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Spring is finally here. And I’m getting my wardrobe ready for another season. Something about cleaning out your closet that makes you feel so refreshed… Anyway, I noticed I was in dire need of new summer shoes. So, I did what any other girl would do. I went on a shopping spree and, among other things, I got me a pair of Tory Burch Miller sandals and I would like to share my thoughts with you on it.
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 exactly 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 until now. 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 than 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 I was willing to give these ones a try. Mainly because the Miller sandals didn’t seem to get away from my mind. Maybe because they kept popping up on my Instagram feed. 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 store in person 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 don’t fret. Occasionally you’ll be able to score a big discount as some department stores prepare to receive new models. How big of a discount you ask? We’re talking between 20% and 30%.
Nordstrom, for instance, has a big clearance event from time to time (especially in-between seasons). So you have to be on the lookout for them.
Also, be prepared to be flexible on the color and model if you want that big of a discount. The ones offered at a sale event are very limited in choice.
So the bottom line is this: if you’re patient and flexible, yes, it’s possible to score a good deal on a Tory Burch Miller Sandal. What is that old saying again? “good things come to those who wait” or something like that…
Anyway, if you’re not very big on patience and you just want it now, you can also try to get them at a discount in places like Shopbop, designer outlets, and at pre-loved designer label stores such as Poshmark and The Real Real.
Now let’s talk about the shoe itself!
My color preference was for nude shades. 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 either such as black or white.
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 already since my purchase and I had no problem 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 for me.
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 them.
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Happy Shopping loves!