Do you remember those glittery jelly sandals back in the day? I’m starting to sound like one of those ‘member berries from recent South Park episodes (Buckle up Buckaroos!)
I digress. But do you remember those? I never owned a pair myself, but for the early 90s they were about as big as Birkenstocks and Crocs were during their respective years of glory.
When I was older I remember wanting to avoid sandals because I didn’t want to look like I was rocking my 5 year old fashion sense. When I was in my early 20s though, I remember seeing a woman wearing what was basically the jelly design but in leather, and I let out an internal sigh of relief I didn’t realise I had been holding for decades – flat, feminine, girlish sandals were finally back in vogue again.
So it was with great longing when I caught sight of these beauties on Instagram on the feet of Geneva Vanderzeil, femme fantastique behind the blog A Pair and A Spare. Alas though, they were her own custom made design and not readily available.
Introducing The Simple Sandal, as created by Geneva.
As the name would suggest, they’re a very simply designed sandal with leather uppers (i.e. the toe and ankle strap) and sole. Nothing else fancy, hidden or otherwise.
Now I didn’t break these in gently, instead choosing to go out on a day that required brisk walking (to Cary Lewincamp’s house in fact). And I didn’t get one single blister. Let me repeat – Not. A. Single. Blister.
These sandals didn’t need any breaking in whatsoever, despite them being brand spanking new. I usually always suffer a few raw patches taking out any type of shoe that involves leather, but I am so impressed with this pair – no sharp edges, no odd places that rub, and while the leather is obviously stiff and new, it seems to have been pre-smoothed very effectively.
Initially I was worried that my wide, rather unimpressive flat feet would struggle with the seemingly dainty cut and overall design. My ankles are things of beauty but foot model I am not. However, these sandals seemed to take all my usual insecurities on board and wiped them clean away. They are incredibly comfortable, very flattering, and sturdily made. An elephant could wear these and feel like they had lithe little cheetah feet.
Of course, being that they are just a flat food bed with no form of arch support, you might want to be cautious about wearing them if you’re going to be walking absolutely excessive amounts with little chance of decent rest in between. The number of times that I have crippled myself from walking hours on end in unsupported shoes is more than I care to admit, but you may have more resilient feet than me. Or maybe I’m just walking wrong.
Shipping is free and only available online from A Pair and A Spare directly.
My mannish feet are European size 39 (Australian 8.5) and they fitted pretty perfectly.
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