I’ve been quite a naughty girl when it comes to writing reviews of my shoes. Today, I’m rectifying that by telling you about two pairs of Paul Green sandals that I just adore. As spring and warmer weather (hopefully?) approaches, I can’t wait to wear them again! We have several days of snow and rain in the forecast so it might be a little while before I get to traipse around in these fabulous sandals but at least it’s something to look forward to…
I had never heard of Paul Green until my “shoe guy” at Nordstrom brought me a pair to try on. The brand was started in Munich in 1988 (hence the name Paul Green München) and is now headquartered near Salzburg Austria. All aspects of the shoe making process are done in Europe and Paul Green prides itself on its high quality materials and craftsmanship which results in handcrafted artisan-quality shoes. I love this bit from its website: “We purchase only the finest natural materials and components for our artisans to make each shoe a working wearable piece of art.” Sounds good to me!
Paul Green Sandals – Ankle Strap Beauties – Size EU42
These ankle strap sandals are the pair that my Nordstrom shoe guy brought to me and forced me to try on. I have a rough history with ankle strap styles since they’re typically not flattering on me. I was certain that the strap either wouldn’t fit around my ankle or would look terrible if I did manage to fasten it. Now let me tell you a little secret about the ankle strap. See that buckle? That’s NOT how you fasten the strap. There’s actually velcro underneath that so you don’t have to fumble with the buckle every time. Genius! The velcro also allows me to cheat a bit and fasten the strap a little looser if I need to.
These sandals are insanely comfortable thanks to the breathable leather footbed and sensible heel. I love the gold trim on the front strap and the color is so versatile. The year that I bought them, I wore these shoes almost every day to work in the heat of summer because they went well with both pants and skirts/dresses. 2016 will mark my 3rd year wearing these sandals and they still look good as new! I don’t see this exact pair on the Paul Green website, but this pair is very similar.
Here are several ways I’ve worn the shoes:
Just a peek of the sandals with my Tallwater jeans.
Paul Green Comfy Walking Sandals – Size EU42
I bought my second pair of Paul Green sandals after moving to Europe and my jaw DROPPED when I saw the price. These same sandals had more than DOUBLE the price tag on a website in the U.S., I guessing because they’re imported? Let’s just say that I plan to stock up on Paul Green shoes while I’m living over here!
Back to the sandals, I had agonized over what sandals would be best for out July road trip through Italy since we would be doing a lot of tromping around. I knew I wouldn’t survive the heat, cobblestone and hours of walking in flimsy fashion sandals – I needed some more serious sandals with a comfortable (preferably leather) footbed and some support. When I happened upon these in a local shop, I was immediately drawn to them because they were a good mix of style and practicality. With their leather footbeds, fashionable straps and neutral color, they proved to be great for walking while still maintaining some semblance of style!
Here are a few ways I’ve worn them:
Both pairs of sandals are very well made and I hope to wear them for years to come! Not all of the Paul Green styles are to my taste, but they do have several beautiful styles. Here are links to some of my current fav Paul Green shoes.
Have you ever heard of Paul Green? Do you own any PG shoes? What’s your favorite high quality shoe brand?