Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Melissa Shoe Review: Love Them

I think it's quite possible for me to be Melissa's #1 fan. I love them for so many reasons.

1. They're comfortable - made from Melissa's signature MELFLEX rubber which molds to your feet over time.
2. They're green - made from recycled plastic. Melissa is a sustainable Brazilian company known for exceeding Fair Trade benchmarks and being one of the most environmentally responsible companies in the world. They recycle 99.9% of the waste and water used in the production process.
3. They're cute and funky, especially the designer collaborations like Alexandre Herchcovitch and Vivienne Westwood Anglomania.
4. They're great for spring & summer. Made of plastic, they're perfect for rainy weather and the pool!
5. They're easy to clean. Just a little elbow grease and ta da, like new!

Have I sold you on them? They're not perfect, but my only real complaint is that they can be a little noisy on certain surfaces. It's a bit challenging to tread lightly in them, so so ninja sneak attacks!

You can check them out at a few New York boutiques online and in store - Epaulet and Alter in Brooklyn and Cry Wolf in East Village. They're also available online at and where a few pairs are on sale.

For the most part, I think the shoes run true to size. A few pairs like the "Lady Dragon" heels are a bit narrow for me, but my feet are a bit wide. It was a sad day when I realized I wouldn't be able to own that pair.

So enough about that. Haha. Let me know if you end up getting a pair.


Milky said...

I have Melissa + Alexandre herchcovitch in purple bought in Japan. "Le Petit Prince" print on them.
Now I love rainy days. Ahaha

jun said...

Oh man. I hate you, Lani. I browsed the website and fell in love w/ the Lady Dragon shoes. This is going to set me back!

Lani said...

milky, so cute! :)

jun, so sorry. haha.

Anonymous said...

hi. i have a pair. great and cheap. however i found them to be not so comfortable after a while, but you're right, they're good for rainy days.

Jessica said...

In the summer, how do they do if your feet get a bit sweaty?

Sugar Rock Catwalk said...

they feel fine even with a little sweaty/dampness. most, if not all, melissas have little air holes for ventilation, so i don't think it's much of an issue.

as someone commented above, they are less comfortable for long days, but overall, i would still put them in the comfy group. i like them better than rain boots and definitely better than other jelly shoes. hope that helps!

Jessica said...

Nice - I'm going to the sample sale today and hopefully will find something I love.

Alter said...

Thanks for the mention! We're big fans as well, and they people who run Melissa are fab to work with. New collab with Westwood coming to Alter at the end of this month, stay tuned to!

Sara said...

how durable would you say they are?
im thinking of getting a pair of the simple flats so i go throgh flat shoes so quickly.
i thought these might be a bit more durable as theyre made completely from rubber what do you think?

Sugar Rock Catwalk said...

pretty durable! i am very harsh on my shoes, but even after six months of regular wear, my melissas are still going strong. definitely signs of wear, but only noticeable to me! to everyone else, they look brand new.

MINI*MINI said...

can anyone tell me if Melissa Kali are comfortable or not? as they look quite heavy. are they feel true to size? Thank you so much

Sugar Rock Catwalk said...

from my experience, melissa tends to run true to size. while i haven't tried on the kali pesonally, my alexandre x melissa wedges are similar in size and they're a little heavy, but not to a point where i feel like it affects my walk.

melissa shoes are sometimes uncomfortable the first wear, but they always become my favorites after they've molded to my feet.

good luck!

Stephania said...

Thanks for this post! Despite the Canadian Winter, I'm still trying to hunt them down now. I guess my only hope is online?

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