Badgley Mischka Harper Reviewed

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Mark Badgley and James Mischka have been the darlings of the fashion industry for the past 30 years.

Since starting their fashion label in 1988, they’ve been successfully nailing the fashion game with their classic designs mixed with the modern flair. They joined forces in the late 80’s and since they’ve captivated the fashion world with their sophisticated style that spoke to several generations.

Their designs bring back fond memories of the glamour and the glitz of Hollywood, and it’s no secret that the Hollywood leading ladies love their designs. Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Kate Winslet all love the Badgley Mischka designs and proudly wear them on the red carpet.

And do you remember the stunning wedding dress that Charlotte York wore on her second wedding in Sex And The City? Well, that was Badgley Mischka too, and it got flew gasps from the cast and the audience as well.

But for now let’s look at Badgley Mischka Harper. An evening shoe that will make you feel like a Hollywood diva walking down on the red carpet.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Round-toe crisscross ankle-strap

Satin upper

Satin sole

Rhinestone embellishment

Cons

Expensive

Outsole

Outsole

Class never goes out of style, and the very same statement can be said about the outsole. Made from the old fashioned leather, the outsole is the supportive friend that lets you shine and have your moment. It’s there when you need them, but let you have your big moment to show off.
And the outsole in the Harper model does that. The leather outsole is thin and barely noticeable, but you can feel her presence all the way through. It blends well with the rest of the shoe, and it lows awesome. Oh and let’s not forget that four inch high chunky heel, that let you walk in comfort and style. The sturdy block heel pairs perfectly with the busy embellishments of the strap, and provides a great balance between the shiny exterior of the upper.
Midsole

Midsole

Staying true with the romantic feel of the entire shoe, the midsole is lined with fine satin that just makes wearing them feel like you’re walking on feathers. The satin in the midsole goes form the heel all the way to the beginning of the toes, and not only looks luxurious and rich, the shoe itself feels leigh and comfy to the touch. The glossy look of the sating makes the midsole shiny and nice, while the silky smooth touch on the round toe midsole will make you want to never take these shoes ever again.
Upper

Upper

Satin satin and more satin. That’s right. You can never get bored from satin. Just like satin was hugging the midsole, the very same material can be find in the upper of the Harper sandal. The thicker strap around the toe area is also made from satin, and so are the crisscross ankle-straps at the top of the sandal. The thinner straps in a crisscross style hug the ankles and the rest of the foot nicely without confining them too tightly, and the adjustable buckle closure on that ankle straps is minimalistic that it lets the bigger strap how of the shine, glitz and the glamour.

Oh that beautiful thick toe strap. Filled with crystal embellishments, clustered rhinestones on the entire surface of the sandal, the embellishments add glamour to what otherwise would be a very dull shoe. And the thing is, the team behind Badgley Mischka’s designs knew when to stop with the embellishments. They could have put the rhinestones in the thing straps as well, and at the back of the block heel, but there’s a fine line between stylish and tacky. No the shoes have the right amount of embellishments without looking tacky, and they make one fantastic pick for your evening outings.

Made from satin, both the thick strap at the toe area, and the thinner ankle straps gibe your feet a lovely silhouette and elongate your legs in a more elegant way.
Comfort

Comfort

Never underestimate the comfort coming from a chunky heel. The thick heel even with a height measuring 4 inches gives your toes a huge break when walking in these sandals. And because the satin made ankle straps hug big portion of your feet (not just your ankles) you can really feel the comfort that they provide all through the night. Because they’re in a crisscross pattern, the comfort that they give is even greater, than in a shoe that wouldn’t have them. The thickness of the heel works wonders for your comfort, and it really shines in an understated way, as opposed to the busy detailing in the straps.
Durability

Durability

Leather mixed with satin. That’s what you’ll get when buying the Harper sandal, and both materials provide great deal of durability. The leather outsole and the satin midsole can help you wear these sandals for years to come, even if there are for special occasions. The leather outsole will become your nice navigator when walking in these sandals, while the smooth silky feel of the satin will make walking in them a whole lot more pleasant.
Flexibility

Flexibility

The flexibility is strong with this sandal, and it’s all because of the materials mentioned earlier. The thing leather outsole is very flexible and so is the silky satin midsole, fixated on the bigger portion of the footbed. The entire sandal will give your feet to move, bend and to become more comfortable as the night progresses. Not that many sandals are blessed with flexibility, but then again the Badgley Mischka Harper sandal is not just any shoe. Made from rich and durable materials, and with fine craftsmanship, the flexibility is one of the key features that is not only allowed, it’s plentiful. And you’ll love every single moment of that flexibility.
Stability

