My style influences are a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll. If it looks like something Jimi Hendrix might have worn, chances are I'll at least try it on. And yes, I own two pairs of cowboy boots. But I never let myself go too far in one direction, rather mixing classic pieces with my more outrageous things to make an outfit all my own. Usually, I wouldn't think that wooden platform shoes are subtle enough, but I was immediately drawn to these Ecote sandals and haven't looked back since.
First of all, whatever you put them on with will instantly become more chill. Boyfriend jeans and a white tee? These bad boys make that look perfectly Americana. What about a maxi dress and floppy hat? 70s inspired in the best way. I have worn my Steve Madden Nonstp heels into the ground and was looking for another casual, leather heel that could transition into fall. These are absolutely perfect for that description.
Now, I know the amount of clunk in the platform isn't for everyone. There is really nothing streamlined or minimal about these sandals, so if that's your vibe then I totally understand not wanting to try these out. But if you tend to go for a bit more bohemian or vintage styles, these shoes could become your new best friends.
Structurally, the wood is going to show some wear and tear. Personally, I like to think that adds character, but a lighter colored wooden platform shoe might not show as much damage. The leather is great quality for the price and doesn't pinch my foot uncomfortably at all. Because of the amount of holes in the ankle strap, a variety calf or foot widths could easily fit into these shoes. The wood is a bit heavy, but it adds to the durability and ease of the heel. I consider these to be true to size.
I don't have many complaints except for the potential for the bottom to be quite slippery and the pressure the wooden platform puts on the balls of the feet after a long day. As far as heels go, though, I would choose these for all day wear versus most of my other pairs.
I actually surprised myself with how much I love these shoes. I've already worn them with quite a bit of things in my wardrobe, but for fall I can't wait to wear them with a variety of denim shapes as well as with tights and long socks for some warmth with dresses.