Looking for bulletproof women's sandals, preferably made in Europe. I want something that will last me years and be comfortable for daily wear and occasional long walks. The ones that were my go-to are no longer made in Europe, and lasted about 1/4 the time as the last (identical) pair.
I wear black Wolky Nimes sandals
daily and almost exclusively. They are comfortable and look good, however they are falling apart. The sole of the left one is cracked completely across the footbed, the full thickness of it, and the soles are becoming shredded. This is after maybe two years of use. My last pair lasted eight years, but those were made in Europe. The new pair was made in Mexico, and the quality has suffered tremendously.
I started looking at getting some Clarks Sunbeat sandals
instead, which I had had for about 3-4 years around 1997-2001, but from the reviews I am reading these are now made in China and the quality isn't what it once was. (I am referring specifically to reviews by people who have enjoyed this same sandal in the past, when it was made in Italy).
The Propet Breeze Walker sandal looks similar to the Clarks one I mentioned above, but I see reviews stating they are cheaply constructed.
I tried some Birkenstocks once and they were terribly painful, so I had to return them. Maybe I should try another one of their styles? I don't know.
So... anyone know of well-made, preferably European-made sandals that will hold up to daily wear for years, that are comfortable? I would like black as my first choice, and a low heel, and arch support, and a classic medium-thick-strapped design. Ideally the back strap would be adjustable - I like it loose so I can step into the sandals without having to buckle and unbuckle every time. I'd like to avoid spending more than $100, if possible.
Any help would be greatly appreciated - even if you can just point me at a brand, that would be helpful.