What is it that you look for in shoes? Is it the durability? The style? The brand? For me, my favorite kind of shoes are light weight, stylish and versatile. I am not a big sneaker person, I use sneakers for their main purpose – working out – but for everyday wear, I choose a flat casual shoe first, like the earth-friendly KANDALS shoes.
KANDALS is a shoe company that is based out of San Diego and manufactures their products in Spain. They produce scented (strawberry, in case you were wondering), earth-friendly shoes that are made with premium, natural and eco-friendly materials.I received the Envir Women’s Classics style in grey. The shoe was shipped right to my door in only 3 days! Talk about fast shipping! Speaking of shipping, KANDALS ships to US, Canada, Chile, UK and beyond.
I love the look of these shoes. Right out of the box, I knew they were shoes that I would be wearing frequently with a variety of outfits. Skinny jeans, skirts and more, these flat soled shoes are very versatile to pair with many outfit changes. The grey color is a nice light, attractive color that works well with black, white and even splashes of color. The premium canvas fabric gives this shoe a casual and comfortable look. Comfort & Fit
When I was done admiring the attractive style of the shoe, I slipped them right on my feet. Holy comfort batman! So this is what 100% green certified European cotton feels like? Heaven to my feet. The shoe is completely flexible and cushion-y, yet there is durability in the natural rubber sole.
Walking around in these shoes felt like I was on the clouds. I am sure this is due to the two canvas linings and the sponge layer in between the shoe insole and outsole. This makes the shoe uber-flexible and it just molds to your feet. When you walk, the shoe moves with you!
I typically wear a 7.5 – 8 US. I ordered a 38 EU (7.5-8) since these shoes are not available in half sizes. They fit great! There is room for my toes and they are oh-so comfortable on my heel. Since KANDALS should stretch and mold to the shape of your feet, even if you are a half size, they should fit great. The shoes are a medium width, so if you are a half size, or have wider feet, it is recommended to order up. Oh, also they are in EU sizes, so don’t let that confuse you. For example: if you wear a size 7, get a EU 37 (US 6.5-7) in KANDALS.Scented Feature
So the shoes are scented – not for solving stinky feet or odor problems, but for the fun of it. Their mission for this is simple: every time you wake up in the morning to put on your KANDALS, you get a fresh newness to your shoes. The scent is not perfumed on the fabric but dyed internally with the rubber sole prior to being assembled. My dog got a kick out of the scented shoes. Her sniffer was going nuts when I set them beside her, this could be a problem. (Note: Hide shoes from dog.) Personally, I wasn’t a big fan of the scent, but my husband thought it was great. He compared it to a car air freshener. And I think he is right. So if you like your car to have that Strawberry Air Freshener smell – you’ll be thrilled with the neat scented idea that is KANDALS!Sustainable – Yay Earth!
KANDALS partners with Trees for the Future, a non-profit. For every pair of KANDALS sold, a tree will be planted to aid deforested areas of lower income countries. KANDALS strives to give you the power to show your support for sustainability by wearing their shoes. Last month alone, thanks to KANDLAS customers, they donated 500 trees to plant in Ethiopia!
Although I could do without the scent, I am completely in love with these shoes! They are so cute, so comfortable and so so so versatile! I love that they easily fold and bend – so they can be slipped into my luggage easily. I’m telling you, they are the ULTIMATE traveling shoe.