I spend so much of my time in trainers that when it comes to grabbing a pair of, shall we say, normal footwear, that I suddenly realise that I have nothing to wear! I’m still on the hunt for a pair of heels that I can wear for more than a few minutes, but that’s a story for another time… Part of the problem, is that once you get used to the supportive feeling of a good pair of trainers, flats and sandals can feel a bit rubbish. I once had a pair of Scholl sandals that I wore until they quite literally fell apart because they were the only thing that didn’t send shockwaves up my legs every time my heels slapped onto the ground.
When Strive Footwear reached out to me to try their new SS17 collection, I was definitely intrigued. Foot health is definitely important to keep me flowing on my mat and staying stable when squatting and deadlifting at the gym. Now that the weather is starting to get warmer, it is nice to have a pair of supportive sandals to slip on quickly to get me to and from yoga classes so I decided to put a pair of Tropez flats a try.
I have really annoying feet to try and find shoes that actually fit: I’m barely a size 5, but they are pretty wide with heels that have a habit of slipping out of shoes. I knew that the t-bar design and heel strap of the Tropez sandals would be my best bet of a good fit. The rubber soles have a contoured footbed to support your feet and arches and supposedly improve posture. Because of my foot shape, the footbed doesn’t perfectly fit me, but is still comfortable.
One detail that I particularly liked is the clever double buckle that lets you easily snap the the strap into place whilst still having the option of adjusting as needed. It’s a small thing but makes a big difference and stops me from squeezing my feet into done-up straps. The straps themselves are made from leather and so far haven’t rubbed at all -often something of a rarity. There are a variety of materials used in the different designs, although it isn’t especially clear on the website which if you are looking for non-leather based shoes.
The term orthotics often leaves me with an image of clunky shoes worn by the one kid at school or your grandmother, but these flats turn that image on it’s head with some gorgeous designs. I picked a pewter colour way, which fits in with my wardrobe nicely. Time will tell as to how well they last through the wear-and-tear of being used over summer, but I feel pretty confident that they’ll keep my feet happy and healthy.
Disclaimer: these shoes were sent to me for the purpose of review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.