I have been wear-testing the following ‘Very Volatile’ wedges for roughly the last month.
They are a great spring-summer sandal in one of this season’s more popular colors – turquoise. These also have an appealing organic design that really works with a spring wardrobe; particularly if you are like me and have a lot of cooler tones in your wardrobe.
These sandals are available in whole sizes 6-10 B US sizing (37-41 EU). Sizing was my first challenge. As a size 7.5 medium who prefers a lot of toe room, the choice on whether to try a 7 or 8 is the first challenge I encountered. So, I actually tried a size 7 in the turquoise, and a size 8 in black suede.
The good news is that both sizes adjust fairly well in that the buckled slingback and suede material allow for a lot of fine-tuning and comfort on the initial fit. However, the size 7 had more than enough space to accommodate my anything-but narrow size 7.5 feet. And, while sometimes slingbacks feel like the strap is about to slip off your ankle, these stayed secure through multiple wearings.
How comfortable are they? Well, they did have a brief breaking-in period of about 2-3 wearings of 2-5 hours each. Each wearing was successively more comfortable than the last; there were no blisters thanks to the soft suede and roomy shape, but I did get a bit of a workout re-learning how to walk on a platform wedge; these have an almost 1″ lift under the toe and about a 4″ overall lift at the heel. The footbed it lightly cushioned, and after several wearings, this padding started to form to the shape of my arch – an absolute necessity if you have a higher arch like I do. If you are not ‘blessed’ with high arches, you may have little or no break-in period with these.
Here are some pictures of how these bamboo-wrapped wedges actually look on the foot:
(Yes, I need a pedicure – fast!)
The turquoise color really is fabulous!
You can see here that the size 7 in turquoise is definitely roomy enough for those of us who normally wear a 7.5. And, while it looks like my pinky toe is trying to escape, it never has. The straps and cutouts are placed perfectly to avoid that happening on my feet.
You can see in this next picture that the size 8 is super roomy. I would definitely think someone who is an 8-8.5 would have no problem with this size working for them.
(If you feel the need to put on your sunglasses to view these, I understand – I really am quite naturally pale. My hubby has joked that since I don’t tan, I actually bleach in the sunlight. But, I digress).
I have to admit, that although Volatile shoes are a well-known regional brand in the areas such as the Southeastern United States (A ‘go-to’ for wedges, flip-flops, and animal prints), I was unfamiliar with them before I stumbled across them several months ago.
As a brand, Volatile has competitive pricing, current styling, and reasonable comfort. This is particularly remarkable in the current climate of ridiculously rising shoe prices. This makes Volatile shoes a nice value, particularly for ladies on a budget.
And, if you can get both comfort and style on a reasonable budget, I’m all for that.