Badgley Mischka Laken Review

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Mark Badgley and James Mischka take their inspiration for their designs from 1940s Hollywood, bringing you elegant designs and phenomenal looking shoes. They specialize in eveningwear for effortless glamour. Badgley Mischka brands quickly became a favorite of many celebrities and landed them a spot on Vogue’s “Top 10 American Designers” list. Their shoes, dresses, and accessories offer you a unique design and an in immense attention to details, setting them apart from the rest.

The Laken’s are just one more pair of amazing pumps in their long line of fabulous footwear. They feature a slingback design with a pointed, closed toe with a gorgeous shimmering embellishment on the toes. The 3.75-inch heel gives you a little extra height and elegance when you hit the dance floor.  The steep price tag might scare you off a bit, but they seem to be well worth the money as they have a decent lifespan and will not fall apart prematurely. Whether looking for something to wear on your wedding day or prom night, these stilettos might be the perfect choice for you.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • 3.75" stiletto heel
  • Comfortable
  • Long-lasting durability
  • Elegant style
  • Slingback design
Cons
  • High price tag
  • Only two color options
Heel

Heel

The Badgley Mischka Laken pumps have a tall stiletto heel that measures at about 3.75 inches. This measurement, however, is just an approximation and will vary depending on the size you purchase. Women love the little bit of extra height that they get when they are dancing away in these fabulous heels. There is no platform to these dress shoes, so all that height is strictly in the heel. If you are used to walking or dancing around in shoes this high then you should not have any problems at all, however, if you are not used to it, then you might want to practice a little before you head out in them.

There are many reasons why you might want to wear a high stiletto heel for your special occasions, some women just like the extra height that comes with it, others like the way it makes their legs and rear end look while they walk. No matter what your reasoning, the Laken's will be the perfect addition to your wardrobe.
Uppers

Uppers

The uppers of these pumps are made out of a combination of both lace and satin mesh materials to give you an elegant and beautiful look while keeping your feet stafely locked into the heels. Since they are made out mesh, most of your feet will be exposed to air, meaning that they are going to be very well ventilated, keeping you cool while you are dancing the night away. You are not going to have to worry too much about your feet overheating on the dance floor or your big day, as the airflow will help keep you nice and fresh, as well as allowing your foot sweat to evaporate, keeping them dry as well.

The soft materials offer a decent amount of comfort to your feet. If you are going to be walking around in these all day or night you want to make sure that they are going to offer you the right amount of comfort. You should not have to worry about them rubbing or chafing along your skin which can lead to blisters and discomfort.

They have an adjustable strap closure to help make sure that your heels stay on your feet. You do not want to have a Cinderella situation and walk right out of your pumps at the end of the night. It is going to give you a customizable fit so you can dance the night away with no worries.
Style

Style

The Badgley Mischka Laken sling backs bring you an elegant style that will look great for most formal occasions. Whether you are the bride to be or attending a charity gala, these heels will be an excellent addition to your attire. The closed, pointed toe design features crystal embellishments on them to give you a little extra shimmer and shine while on the dance floor, enhancing your already beautiful look. The uppers are made out of a combination of sheer looking satin and lace mesh, helping you stay cool all night long as well as adding to the aesthetics. They come in both soft weight or powder blue so you can pick a color that looks best with your dress.
Support

Support

You are going to want to make sure that you get a decent amount of support out of your feels. If you are going to be on your feet and dancing the night away, then you want to ensure that you get the support that you need. No need to worry about your feet sliding around inside these pumps as they are going to do an excellent job at keeping you locked into place. The vamp fits snuggly around your forefront while the adjustable strap fastens your feel in place, keeping you secure throughout the night. All of this, of course, is dependant on you getting the right size for the perfect fit.

As for underfoot support, there is going to be an adequate amount, but not a whole lot. There are a synthetic lining and a leather sole that provides you with some padding under your foot, helping support your arches. If you have rather high arches, however, these might not be the best fit for you.
Fit

Fit

Making sure that you purchase the correct size shoe is essential to both your comfort level as well as your overall foot health. The Laken's should fit you snuggly; you do not want too much wiggle room, so you do not risk sliding around inside the shoe or even walking right out of it. On the other hand, you are also going to want to make sure that they are not too tight. That can cause unwanted rubbing, causing pain or discomfort. You are going to want to try to find that fine line between snug and comfy, giving you the perfect fit.

