Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Why The Tory Burch Travel Flat is So Much Better Than the Reva
We've all seen the Tory Burch Reva Ballerina Flat - you know the black ballet flat with a metal medallion, usually gold at the toe. I see them everywhere! They are practically part of the uniform for the Junior League of Houston members. I purchased a pair of these expensive flats a few years ago. I'll admit that part of it was because it was the shoe and I wanted to be apart of the cool kid club, but I also thought the large gold logo made the shoe a bit dressier than your standard ballet flat and therefore perfect for the office or going out when you just aren't feeling a heel.
For $225 I would expect a lot out of a flat - comfort being at the top of the list. It is a flat after all. I expect a heel to be somewhat uncomfortable, but a flat needs to feel good. That's why we are wearing them!
My Tory Burch Reva just never felt comfortable. I assure you I purchased the correct size with help from a Nordstrom associate. I gave myself plenty of time to break them in and even watched a handful of YouTube videos on how to effectively break them in. I worked on these things like a twelve year old would break in their baseball glove.
So all that to say, they never really worked for me. $225 lesson learned.
Fast forward to now, I heard that the Revas were redesigned so I gave them another shot as I'm always looking for a dressy flat. I sized down as they suggested - nope. I tried my true size - nope. Size up? Nope. Nothing worked. They were still stiff and just not working for me.
Enter the most helpful Nordstrom associate at the Houston Galleria who suggested I try the new Tory Burch Minnie Travel Flat. I never gave them a second look because of the gathered heel - I/m usually not a fan and just assumed they would feel like the Reva.
I put them on my feet and they were like buttah. The leather is so soft and there is extra cushion on the sole. They are called a "travel flat" because they fold in half and come with a great travel bag. Nice for ladies who like to start the day in heels, but want to carry flats in their purse just in case! I don't own a pair of Tieks, but these remind me of those. Chime in if you've tried both!
For sizing, I find them to be true to size. I teeter between an 8 and 8.5, but more often an 8. The size 8 was perfect in these. The shoe will stretch a little bit (especially the heel) and they are supposed to mold to your feet. I haven't had mine long enough to say anything about this.
The travel flats are still expensive - the exact same price as Revas - but at least these look and feel good. I love that they come in so many color choices. I opted for nude (light oak leather) but would love to expand my collection with the gold metallic..or black...or navy!
My only complaint is that the logo is leather, matching the color of the flat. I do love how subtle it is, but still think I prefer the shiny, metal look that dresses it up. Other than that, these flats are perfect in my eyes.
Have you had a chance to try these yet or are you a Reva fan? Any other flats that you are a fan of?