Everlane Woven Sling-backs and What I Think About Them
Usually I sit and stalk something online for ages before I think about ever buying it. Checking in on it. Keeping tabs. Rarely do I buy on impulse.
When I saw a peek of these shows in an Everlane advert, I got excited because they are similar in style to what I've been on the hunt for. I'm a sucker for a woven texture, and I was optimistic about the color, which was described as "light tan." When they arrived, I tried them on immediately and found them comfortable but particularly difficult to style.
They felt unobtrusive and perfectly fit (I got a nine and they were snug but not too snug) during the small amount of time I wore them around the house. They make a pleasant flopping sound when you walk.
But no matter what other colors or styles I paired them with, I couldn't seem to get them to play nice with an outfit. The color and texture, to my surprise, make them much more of a statement shoe than you'd expect a pair like this to be.
After my initial assessment, the jury was still out. I left for my vacation to Chicago and thought about them some more while I was gone.
I really liked the shoes, but did I love them? I polled Instagram. Most said to move on. I had to agree.
But I tried them on again when I returned home to Atlanta, this time in the morning light, which is bright and clear but also diffuse and warm.
Now they appear even more peachy pink than before. And here's the thing — I love the color. Buuuuut...
...it' just not what I wanted in this shoe.
While it's a gorgeous color, I didn't set out looking for gorgeous blush pink shoes. I was looking for gorgeous light tan shoes.
And — the toes are very pointy. Very elongated. At the wrong angle, you get these elf-looking monstrosities. Alone, I think could get over that by itself, but combined with the off-mark color and busy texture, it's too much.
Perhaps most importantly, they are hard to pair with other beige things.
As you know, I wear a lot of beige. Unlike with black, which I think doesn't necessarily need to match other black, I feel like a mix of beiges should try and blend in relative harmony.
With beige, there's more inherent variation and thus more opportunity for the shades to clash. And that's what I think would happen with these shoes. Most of the beiges I wear fall more in the neutral area of the spectrum, while the Everlane sling-backs are in the firm extreme of pink. It's a subtlety, but it's one I notice. I feel like this combo of blush pink shoes and flax linen pants is so close to perfect but not quite. I want the shoes and the pants to match just a liiiiittle bit more.
So I sent them back.
Off they went, back to Everlane. If I had to think that hard about whether they were worth keeping or not, then I knew in my heart I didn't love them. I don't want to keep something just because it's almost what I wanted, so away they went.
As I sat down to write this I felt a twinge of FOMO regret, but I think it'll pass, if it hasn't already. My life goes on!
Have you had any Fear of Missing Out with purchases (or non-purchases) lately?
Really pretty blush color, but I didn't want blush shoes.