These slingbacks are running true to size so that is going to help when trying to decide what size you should order. As long as you purchase your standard shoe size, then you should not have any problems with them fitting you beautifully.
Durability

Durability

The Badgley Mischka Laken pumps have a pretty steep price tag, and as such you are going to want to make sure that you will not run into any durability issues with them. Thankfully, you should have no problem with these slingbacks, as they are constructed reasonably well and should stay intact for quite a while. Of course, if you abuse the heels or do not take care of them properly, they probably will not last as long as you would like them to. Keep in mind, however, that the uppers are made of mesh materials and as such can tear relatively easy, so you should be careful of them when you are out and about.

As these are designed for special occasions and they are not an everyday shoe, they are going to last you a lot longer than some of the other shoes in your closet, ensuring that you get your monies worth out them, allowing you to wear them for multiple occasions before they need to be replaced.

If you are attending an outdoor event you might want to consider pairing them with some heel stoppers which can help increase their lifespan. These will help keep your heels from sinking into the soft ground, which could cause you to fall and snap your heel. Additionally, if you can keep your heel out of the soft ground then you can try to keep them relatively clean.
Stability

Stability

Stability is essential when you are wearing heels, especially when they are tall stiletto heels such as these. You want to make sure that you have an easier time staying on your feet, so you are not accidentally toppling over on the dance floor. As long as you get these pumps in the corrects size then you should have no problem getting a decent amount of stability from them. They might have a high heel, but there is still a good portion of your forefoot on the ground to give you a good size platform to walk on.

Some customers feel a bit more comfortable if they pair these heels with some heel protectors. They are clear and snap right onto the bottom of your thin heel, giving you a broader base at your heel and a little more stability. These are also a great addition if you are attending an outdoor event as it will help keep you from sinking into the soft ground or getting stuck in a crack in the pavement.
Comfort

Comfort

You might not think a pair of slingbacks like these are going to be comfortable the first time you look at them, but you will be proven wrong from the moment you put them on your feet. They might have a high stiletto heel which can scare some people away thinking they will be too uncomfortable and hard to walk in. That is not the case with the Laken's. They are relatively easy to step in, despite their height. As long as your feet are used to wearing high heels, you should not have any issues wearing these for extended periods. However, if you are unused to heels of any kind, you might need some time to get used to them and they may not provide you with the comfort you desire right out of the box.

Since the uppers are made out of soft satin and lace, they are going to feel cozy along your feet and help prevent any uncomfortable rubbing that could occur. Additionally, the leather sole provides you with a soft and slightly cushioned base under your feet, adding to the overall appeal of the pumps.
Versatility

Versatility

The Badgley Mischka Laken pumps are designed to be worn for more formal events and other special occasions. Most women are buying the slingbacks to wear on their wedding day making them a beautiful addition to their big day.

There is not a whole lot of versatility when it comes to the stilettos. They are not going to look too well as a pair of casual heels nor will they fit in at the office. They are more reserved for those formal events and paired with an elegant dress.

You are not going to want to wear these pumps outside of the special occasions, it might cause some unnecessary wear and tear causing them to lose some of their longevity. Additionally, they might not be the most comfortable to wear during normal, everyday activities.
Weight

Weight

When you are hitting the dance floor or walking down the aisle, the last thing you want to have to think about is how heavy your shoes feel on your feet. You want to find something that is going to be virtually weightless, so they are not holding you back or slowing you down. The great thing about the Laken's is that they are designed wonderfully and have kept off most of the unnecessary weight, so you get a fantastic experience while twirling around the dance floor.

There is, unfortunately, not too much information on what the exact weight of these slingbacks is but customers can agree that they feel lightweight on their feet while they are wearing them.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

When you are shopping around for a pair of shoes to wear for your special occasion, you might want to take a look at the Badgley Mischka Laken's. The slingbacks have a pointed, closed toe design with dazzling crystal embellishment on the toes gives you an elegant and beautiful look that will be a great fit your any formal event. They have a high price tag, but they are well worth the extra money. They are going to last, as long as they are cared for, so they are more than a one-time use pair of pumps. The soft lace and satin uppers offer you superior comfort, and the leather lining underfoot gives you a decent amount of cushioning, ensuring that your feet stay relatively happy all night long. These pumps will be a beautiful addition to your shoe collection.