Surprisingly cool | Loro Piana shoe review

I spend a lot of my time wondering why nice things are so expensive.

From carpets for the living room to skincare and even a Venti Skinny Vanilla latte, everything costs a ludicrous amount of money these days.

You could say it’s my Roman Empire, but I don’t want to give it that much credence.

But, it’s also as though there always seems to be a more expensive pair of shoes for sale that some person, whose house has the plushiest clean rugs, skin is “naturally” blemish free, and can function without caffeine, is wearing.

This time?

It seems to be $1k+ Loro Piana’s shoes.

Loro Piana Shoe Sizing

For comparison, my other shoe sizes run:
-Adidas Stan Smiths, US 8
Chanel Shoes, FR 39-39.5
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 Loro Piana Kaede Mules are a size 39.

Showing how Loro Piana shoes fit

These shoes fit perfectly fine.

While I would prefer a half size up, since my feet regularly fluctuate in size, they were sold out.

In a 39, there’s still enough space for my foot to slide in and my heel to not hang over the edge.

Yes, even the heel on my larger foot can slide in more and not hang off the shoe.

While they look, and admittedly are relatively narrow, the combination of the open design and soft Nappa leather is forgiving if a size up isn’t readily available.

TLDR: These Loro Piana shoes run true to IT/EU shoe sizing, where you will want to try a half size up if you have more regular/wide feet.

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Like the Alaïa Mary Janes, certain shoes can surprise you with how comfortable they are.

These Loro Piana sandals are one of them.

Loro Piana Fisherman Sandal type sandals in a light beige

In Nappa leather, these slides glide onto your feet.

Due to the buttery soft leather, the straps on these sandals do not cut into your foot.

… and with the higher cut, your foot stays in when you walk.

For a fisherman sandal-type design rooted in the actual Roman Empire, these Loro Piana sandals are a win/win/win for an understated summer sandal that will never go out of style* through the ages.

(*Like some sandals, ahem, The Row Ginza and Chanel Dad Sandals.)

Pros & Cons

Understated: The lack of logos is great for people who don’t want it to be a walking billboard.
Comfortable: No digging anywhere and a breeze to walk in.

Slippery soles: Would not recommend wearing if you’re actually fisherman-ing. You will inevitably slip, fall, and ruin the leather on these Loro Piana shoes (and probably your face, too!).

Slick soles on Loro Piana sandals

Personally, my Roman Empire consists of, like three things:

1- Taylor Swift: Duh.
2- Vintage Balenciaga: The nostalgia is too good to not be.
3- Y2K Celebrity Gossip: Pre-Instagram and Twitter days…

These Loro Piana Kaede sandals, though?

They’re a contender to be in the Top 5.

Loro Piana shoes are available from many retailers online like, Bergdorf Goodman, MyTheresa, Net-A-Porter, or Saks among others…

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