For many years now I have been in a monogamous shoe relationship. I realize I am in the minority, but I am not a shoe crazy kind of gal. For me, comfort is key. I have one pair of shoes, my comfy hiking boots, which I wear all of the time. I don’t do heels, heck I don’t even do “dress” shoes.
A couple of months back I noticed another blogger giving away a pair of Algeria shoes and something about them really caught my eye. So when Alegria approached me and offered me a review pair to try out, I said yes as I thought it might be nice to have a pair of dress shoes, something I haven’t owned in years and years. But to be honest, I had my reservations, as I am a one shoe kinda gal.
Then my pair of Alegria shoes arrived, and I fell head over heels in love with them. From the moment I first opened the box, I knew these shoes were something special. I was impressed by the little touches, like the fact that they came packaged with a spare set of “regular” non-ribbon laces, or the fact that the tines on both sets of laces are made of the same metal, in the exact same same shade, as that on the eyelet holes.
|I chose a pair of Abbi style Alegria shoes in Tortoise finish.|
I am in absolute LOVE with the ribbon laces. It’s not a novel idea to me, as I have used ribbon as laces in my boots in the past. (It’s what I wore at my wedding!) However actual ribbon shoe laces with real tines on the end are 100% classier then cut end ribbon from the fabric store.
Okay, so they look cute and they come with really nice laces…. but how do they feel?
There was no need to break these babies in, as these shoes felt cushy and comfortable from the first step. The “rocker outsole” did feel a bit odd at first. I felt like I was pitching forward with each step, particularly when walking down stairs. However, I quickly adapted. Once I had worn the shoes for 10-15 minutes, the rocker sole felt normal, and cozy, really, really cozy.
The rocker sole is supposed to “induce a normal walking motion” and help in reducing stress on your muscles, joints and back. The leather insole has built-in arch support. The latex memory foam & cork form to the natural contours of your feet. They market these shoes to nurses, teachers, and other folks who spend their days up on their feet and having worn these out and about on a couple of shopping excursions I can definitely understand why.
Alegria’s comfy rocker sole shoes come in a wide variety of shapes and styles. I really have a soft spot for the unique colours available; like the shiny bronze and silver metallic patent finishes, and the embossed prints, and funky artwork. So, yes, I’ve cheated on my boots… and what’s even worse –I WANT MORE. These retail for around $120, and I think they are worth every penny. They are almost as cozy as my favourite pair of hiking boots, but with a much classier look. I would love to pick up another pair in the Paloma or Dayna style, or my new favourite; the Viki boot.
Have any of you ever tried out Alegria shoes before? What’s your favourite style? Check out the latest Alegria Collection at www.stephappy.ca, and follow Alegria Shoes on Facebook to receive updates on new styles as well as news about promotions and giveaways.
EDIT: I later revisted this item. Check out my review recap here to discover how this item did over the long haul.
Disclosure: I was provided with a pair of Alegria shoes. As always, the opinions stated are my own and were not influenced by the free product received.