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Spring is finally here. And I’m getting my wardrobe ready for another season. “Out with old in with the new” – as the saying goes. In that spirit, I’ve recently got a pair of Tory Burch Millers and I would like to share my thoughts about it with you.
First, let me just say, I’m fully aware these shoes have been around for years and they have been quite popular as well. So, I know I’m not being a trendsetter here. But the thing is, I’ve never actually tried them — until now.
I’ve long admired Tory Burch’s sandals from a distance. The medallion logo cutout on the top combined with the sophisticated flip-flop look, it’s very alluring indeed. But the price tag made me put off my purchase for a while. Mainly because when I compared them to similar shoes, I didn’t see much of a difference that justified the price tag. Also, I wasn’t sure if they were going to be comfortable.
I’ve purchased designer shoes in the past. Lots of them. However, my experience was disappointing, to say the least. Aesthetically speaking, they were beautiful, no doubt, and the quality of materials far superior to mass-produced ones. But many of them were not comfortable. That alone made me put off buying another designer shoe again for a while. I just didn’t see the point.
But after a long hiatus, I was willing to give them another try. Mainly because the Miller sandals didn’t seem to get away from my mind. I think I became a bit obsessed with them subconsciously — call it subliminal message if you must — but they were on my mind a lot. So, I finally decided to spend the money if they didn’t sacrifice comfort for style.
Because Tory Burch Millers are flats, I knew there was a good chance they could be comfortable. But the thing about shoes is: you never know if you’re going to like them unless you try them.
Initially, I was thinking about getting them online. But ultimately decided that going to a physical store was the best way to go. Which brings me to my first point:
Where can I shop for Tory Burch Miller shoes?
Do Tory Burch Millers ever go on sale?
Because these shoes are so coveted, they rarely go on sale. But yes, there will be a few instances when you’re able to score a discount. Nordstrom has sales from time to time when they’re getting ready to receive new models. It doesn’t happen very often, so you have to be on the lookout for them.
The discounts vary but usually range from 20% to 30%. Also, you need to be flexible on the color if you want that discount. The ones that go on sale are very limited in choice.
The bottom line: with patience and flexibility, it’s possible to score a good deal.
Now let’s talk about the shoe itself!
My color preference was always on the neutral side. I wanted something versatile that I wouldn’t have to worry about styling it so much, but I didn’t want to go with a basic color such as black or white either.
I liked their brown color which Tory Burch calls “Vintage Vachetta” (which is not so dark as browns go) and also the lighter neutral version which they call it “Light Make Up”. The latter is more of a light pink but still falling on the neutral side. Both beautiful colors. I was torn between the two.
Eventually, I ended up going with the darker brown version, since I already had a similar shoe in a lighter color.
What first drew me to this shoe was the idea that they are a dressier version of regular flip flops. This means they can be used with dresses, shorts, skirts, and pants.
They’re still casual enough that you wouldn’t look overdressed yet a bit dressier than regular flip flops so you can wear them for date night but also shopping, running errands, and to a beach vacation. Part of the reason they are so great for warmer seasons like Spring and Summer.
Versatility was key for me. These shoes scored big points in this category.
Now let’s talk about wearability.
Are they comfortable?
Short answer, yes. The Tory Burch Miller has a lightly padded footbed which makes them very comfortable. It’s made with real leather which makes them durable as well.
I wore them more than a few times since my purchase and I had no problems with them hurting my feet — which happens a lot with other flat sandals. I can already tell they will be great for sightseeing on my next vacation.
How do they fit?
Tory Burch says they fit true to size. I decided to go to the store and see it for myself. Sometimes designer shoes run a little smaller even if they are TTS. Part of the reason why decided to go to the store instead of buying them online.
When I tried them, they did fit my regular shoe size, but there wasn’t much room left. I’m a size 7. I tried both 7 and 7.5 and ultimately decided to go with 7.5 for comfort and a little bit of extra room. That turned out to be a great decision.
Are they worth the money?
That depends on a variety of factors such as your lifestyle and your budget. They are not cheap at $198 a pair. But to determine if they are worth your money, you have to take into account, realistically, how much use you will get out of these shoes, and then divide it by the cost to see if they are worth your money.
My main concern with these shoes was if they were going to be comfortable. Since my purchase, I wore them on 5 different occasions, and I had no problems as far as hurting my feet — which tells me they are great for long walks.
I live in Los Angeles, which has nice weather year-round. Because I live in a warm climate, I can see myself wearing them very frequently. For me and my lifestyle, I think they were a good investment. The versatility and practicality of these shoes are definitely worth the money.
Overall, I think Tory Burch Miller is a great staple shoe to have in your closet, especially for warmer seasons. They’re comfortable and stylish and they go with virtually anything.
If you’re on the fence about buying these shoes like I was – I highly recommend you buy them. You won’t regret it.
A little tip: If it’s your first time, I recommend going with either a neutral or basic color. If you’re in between sizes go up a size. That will ensure you’ll get a lot of use out of it.
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