Ash AS-Pattaya Review

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Fashion-forward and bold, Ash knows the way to its wearer’s hearts. Their styles are seriously cutting-edge and they are constantly looking to the world to inspire new trends or update old favorites. This Pattaya is something totally new. Combining metal hardware with soft floral and daring printed scarves, this sandal adds punk flair to a classic feminine accessory. A tiny heel keeps your arch supported but the heel isn’t what people will notice. What stands out the most is the bold mix of materials. For the daring, this Pattaya is an absolute wardrobe must!

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Mixed Materials
  • Leather Construction
  • Cool Hardware
  • Conversation-Starting Style
  • Cushioned Footbed
  • 1-inch Heel
Cons
  • Not Much Longevity
  • Very Little Traction
Aesthetics

Aesthetics

The tough-but-sweet look has been seen in pop culture since the 80s. The juxtapositions of soft tulle and leather jackets, or combat boots and a delicate lace dress, are unforgettable. Showing attitude while still having those more gentle details incorporated into the look is an awesome way to show your wild side without sacrificing your delicate style. One of the sweetest features of this little sandal is the wrapping detail. The scarf looks like it is carefully wrapped around the upper of the sandal. This adds texture to the overall appearance and makes it more than just a floral print shoe. Instead, it takes on an artistic element, making a sculptural shape around the bands of the upper and totally reinventing the way we see printed shoes. Somehow, with everything going on, it looks neither tacky or “too much”. The studded additions to the shoe are extremely fun, they circle the whole base of the shoe pointing up, ensuring no one misses the spikes when peering down at the shoe from above. What Ash created with this contrasting combination of textures, colors, and styles makes for a seriously fun way to experience a summer sandal.
Airflow

Airflow

Open shoes rock for airflow, obviously. The upper of this is extremely simple, and the parts that are covering your foot the most are wrapped in a very soft scarf. Strappy sandals are the absolute best for breathability. While thick slides and open-toed mules are a very hot summer or warm weather trend that has persevered now for many years, it can still get a bit clammy when wearing that style in the heat. This shoePattaya by Ash will almost feel as if you’re barefoot, with only very thin straps coming across the top of the foot and around the ankle. The material itself that is wrapped around the straps is airy and breathable but that isn’t the only material lending to the airflow. The rest of the shoe is leather, which is fantastic for breathability as Ash clearly knows. Natural fabrics are pretty uncontested when it comes to their ability to let air flow through them, and this shoe utilizes the best quality of leather to provide that cool and comfortable shoe experience in this gorgeous open-toed option.
Comfort

Comfort

No one ever expects for a sandal that looks like this to be comfortable and when you look at the data, no one can really blame them. This kind of stylish sandal is so rarely comfortable. What we usually anticipate when looking at a fashion-forward pick is a leather sole and nothing else. The small heel even seems to insist that this is a very minimal construction. Surprisingly, this shoe is cushioned! From heel to toe, no less! What more can someone ask for besides a supremely comfy and laid-back sandal that can also wow a crowd upon entering the room? If you want to head out to the resident beach bar in this, you will have every step cushioned. Confidence doesn’t come solely from how you look, it comes from how you feel. The Pattaya by Ash is a shoe to wear with confidence. Every step will reinforce that you are absolutely rocking this colorful, funky look.
Fit

Fit

Sandals such as this Pattaya by Ash are one of the only shoes that you absolutely can’t sacrifice a good fit in. The overall style is obviously too big when its too big, and when its too small, its unwearable. This poses a bit of a problem for the Pattaya. The shoe itself runs small, which can create a lot of problems when trying to order your correct size online. Not only does it run small, but it also only comes in whole sizes. This leaves out a lot of people who are in the in-between considering both of these factors. Which is truly a shame. If they run small and people are a half size, they are instructed to order a size up, which would then make them a half size too big. The process could end up being increasingly frustrating for the buyer. This is one of those situations that could cause more stress than the product may be worth. If you are really in love with the Pattaya by Ash, hopefully, it comes in your size, or the full size bigger than your size rather, or else you may be out of luck.
Flexibility

Flexibility

This Pattaya has a leather sole, and for anyone familiar with leather soles, they know: they are intensely flexible. The upper of the shoe has to have some structure, it has studs and leather coming together to create the edgy sandal that Ash imagined. On the outsole though, the small heel somewhat stiffens the shoe and makes it only a bit less flexible than it would be without. The sole is leather, so it will most definitely break in, but the heel keeps nearly half of the shoe stiff, totally not a bad this when it comes to supporting the arch, as mentioned later in the review. It isn’t entirely necessary to have an ultra-flexible sandal of this sort, but in a shoe, this open, a more pliable style often means more comfortable wear. This isn’t a pressing detail of the Pattaya by Ash but it is one that should be thought about before committing to purchasing this sandal. After an initial break-in period that will be slightly hard to flex with the shoe on, it will feel a lot better walking. Just be careful, because of the leather sole it is also much more susceptible to the conditions of the ground. If you are not careful, wearing these in a wet environment could cause damage to the outsole making them truly stiff.
Longevity

