Have you ever been on an obsessive search for something you saw someone wearing? That’s been me with a pair of sandals. While poolside on Maui last summer, I noticed a woman wearing a pair of black sandals with a white, rubber, saw-tooth sole. They looked really cool, very stylish. At that moment I decided I needed to have them.
Time passed, it’s been winter, my mind hasn’t been on sandals. But when I saw this photo (below) of a chic Australian lady, Deborah Gates, whom I follow on Instagram (@stylishmurmurs), wearing a similar style sandals with those saw-tooth white soles. The search was on. (Nope – the particular brand she’s wearing isn’t offering her sandals any longer.)
Without knowing a brand or a particular style name, I began a web search. What to search for? The part of the sandal that caught my eye was the white sole with the pointy bottom. Hmm. How to translate that into a web search. I eventually decided saw tooth or alligator tooth was a descriptor that resulted in a path I could follow.
Most of the sandals I found that fit the search parameters were on sale. I began to wonder if I’d come late to the trend (was it a trend?). This seems to be my M.O. anyway . . . it typically takes me a full season to feel comfortable trying a new trend.
Fast forward. I found the six pairs of sandals that most mimic what I saw at the pool last July. All came from DSW (another sign that maybe this style was on trend a season ago, but who cares) with reasonable price tags. Here’s my try-on session.
This pair of sandals are pretty close to what I’ve been seeing in my head. The style is Steven by Steve Madden Kenza Wedge Sandal, $59.99. They are pretty cute but a little awkward to put on as they don’t have a buckle to open the straps so you have to pull them on. They aren’t the most comfortable pair either – the ankle strap kind of pulls toward the heel as I walk. But, they are a really close look to the style I’m trying to find.
The Ryka Margo Sandal, $59.99, is not really what I am trying to find. It does have a white sole, but, again, no saw tooth. I do have to say, though, that these are super comfortable and I can imagine they’d be great for doing a lot of walking. For that reason, I’d consider keeping them.
These sandals are cute and with the metallic front strap, they have a little dressier look even though they are very casual. And they do have the white saw-tooth sole. These are the Cordelia Wedge by Eurosoft, $44.99. They are pretty comfy too. The one negative is that the strap has a velcro closure and when I tighten it the strap kind of hangs a little long. So it makes the sandal as a whole look not cool. Bummer.
These are probably the closest to the mark. They are the Brok Platform Sandal by Unisa, $39.99. They are really comfortable and I like the jagged sole – it’s not exactly saw-tooth, but it has the same look. And I do like the cork liner between the white sole and the bed of the shoe. But the more I look at them, the more I wonder if the platform is a little higher than I really want (I’m getting so picky!).
These sandals are the least like what I was looking for – no white jagged sole. But I liked the wide straps and the flat style. These are Franco Sarto Maura, 49.99. The straps are a bit loose fitting, but I do like them and may hang on to them. (They come in four other colors: off white, cognac, fuschia, tangerine.)
After trying all these styles and looking at them over and over, I’m not sure any of them are quite what I was trying to find. The Unisas are closest, and they may earn a spot in my summer shoe wardrobe. The jury is still out. Any feedback?
(Photo location: guest bedroom)