L’Amour Des Pieds is a fairly new comfort brand created by Wayne Finkelstein, who is also the dude who started Gentle Souls before Kenneth Cole took over. That meant I was willing to give their shoes a try even though they don’t make wide widths: Gentle Souls (under Kenneth Cole) is one of the only brands that makes pretty-ish shoes with a toebox wide enough for me. So I picked up a pair of L’Amour Des Pieds’s Darron sandals in mustard.
Man, am I profoundly torn:
- They’re way more interestingly-designed than most comfort shoes. They also come in fun colors, which may not mean a lot to most people, but I have been trying to find a pair of yellow or green shoes that I can actually wear for *literally years*. Add ‘wide’ to your search and all your unusual color options disappear.
- They were extremely comfortable right out of the box– they’re smooth on the inside, have a comfortable amount of arch support, and have enough padding that bumpy roads don’t hurt my feet.
The problem: I’ve been wearing these sandals about every other day for two months, and they’re already showing signs of falling apart. Pictures below the fold, so you can see what I mean.
The insole is peeling a little on one side; and look at the back of the shoe.
Here’s a view of that from the side:
That level of durability is not what I expect from a pair of shoes priced at $199 (I got them on sale), so that’s pretty upsetting, but they’re also my favorite shoes I’ve worn for about a year. I don’t know whether I’d buy another pair.
This is also analogous to my experience with Gentle Souls, where one of my shoes started leaking flax seeds within my first week of purchase. However, I’ve found these sandals to be way more supportive and well-padded than the Gentle Souls shoes I had (the Bay Crest, if you’re curious), as well as more interestingly designed. So I guess if you’re willing to pay that kind of money for comfort without caring about durability, they’re worth picking up.