Monday, June 17, 2019

Hermes Sandal Review

It's been a minute since I did a review on a designer item that I own and I figure summer is the best time to review the very popular Hermes Oran and Oasis sandals.

How much do they cost? 
The Oasis is $740 and the Oran is $650.

Are they worth it?
This is always asked whenever I review a designer item. I totally understand why. Designer items are pricey and you want to make sure you are getting your money's worth. But I personally think this question is just so subjective. For example, my mom would not think that these sandals are 'worth it', but she could think of a million other ways to spend that money on something that she thinks is 'worth it'.

With that said, I think out of all my designer items, the Hermes sandals have not held up as well as other designer shoes that I own at this price point. Granted, I wear the Hermes Oasis sandals a lot, and I am rough with my designer items. I never hesitate to wear an item in fear of 'messing it up'. I always think if you spend that kind of money, you should most definitely be getting a lot of use out of it! But, truly, they have worn quickly over the past several years that I have had them. I'm not 100% sure I would rebuy them in the future and am not the biggest fan ever, but I do like them.
What are your feelings about similar looking options?
Love finding looks for less! I think everyone should be able to buy items that they love and also work within your budget. I think there is a fine line between a knock off and a look for less, though, so you just have to be conscious that you are not buying something from some random website that is coming from a sketchy factory in another country. The Sam Edelman Greece sandals are an example of a sandal made by a reputable brand that looks like Hermes but is not a knock off! In my opinion, French Sole makes the best look for less, and again, they are a more reputable brand and not just something off of Amazon... I was gifted them from Tuckernuck and they are comfy and nice quality- see photos above! I think that they are almost indistinguishable from the Hermes Oran sandals. 

What is the difference between the Oran and the Oasis?
The Oran is flat whereas the Oasis has a 2" heel. 

Do you prefer one over the other?
I like the flat look of the Oran better, but I have insanely high arches so I personally prefer the Oasis for a bit of support.

How is the sizing?
They run true to size. I wear a size 39 which is what I typically wear in designer shoe brands. I find them to run narrow. They are not narrow in the 'H' part of the leather, but rather at the heel and footbed. I can only speak to the Oasis because I have no worn the Oran before. I would not size down, if anything size up. 

Are they comfortable?
I find them to be pretty comfortable. Because the heel area is narrow I find that to be a little annoying (but hey, maybe I just have wide heels and I don't even know it). 

Do you need to break them in?
Yes, they are stiff when you first get them but over time the leather wears in and they get better. They never gave me blisters or hurt my feet, though.

Can you walk far/for a long time in them?
I would not go sightseeing in them or walk several thousand steps in them, though. I never think a mule (no matter the price or designer) is great for a lot of walking.

Does your foot slide out of them?
Not at all. 

Can you order online? Where can I buy them?
Yep! You can get them on Hermes's website but you can also purchase used from places like The Real Real and eBay. 

Are they durable? Can they be worn as an everyday sandal?
You could definitely wear them as an everyday sandal! I wear mine a lot- at least 2 times a week if not more. I would say they are not the most durable designer item ever, but they're not terrible either.

Can you get them wet?
I have worn them in lighter rain before and it's never been an issue, but I would suggest using them as a beach or pool sandal! 
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