Don't get me wrong, I love shoes. It's simply that, especially with size 11/12 feet, it's most convenient for me to rely on sandals. A good pair of flip flops in Southern California can get 9+ months of good use throughout the year. They're easy to slip into, light enough to grab and stash on the way to a pedicure, the beach, or event in heels, and often extremely affordable. But, even with nicely groomed toes, there are just some places you can't get away with the look. As a child, school was one of them.
It started with laziness and a distinct dislike of socks. I'm not sure why, exactly, but I have avoided socks at all costs (even in the middle of a Rhode Island Winter), since childhood. Most of the socks Momma would buy were the thick Gold Toe pairs with reinforced seams and a wearable fit that would cramp my feet in already snug shoes. I recall, every summer, Momma and I would walk down to the local pool and I'd happily skip and hop along the scalding pavement barefoot. My feet would touch down on sidewalk, or a patch of shade and I'd dance in place, mentally preparing for the next leg of our journey. But when summer would end the flip flops were hid, and it was back to sneakers for the school year. As I grew, which I did often and fast, I quickly learned I would never enjoy the variety of footwear my female peers did. Time after time Momma encouraged me to shop 'boys' departments simply to find a shoe that would fit. So, as an adult, I suppose I've rebelled. Sure, I have a nice collection of expensive 'dress' shoes, but for the most part I rely on my toes to complete my day to day looks.
As much as this Pacific Coast gal loves sandals, and flip flops specifically, I'll freely admit they have their downfalls. Thanks to their price point, they're easy to collect, though it's hard to rely on a single band of plastic or fabric for stylized finishing. Nearly every pair I've ever owned has had the same, chaffing, plastic band in clear, black, or white. And, while it's fun to have prints and characters on the sole, realistically nobody ever sees them. That is precisely where the ingenious styling of Sadie Jane Sandals comes in. They're comfortable, customizable, foam based sandals for the modern woman (or gal). In fact, Sadie Jane takes flip flop clip ons to a whole new level with a shoe system that features two separate parts. Owners can collect soles in various colors, flats, or wedges, as well as choose and swap the fabric ties that turn foam sole into chic fashion.
Sadie Jane sandals offer multiple ways to customize your casual footwear look, though the center of their concept lies within the re-moveable, tie-able, fabric that encourages expression and effectively meets any fashion need. Because no Sadie Jane creations are set in stone you can begin styling with your very first pair. Simply choose a base (black/brown, flat/wedge), then browse the 19 fabrics known as 'scarfs'. Much like an actual scarf, these scraps of fabric serve to dress your feet, and your ankles, when worn in countless arrangements such as the 'Gladiator'. And, while Sadie Jane offers plenty of step-by-step videos to achieve looks such as 'The Diamond' and 'The Triple Twist', perhaps the most fun is the fact you can create your own original looks as well. Pick an inspired print from a collection that spans tropical, modern, and animal themes, then lace up your Sadie Jane's for an affordable Sandal that's anything but boring.
I received a pair of Black Sadie Jane Flats with a Kauai Cutie scarf for review here on Momma Told Me. Soles are available in Women's sizes up to 12, and in Girl's 1- 12/13, for that perfect fit you rarely find in a foam based sandal. While you can shop each piece individually, the ordering system makes it easy to view magnified photos of scarfs within the Sole ordering page. Also unique for a flip flop style shoe, is the option to include a 2" Wedge Sole. Each Sadie Jane order includes a sturdy, laminated, reference card with quick tying tips- no experience necessary! The bottom of my flats are also textured for a little extra grip (though the way I wear my flip flops, this will be gone in no time!). Pairs come styled in traditional 'Triple Twist' style which reminds me most of classic flip flop shoes. The scarf itself easily threads through 3 elastic notches, and is very flexible, making it a breeze to wrap and tie.
While the provided instructions, and step-by-step videos make it easy to follow basic styling, I enjoyed experimenting the most. Because the scarf can be doubled, or worn at full length, the shoes offer a versatile wrap-around option that reminds me of Gladiator or Ballerina fashions. The biggest plus? With well endowed, size 11/12, feet I ca often feel self conscious about wearing sandals. Sadie Jane enables me to tie and wrap the scarf in ways that, I feel, make my feet look less long, and more feminine. The scarfs are also extremely comfortable to wear, soft against the skin, and made from a breathable polyester blend. The soles themselves are a little rigid to break into, but seem to wear well and form to one's foot. With an asking price of $30 for a Flat Pair (includes 1 scarf) and $36 for a Wedge Pair, I'm on the edge about the price. However, in general, a good pair of foam based sandals can last me years of daily use, and I love that I can also buy 'bling' alongside my scarves. In general, I love the concept and product, but hope to see the collection grow more, to continue the interest in swapping looks.
What Daughter Says: Thanks to Sadie Jane you can enjoy the convenience and comfort of Sandals with the freedom to change your mood, and look.
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