Last year I took the big leap from being a stay at home mom to a working mom. It was a tough transition to make but with family health concerns, the switch-around had to be done. While I miss being with my boys all day, I admit that I am enjoying the change of pace at work. I also love feeling like dressing up and wearing something other than yoga pants and t-shirts for once, but it is coming as a challenge since I have been out of the fashion loop for a few years. I have discovered the comfort and beauty of ballet flat style shoes and I am in love! It is a style that I can be comfortable in at home as well as at work. Recently I was introduced to Very Lovely Soles, a brand of high quality, hand-crafted flats. They have a variety of cute styles and colors to choose from and I had a hard time picking just one!
Orange and blue are the school mascot colors where I work so I decided to go with Orange West Palm for a pop of color. When they arrived, I was a bit surprised at how bright the color actually was compared to their online representation, but they will definitely work out! Orange is a perfect summer color for just about everyone.
The palm pattern is cute but not overbearing, and the colored toe cap definitely adds to the design. I feel casual yet dressed up when I wear mine. And you can definitely feel the quality of the materials – the shoes have substance and durability to them as opposed to many of the cheap flats. Being handcrafted in Italy, I would expect nothing less! The price tag is a bit of a shock at first but for a good shoe that has so much care put into it and will last, it is worth it.
Sizing can be tricky when ordering online, but from my experience, Very Lovely Soles’ sizing is very on point. I normally wear right between a size 7.5 and 8 and have a difficult time finding the exact right size, so I went ahead and ordered a 7.5 as that is usually my best bet. My flats are snug as I expected but they are already starting become much more comfortable as I wear them.
I loved the packaging for Very Lovely Soles – the shoes come in a cute box with a rope handle, and have plenty of space so they do not get squished and misshaped. Inside the box, tissue paper surrounds the shoes so they do not move around in their box and get damaged. They were among the cutest packaged shoes I’ve seen.
Very Lovely Soles is a brand you may not have heard of before or seen in stores, but I am happy to have discovered them and the honor to introduce them to you! You can find them in select boutiques or online at VeryLovelySoles.com.
Disclosure: We were provided a complimentary product in return for an honest review.
Thanks to Sanuk, my feet are now living in comfort and it is amazing!
Here’s my story:
At the beginning of summer, I made a mistake and stocked up on cheap flip flops. You know, the ones you can buy for a dollar. They’re great for keeping a spare in the car, wearing to play in the dirt, etc. But they’re not great for your feet. A month into summer, I was regretting the decision to go cheap instead of quality. My feet ached daily from the moment I woke up. It was horrible. I just wanted to sit down and prop my feet up all day long.
One day when we were visiting our local Scheels (one my sons’ favorite places), I wandered over to the shoe section and saw a few styles of Sanuk sandals that looked amazingly comfortable. They were made of yoga mat material…yes, I’m serious! I knew I had to try them for the sake of my feet and I’m so glad I did!
I have been wearing my Sanuk flip flops almost every day for 2 months now. Within a week I could tell a huge difference. My feet were no longer achey when I woke up. Thank goodness! While I primarily wear my Yoga Mat flip flops, I like to alternate occasionally with my Yoga Chakra pair, especially after a rainy day. Because of the tiny air pockets that allow the squish, the Yoga Mat style soak up water. Even after just running through the rain to take my son from the car to the preschool door, they retained my foot’s impression for the rest of the day and were less comfortable as they did not squish the same. Once they dried out, they were like new again!
Sanuk has so many more styles available than just these two. They also have kid styles! My son was pretty excited to see the blue/green/black Rootbeer Cozy Lite set in his size. Unfortunately the sizes didn’t go small enough for my 2 year old’s tiny feet, but I think I was the only one who cared – it’s just so much fun dressing them to match :) Although the foot bed feels a little different, maybe a bit more durable, it is also made of yoga mat. It is wonderful knowing he is comfortable just like momma.
So I know as I write this, it’s the end of summer and you probably aren’t thinking ahead for next summer, but you really should! When summer ends, the best summer apparel and footwear sales come around. And I guarantee you that comfort will not be out of style next year! And take a look around while you’re at it – they have boots, slippers, and other shoes as well.
Disclosure: We were provided complimentary product(s) in return for an honest review. All opinions presented are those of our own.