Yes, I love my boots and tennis shoes, but I'm a sandals and flats girl all around. There is something about being able to slip into warm weather footwear that gets my feet tingling and starts a happy tune running through my head.
But while there are flats lining the shelf of every shoe store around, I'm often disappointed when out shopping for them. Walking up and down every aisle, keeping my kids from pulling down pair after pair, dealing with shoes that never seem to fit right or pinch at my toes... no, thanks.
Fortunately, this summer I was introduced to a pair of sandals that changed all that. I have long loved my children's shoes from pediped, so it was a welcome surprise to hear that the founder started a collection for women as well: Brian James Footwear.
That's right! After years of countless requests from moms, celebrities and fans who were seeking the same quality, comfort and style they learned to love from the award-winning children's footwear brand pediped, founder Angela Edgeworth developed a stylish women's line as well (and named it after her husband).
Made from high quality, luxurious materials, Brian James footwear offers the perfect balance of style and comfort, reflecting a sense of timelessness and relaxed elegance that all women can appreciate. Each of the various options — sandals, ballet flats, wedges and boots — focus on luxurious fabrics and a perfect fit.
Which of course made me happy to pull on the strappy, sophisticated and fashionable Chantal sandals in noir (black)!
Featuring soft and silky suede, ankle support, seamless leather lining, a cushioned insole and a flexible rubber sole, the Chantal perfectly blend style and comfort.
While the classic, elegant appearance makes them just right to wear to work or dress up any outfit, the trendy, gladiator straps keep them young and unique. Even better, I love that Brian James included a zipper closure on the back so that wearers don't end up hunched over dealing with the hassle of buckles.
I have to admit that even though the Chantal feature a cushioned insole, I didn't have extremely high hopes in how comfortable they were going to be. The sole just looks... flat, so how could it provide any support?
While I'm still not 100% sure on the answer to that question, the Chantal have proven me completely wrong and are extremely comfortable!
I've worn these for short distances as well as longer amounts of walking and have never had a blister, ache or single sore toe. Add to that the fact that they're just so darn cute and stylish and I have been reaching for my Brian James sandals more and more as the summer has continued!
Available in the noir that I received and a soft cognac (nude) color, the Chantal sandals can be purchased directly from Brian James (or on Amazon) for $98. While this is a much higher price tag than you might find when picking up cheap footwear at a big box store, I have no doubt that these shoes will last for season after season after season.
Even better, if you're on the fence about making a purchase and are wondering if the quality of this footwear is worth it, Brian James offers a revolutionary Try Before You Buy program where they will send you up to five pairs (free shipping!) to try in person before you pay.
If you love the shoes, keep them! If not, send them back for free. They're just that sure that you'll feel the comfort for yourself and want to keep it in your closet!
To find out more about the full line of Brian James offerings (all of their new boots and fall and winter styles are completely adorable!) visit their website at BrianJamesFootwear.com and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.
Plus, thanks to their generosity, one person will also get to find out exactly why my feet are so happy sporting Brian James, because...
One lucky person will win their choice of shoes*
from Brian James (ARV $195)!
from Brian James (ARV $195)!
*Based on availability, of course.
A big thank you to Brian James for providing shoes for me as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.