I love pretty shoes and I love ugly shoes.
I love trendy shoes and I love classic shoes.
… so imagine my love for Arizona Love Trekky sandals and Teva Original Universe sandals.
The look on my scowl on my sister’s face when she sees me in these — priceless.
The look on my mother’s face when she realises that I’m for real about them — priceless.
Unfortunately, these two sandals do have a price.
Is the price worth the scowls and horror?
Arizona Love Trekky vs. Teva Original Universe Sandals
Arizona Love Trekky SIZING
For comparison, my other shoe sizes run:
-Adidas Stan Smiths, US 8
–Chanel Shoes, FR 39
–Christian Louboutin, IT/EU 39.5
–Golden Goose, IT/EU 39
–Hermès, FR 39
–Isabel Marant, FR 39-40
-Nikes, US 8.5
–Repetto, FR 39.5-40
My Arizona Love Trekky sandals are a size EU 40 (!!!).
Yes, a size FOURTY.
Arizona Love Trekky sandals run small.
… like so small that I should probably take a size 41.
While the main strap is adjustable, the smaller strap across the toe is not.
Teva Original Universe SIZING
My Teva Original Universe sandals are a size US 8.
I’d recommend going to the nearest size up for Teva sandals if you’re between sizes and want space to wear socks with them.
… or you can size down to the nearest size if you want your Tevas to have a closer fit.
Unlike Arizona Love’s, both straps are adjustable and the sandals are made from recycled materials.
Styling These “UGLY” Sandals…
Are Arizona Love Trekky Sandals Worth it?
It depends two things: how crafty you are and your brand loyalty.
You could buy some bandanas and DIY your Teva Original Universe sandals into Arizona Love Trekky sandals.
With the cost of bandanas ($12 USD) and a pair of Tevas ($50 USD), the total would still be way less than a pair of Arizona Love Trekky sandals.
… unfortunately, I’m totally not crafty — like, I’d probably end up sewing my fingers together.
There’s also the brand value to take into consideration…
Would you rather support Arizona Love’s “innovation” of sewing bandanas on a sandal? Or support the original brand (that are made from recycled materials)?
That’s totally up to you.
(For what it’s worth, Tevas weigh 303 grams, while Arizona Love’s are 314 grams — so they basically weigh the same and are super light.)
My Arizona Love Trekky sandals were $200 USD (on sale for $80 though!).
My Teva Original Universe sandals were $49.95 USD.
They’re both so comfortable to wear and they’re also so beautifully ugly.
For $49.95 (or if they’re on sale), these ugly sandals are so worth the looks of horror & dismay.
Arizona Love Trekky sandals are available at MatchesFashion, Net-a-Porter, or Shopbop starting at $188 USD.
… while Tevas are available from Anthropologie, Shopbop, or Urban Outfitters from $50 USD.
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