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When I was spring cleaning earlier on today, I came across my pair of Clarks Oscar Silk Sandals which I bought last year and can honestly say that I've only worn about three times. I know that some of you may not believe that I'm entitled to have an opinion on these shos bearing in mind that I've only worn them three times, but I have to stress that the ONLY reason I wore these three times is that they were so uncomfortable that I couldn't bear to put them on my feet! I would like to emphasise however that I am generally a huge fan of Clarks footwear - which is why I am so shocked that they were the manufacturers of shoes which really offer nothing in terms of anything positive! These shoes are sandals which have a hard sole but they are backless and are kept on the foot by a leather strap which goes across the front part of the foot. The look like something that would be comfortable to slob around with in the summer - and this is principally the reason I purchased them in the first place. I bought them online from the Clarks online Store for around £35.00 - which is more expensive than most sandals of this type, but they were Clarks and so I was willing to pay a little extra to have the extra comfort, quality and durability that I associate with Clarks. I bought the red leather Oscar Silk Sandals - but I did also see them in classic white and black (I'm not sure if there are other colours). The coloured part of the shoe is made from leather and suede - and they feel like this leather is of good quality. The upper sole is cushioned, whereas the flat lower sole is made from rubber. When I first tried these sandals on, I really thought they felt comfortable. The sole are cushioned and so felt gentle on my feet, and the suede felt soft and comfortable. However, this comfort was unfortunately short lived and after walking around in these shoes more than fifteen minutes, the leather strap started to rub on the top of my foot - and became quite grating and uncomfortable. In addition to this, after a little longer time, the sides of the strap also started to rub against the sides of my feet - to the point that I was left with a blister on one of my feet. At first I felt that maybe I just needed to wear the shoes in, but after wearing them a further two times, I just wasn't willing to put my feel through such tortuous treatment. Having found these sandals, I'm afraid they are going straight in the bin. I can't think of anything to recommend them.
I like Clarks shoes and boots and Clarks is always my first stop when I am looking for footwear. The size 5 D fits me perfectly, I also like the variety of products that Clarks sells and the way they display products in their High Street shops. The Sandals: The Oscar Silk Sandals are basically mules, they have no back in them at all. They come in a variety of colours, white leather, cherry red leather and black leather. They are a one part mule and the heel is almost flat, it's less than an inch high. The upper half of the mule is made from leather and the bottom half - inner sole is made from suede. The actual outer sole is made from rubber. The strap of the mule has a buckle on it and this can be adjusted to 3 sizes. The inner suede sole has the added comfort of Clarks Active Air technology. This technology developed by Clarks in 1982 offers the following: Durable Soles Tough, wear-resistant soles Use hardwearing materials such as rubber, Polyurethane (PU), Thermo Polyurethane (TPU), and thermoplastic rubber Cushioned Footbeds Spongy EVA footbed, contoured for comfort Soft inner soles The double layer won't flatten out through wear - ensuring long-lasting comfort Shock Absorption Air pockets and channels spread the impact as the feet hit the ground Innovation My results: I bought these sandals in the white leather option in a size 5 D. I tried them on in store and they fitted fine. The first time I wore these sandals was on a visit to Tesco's to get some groceries. It was in the middle of July and the weather was quite warm. I found the sandals comfortable as soon as I put them on and because the bottom sole is made of rubber they have a good grip and they are not at all slippy. The suede insole is also very comfortable and my feet did not slip in and out of the sandals. Both the bottom sole and the insole are very well designed and comfortable. After wearing the sandals for about one hour they started to become a bit less comfortable. The leather top part of the mule was rubbing both sides of my right foot and it was really painful. Ironically my left foot was fine. As soon as I go home I removed the sandals, they had made the side of my foot very red and I am sure if I had worn them any longer then it would have removed the skin on my foot. I had paid good money for these sandals and I could not afford to waste them. I tried the old fashioned method of rubbing dry soap along the inside of the mules to see if that would make them easier to wear. I then put thin socks on and wore the mules around the house for a couple of hours. The next time I wore the mules they were just okay. I was still very aware that the mule was rubbing my right foot but not quite as painfully as last time I wore them. After every wear I rub dry soap on the insides of both mules under and around the sides of the leather. This seems to have helped but I will say this these mules really took a while to wear in and really when they were finally completely comfortable they were looking a bit scruffy and showing their wear. This year I have the perfect plan for these mules, I will pack them when I go on holiday and wear them on the beach. If you can wear these mules without them rubbing your feet then they are an ok buy, the bottom sole and inner sole are well designed and comfortable, it's just the leather upper that's the problem. I feel I wasted my money on these mules. This year I am buying Flyflots. My friend swears by them!
I can't stand shoe shopping, but in particularly shopping for sandals. I feel the shoe shopping experience is a total nightmare now before I had some good shoes and sandals which never cut into me and I dont know what has changed they all seem to cut into my feet the last couple of years. Maybe quality has got worse or it is made like that so you have to buy these silly products to make your shoes comfy. Sandals for me has to be flat or a low heel, has to be comfortable, not cut into my feet and lastly not fall off feet. I purchase the Oscar Silk Sandals in white from the Clarks website some time ago. I was about to check theses out in the store but my local one seems to have disappeared from the high street. I had seen some raving reviews on their website about this product. Its customers talked about how they are comfortable and decent looking and they have even gone on to purchase these sandals in other colours. These sandals got the full five stars in ratings. So take that in to consideration I thought these seem perfect and also my last boots were from Clarks which were so comfy I thought there would be no problem. Clarks Oscar Silk Sandals come in a range of colours: white, cherry red, teal, cerise, camel and black. They cost £34.99 and didn't have to pay extra for delivery. These sandals are suppose to be perfect for the summer, pretty enough to wear with skirts but practical enough to go with jeans and it has an underfoot comfort of active air. It's a buckle fastening slip on style, bascially a mule. On first appearance I thought it looked better in the photograph on the website, doesn't it always? Anyway they looked like flippers as they go outwards at the top. It's made of white leather and has a suede lining and a rubber sole which contains grip. Don't know if it's me but maybe there are issues with its size I've got a size 4 but it felt a little tight so since it was a buckle type I put it on its last hole. This was ok, well just about, it could have done with another hole on the strap. At this stage I was thinking maybe need a size up but considering that the sandals are overhanging by 2cm from my toes, I don't think it's a good idea. I have to admit the underfoot comfort was fantastic it was comfy just like wearing slippers but the edge of the sandals cut into my sides of my feet. I tried them out last week, I walked into town centre which is about just under half a mile, so I guess I walked a mile there and back. Felt like the longest walk in my life. Getting into town was not a major problem, though I would have been much comfy and quicker in my boots. On way back I could feel the leather sides start to cut into me causing me to stop a few times. Even tried to walk fast which decreased the pain somewhat but every time I slowed down it was murder. At this point I wanted to walk home barefoot but decided against it and tried to get home soon as possible the best way I could. when I finally got home I found chunks of skin peeled off on both feet, not a pretty sight and very sore. Thank god it's starting to heel now and the fluid has stopped coming out. Be awhile before my feet look good again. Overall it not a comfy sandal, it's not one I can wear daily or walk for miles in. I don't think it's been produced properly, especially when the edge of the leather strap wraps round the feet as it comes up in a curved direction, probably suppose to support the feet in the sandal but manages to cut into you instead. I'm not impressed, for a Clarks product it was a serious let down maybe I should just gone for a cheaper sandal instead of thinking quality would have been better.