Longevity

You can probably tell just by looking at this shoe that it won’t be particularly strong or durable. The shoe may combine tough elements with softer components, but it is made to be a pretty delicate shoe overall. That means that this shoe probably won’t stick with you for an incredibly long time. Honestly, this isn’t all bad. Considering the style, it is a bit specific to a current trend, and although the juxtaposition it takes advantage of is one that has been popular for a long time, who knows when the times will change. It is such a unique piece of footwear that there is no guarantee the Pattaya will last in terms of style for more than a season. Trends are just that though, trends. If something that you love goes out of style, you have every right to rock it regardless of what is “in” that week. The style not being timeless or classic on this Pattaya by Ash doesn’t mean that it can’t be timeless to you. For those who absolutely love the totally wild combination of prints and materials on this shoe, that love won’t go out of style. Ultimately, everything you buy should be something that makes you feel happy to own, and the current trends really shouldn’t dictate what you choose to keep in your closet if its something you absolutely adore.
Key Features

Key Features

There are so many adorable small features on this Pattaya by Ash that stand out at first glance. Stud detailing on the straps and around the outsole of the shoe is seriously edgy. In gold or silver, the pyramid studs are striking and downright sexy. The fact a real scarf is used to wrap around this sandals strappy upper is insanely cool. The tail of the scarf flows off the ankle strap in a really whimsical way, making the shoe appear even more delicate in its style. Another great feature for this sandal by Ash is the adjustable ankle strap. With so many sandals in this style that zip or stretch, it is always good to have a buckled closure on the ankle instead. The adjustable buckles mean you can fit it more accurately to the width of your ankle, without discomfort from rubbing or chafing. Lastly, the gentle one-inch heel provides a super cute boost to the appearance of the sandal. The tiny heel is a great way to offset the tougher elements of the shoe whiles still complementing its aesthetics.
Price

Price

Ash is a high-end brand. With a high-end brand comes high-end prices. This Pattaya by Ash is very expensive for a sandal, not very expensive for a high-end sandal though. It t is made using many different fantastic-quality materials and has a totally unique appearance, it might just be hard for many to justify a cost this high. It is a shame that many people who find themselves completely enamored with this look won’t be able to afford it. It is hard to describe that feeling when you see something and are immediately obsessed, only to find out it is significantly too high in price to come anywhere near your budget. For those who drop cash to add one or two fun pieces into their wardrobe for the season, this Pattaya will be a definite contender. Even for those that only buy maybe one or two items of high-value a year, this is something to consider if you think the style is made-for-you. What is unfortunate is that dropping this much on a seasonal shoe is not exactly an easy task for so many people. Basically, if you believe the Pattaya is worth the investment, it is a stunning shoe to add to the collection. Otherwise, don’t sweat missing out on this one. There will be other precious sandals that will be perfect for you.
Support

Support

Support may not seem to be a priority of the Pattaya sandal by Ash but it actually is much more sufficient than on similar sandal styles. The one-inch heel is going to definitely help the arch of the foot. For a sandal that has this much going on, it is actually great that they didn’t keep it super basic and make it a flat. The addition of that heel picks the foot up and ensures the arch rests comfortably. Also, as a reminder, the footbed is cushioned from heel to toe, so this will definitely take a bit of the edge off when walking in these. Considering the footbed and the heel are two additions that make the shoe more comfortable, it shows that Ash was really paying attention to making this sandal a practical choice even while trying to put out a really cool and edgy style. Another element that adds to the overall support is the ankle strap. This strap will help to keep the foot exactly where it needs to be so that walking isn’t a worry in these babies.
Traction

Traction

The traction on the Pattaya is not great, to say the least. Not even the smallest of lines are used to create some sort of resistance to slipping and sliding. Due to the bottom of the shoe being leather, a material that tends to have a bit of traction all on its own, it isn’t a total lost cause but it definitely isn’t great either. Unless you are going to be on dry floors that have their own texture on them, this sandal might cause you to run into some problems. If you are naturally clumsy or are trying to find a shoe to wear to a beachside vacation spot, pick something that is a little safer and prepared to brave the elements. If you’re spending the kind of money on a shoe that Ash requires, you don’t want to be miserable while you’re wearing it due to feeling like you may slip any minute.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Wild sandals are a fun way to perk up your staple warm weather outfits. This Pattaya has it all: pyramid studs, quirky prints, and delicate accents. Though the traction is a bit of a bust and the sizing can get you into trouble, if you love this Pattaya by Ash and can afford to purchase it, it is quite a nice sandal compared to others that are similar in aesthetics. With a bit of a heel to boost your arch and a cushioned footbed to ease any aches, this leather-soled option is a quality choice to help get you in the mood for higher temperatures.