Product Type: Karrimor Hunter Original
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Karrimor Amazon Sandals
Member Name: Joker25
Karrimor Amazon Sandals
Advantages: Cheap, good grips, comfortable
Disadvantages: None, really.
Anyway, if there's one thing I love, that's trotting around with my tootsies unleashed. This year, I was ahead of the game and ordered my sandals off Amazon in December, when they were much reduced in price and had a good selection of sizes.
I see a definite distinction between 'going out sandals' and 'everyday sandals'. The former can be as glittery and flimsy as my heart desires because I have no intention of walking far in them. In fact, as long as they show off prettily painted toenails and I can walk from the taxi to the bar and (just about) stand up in them, I'm a happy girl. Everyday sandals, by contrast, need to be comfy enough that I can walk around all day in them without them hurting my feet. I'm not a big fan of flip-flops or sandals that have a toe post, as I find they tend to rub and cause blisters with any kind of serious walking. Nor do I like sandals that have no back, as they feel unsupportive, and I find they tend to slide off my feet when I'm driving.
These Karrimor sandals are definitely in the everyday camp, although they are just about girly enough to be worn out to the pub. Probably not to a club, though, lest the bouncers look at you like you're recording secretary of the Ray Mears Fan Club.
These sandals are fully adjustable, as each strap is fastened with Velcro and so should accommodate most breadths of feet. One strap goes across the widest part of the foot, just before the toes, one goes around the back of the heel and one around the ankle. The straps are wide enough to be secure but not so huge that no air gets to your feet and the Velcro holds securely even after a long day of being on your feet. The straps are finished with a patterned material that gives a bit of a feminine edge without straying into Barbie territory. Mine are a purply-pink colour that's less garish than it sounds and goes with most outfits. Overall, the look is a slightly rugged feminine one. They're solid and practical without being as unashamedly fugly as a pair of Birkenstocks.
~*~Fit and Comfort~*~
I have magic feet that somehow transmogrify themselves into entirely different sizes depending on the brand of footwear. Thus, I'm usually a size 7 but have shoes that are 6, 8 and 9 as well. I bought these in a size seven and they're a teeny bit on the large size. Not so much that it looks like I'm wearing clown shoes, mind, but the size 6 probably would have been absolutely perfect.
On me, the straps fit nice and snugly across my arches and around my ankles and there's no rubbing thanks to the fact they're slightly padded. The soles are thick and have a springiness to them that makes walking on pavements very comfortable. I've walked along roughish tracks whilst out with the dog and have never found them hard going, but if this was solely the type of terrain you were tackling I think that these may not be up to the job; better to invest in serious walking sandals. Walking on grass or sand feels great, although the open nature of these shoes means that you will end up with dirty/sandy/grassy feet if the ground is at all wet. Thankfully, a quick rinse with warm water and a wee scrub brings these up as good as new and rinsing under the tap has never damaged the fabric of mine. They also dry quickly, meaning you're not squelching along for any longer than is necessary.
The grips are good for all the surfaces I've walked on and I've never come close to slipping. I suspect they'd be useless on ice, but if you're wearing sandals in those conditions then you have greater issues to worry about than the prospect of falling over. If walking on freshly cut grass the grips are so effective that you will end up with great swathes of the stuff imbedded in the soles, but a quick scrape with a stick or scrubbing brush quickly sorts this out.
These are great casual sandals for spring and summer days. For the current price of around £12 on Amazon they will make your tootsies and your purse happy.
Summary: Cheap but good walking sandals.