Remember the Zara colourblock sandals which everyone on the internet seemed to own last year? These Nine West ‘Acre2’ heels very much remind me of them – in terms of the shape at least. They have the same high, covered heel and ankle strap, and the same single-strap front: the big difference, of course, is that while Zara released their shoe in a couple of variations on the “colourblock” theme, these use a bold red, white and blue stripe instead.
I was really excited when I saw the thumbnail photo of these shoes. Although I didn’t buy a pair of the Zara sandals myself, I did love the style, and I though these were a very nautical-inspired version of it, in red, white and blue. I was totally prepared to start coveting them as soon as the page loaded (I rarely meet a stripe sandal I don’t love), but when it did, I was a little taken aback by the blue section, which was not, as I’d thought, a blue and white stripe, but a swirly “rope” pattern. While that DOES, obviously, tie in with the nautical theme of the shoe, I somehow don’t think it works well with the bold stripes, and while I still like these, I can’t help but think how much MORE I’d like them if the front of the shoe matched the back: or even if the rope pattern was replaced with a plain blue strap.
Is the back of these shoes nice enough to make up for the front? I was just about to answer “no” to that, until I saw this picture:
And now I think I kinda love them, swirly strap and all.
What do you think?