Everlane Woven Sling-backs and What I Think About Them

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Usually I sit and stalk something online for ages before I think about ever buying it. Checking in on it. Keeping tabs. Rarely do I buy on impulse.

When I saw a peek of these shows in an Everlane advert, I got excited because they are similar in style to what I've been on the hunt for. I'm a sucker for a woven texture, and I was optimistic about the color, which was described as "light tan." When they arrived, I tried them on immediately and found them comfortable but particularly difficult to style.

They felt unobtrusive and perfectly fit (I got a nine and they were snug but not too snug) during the small amount of time I wore them around the house. They make a pleasant flopping sound when you walk.

But no matter what other colors or styles I paired them with, I couldn't seem to get them to play nice with an outfit. The color and texture, to my surprise, make them much more of a statement shoe than you'd expect a pair like this to be.

 Here they are in evening light. So there's sort of a bluish cast because of the time of day. But I think they still read really pink, much more so than I was led to believe they would. The color is better described as a light ballet peachy pink. Not tan, nor light tan, both of which I'd consider to have less of a pinkish tone and more neutral/beigey.

Here they are in evening light. So there's sort of a bluish cast because of the time of day. But I think they still read really pink, much more so than I was led to believe they would. The color is better described as a light ballet peachy pink. Not tan, nor light tan, both of which I'd consider to have less of a pinkish tone and more neutral/beigey.

After my initial assessment, the jury was still out. I left for my vacation to Chicago and thought about them some more while I was gone.

I really liked the shoes, but did I love them? I polled Instagram. Most said to move on. I had to agree.

But I tried them on again when I returned home to Atlanta, this time in the morning light, which is bright and clear but also diffuse and warm.

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Now they appear even more peachy pink than before. And here's the thing — I love the color. Buuuuut...

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...it' just not what I wanted in this shoe.

While it's a gorgeous color, I didn't set out looking for gorgeous blush pink shoes. I was looking for gorgeous light tan shoes.

And — the toes are very pointy. Very elongated. At the wrong angle, you get these elf-looking monstrosities. Alone, I think could get over that by itself, but combined with the off-mark color and busy texture, it's too much. 

 A stylish elf, but still.

A stylish elf, but still.

 L to R: Nisolo "Pale Honey" (which I consider a holy grail beige) // Everlane "Light Tan" (aka blush) // Trotters "Nude" (aka camel)

L to R: Nisolo "Pale Honey" (which I consider a holy grail beige) // Everlane "Light Tan" (aka blush) // Trotters "Nude" (aka camel)

Perhaps most importantly, they are hard to pair with other beige things.

As you know, I wear a lot of beige. Unlike with black, which I think doesn't necessarily need to match other black, I feel like a mix of beiges should try and blend in relative harmony.

With beige, there's more inherent variation and thus more opportunity for the shades to clash. And that's what I think would happen with these shoes. Most of the beiges I wear fall more in the neutral area of the spectrum, while the Everlane sling-backs are in the firm extreme of pink. It's a subtlety, but it's one I notice. I feel like this combo of blush pink shoes and flax linen pants is so close to perfect but not quite. I want the shoes and the pants to match just a liiiiittle bit more.

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So I sent them back.

Off they went, back to Everlane. If I had to think that hard about whether they were worth keeping or not, then I knew in my heart I didn't love them. I don't want to keep something just because it's almost what I wanted, so away they went.

As I sat down to write this I felt a twinge of FOMO regret, but I think it'll pass, if it hasn't already. My life goes on!

Have you had any Fear of Missing Out with purchases (or non-purchases) lately?

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TL;DR

Really pretty blush color, but I didn't want blush shoes.