From experience I know that choice of footwear can make or break a holiday. This statement may seem a little extreme but a few years ago I was on holiday with my family in Orlando, we had spent the day sightseeing and my sisters new sandals had rubbed her feet terribly. The next day her blisters had become infected, her feet had swelled up so bad that she was unable to get any shoes to fit her feet. She spent a couple of days being pushed around Universal Studios in a wheelchair. It’s an amusing story to tell now years later but at the time she was very upset. It was certainly not how she had imagined she would spend her time in Orlando.
You would think I would have learnt from her experience. Unfortunately, I haven’t – how does that saying go… ‘no beauty without pain?!’ I am a sucker for buying pretty, beaded sandals every summer which offer absolutely no support, rub my feet and make my legs ache! I was therefore delighted when I was contacted by the lovely people at Strive Footwear and asked to put a couple of pairs of sandals to the test. The phone call came just as I was packing for our family holiday to Greece too which was great timing!
I had not heard of Strive Footwear before however, after taking a quick look on their website I was happy to oblige. Not only did the Strive sandals look good, they also looked really comfortable. The website explains that each pair of Strive shoes are expertly designed, incorporating knowledge gained by the foot health care industry since 1980. These images can explain the footwear technology better than I can!
I selected two pair of sandals from the Strive website and arranged for delivery to my local Shoon store. The black pair are known as Tee Toe-Post. The cream pair (referred to as marshmallow on the website) are known as Maui Slim. Both RRP at £69.
Review Strive Sandals
The first time I wore the sandals I found the arch a little uncomfortable. I have been so used to wearing completely flat sandals, which provide my feet with no support. It felt strange to have an arch under my foot. After wearing them a couple of times I got used to the sensation and I can honestly say I have barely taken these sandals off my feet for the last month! They are so comfortable. They are like wearing a pair of slippers.
I wore my sandals whilst reviewing Wychwood Festival and last weekend on a press trip in Barmouth. I have walked miles in them and not once have either pair of sandals rubbed or felt uncomfortable. FYI – Strive sandals come in 16 different styles. Some with heel straps and all in a variety of colours. I just so happened to select two of a similar style.
I also love how the sandals go with anything. I have worn them with jeans, shirts and maxi dresses. As both pairs have been embellished with golden studs they can be dressed up or down and worn day or night.
I’ll be honest, I have never paid more than £25 for a pair of sandals. At £69 a pair I think they are expensive. Having said that, they are a well designed and high quality sandal, unlike the ones I normally buy and you certainly get what you pay for. The fact that I have barely taken them off my feet since I received them speaks volumes.
I imagine I will be wearing these sandals for the next few summers and so I think they are a good investment. I would particularly recommend Strive sandals to anyone who suffers from foot, knee, back or shin pain.
Need to know – Strive Footwear do not have their own stores as yet however they have ranges on display in various shoe shops across the UK. The website has a store locator which allows you to easily find a stockist near your home town.
Disclaimer – I received two pairs of sandals in return for this honest review.