With an appreciation of Sam Edelman's ultra comfortable ankle boots, I was really hoping to see a pair represented in this collection. Alas, the loafers, ballet flats, strappy sandals, and mixed-material heels would have to suffice. Before I continue, I should disclose that when it comes to shoe preferences, I lean towards the platform/wedge side of the spectrum as opposed to the minimal, strappy flat sandals side. Furthermore, I avoid sandals with toe plugs and patent finishes as I find them uncomfortable.
Here's what I loved about the collection:
- fun details, bright colors, and printed insoles
- mixed materials and animal prints add interest
- the wide variety of sandals made it hard to pick favorites
- sizing runs true to size
- fair prices that are not much higher than Target's main labels
- many styles come in multiple colorways
- quality of the zippers was poor
- some materials felt stiff and cheap
- the demi wedges were online only (I ordered these)
- some of the strappy sandals felt narrow and tight; they're best for narrow feet
The selection of embellished flat sandals was extensive, with sizes running true to size for length, but being somewhat narrow across the toes. If you have wide feet, that may pose a problem, as the straps are synthetic and have no stretch.
I like the leopard print detail on the Karli style ($29.99) above and on the Kamila style ($24.99) below. The touch of snake print on the insoles and the mixed-material construction make the sandals look on-trend and playful. All that's missing is a bright pedicure.
Bits of neon and multi-colored straps add color and depth to the Kylie style below. These cost $24.99.
The gladiator sandal is a key trend for spring summer 2013, and these Keira studded sandals below were cute, but the straps were not comfortable for me, and the back zip was tricky. They cost $27.99 and are best for small or narrow feet.
The Margot gold heels would've been easier to wear if they did not pinch the outer corners of my feet on the vamp. They were easy to walk in, but the materials felt stiff and unpleasant. Priced at $34.99, I'd only recommend these for women with narrow feet.
The Kelly wedges (in the two photos below) were not on my wish list, but once I tried them on, they pleasantly impressed me with their comfort and walkability. They cost $34.99 and are my top picks in this collection. I could not decide between the neutral pair and the neon woven pair. There's also a coral/floral pair that's online only. The high shine finish on the wedge (which did not translate in the photos) was the only thing I'd change about the neutral pair, as I'd prefer a matte finish.
These Kayla studded gladiator sandals were on my wish list in this gold colorway. I can appreciate the mix of trends here, although the narrow straps and tight fit were disappointing. Also, the back zip was tricky. I really wanted to like them, but at $27.99, I passed.
Cap toe ballet flats are one style of shoe that I don't own, so this simple and chic style called Bree intrigued me. The elastic trim makes them fit snugly, and the classic black and ivory colorway will never go out of style. They cost $27.99. I think they are easy to wear and versatile. They're my second favorite pick in this collection.
Leopard print loafers aren't hard to find, since every footwear brand seems to have their own version. Nevertheless, I wanted to try on the Adley tuxedo flats priced at $29.99. I found this pair to run true to size, and they felt very comfortable. They're a style that would have to grow on me because I'm not sure loafers speak to my personal style just yet. I tried on a pony hair texture style by another brand recently, and I prefer that texture to these canvas fabric uppers.
If you shopped the collection, or if you have any questions or comments about the shoes, feel free to tweet me @thekeytochic and let me know your thoughts! What are your favorites?