Hermès Oran Sandals Review
I remember searching for reviews on the Hermès Oran sandals for months (even years) before I finally pulled the plug. A $660 flat sandal is not a purchase most of us can just make on a whim.
I have purchased 2 pairs so far , so this review is based on a double experience, Let's just say I'm kind of an expert at this point haha. Read on, for all the deets on the most popular "it" girl's sandals of the decade.
The very popular Hermès Oran sandals were created in 1997 by shoe designer Pierre Hardy.
He wanted a classic sandal that can be worn by any woman; can we say mission accomplished?
The Oran sandals. have gained major popularity the past decade or so. They are the definition of chic, classic and elevated simplicity.
Let's talk cost, price and affordability:
The Hermès Oran sandals prices range from $660 to over $1000. The classic styles start at $660, which includes a recent $30 price increase. I purchased the classic calfskin leather for $660 on the website before tax, with the grand total of $706.20 after tax. Keep in mind that taxes will vary per state. The classic colors are black, white and brown, which they famously call gold. The seasonal colors are priced at a higher amount including my newest prey, the wool skin Oran Sandal, a little extra but there's nothing wrong with a little extraness here and there.
SIZING AND COMFORTABILITY
After reading countless reviews, I initially sized up 1/2 size, however, I am all about comfort, so the idea of my feet swelling after a long day left me anxious about the way they fitted. I requested an appointment at an Hermès store and then proceeded to try on various sizes. I finally settled with a size 41, which is 1 and 1/2 sizes above my original size. The length from a 39.5 to a 41 only slightly varied, the biggest difference was in the width. So if you have wide feet like me, prepare to size up a couple notches.
The first couple of wears were not very pleasant, the high quality Italian leather felt very stiff on my feet, making it hard to keep them on for more than a few hours at a time. Eventually that issue was in the past.
Where and How to buy the Oran Sandals
Buying a pair of the Hermès Oran sandals is as simple as your taste (literally). If you are more of a classic girl and are interested in the classic colors ( black, white or brown), these are almost always available on their website. Or just call an Hermes store in your area and ask for exactly what you want. They come in this beautifully wrapped orange box, THE infamous orange box that every fashion girl has to have in their closet. If you are more edgy, stylish, or extra like your Libra sis over here, you might have to put a little more effort into getting the seasonal colors. A few pro tips:
1. Stalk the site (like your life depends on it) as these colors come and go quickly.
2. Call the store everyday and ask about a specific color and size; don't give up if they don't have it, keep calling. Some SAs are willing to go the extra mile to make a sale.
3. Have a friend or family member find it for you in another country and ship it to you. I mean, how bad do you want it?
And now the million dollar question: Are they worth it? A B S O L U T E L Y!
I have own a few dupes in past, nothing compares to the Hermès leather and impeccable craftsmanship, let's not forget the absolutely luxurious packaging and pride that come with wearing an iconic brand. But do you need them? Absolutely! If you can afford a pair you should get a pair. The classic black ones for instance will take you from brunch, to churc,h to dinner, to an event. They are by far the most versatile, chic and classy flat sandals I have ever seen.
Shop second hand Hermes Oran Sandals here.
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