on my list | black sandals

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You know how there are some things you want, and then others that you need. I find that I most realize what I need when 1. I find myself reaching for something in my closet that isn't there, or 2. I wish I had a different something from the thing I reach for. This became painfully clear last summer when I first recognized that I needed black sandals, and then proceeded to buy a pair that I hated wearing.

The sandals I bought were from American Eagle (seen here) and they fit all the criteria I thought I had. They had an ankle strap, didn't go between my toes, and weren't patent leather or some weird material. Unfortunately, I learned upon their arrival that they had the slightest wedge on the heel. The wedge was super short and super thin, making me walk like a newborn foal. I would go out of my way to not wear outfits that required a black sandal because I so dreaded wearing them.

This year, I'm trying again. I love the look of the thicker covered section at the front of the sandal (no idea what to call that??), but I tried on this Gap pair and it rubbed my toes when I walked, so I didn't buy them. The Steve Madden pair is almost identical to the cognac pair of sandals I already own and love (seen here), which makes them a top contender. I'd love to get something a little different, though, if I can find the right pair!

Seen any black sandals you think might be the ones? I'd love to see! What's on your list this week?

15 comments

  1. I've been on the hunt for black sandals as well! I really like number 5 but number 4 seems more casual for every day wear.

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  2. I love your "On My List" posts! I absolutely love number 6. The crisscross detail is cute, and Toms are always so comfortable.

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  3. I love 7. My roommate just bought a black pair from target that I think I'm going to get. She loves them and says they are super comfy and they can be dressed up or down. Also, I like that they don't have any hardware so they can be worn with any kind of jewelry. Plus the price is awesome!

    http://www.target.com/p/women-s-tameka-elastic-quarter-strap-sandals/-/A-16857432#prodSlot=_1_4

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  4. i'm worried about 5 staying on my feet! 4 are exactly what i want, but they're the Gap pair that rubs :( it's like the front comes out too far? if that section were shorter, they'd be perfect. why do stores never make exactly what we're looking for!?

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  5. Ha: as I'm reading this, I'm wearing a pair of black sandals I got at Target circa six years ago (!!) that I initially was okay with but have grown to hate. Madewell has a couple of solid options, and I like #7 too: that gold detail! Love.

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  6. omg i didn't even look at Madewell because i can't ever afford anything there, but they have a super cute pair for $60!! thanks for the tip!

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  7. Black sandals are on my list every summer! I can never seem to find a pair that are comfortable and flattering/cute enough. Which is crazy because I could buy black heels and flats until the cows come home. Why is it so hard? I struggle with sandals in general though. I like the looks of 5 and 8, personally!

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  8. I am obsessed with the TOMS pair. I have been eyeing them myself! They have a little bit of a boho feel to them which I am a fan of!

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  9. I'm in a rather similar boat - I have a pair of black sandals that I'm not particularly fond of, and I would like to find something new. Personally, I like the simple style of #s 1 and 8, but apparently I'm turning into a minimalist when it comes to my sandals.

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  10. I totally ordered those American Eagle sandals. They were so uncomfortable that I ended up returning them, haha. I got a pair of custom sandals from Etsy, but I just saw these also from Etsy and I like them even more than my pair (hate it when that happens). I also would recommend these from Madewell if you can catch them on sale. I have last year's version in the cognac color and adore them.


    xo Kimi
    twentysomethingsimple.wordpress.com

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  11. I literally can't choose between these, they are all so cute.

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  12. Great sandals! My fave is probably number 6! But they are all lovely!

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  13. Several girls in my office have the Madewell version of #5. I love that it's a cross between a flat and a sandal, so it's not too casual like a sandal, but not too uncomfy like a flat. If that makes sense. Hope you find the ones of your dreams! Definitely a staple.

    ♥ perfectly Priya

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  14. 1, 3, and 6 are hands down my favorite! I really love 6 because TOMS!!!!

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