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My new Birdies loafers are incredibly comfortable, even with my high arches.
Beyond finding a pair of jeans that I like or a swimsuit that makes me feel comfortable again I’m confident, my biggest shopping struggle always comes down to shoes. I have high arches that make almost all ballet flats slip on my feet. When I find a pair I like, the shoes can’t help but rub against the back of the heels. Alas, my struggles with shoes often leave me feeling like I can only trust my trusty flats to never get old, or that my sneakers are my only best friends. But then I got birdies.
Ever since I first heard about Birdies a few years ago, I’ve wanted to try a pair. My fear that another pair of shoes won’t work and will end up in my return pile is holding me back. But a few weeks ago, I was talking to another Nordstrom shopper about the Birdies, and she said they were the most comfortable shoes she’s ever owned. With such glowing reviews, I swore it was time to give it a go in the end try them.
Purchase: $130; birdies.com.
I got lucky when the brand offered to send me a sample of the Vesper loafers, which I got in my usual size 6 (the shoes are available in sizes 5 to 12). When my birds arrived, the first thing that struck me was the shape of the shoes. I find that the arches of my feet sit in loafers better without slipping, and this one checked that box right away. I was also impressed by the soft rose-colored suede that looks like a cross between pink and mauve in person and, in fact, feels “buttery soft,” as the brand promises. Then there is the sole of the shoe, with a 10mm heel and a non-rubber sole to prevent slippage for both indoor and outdoor wear.
From the beginning, everything seemed to be going well. But I also had my rule of high heels in mind: If from the moment I put on shoes, it feels impossible at worst or ready to hit the streets of New York City with the best, I have. more than. Birdies has a lot going for it, and the “7 layers of cloud-like comfort all over the feet” completely met their proposed hype. I was really surprised at how much support there was in the sole, and I immediately started walking around my house.
After reading reviews and talking to a few other people who have and love Birdies, I learned how shoes mold to your feet over time. But Birdies also offers a 30-day fit guarantee, which means the brand encourages you to wear your shoes and will make sure they’re perfect. If they aren’t, you can return or exchange them, “no questions asked” within 30 days of the purchase date (except for custom monogrammed items, of course).
Circling back to my “high shoe rule,” my Birdies fall in the middle. They are completely comfortable and supportive, but I think they need a little break in (maybe they won’t let you if your feet don’t like to play). I think they are well made, very cute and versatile, and totally worth the $130 price tag. Most important to me, Birdies go ahead-and for that, they deserve respect.
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