So let me make this transparent. I did pay for the shoes, but veeeeeery little. I did not pay for shipping since I have amazon prime. I have not, nor will I be paid for my opinion or review. All craziness is mine and mine alone.
As I am writing this I have not had any problems with the shoes. Should any issues arise (for example if the sole came off while wearing it or if a shoe ws put together backwards) I would contact the seller first to see if their customer service and return policies were working and try to get the issue resolved before posting the review. This is what I would do with any product I received whether through a review, a full price purchase or as a gift. The only difference is my review will be colored by the extra experience and the service and return would be discussed in the review.
One more note, I have gone back to past reviews to update as necessary. Once I was contacted by the seller and offered a newer design of a product to see if it fixed the issues I brought up in my review. It did and I amended (BUT DID NOT DELETE THE ORIGINAL) the review. Quite recently I had a product stop working after only a few uses. The return/exchange time had passed so again I amended my review. The seller contacted me and we are now trying to get the item replaced. I don't see my being an official product reviewer as anything special. I literally call them as I see them. If I can be proven wrong or educated I will add to my review, but it will not change the original review. As a consumer I would prefer to see the process a customer goes through rather than a sanitized version of the experience.
Now that I have penned my reviewer manifesto...
Onto the shoes!
I have 4 pair of shoes that will be examined in this parade in dire need of a pedicure.
The Tobin Western Slip On Cowboy Distressed Ankle Pull on Bootie Women's Boot has a synthetic base and a leather top. The heel is 2.75 inches of stacked wood. There is no opening or closure as these are supposed to be pull-on with using the side tabs. These are year-round use shoes and, in my western riding experience, could be used for riding horses with a western saddle. Unfortunately I could not get them on my feet. I really wish I would have been able to get these on because they were so cute. The opening does not have enough give in order to accommodate my high arches.
The Lace Up Cut Out Heeled Ankle Bootie reminds me of a Gladiator style shoe. The base material is synthetic as is the top, according to the product listing. The heel is a 3.5" wooden block, which I expected to be uncomfortable. The material used for the top of the shoe is cut in a way that provides a good amount of coverage with giving little peeks at parts of the foot. This type of shoe would work for someone who had not yet had a pedicure, but a painted toe would really spice them up. The tie on each shoe is threaded through the panels at the front and then wrapped around the ankle above the shoe before being tied in a bow. Another part that I expected to be uncomfortable but was not. Altogether this was not an uncomfortable shoe for me. It is something I would wear in the Spring and Summer, not for long walks but truly a nice date shoe.
The Chunky Platform Ankle Strap Sandal has a synthetic base and top and is a type of shoe I have stayed away from in the past. I never really got into the platform shoe because I have enough trouble tripping over myself in flat tennis shoes. However I decided I would have some fun and try it. The front of the platform is approximately 1.5" and the heel comes in at approximately 2.5". The shoes easily slid on and attach with a buckle on an ankle strap. I did get the black ones and probably would wear them Spring through Fall in milder climates. Here in Idaho I would have to put these away after summer because I would not want to be caught wading in them. I was quite surprised at how easy it was to walk in these shoes. The weight from the platform kept me centered more than expected. I would not wear these for long distances or on beaches. Not sure why I had to share about beaches since I haven't been on one in over a decade, but just sayin...
The Western Chelsea Ankle Boot are my overall favorite! They have a synthetic base and top, according to the listing. However I believe the majority of the top is leather...I could be wrong. Anyway, there is a low stacked heel and the base has a spongy feeling to it when I walk. I kind of like it and it makes it so I don't clack all over on hard surfaces. Each side has elastic tabs which allow the top to open enough to let my feet in easily. The back of the shoe molds nicely to my heel and keeps my foot from slipping out. I LOVE these. I have worn them with boot cut and with straight cut jeans. They could also work with leggings and even skirts. These are year-round shoes which never seem to make it all the way to my closet.
I have this video which shows the shoes on my feet with jeans and with a skirt and it is fabulous and it is lost somewhere in my computer. When I find it I will upload it.
Quick reminder that I did receive these product at a discount or free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.