Good morning everybody !
Today I want to share my review of this flats made by Bernie Mev, a company founded in 1974 in the U.S. and totally transformed by its current owners Itamar and Rachel Carmi in 2008. The model that I have it’s called Hazel in cobalt blue or electric blue:
Same model but in black in a 3/4 perspective:
It’s made in elastic woven that molds to your feet without hurting. Let’s start this review:
I find this flats really comfortable because they have really good cushion at the insoles at least 3 layers of foam of different materials and the last layer is a very cushy one made of leather, her you can see the insoles layers:
The leather insole is really cushy when I push my finger against it as shown in this picture:
They have a good height of heel (3/4″)that has like independent cylindrical forms at the sole that provides good support and shock absorption when walking or standing on your feet:
These flats have a soft leather lining that reduces rubbing from the inside of the shoe against your feet:
After the breaking period they are easy to slip on and off and the elastic around the shoe helps to keep this flats on your feet but without digging into your skin.
The right shoe’s heel rubbed a little bit my feet and the elastics at the top of the feet bothered me somehow, so I decided to wear them with socks one week at home, then 4 days barefoot also at home and after that I started to wear them outdoors, I must say 1 week and a half to break them in, this is the heel cup of the shoe that bothered me the most:
My feet doesn’t tend to sweat a lot, but in summer you never know. The leather insoles absorbs really well the moisture of your feet, Dominique, the sales lady that recommended me showed me the insoles of her same style of flats despite being dark from constant wear, she told me that neither her feet or flats became smelly. I can say the same even that I always alternate my flats everyday, one week I wore them all the days and I haven’t had any problem with sweaty feet or odors. Therefore this flats lets breath well your feet.
Depending where you live the price varies from US $ 55 at Amazon to CAD$100 where I live in Canada. I consider for the comfort and quality of these flats they worth the money. If you live in U.S. these flats are more affordable and easier to find, but if you live in Canada, I personally don’t recommend to purchase online at the U.S. because the shipping fees and custom taxes would be as expensive as the same price of the shoe. In Canada you can find them at these stores:
Appearance: They look cute , they don’t shoe any toe cleavage, they look very classical and original plain ballet flat, and you can wear with any outfit. Good for casual Fridays at the office or if you find them in black you can wear them with slack pants or a nice skirt at your workplace depending your company dress code.
The size of these brand is in European sizes and they run small I usually wear women shoe size US 9.5 or 10 or its equivalent in EU 40, but the 40 was too tight in my toes that the sales lady brought me the 41 and that size felt perfect on my feet. In my opinion try them at the store and size up to be comfortable on them, specially the toe area.
Number of hours I can wear them: when walking 6 h to 8h then I swap to my bedroom slippers cause if my feet is too swollen the elastics could rub where my big toe starts, and all day if standing at the office walking from a room to other and sitting.
I am pretty sure this flats are made to last. I have mine for one year wearing them twice a week and they seem to last, you cans see in one picture that the insoles aren’t dark and the heels don’t show a lot of wear after one year neither the upper of the shoes:
Type of the feet that are more suitable:
I could say the will feel better if you have an average or narrow feet, but as the flats have elastic maybe if you have a slightly wide feet you can wear them without hurting or hating a lot the elastics.
Conclusion: I recommend these flats considering the comfort, quality, durability and price, and how cute they look, specially if you need to walk a lot in your job or when shopping or you are a young mom running behind your kids, or when travelling and you need shoes comfortable and with good support this are the ones for you.
And this is how I love to wear them, on summer with capris:
And in fall with jeans and a sweater:
Hope this review would be helpful and I wish you a nice weekend !