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I'm looking for some sandals for my DD who is 6. I don't want the high st's standard offering of wafer thin sole with no support and silly thin straps. I'd like something good quality, with foot support and sensible straps that are stylish but not overly girly. Practical but still attractive. Possibly that's asking too much but I thought this would be the best place to ask about alternatives to the high st. Any ideas?
Amazon always has European brands which are high quality at good prices (which fluctuate daily....50% off one day,full price the next).Look for free returns in the spec. Brands like Umi,Richter,Ricosta mostly have leather uppers,flexi soles with padding.The Umi celia is pretty and sturdy but I paid half the current price.
Used to get Ricosta ones for dd (unfortunately she's nearly 13 now so no longer suitable). or Primigi were good too. Ricosta used to do neoprene ones (not sure if they still do or not) that were waterproof so didn't get wrecked if they went paddling in them. Richter and Geox also good.
Boden gladiator type sandals in both gold and silver. DD has both.They are beautifully made and super comfy.She played football in one pair for an hour and not a single rub or sore bit.The sandals held up well too. I'd do a link but I'm useless They are on the website.
Blowninonabreeze, can I ask you how is the sizing on the saltwater sandals? I've printed off their size guide but I don't think its right - I come out as a size 9 (I'm an average size 6!)
We have Boden ones this year, back strap is coming away from sole already so I'm disappointed. Ricosta last year, they were great and lovely too. Older DD got a pressie of Agnes Ruiz dela Prada last year, they were fab. Think I'll get saltwaters for both, if I can figure out the sizing.