Hi my lovelies! Well I have a first for you today on the blog, a shoe review! I was really excited when the lovely people at Yoma contacted me as they are the first independent company I have worked with and also the first shoe company I have reviewed a product for. I headed to their website and fell in love with many a pair of pretty sandals. They all remind me of the type of shoe I imagine Frida Kahlo would have worn while strolling around one of her beautiful homes in Mexico on a hot sunny day wearing a gorgeous bright floaty dress and lots of giant flowers in her hair!
Yoma are based in Brighton (which most of you know is one of my favourite places in the UK) in the North Laines, somehow I've never actually been in to the shop but I'll make sure I head in on my next visit. Yoma stock a wonderful range of shoes, bags, scarves, wallets and other accessories. Everything has a quirky and cute vibe and a lot of the shoe styles would look really at home with a vintage outfit - after all a lot of ladies in the 1950's wore leather sandals in the hot weather, although I don't think most of them were as pretty as Yoma's!
I decided to try the Bice Multi Coloured Flower Shoe and went for a size 8 - if I can get a wide fitting size I'm actually a 7, but I find that with regular fit shoes if I size up by one I usually get a good fit which was indeed the case with these babies.
When the parcel arrived I ripped off the packing paper and was greeted with a beautiful bright red patterned shoe box which was sturdy enough (and pretty enough) for me to use as proper storage for the shoes in the future. I hate flimsy, ugly shoe boxes with a passion and it annoys me that they still exist as it means you have to find another way to keep your fancy shoes in good condition when stored.
Anyhoo, I opened up the crimson box and that lovely leather scent was unleashed instantly letting me know that these would be durable and well made sandals. Each shoe was loving packed into a protective fabric bag and then wrapped in tissue, and on pulling each one out I was greeted with an array of bright coloured stripes against a black background. It was such a pretty sight, my mother in law and I spent a good few minutes oohing and aahing over how lovely they were with their neat white stitching and little bugs punched into the leather.
When I finally went to try them on I was a little nervous that my wide feet wouldn't slip into them, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were a near perfect fit - not tight around the ball of my foot so my feet didn't bulge through the straps and at a nice, comfortable height that would be more than manageable for a sunny day stroll, also aided by the ankle strap to stop them getting left behind in the sand!
I can definitely see me wearing these a lot through the summer and judging by the excellent craftsmanship I'm convinced that they'll last me a good few years. I'm keeping my eyes peeled in case the yellow colour way comes back in stock in my size too as that little red flower is calling my name! Hopefully I'll be adding those and the other three styles below to my shoe collection in the near future - I can't wait to see what new styles Yoma bring out later in the year!
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