Thursday, June 23, 2011

Alonai Petite Shoes Review

As you may all well know, my blog may as well be called "Petite Feet" for all my frustrations finding small shoes for my less than size 5 feet. Alonai is a Florida-based shoe company specializes in petite and big shoes (Women's size 2-14 Men's 14-17), a much wider range than the typical retail store. Alonai was kind enough to sponsor me these two pairs of size 4 shoes to review and try. [And yes, these photos were taken by my new Canon Rebel T2i + 50 mm f/1.8 lens. Treating myself with my summer scholarship money feels oh-so-good]

Firstly, my foot length is about 215 mm, so a US size 4-4.5. I realized that I am on the larger end of that range, so a size 34.5 would have been perfect. Unfortunately Alonai and many other shoe stores don't make half sizes, so I went with the 34 and took a risk, because the size 5's I've been living off of definitely leave a gap and the consequent discomfort after walking around all day. Can you imagine my surprise when I tried these on and realized that my feet were too big? That never, never, ever happens. Add water into zip-loc bags for awkard freezer stretching a la Michelle Phan and ... they didn't stretch much on the first go. I'll keep trying - this is not Alonai's fault and I just need to break them in.

If you have small feet like me and struggle with finding cute shoes that aren't covered with Barbie faces and ungodly amounts of glitter, check out Alonai's wide selection of stylish petite shoes. Finally, high heels that fit without gapping and let me strut with a woman's dignity! The prices are also usually less than other small shoe boutiques and a lot of styles are on sale right now.

10% off next purchase with coupon code: alonai4me
Pretty red boxes for the brand Andres Machado. Bigger: black wedges. Smaller: blue slingbacks
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Blue slingbacks in size 34 with elastic back strap (purchase here)
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Slingback review (size 34): 3.5 inch heel. Very true to size. Overall, I'm impressed with the quality of the shoe. The heel is sturdy and securely attached, no defects. I like the fact that the heel is also this unique blue colour. The material is a cross between leather and suede. These shoes are comfortable to stand in and match well with pants, skirts, shorts, dresses - very versatile. I reiterate that my feet are size 34.5, so the fact that these are very, very tight on me and painful to walk in is my fault. If I could find a way to stretch the back strap more than the elastic gives, that would solve most of the problem. By design, if the back strap had an adjustable buckle, it would help those who wear half sizes too.
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Mary Jane Espadrilles Wedges review (size 34): 4 inch heel. This is my first pair of mary janes and my first pair of espadrilles. Woot two birds with one stone. This black wedge is super versatile too, I like the visual effect of an ankle strap dividing the endless length of leg. I really like that the mary jane strap comes with adjustable buckles - I keep mine on the middle hole and there's still some wiggle room, whereas the tightest one is constricting. The material is like a suede and toes are quite round. With this small size and the roundedness, this shoe is more youthful and little-girl-like. The 34 isn't as small on me as the slingbacks, so I'm guessing it's more like a 4.25 if there could be such a size. A session of ice stretching should fix the squashing my toes.

Thanks to Alonai for sponsoring this wonderful pair of tiny shoes. I already wore them in two outfits that I'm excited to show you in the next few days. I'll post photos here to supplement once those outfits are up.

I was also eyeing these wedges and cool t-strap booties:
P.S. Figured out how to post to Flickr directly from Lightroom. My new camera doesn't need much editing even after shooting indoors in dim lighting but Flickr is definitely better than Blogger/Picasa for keeping colour integrity. Most photos were shot with lowest aperture: f/1.8. I'm learning, so forgive me :D

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Although the shoes were sponsored, these opinions are completely honest and my own.

12 comments:

Irene (Couture-Petite.com) June 23, 2011 at 2:53 AM   said...

Ahh, I feel your pain.. I wear a size 4.5. :( I'll have to check them out though!

Nic Nic June 23, 2011 at 3:25 AM   said...

cute picks! I love the espadrilles. I have a pair waiting to be worn.. if only it'd stop raining! You have tiny feet!

Elle June 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM   said...

These shoes are incredibly cute! I have average size feet so it's never an area that's caused me too much grief but I can't wait to see what you do with these!

Bei June 23, 2011 at 2:04 PM   said...

great shoes!!!

Rainy Days and Lattes June 23, 2011 at 4:48 PM   said...

You have the smallest feet ever! I took my ruler and measured 215 mm and converted to cm, that's like 21 1/2 cm..!!! :p So small! Your picks are definitely good taste. The slingback looks very casual and nice, they all do. Hooray for companies that specialize in shoes for small feet!! :)

nisa June 23, 2011 at 10:22 PM   said...

love the shoes :D

Really Petite June 24, 2011 at 11:25 AM   said...

Awe yay for Alonai! The owner is so sweet:)

I like both of your choices and can't wait to see them on you!!!!

Fashion Me Chic June 24, 2011 at 1:26 PM   said...

These shoes are cute.
Maybe we can follow each other?
http://www.fashionmechic.com/

Rinny June 26, 2011 at 6:57 PM   said...

I wish my feet are as small and dainty as yours Angie! The blue slingbacks are really cute! The heel height isn't too tall either, so they look very comfortable :)

sugar sugar June 27, 2011 at 7:04 AM   said...

these are so cute! :3 i have very big feet - i'm size 11. :(

kristen July 11, 2011 at 1:16 AM   said...

I think i'm going to be crying tears of joy right now. I have a size 3 -3.5 foot. I can sometimes get away with a size 4 but i usually have to have them altered or another hold punched in so they don't flop around. I have wanted to find shoes that actually look adult. I'm 28 and really don't want to be walking around in the light up barbie tennis shoes.

Anonymous August 19, 2011 at 10:32 AM   said...

I also have small feet and have to shop in children shoes for shoes.Hard not to look like Barbie or kate and asleigh. Cannot wait to get my heels!

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