Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Shoe Reviews: Tory Burch Revas and More!

Ok, I admit it, I knew what I was getting myself into before I even bought these.  I had heard stories about TB Revas being uncomfortable or taking a long time to break in.  Given that I have relatively wide (and somewhat sensitive to pain) feet, the chances of me finding them comfy right off the bat were slim to none.  BUT they are so darn cute and were on sale!  So I decided to give it a try, telling myself that if they were unbearable, I'd just return them or try to see if anyone wanted to buy them from me.

Tory Burch Afrikan Reva Ballerina Flat in Razor Blue

They feel ok for about the first few hours of being in the office (not much walking required) but then the elastic heels dig in and the tops / sides of my pinky toes start to get squished.  :(  I've heard of the freezer trick but my freezer is jam-packed with food so I'm going to try a shoe stretcher and see how that goes.  I do absolutely love the color and general look of the shoe though!

I also got a pair of flats from Banana Republic about a week or so ago:

Banana Republic, Macrame and Leather Flats
These are so crazy comfortable!  I love them!  I don't see them online but my store had quite a few in both navy blue and orange so check your store out if you're interested.

If I could build the perfect flat, it would look like the Revas but feel like the BR flats.

And finally, the yellow Target wedges I mentioned in a previous post:

Target Xhilaration Teala Wedges, see also on Jean
These are weirdly comfortable.  Don't get me wrong, I can't walk miles and miles in them but a typical work day is fine (my office environment is mostly desk work and business casual).

Do you have any advice on breaking shoes in?  

22 comments:

  1. i might have to try the BR shoes, although I do love the revas to death (look-wise). who would think flats could be so uncomfortable? sheesh. i dont think i have any flats that i can wear for 9+ hours walking around. maybe my bernardos. thats probably it.

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  2. i LOVEEE my TB's but they were so painful the first couple of wears i swear they made me want to cry haha! but i promise you after a few wears they'll break in and now they're some of the most comfortable flats i have my closet!! you TB's are such a beautiful color it's almost like a cobalt blue! LOVE!

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  4. I have Vera Wang flats that are very uncomfortable - the elastic digs too deeply into my heel and toes. I just bite the buller the ride the wave - they're bound to stretch after a while.

    I stuck it out with my Marc Jacobs mouse flats - they were some of the most painful shoes I owned until they turned into slippers by the fifth wear.

    I sympathize especially with pregnant feet - but wear them pround and they'll be good to you back!

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  5. ohh i love those flats!! the color is just gorgeous. i've bought these when i was in college thinking they would be comfy to talk around campus, boy was i wrong. i returned it because the elastic part was digging into my heels! i love them though and wished i could wear them.

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  6. No tips on breaking shoes in other than wearing them, blisters and all! :( At first I thought my Reva's were the most uncomfortable thing. I still wear them for work every couple weeks, but not often. They have gotten better with time.

    I absolutely love the blue color of yours! And your BR and Target shoes are great! You have so many great shoes!!

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  7. Color on the TB is gorgeous!! The elastics on ballet flats always kill my heels as well. I use foot petals "heavenly heelz" to give cushion between my feet and the elastic part and they have worked well for me so far.

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  8. The TB flats are gorgeous! Loving that colour on your little feet. :P And those wedges are killer!!

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  9. oh those TB Revas are soooo cute! i only recently tried the freezer trick and it really does work! i've never tried BR shoes before, but now i'll have to keep an eye out knowing that they're comfortable!

    kileen
    cute & little

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  10. I DEFINITELY had the same problem with my Tory Burch flats. I have the black ones for about a year now, and they still give me problems here and there (especially for work when I have to wear them for 8+ hours!).. but now I broke them in enough to last me a few hours! They're too gorgeous to return/sell :(

    gellinjelly.blogspot.com

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  11. How come that these flats are made in such a way that they are uncomfortable? I mean they are TB so they should have some quality control. Can't believe that they are not taking care of an issue that seem to be widespread! They are so cute...
    What is the freezer trick?
    xx
    http://dontcallmefashionblogger.blogspot.com

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  12. All your shoes look cute! It's too bad that the Revas are really uncomfortable (heh, I used to think Revas were flip flops). The only trick I know of for breaking in shoes is to wear them around the house with thick socks on while doing housework. It stretches out the shoes and breaks them in. I also use the Bandaid Friction Block to prevent blisters.

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  13. These are so cute, I love the TB's. I've never had a pair so I'm glad you let me know about the breaking them in part. AND the banana republic ones are SO cute.
    Great post, also the blue color is so unique, i really like them
    xoDale
    www.savvyspice.blogspot.com

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  14. I've heard those TB flats are super uncomfortable at first. Hopefully they'll stretch out for you. The color is so gorgeous though. I noticed you've been collecting quite a few pairs of shoes =)

    P.S: You are a winner of my flower pin's giveaway!

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  15. Oooo!! The Tory Burch flats look great on you! I tried on those BR flats in the store and totally agree that they're super comfy. I have to ask... what is the freezer trick???

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  16. Hey girl, the Teala wedges are around $12 in the store right now. Perfect time to get it if you like. Love the TB on you! ;)

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  17. Tory Burch shoes look gaudy...I would wear them if they cost less than $10. What an atrocious trend right now.

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  18. Love all of your new acquisitions...the colors are divine!

    I don't really have a good trick for breaking in tough flats...it's not worth it imo. I usually just stuff them in the back of the closet where they will never see the light of day. sigh. But I have heard that stuffing it with newspaper helps.

