Summer Sandal Shopping
April 23, 2015 10:59 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a certain kind of sandals for summer and am coming up barefoot.

What I'm looking for: Medium dressy dark brown leather sandals (nothing too Birkenstocky or flip-floppy) with arch support and a 1"-2.5" heel, for less than $200, that are available for purchase in Toronto or will ship there.

Where I've looked for these sandals:,, the online sites for Aldo, SoftMoc, The Bay, and every store in the Eaton Centre. I've gone so far as to order a couple of pairs from ShoeMe but returned them both because one pair hurt my feet and the other pair had chips on its vinyl sole that I thought indicated poor quality and a poor likelihood of them looking good for long.

What can you suggest, Super Shoppers of MeFi?
posted by orange swan to Shopping (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
You have to try things on if you have funny feet, online shopping will just be a hassle. I'd go to Walking On A Cloud and Gravity Pope.
posted by cotton dress sock at 11:06 AM on April 23, 2015 [2 favorites]

I've always had excellent luck with Hush Puppies.
posted by decathecting at 11:07 AM on April 23, 2015

Seconding Walking on a Cloud.
I'm super hard on sandals, and have never had a bad pair from them.
(A little more $$, but worth it!)
posted by whowearsthepants at 11:26 AM on April 23, 2015

nthing Danskos. Born also makes very comfortable, well-made sandals.
posted by erst at 11:42 AM on April 23, 2015 [1 favorite]

I love my Vionic sandals and shoes. They have a Canadian site but I'd also check zappos and amazon to see who carries them. They definitely have sandals with wedge heels and the orthotic footbed. I live in my Tide flip-flops (and have a new color arriving today!) and even though it's not the style you're looking for I can say that even those are very durable.
posted by Room 641-A at 11:52 AM on April 23, 2015

I'm a convert to Ecco. They run wide (which is good for me) and some of them have a decent wedge heel. One example.
posted by cabingirl at 11:58 AM on April 23, 2015

Did you try Naturalizer? The quality isn't what it used to be and neither is the fit (at least for me), but the company is pretty good about having a range of sizes and colours.
posted by sardonyx at 12:49 PM on April 23, 2015

Clarks! Comfiest shoes and good quality.
posted by ellieBOA at 12:57 PM on April 23, 2015

Seconding hush puppies. Good quality comfy shoes, and I have had really good luck with ordering them online, their sizes seem to adhere well to sizing standards.

There are also a number of good shoe shops along the south side of queen st, from Heel boy at Queen & Euclid, to B2 and a few others around Queen & John. Makes for a very pleasant walk.
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 1:02 PM on April 23, 2015

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