The Only Summer Sandal You Need Now
I just moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn a month ago, and while it's pretty much the same in this borough as it was a mere handful of miles away, there are small variations in the sort of things moms on the playgrounds and at drop-off are wearing. While the popularity of TOMS shoes, Sanctuary cargo pants, chevron-striped maxi-dresses is nothing new to me, there's one shoe I keep noticing on the feet of many a hip-looking mom.
These Worishofer sandals (pictured below, in red) are admittedly a bit orthopedic-looking, and with good reason: they are made in Germany and were originally manufactured in the 1940s for people with bunions and other podiatric issues.
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Hip Brooklyn über-mamas like Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams have been fans since, um, about 2010 (guess that shows how deeply I am following trends!), and after trying them on this week (and taking a pair home with me!), I am on board!
Besides the fact that lots of people love them, here's what makes them awesome in MY opinion:
1. The cork wedge is just the right height—enough to give you a lift but not too teeter-tottering so that you couldn't actually chase after your kid.
2. They are totally adjustable and have breezy perforations all over that gives 'em a funky (and yes, Granny-chic) edge.
3. You can't really SEE the whole orthopedic aspect--but you sure can feel it. It's a bit like that Birkenstock feeling of knowing your foot is being cradled properly, but it's not overly aggressive with it.
4. They come in a wide range of colors. I chose a browny-bronze that will go with everything, isn't overly metallic, and isn't yet ANOTHER pair of black shoes.
5. I got mine for $69 bucks. I don't consider that bargain-basement cheap, but it's not insane, either!