Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Haul + Review: Orla Kiely for Clarks Bibi Shoes

Yellow is probably my current favorite color, so it was easy deciding which pair of the Orla Kiely Bibi shoes to get. This style was available in Yellow, Pink, and Tan (still available here, here, and here). All the colors are lovely, but I don't yet have a yellow pair of heels, so I thought this sunny shade would be a fun addition to my shoe collection.

I initially got a size 7, but eventually exchanged them for a 6.5, which is definitely the better fit. I'm usually a size 7, so I'd say these run large. I've been running into this issue a lot with these Orla Kiely for Clarks shoes - they seem to run long and narrow. The width on these, however, was perfect and did not feel tight across the front, which is the issue I had with the Orla Bobbies. The 7s in the Bibis were just a bit too long, but sizing down half a size fixed that problem and now they are the perfect fit. They are super comfy right out of the box, and I don't think I'll have to break these in. 

The only other issue I had with this pair was the right shoe had a scuff mark on the front (you can see this a little better in the picture below). Since I ended up exchanging this pair, I didn't have to worry about it, but it was kind of a bummer for a brand new pair of shoes.

There's a beautiful cutout detail on the front.

There's a side buckle that's actually made of patent leather, something I wasn't expecting because it's really hard to tell form the photos online. It's an interesting touch, and I totally don't mind it, but I probably would've preferred just regular leather to match the rest of the shoe.

A T-strap front.

A nice chunky low heel that will make these shoes bearable to walk and stand in for long periods of time, which is always a plus for a teacher like me.

And of course, a gorgeous bottom that will inevitably get scuffed, but at least there's a portion that will never touch the ground and stay intact.