Remember the mint green Zara sandals I was so worried would sell out before I had a chance to buy them?
They sold out online in my size (and quite a few others) the day after I wrote about them.
So I guess it was a good job I didn’t hang around, and ordered them right after I hit “publish” on that post, huh?
What can I say: I’m weak. And in the process of writing about those shoes, I basically talked myself into buying them. That’s, er, not what this blog is supposed to be for, but so be it. In this case I DID try to resist, mostly because I already have a pair of mint coloured shoes, but the fact that the first pair only cost £12 (Almost free!) allowed me to overlook them. I’ll stop now. No, really: I WILL STOP NOW WITH THE MINT SHOES.
These are a very bright mint shade – much brighter than they looked to me on the Zara website, and a colour which, I’m finding, is really hard to photograph. None of these really do it justice, although I’ve done by best to get them as true to life as possible. The uppers, as you can see, are patent, while the heels and platform are faux suede:
One of my shoes had some slight wrinkling of the fabric on the platform, which is the only defect I can see on these:
(This photo makes the platform look aqua, for some reason: it is a little darker than the upper, but is very much a mint than an aqua. It also makes the wrinkling on the sole look worse than it does in real life: I had to bump up the contrast so you would be able to see what I was talking about.)
On a more expensive shoe, I might have asked for an exchange, but as these were only £39.99, and no one will really see this when I’m actually wearing them, I’m willing to live with it. (And, of course, they’re sold out in my size, so I probably wouldn’t be able to exchange them anyway.)
I ordered these in my usual size 37, and when I took them out of the box, I instantly thought they looked larger than I would have expected: I was a little worried that they were going to be too big, but then, when I put them on, I found the fit fairly true to size. Although they feel snug when they’re on, though, the sole does seem to be a little longer than many other shoes I own: there’s a little bit of a gap at the heel, which is odd, because the shoe feels like it fits perfectly, and I’ve been walking around the house in them all day with no slippage or anything like that. The little gap does annoy me, though, and I would be interested to try these in the size down: my instinct is that it would be too small, and would probably hurt around the toe, but I’m just not sure. All I can really say, then, is that the sizing on these is a bit odd, and it’s probably worth trying them on in-store if you can.
(Edit: I managed to solve the issue with the heel by adding a pair of those little sandal insoles which go in the front of the shoe, under the ball of the foot. They don’t look very pretty when the shoes are on the shelves because the ones I had are black, but they have made the shoes fit perfectly, so I’m happy.)
Overall, I’m really pleased with these for the price, and also have my eye on the pale pink version, which would be great for summer (and maybe a little more versatile for those of you who aren’t currently obsessed with all things mint coloured!).
As I said at the start of this post, these are selling out quickly, and are currently only available online in UK sizes 7 and 8. I didn’t see them in-store when I visited a couple of weeks ago (or I’d have bought them, obviously!), but Zara’s stock changes constantly, so you may just get lucky if you fancy a pair!
UPDATE: The Zara website actually re-stocked these in all sizes a few hours after I wrote this, so you can now buy them here.