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  19. I do love the colors of your Revas, but haven't heard one person who has said they're comfortable =/ When I needed to stretch out my pink satin heels, I stuffed the toebox with a big wooly sock. The next day when I tried it on again, voila, my foot fit the shoes perfectly. I don't know if you can do the same with flats, but maybe wearing socks with the shoes to help stretch them out?

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  20. I love the bright blue color of the Revas you found! I don't have tips for break in, but after I broke mine in I found all pairs to be very comfy. And the yellow target wedges..."weirdly comfortable" is a great way to put it! For wedges that high I was so surprised at how manageable they were. I even traveled to CA in them!

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  21. Purses and puppies - Oh I know! But I have heard that once you break in the TBs, they become very comfy. I just wish there was a shortcut way to get there. But you never know, you could be one of the lucky people who find them comfortable from Day 1. I've also heard that Dansko is super comfy for people in the health field. I'll have to look up Bernardos - they may be perfect for travel :)

    Lisa - Oh I'm so glad to hear that they broke in so nicely for you! I'm defnitely planning on keeping them - they are just too darn cute! I figured I had so many "normal" colors of flats that a nice pop of blue would be a good change - plus I just love blue :)

    Anna - I hope your Vera Wang flats break in for you soon! Ah shoes, such a funny love-hate relationship we all have with them :) Yay for your MJ flats breaking in! I know most designer shoes are pretty high-quality and should last a while (as they should be!) - I just need some patience to get them to where I want :)

    Ping - Thank you! If I find a good solution to breaking them in, I'll be sure to share and then maybe you can re-try the Revas?

    Michelle - Good to hear that they've gotten better with time but sad to hear that they're not comfortable enough to wear more often. I've been on a bit of a shoe kick lately - probably since clothes shopping has slowed down LOL. Argh at that crazy shopaholic inside me - she's incorrigible LOL.

    Jen - Hi Jen! Thank you! I do love my blues :) I'm going to have to try the foot petals on the elastic part - great tip, thanks so much!

    Jessy - Thank you! I think out of all the shoes, the wedges definitely seem to lengthen my legs - always a plus! LOL about my "little" feet :D

    Kileen - I remember reading about the freezer trick in your post! I wish we had room in there but it's seriously so packed that there's no way I'd be able to fit my flats in there. Maybe if I eat my way through the freezer first LOL!

    Gelene - I agree - I just love the way they look too much to return / sell. Plus, I still have hopes for them - I know that at least the bottoms are very walkable!

    Francesca - I don't really know :( I'm guessing that these shoes are just made in a way that you must break them in so they mold to your feet specifically. The leather itself is quite nice and thick so I think the quality is good enough to last for a good period of time. I originally heard about the freezer trick from Kileen of Cute and Little. Here are the directions:

    Freezing shoes (leather, pleather, fake leather, etc.): Fill a hole-free sealable sandwich bag or similar plastic bag about one third to halfway with water and seal, one bag for each of your shoes. Place a bag inside each shoe and push into place so that it fits the inner shoe completely (be sure it fits right to heel and toe). Place your shoes in the freezer and let them sit until it freezes, or overnight. The water in the bag will turn to ice and expand into your shoes. Remove from the freezer and leave to thaw for about 20 minutes before trying to remove the bags. Try the shoes on again to see how the shoes fit and repeat if needed. It's recommended that you don't use this method on expensive shoes.

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  22. Questforfashionsense - Thank you! I think TB makes some popular flip flops too but I'm not sure what they're generally called :) I did try a Dr. Scholl's friction block but I think my feet were too big / challenging for that to help for the whole day. I'll try the thick socks thing too - thanks for the suggestion!

    Dale - Thanks so much! I'll have to do a follow-up post on what happens with the breaking in process. I'm pretty optimistic that they'll work out at some point :)

    Sydney - I hope so too! I'm such a shopaholic that I've channeled my spending into accessories instead of clothes. I hope to be much more controlled when Baby Girl gets here - I'll definitely be distracted then :) And thanks again on the giveaway win!! I'm so excited and happy!

    Erin - Thank you! I do love the color! The freezer trick is:
    Freezing shoes (leather, pleather, fake leather, etc.): Fill a hole-free sealable sandwich bag or similar plastic bag about one third to halfway with water and seal, one bag for each of your shoes. Place a bag inside each shoe and push into place so that it fits the inner shoe completely (be sure it fits right to heel and toe). Place your shoes in the freezer and let them sit until it freezes, or overnight. The water in the bag will turn to ice and expand into your shoes. Remove from the freezer and leave to thaw for about 20 minutes before trying to remove the bags. Try the shoes on again to see how the shoes fit and repeat if needed. It's recommended that you don't use this method on expensive shoes.

    Fashion and Number - Ooh, thanks for the heads up! I may have to see if there's another color that may be cute :)

    Anonymous - LOL, I appreciate your opinion. I personally love the color and medallion but everyone has different taste :)

    Elle - Thank you! The blogosphere has definitely inspired me to take a more colorful approach with both my accessories and clothing :) I'll have to try the newspaper thing too! I have a tendency to just give up too - but that typically has been relegated to normal $40-$50 shoes, I'm much more motivated to break in these Revas LOL.

    Cee - Oh wow, I didn't know that simply stuffing the toe box would work so well - I'll have to try that! :) I have so many great tips now and I'm sure something will work!

    Jean - Thank you! Good to hear that they are now all comfy for you - that's definitely a good sign! And LOL about "weirdly comfortable" - I love that Target carries such cute, comfortable shoes are super-friendly price points!

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