(Yes, I did remove the sticker from the soles!)
For July’s Sarenza Brand Ambasador* pick, I decided to go for some “sensible” shoes. This is what counts as “sensible” to a stiletto-addict like myself: a low (3.5″) wedge heel, no platform, closed toes, neural uppers. No, they’re not “sensible” in the sense that I’ll be able to climb mountains or run marathons in them, but they are a bit of a change of pace for me, and I can see myself getting a LOT of use out of them, and wearing them mostly as a stylish alternative to flats, on days when I’ll be doing a fair bit of walking, and want to be comfortable, without totally sacrificing height.
These are Pour la Victoire’s ‘Mai’ wedges, and I’ve actually had my eye on them for a while now: in fact, I wrote about them back in May, commenting that as much as I loved the bright colours available, this “sand” version is the one I’d probably end up going for. I’ve been on the lookout for a pair of low, nude wedges, and while these are more tan than “nude”, it’s a really versatile colour, and close enough to skin-toned for me to be able to wear them with anything. I also really like the pointed toe, which gives them an elegant feel, without being too 90s.
I was a little bit worried about sizing with these, because it seems a little different from most brands. For instance, my UK size 4 normally corresponds to a US size 7/European 37, but in this case, Pour la Victoire had marked the UK4 as a US 6.5/European 36.5. The size up wasn’t available, so I went ahead anyway, and thankfully I needn’t have worried: the shoes are a perfect fit, and so far seem as comfortable as I’d hoped: the leather is lovely and soft, and the insole is padded, so they feel extra nice to slip on.
The one downside to these that I can think of is the nubuck upper: it looks and feels gorgeous (and should soften up nicely, making these feel even more comfortable after a couple of wears), but the pale colour is always a bit of worry with the type of weather we get in the UK, so I think some weatherproofing spray might be getting added to my shopping list soon!
These are almost sold out now at Sarenza, so if you want to grab a pair, click here to see if your size is still in stock!
*Disclosure: I received these shoes free of charge, as part of the Sarenza Brand Ambassador programme. I selected the shoes myself, and all opinions are my own.