Stability

It’s all down to that wonderful chunky heel. Seriously. That heel works wonders for the stability of the entire sandal, but don’t let those thing ankle straps fool you. The do their business well, despite looking very thin and fragile. No, the heel despite having four full inches in high is very stable and lets the weight of your body distribute nicely throughout. Because that’s one of the best perks of having a chunky heel. For one it looks amazing, but probably one of the most important aspects of the chunky heel is the stability that it gives to the foot and to the entire body. It’s great if you’re not fond of the thing heel sandals, and if you’d like to walk more comfortably in the entire time that these sandals are on your feet.
Airflow

Airflow

Say hello to an open toe strappy sandal that let your feet feel the wind beneath your toes. Seriously. The satin that composes the upper and midsole of the Harper sandal is fine and lovely addition to the entire structure but can we talk about the beautiful open toe strappy design that these sandals embody? They definitely let the airflow to run in and out of the sandal and they do keep your ventilated in every minute that these shoe are on your feet.
Terrain

Terrain

Do you know what’s also fantastic about the thick chunky heel in the Harper sandals? The fact that that very same heel will let you walk on grass. Seriously. Although this is a more summery sandal, the thick heel will allow you to walk in these shoes on various types of terrain. Of course the outsole, and that heel despite being chunky is high, but the fact that there is more of it in volume, attributes to the walking properties in plenty of terrains. It’s not recommended that you wear them in dirty or moist environments, since the sandals can damage and get dirty very easily but yes, that chunky heel will become your guardian angel here.
Traction

Traction

The Badgley Mischka Harper is a typical summery evening sandal that is not equipped to take care of the traction properties. The outsole of the sandal, despite being made from leather is very thing and doesn’t have the required ridging, so it walking in these sandals requires a lot of caution. Sure they may look fantastic, and walking in them is made a lot easier thanks to the thick chunky four inch high heel, but that thin outsole can cause a lot of problems down the line. So you do need to be very careful when wearing these sandals.
Style

Style

The Badgley Mischka Harper is very glam, very glitz and very elegant. The classic lines of the designs are jazzed up with the rhinestones and embellishments at the front toe strap, while the more subdued shiny satin located at the rest of the midsole and upper give the sandals their glossy feel and shine. But the thing is, nothing of those things isn’t too much. No, every single detail, fabric and even measurement is done with the right amounts and proportions to ensure great, fit, great comfort and great style in every occasion. Just take a good look at the rhinestones and gems at the front thick strap. They’re used in the right amount to make you feel glamorous and fashionable, and not like you have disco balls on your feet. No, the same goes for the satin used in the best parts of the sandal. The upper and the midsole. Yes, the thin crisscross ankle straps could have been made thicker, but the shoe would have lost its elegance and effortless style. Why ruin a perfectly fine sandal, when every designer knows about the –less is more rule in fashion. No, the satin in the upper is fine the way it is, the chunky heel has the right height and thickness and the straps around the ankle have the right amount of shine and drama to them. The style is reminiscent to the flapper era of Hollywood when the skirts were made shorter and women shined like Zelda Fitzgerald. No, the golden era of Hollywood is alive and well in these sandals and the design speaks volumes. The style is perfect for any lady that loves to shine in every evening occasion, and who likes to feel comfortable and supported while she shine comes from her feet.
Key features

Key features

Buckle closure
Satin upper
Satin sole
Fits true to size
Four inch chunky heel
Rhinestone embellishment at straps
Round-toe crisscross ankle-strap
Bottom line

Bottom line

There’s a reason why this is one of the most sought after models among the brides. Because it lets you shine without taking away from the beauty of your dress. Blogs after blogs in our search stated that these shoes were purchased by brides to be who wanted a little bit of sparkle on their big day, and the reasons for their pick is the fact that these shoes come with an open toe silhouette, they have a chunky heel and they have fantastic embellishment detailing that just works wonders with their wedding dresses.

But the one thing that would make these sandals a whole lot better is if the midsole was reinforced with a dash of padding. Just a light padding in the midsole would have made these sandal even more comfortable that they’re now. With the thick chunky heel and the sturdy ankle straps they’re comfortable as they are, but a padding in the midsole would have made all the difference. The ladies wearing them would have had a lot of support in the arches, and walking in these heels would have been even a lot more pleasant. But although a bit expensive, this is one of the best purchases that you can make for yourself. The Badgley Mischka Harper is a fantastic shoe that looks good on just about anybody. And if you do decide to buy it for your wedding, you won’t be sorry. It truly is an amazing shoe that not only looks fantastic, it will make you feel fantastic. The TBadgley Mischka Harper I a true winner.