Hi. First let’s talk about my blog pictures, in general. I have never really modified my photos because it goes against my goal to share the most accurate information I can. Also, I don’t know how to effectively use Photoshop or Lightroom. Most retailers use Photoshop, so I don’t see myself as a help if I’m doing the same thing. Unfortunately, some of the fitting rooms at J. Crew have very low lighting and creates shadows on items I try on. I still have never brightened the photos. However, on multiple occsions I’ve received kindly shared feedback that I should have better pics. It would definitely help you make better shopping decisions. I mean, I know what I’m looking at when I see the photo because I’ve seen the item in real life. That doesn’t mean you can see the same details. I have few ideas that I will try over the next few months to see if I can improve in this area. As always, I appreciate you reading my posts, whether you comment or not.
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Madewell Irving sandal – true black (F0089, $158) – This sandal is now $49.99 and many sizes are available in both color choices; english saddle and true black.
- Leather upper and lining.
- 3 3/4″ heel.
- Rubber sole.
I wear 7.5, but usually take 8 in J. Crew pumps and wedges. I take an even mix of 7.5 and 8 in Madewell. I couldn’t begin to guess which size I would take in these, so I’m glad I was able to try them on. I do not wear shoes with my toes or heels hanging over the edge. The size 7.5 fit, but the 8 (pictured) gave me the extra room I’d need if my feet slide around or swell a little in the heat. Reviewers say they slap when you walk. Sounds like they’re functioning like thongs, given there’s no back heel. I would never plan on wearing these if a lot of walking were involved. Perhaps they had higher expectations than the shoe is designed for.
Even though these are a really good deal and were with an additional 40% off, I decided against the black and went for the nude color only. Madewell has decreased the number of additional % off promos. My guess is we’ll see another one in August, but it could be as low as 20%. They’ve had a number of those and far fewer of the additional 30% off sale promos. If you see addtl 40%, consider jumping on the things you want.
I like to think I will wear my sandals with a dress I’ve “just thrown on,” but I am sure I will wear them with jeans and pants. So I left this loooong, full-length pic so you can see what they look like with pants.
Shoe sizing – A general rule is that if you have a narrow foot, shoes will fit true to size (tts) or you might have to size down one. If you have a medium width like mine, pay attention to the shape of your toe line. Look at the toe shape of the Everly pump, on the left. Notice how my foot does not follow the same, slanted line. I think this is one of the main reasons I have to size up in J. Crew shoes. The length of the shoe fits, but there’s not enough room on the toe box for my foot shape, which is very square.
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J. Crew released their first fall shoes about a week ago. The Sadie flats in snakeskin-printed leather ($118) run in half sizes from 5 – 12. The color is called ivory black (IBL). Leather upper and lining, man made sole.
Sadie flats in snakeskin-printed leather (FA16, F5526, $118) – The color harmony is nice in these. I like the cap toe that breaks up the snakeskin print.
I’m always so excited when my size is available on the floor to try on. I am a 7.5 and usually wear that in J. Crew flats, but it depends. If there’s a narrower toe, then I will size up. I thought that might be the case in these, but the 7.5 seemed to fit well and it didn’t feel like I’d have to break them in. Given the shape of the toe, I would’ve guessed my square toes would’ve needed an 8, but that didn’t seem to be the case. Now, I would not buy a 7.5 on final sale without having tried it. One of the downsides to trying on floor model shoes is that women of a number of sizes have tried squeezeing their foot into them, stretching them out. I’d try on a fresh pair to be sure.