READY MADE: SIZE 39 WIDE. The Sandy. Marine.
I went back and forth for a long time trying to decide if/when to invest in a pair of Sandys. I finally did and have never loved a pair of shoes so much. Mine are the raider mokka leather and it is amazingly thick and soft. I adore the thick leather. It feels substantial and luxurious and supportive and the shape of my toes doesn’t show through. I love the unique cut of the shoe and the fact that they go with everything. They’re great with skinny jeans and dresses and I know they’ll be perfect with shorts this summer. The leather stretches perfectly for what feels like a custom fit. I usually wear a 6.5/7, have a semi wide foot, and the 36 was a great fit! They were a smidge tight when I took this picture but have since loosened up perfectly. Thank you, Faye (and anyone else involved), for these shoes! I hope to wear them for many years to many places. They’re an investment, but one I feel good about for several reasons.
Also, Faye was insanely patient with me and helpful throughout the decision-making and ordering process.
I’ve also had a pair of Terilyns. Also amazing. Maybe not as versatile for my particular wardrobe but such a dream to wear. The perfect bootie.
The Sandy seemed like the slip-on-and-go shoes that I need, so after stalking these beautiful shoes for a long while, I finally took the plunge when the Maine Violet was unveiled. The shoes are beautifully made, and I would wear them every day if I could.
The customer service is wonderful. I went down a size from my typical size, but the Sandy was still slightly loose around the heel. Not a huge deal. Since these are not custom made, I don’t expect a perfect fit; even then, I walked for a while on the first wear through a big box store and at times forgot I had shoes on...they are really comfortable. Faye patiently answered my questions and worked with me on solutions for an even better fit. After wearing them for a couple of weeks, I can say that fit even better now, and they work well on both weekdays and weekends.
The shoes are hands down amazing and look supremely elegant. But for those of you with pronated feet, know that without the support on the inside of your foot, your heels can turn inwards and with time cut into the sole a bit. I'm good only for a few hours with these and tend to wear them only to special events as opposed to daily wear. I love these shoes and there's nothing wrong with them, but have found the Karina and Mussenden models to work better on my flat feet.
I bought these to wear as a bridesmaid in a friend's upcoming wedding; at least that was my excuse for allowing myself something so beautiful and with so little daily utility. To avoid too much wear and tear on the metallic leather, I'll probably save these for special occasions, but they're comfortable enough that I'd otherwise be happy to put them on daily rotation. Aside from being the loveliest shoes I own (perfect for traipsing around Rivendell) and comfortable to boot (no pun intended), I love that these were built to be repaired rather than replaced. Customer service was also really wonderful—the seller was very responsive and prioritized my order to ensure that it arrived in time for the wedding.