Monday, February 28, 2022

Castaner Espadrille Wedges Review

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I'm headed to visit my sister in Charlotte tomorrow and then on to Charleston for a while. As I am packing, I was putting my Castaner wedges into my suitcase and I realized that I've had them for about 3 years now and they are one of my most worn pairs of warm weather shoes ever. 

I went back through my archives to find photos of me in the wedges, and I didn't have to look for long. There are SO many photos of me in the wedges! 

Over the years, I've been asked if I prefer Soludos or Castaner. Both brands make a very similar-looking espadrille wedge (among many other brands, too, like Stuart Weitzman). I don't even have to think about it, my answer is most definitely Castaner. 

Before I had these Castaner wedges, I had the Soudos version. They were fine, there is absolutely nothing wrong with them, I just think Castaner is nicer quality! 

The Castaner website also claims to be the 'original' espadrille wedge... their website says... 
'The first Castaner workshop was founded in 1927. Since then we have turned a shoe of popular origin into a sophisticated product, closely linked to design and fashion. Our meeting with Yves Saint Laurent in the 70s made history in the fashion world, together we created the first espadrille with wedge. Today, after 90 years, our product has reached the whole world, but our essence remains as authentic as it was in 1927: tradition, craftsmanship, and natural materials.'

I linked to a bunch of different retailers that carry Castaner as each retailer seems to have a different selection of styles and colors, so it's worth taking a look around to see which you may like best! 

I don't have the platform style, but I think I would like them. The platform is fun and because they are so comfortable, I think these would be fine as far as their height! I also want this blush shade but unfortunately sold out in my size!!! 

I just ordered these. I wear my gold pair so much, I thought a blue pair could be fun to add to the mix! These are also a slightly different style than my gold pair. My gold pair is called the Carina which has a more rounded toe. The blue are called Joyce which has a more almond-shaped toe. 

I find myself wearing these wedges constantly. With pants, skirts, dresses, etc. They're nice in early spring/summer as they have toe coverage. Also, a saving grace in the middle of the summer if you are going somewhere and don't have time for a pedicure so you're avoiding open-toed shoes! 

They are so comfortable. I personally find wedges to be more comfortable than typical heels, but even so, I can stand in these for hours, dance in them, walk long distances, and more. They also seem to be indestructible. They have held up perfectly and still look good as new even though I wear them so much (and I am hard on shoes). 

I do like the gold because they are neutral and really seem to work with everything in my closet. The gold also feels a touch dressier than a flat color. 

They run true to size but only come in full sizes. I have a size 39 which is my usual European size. I think if you are between sizes (sometimes I'm an 8.5 in US shoes, but always a 39 in European), you could potentially choose the smaller size, though, as I do find the 39 to feel slightly roomy at the toes. 

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