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July 28, 2012

The Zara ankle-strap suede shoes

Photo credit: Zara

When I first saw these shoes online last month I knew that it was just a matter of time until they would be in my closet. They were just the affordable version of the Alexander Wang Liya shoes that I had been waiting for, simply perfect. But as it was just before my holidays in Portugal, I waited and only got them when I came back.

They cost 39,95 € and even though the price is super attractive, these shoes were a major disappointement. They looked very good online but in real life they have several problems. First of all, they look super cheap. I knew they weren't made of real leather but still, they looked like these pair of shoes that you can buy in H&M for 9,95 €. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against the cheap shoes from H&M, I'm just saying that if you're selling something like it, don't ask for 4 times the price. Secondly, the ankle strap was made of a very thin material, I had the impression that it was going to rip off any minute just like plain paper. Then, when I tried them on, the disaster happened. I didn't feel stable on them, they were painful even when I didn't move and made these weird noises like if the heel was falling apart. No. No. No. These shoes had to go back ! I don't need to tell you that I returned them, immediately.

The problem is that now I'm frustrated because I still want need ankle-strap pointy shoes but don't have them. My only alternatives are: save for the real Alexander Wang Liya shoes (and hope that they would be released again anytime soon), try out the perfect copy from Choies, or look for a more minimalistic pair, like the brand new Lina shoes which look very similar but with a thinner and more sophisticated ankle strap.

Alexander Wang Liya shoes (sold out), suede shoes (Choies), Alexander Wang Lina shoes (shopbop)

I know, there is also another option, move on to another obsession because to be honest, I don't really need these shoes... 

I hope you're having a great weekend or holidays, but in both cases: enjoy your summer !!

xx Marta
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  1. What a shame. They looked really cute in the picture. But I had a similar problem with a pair from Zara a year ago. Unfortunately, I was stupid enough to throw the receipt away before giving them a good try and therefore couldn't return them.

    I'd say save for the Alexander Wang Liya... or, in case they're not released again, get the Choies (almost identical but, from the description, seem of better quality than the Zara ones).

    1. That's a pity that you were stuck with a pair of shoes you didn't like. But here in Belgium you can still return items in Zara with no receipt, it is just that they don't refund you, you have store credit instead.
      Do you think that should go for the Choies ? I was hoping that you guys would help me cure my obsession :) xx

  2. I have very little success with Zara shoes in general. They all look fabulous and all fit me terrible with the exception of a pair of black wedge sandals I got this year but they did look more sturdy than the average shoe in there. I don't think you will be happy with a cheaper pair as you've got your heart set on the Liyas. I know one thing - if a pair of shoes are painful from the outset, they'll probably stay painful and that's just a no no.

    1. I usually I l quite ok with Zara shoes, but I have to sat say that I always buy the more expensive line ones. Here, they are from the basic line and there is a big quality difference between the two. Let's see how I am going to cure my obsession... xx

  3. j'adore ton passage en revue tes collections, sont belles mais trop trop hautes pour moi

  4. I saw the Liya and another Alexander Wang wedges that I really liked. I've forgotten the name but they're sold out everywhere.

  5. Comme quoi tu tombes à pic Marta ! Je devais aller m'acheter ces chaussures ce soir et juste avant de partir du travail j'ai lu ton article !

    Merci pour ce billet qui est très pertinent ! Passe de bonnes vacances :)

    Belle soirée, bises.

  6. Je suis contente que cet article ait evité des dégâts :)) xx


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xx Marta