my heel popping out.
The sole of these is really nice-- a squishy yoga mat material. I also own the classic Sanuk Yoga Mat flip-flops, and I will say that the soles in these are not NEARLY as thick as those, so they're somewhat less comfortable. That's not to say they're uncomfortable, but my feet get fatigued in these much quicker than they do in the classic yoga mats. They're also not the most conducive to hot, sweaty feet... the material does get a little slippery. Not horrifically so, but it is noticeable.
I have very picky toes, and have problems with the toe post in a lot of flip-flops. But this one isn't irritating at all. In fact, rubbing/chafing wise, these sandals are pretty great. I'm blister-prone as all get out, but even after wearing these around for miles in the hot Las Vegas summer, my feet were fine: no blisters, no rubbing. Would I have liked some more sole thickness or arch support? Yes. But again, they're not uncomfortable at all in that regard, and so that they're PARTICULARLY comfortable with rubbing pushes them squarely in the positive of comfort level.
Overall, I'd recommend these for sure. Just know that you might have to play around with the cloth straps for a little bit when you get them... but once you have those "arranged", you'll end up with a pair of cute, comfy, and unique sandals.
on May 30, 2015
It's like your feet are resting in supported Savasana all day long! If you are reading other reviews about the ankle strap not staying up, it's because people are putting the piece that is supposed to be across the top of the foot behind the ankle. That's an easy mistake because that's how they come out of the package. Just follow the instructions and the Yoga Sling will give your foot a nice supported, secure feeling. I have extremely high arches and I have worn these up to 12 hours straight and no discomfort. Actually the opposite, it's like the sole of the shoe molded to my foot and the center pulled up to meet my arch. But there is still plenty of padding (or yoga mat) left for the rest of the foot. Size wise I rounded up a half size to give the extra cushion to the back side of my heel and am very happy I did, especially when I'm driving and my heel is resting on the floorboard. The straps that go over the top of your foot are so soft the feel like a baby's onsie. I wear these every where and with everything; maxidresses, the loose cotton pants that are in this year, jeans, mini skirts, and definitely to the beach. The only question is, which color to wear today?