If The Shoe Fits…

I’ve had a few questions about my Forever21 oxford heels, so I thought I’d pass along the link to the shoes and a quick review as well.

I had been looking for a cute pair of high-heeled oxfords and had found a few but they were a bit out of my price range AKA they weren’t free. So what do you do in a moment of cheap dispair? You turn to Forever21, that’s what you do. Within minutes, I found this pair and immediately ordered them. I’m dangerous like that. Then the fear set in — will they fit me? Will they look too cheap? Who am I? Why am I here? I tucked away the existential questions for another day and waited for my shoes to arrive. As I’ve complained explained before I have a big foot that ranges from size 10 to size 11. One time I got my foot into a 9 1/2 and I’m actually surprised its not still there. I’d never ordered shoes from Forever21 before and let’s be honest, ordering shoes online can sometimes be risky. (Thank God for ratings and reviews though).

A week later my shoes arrived. My nerves were calmed when I slipped them right on. They fit like a glove, perhaps a glove that fits really snug around the tops of my feet but I’ll take it. They still fit. And you know what they say?

If the shoe fits, wear it, review it and blog about it.

What: Forever21 Bianca Vintage Booties
Price: $23.80
True to size? Because of the style of the shoe, I would go up about a 1/2 size for comfort reasons, but it fits pretty close to size.
Available now? Yes! Find it here.
Comfortable? It depends on how you define comfort. If you think comfortable is a pair of new tennis shoes, then no they are not comfortable. If you find walking on stilts comfortable, then yes these shoes are way better than stilts.

The Good: Price — a great value for such a trendy piece. I didn’t want to spend too much so the price was just right for me.
The Bad: Needless to say, the shoes are not made from real leather. The don’t exactly look cheap, but they definitily don’t look expensive. If you are looking for something with a bit more quality, check out this pair or this one.
The Ugly: The height and thickness of the heel. Unless you are a trained professional high-heeled walker (as I am) then you might struggle a bit with these. The heel tip is about a 1/4 of an inch think and things could get tricky if you need to get somewhere fast. There isn’t much forgiveness with these shoes, by the end of the day your knees will not be speaking to you anymore.

Overall: 3 out of 5 — for the price of the shoe, you can’t beat it. I will definitely get my $24 worth this spring.

So there you have it. My first review. If you would like me to review something you’ve seen me wear, just send me an email and I’d be happy to share my thoughts! πŸ™‚

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  1. ohmygoodness, the line about comfort just made me crack up into my bowl of midnight cereal.

    02.24.10 · Reply
  2. Those are cute shoes — I never would have guessed they were F21.
    Nice review!

    – JoAnn, Sidewalk Chalk

    02.24.10 · Reply
  3. Jessica says:

    Yaay! Thank you so much for posting this. I've been debating about buying those forever. I might just have to do it…

    02.24.10 · Reply
  4. amy says:

    Hey dahling– we've all succumbed to the occasional dirt-cheap pair of shoes, but their comfort can be upgraded with a little help from footpetals… http://www.footpetals.com And lord knows, Dr. Scholl's have helped me out in a pinch, as well. Why yes, we CAN have it all.

    02.24.10 · Reply
  5. Lexie says:

    you know, people talk about their knees hurting after a day of heels, but it's always the balls of my feet screamin at me!

    great review … though for this kind of publicity they should have given them to you for free! πŸ™‚

    02.24.10 · Reply
  6. Hillary says:

    Oooh, I am so tempted now!

    02.24.10 · Reply
  7. Erika says:

    I found your blog thru Adored Austin, and I love it! I read all your posts on this first page and could probably stay up all night reading the older ones, but that's probably not a good idea…haha. My point is: lovely photos and very inspiring outfits, dear πŸ™‚


    02.24.10 · Reply
  8. The oxfords look great, I'm always nervous about buying different styles of heels because the shoes can be made rather on the cheap-side sometimes…anywho, great review!
    Take care!

    02.24.10 · Reply
  9. Monique says:

    Really helpful and such a great idea. Thanks for thinking of it! I envy you for being an expert high heel wearer. I just don't have the skill (or pain threshold).

    02.24.10 · Reply
  10. Melanie says:

    Great review and you left me laughing!! I like it!!
    The shoes certainly look great in the pics!!

    02.24.10 · Reply
  11. OK, but what I want to know is: tell us more about the high-heel walker training!

    I would say I have similar credentials, but I bet we didn't get them from the same place. πŸ™‚

    I too have been wearing a recently purchased pair of F21 boots practically to death. I'm shocked at how comfortable they are, and for $40 for a pair of boots, I feel like I made out like a bandit.

    02.24.10 · Reply
  12. Rebekah says:

    How did I not know Forever 21 sold shoes??? I guess I never thought to venture to that part of their website. And I never thought they'd cater to us larger-footed ladies. Score!

    02.24.10 · Reply
  13. sachiiiii says:

    I love those shoes. I wish I wasn't so awkward (the falling down kind) when I wear heels.

    02.24.10 · Reply
  14. U are such a great writer!!! This was a joy to read πŸ™‚

    02.24.10 · Reply
  15. ANA says:

    I'm so jealous of your shoes!! I'm struggling to find size 5 oxfords, and I want some SO BAD!

    02.24.10 · Reply
  16. myedit says:

    Look at you…shopping online for shoes. Very brave indeed. True story… I've been wanting nice black booties for a while now and I broke down and looked online yesterday (I never shop online). I typed in 'black booties' in the search column…big mistake. Should have thought of what sites popped up…

    02.24.10 · Reply
  17. Natalie says:

    myedit, laughing out loud at your story!!

    Kendie, Thanks so much for this adorable post. I love your site so much, it's in my coveted "To Check Every Day" bookmark folder! And I've been dying for a pair of these shoes, too…gotta admit, your post made me hop over to F21 and buy a pair right then and there with my Valentine's treat money from my grandma πŸ™‚ Thanks tons!

    02.24.10 · Reply
  18. Just found your blog and I love it! Those shoes are adorable and it's awesome that they fit. The line about comfort was hilarious, but it's so true some shoes are only meant to look good not feel good =P


    02.25.10 · Reply
  19. Great blog. I love how you call out where the item is from within the actual photo. Cool idea. You also do a great job of styling pieces from less upscale stores to look more expensive.

    Check out my blog! πŸ™‚

    02.26.10 · Reply
  20. Terresa says:

    Love the shoes. Just stopping by via {have a cute day} and glad I did. Your style rocks!

    02.28.10 · Reply
  21. Jenni says:

    love this idea of reviewing items you wear often! I might do a little of that on my blog too. I love the blog and your style. I've been looking for brown oxfords and am almost sold on pair seychelles… if only they weren't so pricey… and the heel wasn't so high. I'm under the impression that pricey shoes should by default be comfortable. haha.


    03.01.10 · Reply