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gear review

Undertoe shoes by Simple July 29, 2009

Undertoe-Chocolate Shoes by Simple
Rating: star star star (3 out of 5 stars)
Maker: Simple - We strive for 100% sustainability
MSRP: P3,195.00
Outlets: Rustan's and R.O.X Bonifacio High St.
Date Acquired: July 20, 2009
Frequency of Use: About 10 times since acquisition

Disclosure by guest-reviewer, Charlene (mountaineer, cyclist, swimmer, civil engineer)
I am biased. I loved the shoes the moment I got them. I love how they're rough yet delicate and they seem to have been made with such care--like pieces of handcrafted art, where every bit is lovingly chosen. They were my happy thought for the day and at random times during the week when I was anticipating them. Much of the two months since receiving them have been trying to make the relationship work between my feet and the shoes. At first they were a size too small, Simple shoes immediately replaced those. Next, my heels got blisters during the breaking in process. Those had to heal. Finally, after finding these Kiwi heel liners I am able to enjoy the charming pair. Alas, what is beauty without struggle?

    Features (company claim)
  • certified organic cotton uppers
  • super soft bamboo fabric linings
  • braid made of jute around my midsoles
  • cork and natural latex pedbeds with organic cotton topsoles for supreme squishiness
  • outsoles used to be a car tire
  • held together with water based cements
  • bamboo wedge... ooh la la!
  • state-of-the-art/back-to-the-future post-consumer recycled box
  • contains LATEX (a natural rubber!)
    Intended Use (company claim)
  • casual shoes
    thumbs upPros
  • they're SO pretty
  • excellent customer service
  • made with love for the earth
  • the box is pretty too
    thumbs downCons
  • needs to be broken-in
  • may need heel liners
  • small toe hurts after extended wear
    wish listWish List
  • built-in heel liner
  • more toe room

Verdict
Charlene(Oct 1, 2009) They make me smile when I see them. If you're like me, I wish you the same pedestrian joy.


--- Charlene

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