May 08, 2013

How to Buy Saltwater Sandals (and How to Shop Kids' Shoes)

Saltwater sandals

I've gotten a lot of questions about where I bought my fuschia Salt Water sandals, so I thought I'd write up a little post on tips for your Salt Water buying.

I've seen Saltwaters a lot online and had been thinking of getting them, but what tipped me over the edge was when I was at Camille's house one Friday night and saw her TWO NEW PAIRS!! Red and pale pink! And they were so cute, I wanted to take them home! Especially the piiiink ones! (C and I are pretty much the same size in shoes, so it totally would've worked!) I went home and looked them up online, and Camille was sweet and even sent me the link to where she bought her two pairs from Zappo's ($42 + free shipping).

BUT! In my online searching, I had discovered a few things.

1- They were $36.95 at Nordstrom! (ie- cheaper + free shipping and free returns)

2- They were $20-something on Amazon! (ie- even cheaper + free shipping with Amazon Prime!)

3- They came in HOT PINK!! (OK, fuschia, technically...)

Obviously, I bought the pink ones. From Amazon, of course. :) I bought them online late Saturday night, and they arrived on Tuesday. I was one HAPPY customer!

Now a word on BUYING KIDS' SHOES (when you're NOT a kid)... 

I wear a size 6 in women's, but before I buy certain pairs of shoes (obv not shoes, like, high heels, you know?), I look in the kids' section to see if they have a similar version. Kids' shoes are usually significantly cheaper. Both of my pairs of Toms are from the kids' section, and they were $15 cheaper than their identical adult counterparts. I don't get it. But hey, I'm not complaining! Often, a brand will make adult/kids shoes that are EXACTLY the same. If that's the case, I'll buy the cheaper kids' version.

Other times, the shoes may LOOK identical, but the construction is NOT. Sperry's are an excellent example. (Also running shoes. Do NOT buy kids' running shoes. They have zero support! Learn from my mistakes...) The kids' Sperry's look just like the adult Sperry's, but they don't have the CUSHION and ARCH SUPPORT that the adult shoes have. THAT is worth paying more for! My Sperry's are one of the few pairs of shoes I haven't bought on sale, but they are also ridiculously comfortable, and I wore them practically every day last summer, so I still think the $90 was worth it. (btw Camille and I both have the Angelfish Sperry's! Great minds have similar taste in shoes! ;) Hers are gold, mine are rose gold. Like this.)

If you decide to buy the kids' shoes, you can calculate your correct size by subtracting 2 from your women's shoe size.

For example, I wear a size 6 in women's shoes. Subtract 2, and you get my kids' shoe size, which is 4 in kids' shoes. Magic! Same shoes, but cheaper!


  1. Yay for shoe twins!!! I wish I'd bought them in 4s and not 5s, but alas, maybe my feet will swell a lot this summer??? First time I've ever wished that ;) Yours are AMAZING!!!!!

  2. The most important consideration that you should be making when buying your kids shoes, is fit. Make sure that you know exactly the size of your child's feet, this means knowing width, as well as length.

    1. Hi! Thank you for your comment. That's an excellent suggestion. I've actually never thought to measure the length and width of feet vs. shoes when shopping for kids' shoes. I've also never bought shoes for children; I just buy children's shoes for myself. Thanks for the tip!

  3. This sandal looks great. I will buy one.

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