For two reasons, The Row’s Ginza shoes remind me of Blondie’s hit song, “One Way or Another.”
1- “One Way or Another” was featured in the 1998 classic film, The Rugrats Movie, when Angelica scales cliffs in inclement weather to try and find her beloved Cynthia doll.
2- While I didn’t scale cliffs to find them, I feel like I was equally determined to get these shoes — one way or another.
The Row Ginza leather and suede platform flip flops are literally sold out everywhere.
Every time I put them in my cart on Net-a-Porter or MatchesFashion, they sold out. Each time, they were added to my wishlist with a promise that I wouldn’t let them go the next time when they were back in stock.
So when someone returned them on Net-A-Porter, I pried them from Dil (spoiler: he took Cynthia, but I mean the store in this case), stuffed ‘em in my bag (uhhh, my online shopping cart), and “saved” them (i.e., ordered them).
Are these $790 USD flip flops worth it though? Or should they be returned to Dil’s clutches — I mean the store?
The Row Shoe REVIEW
The Row Shoe 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
-Nikes, US 8.5
–Repetto, FR 39.5
My The Row Ginza sandals are a size IT/EU 39.
Based on these sandals, I’d say The Row’s shoes fit true to IT/EU sizing.
I initially hesitated ordering them, because I was unsure of what size I’d take in The Row Ginza sandals.
When I contacted The Row directly, they suggested to take your actual US size (like US 9 = 39)… unsure of my “real” US size, I felt that taking a 39 would be more prudent considering their shoes are Italian/European sizes.
While I normally take an 8 or 8.5 in US sneakers (which would mean a 38 or 38.5 in their logic), a 39 basically fits perfectly.
My feet come right to the end of the leather sole.
… and it’s OK if your feet slightly spill over the leather sole, because the suede edges act as a buffer and catch any spillage.
If your size is sold out, you might be able to get away with taking half a size up (or maybe even down!).
These Ginza flip flops are only an 1” high (or 33mm), so calling them “platform” flip flops is a bit of an overstatement.
… but regardless of the height, they’re so 90’s and so comfortable to walk in. No between-the-toe thong blisters or pain to report!
The Row Ginza flip flops look like they would weigh a ton, but in reality they weigh ~585 grams for both sides (a pair of Havaiana rubber flip flops are ~245g, for comparison).
While a little heavier than a standard flip flop, they will not weigh you down.
Are the Row Ginza Sandals “Worth It?”/Similar, but Different…
The Row’s Ginza flip flops are like $790 USD, trust me, I was weary about spending that much on a trendier shoe. They’re exorbitantly expensive for a 90’s-style platform flip flop.
For the price, I really cannot tell you that they’re “worth it” — $790 USD is simply a lot of money.
If you can swing it, yes, go for it!
Assuming you still want the look, but not the price, here are some dupes…
While I can’t speak to the dupe sandals’ sizing or quality, I can say I’ve found almost-exact fake pairs of The Row’s Ginza sandals on re-sale sites and they’re still expensive.
If you wanna roll the dice, here’s what the bottom of an authentic pair’s outsole looks like…
In the late 90’s a lot of great movies were released that inspired and elevated everyone’s personal style.
… although a lot can be said about Susie’s slip-on shoes and Angelica’s pinafore, I’m not talking about The Rugrats Movie here.
Clueless, Romeo + Juliet, Pulp Fiction, the Virgin Suicides, Basic Instinct…
Cher & Dion’s matching outfits, Mia Wallace’s bob, the Lisbon sister’s ethereal aura, Juliet’s angelic glow, and Catherine Tremell’s devilishly simple monochrome wardrobe are all equally iconic.
… but, Passport to Paris, the Dualstar classic motion picture, is the most stylish, aspirational, and inspirational movie for any 90’s baby — it’s really the epitome of “iconic.”
OK, maybe that’s a hyperbole, but, if you remember, you remember.
My sister and I both got tinted sunglasses from The Gap, I got a dodgy short haircut so the ends would flip up, and my sister even got a Baby G watch and a crossbody backpack for school that year — I was so jealous.
… but, 22 years later, I got the platform sandals.
While the Gap sunglasses have been swapped for Celine and my hair is only dodgy because of an ill-fated attempt at a DIY haircut, I think that these sandals still completely work over 2 decades later…
Left to Right: Re/Done jeans with an Everlane Bodysuit, David Yurman hoops, and a Prada Nylon bag; James Perse Hawaiian skirt with a J. Crew tank top, Jennifer Fisher x Goop hoops, and a Celine Small Trio; RAEY Square-neck cotton-blend jersey slip dress with Isabel Marant Gold Swung earrings, my high school graduation ring, and The Row Ascot Bag.
How to Style Platform Flip Flops
… in other words, I couldn’t stop putting together outfits for these sandals.
PROS & CONS
–Stylish: I mean…
–Consistent sizing: The Row’s Ginza sandals fit true to IT/EU sizing.
–Comfortable: Normally I have to break in flip flops, but these were comfortable straight from the box.
–Gold logo will wear off: The Row’s gold-embossed logo on the sole of the flip flop will eventually rub off — I can see it starting to rub off around the heel-area after simply wearing them around my house. It happens with luxury shoes, but, like, it doesn’t happen this quickly.
–Leather toe jam: They’ve left a black grainy leather residue between my big toe and index toe, but it wipes off easily.
–Inconsistent quality: It’s not terrible and I doubt most people would even notice it… but, the right side’s toe is not adhered perfectly to the outer-sole — maybe this is why they were returned? If I could get another pair in 39, I likely would also return them due to this defect, but, again, they’re really sold out and I really like them………
Just to note, these are definitely not beach flip flops. While I have worn my TKEEs at the beach, I would not wear The Row Ginza flip flops — they are definitely too nice for sand & water.
Do not look at The Row Ginza flip-flops as an “investment.”
Shoes rarely appreciate in value.
They’re expensive, especially for something that’s as trendy as a Tamagotchi.
If you still want the real deal instead of a dupe, The Row Ginza sandals should be seen as something that’ll fulfill your childhood daydreams and enrich your current-day outfits.
With a simple aesthetic and the Olsen’s stamp of approval, what more can you ask for in a pair of platform flip flops?
(… other than consistent quality and a lower price tag.)
The Row Ginza sandals are available from MatchesFashion, Net-a-Porter, Nordstrom, Saks, Savannahs, SSENSE, and The Webster from $790 USD.
Note: As of publishing, Savannahs is the only retailer with a wide-ish variety of sizes available.
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