Best Bandolino Shoes Reviewed & Rated
Bandolino is a brand that has for decades provided fashionable but affordable footwear to people all over the world. This label makes all types of styles, for all seasons and all occasions. It uses innovative contouring to be on top of each season’s hottest trends while ensuring that each design comes with great aesthetic as well as with functionality and style.
The Bandolino brand also doesn’t skim over the fact that people’s feet are built and shaped differently. Hence, they offer open-toe options, wide-size options, along with flat formal footwear and many other designs to make your life easier. Take a look at the top ten designs from this versatile brand!
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Decorative Strap & Buckle
Decorative Strap & Buckle
Not for Wide Feet
Needs a Little Breaking In
Androgynous and gender-neutral fashion is all the rage this season, and the menswear-inspired Lanasa flat is just what you need to complete your elegant, suave outfit combination. This loafer design is made from textile and synthetic materials and is great for pairing with your pantsuit or even your tux, to redefine what it means to be fierce and fashionable in the current era.
The Lanasa is a gleaming, polished loafer flat that comes without any closure. It is a simple slip-on design which you can slide into at a moment’s notice. There is a strap accent with a decorative buckle over the instep, done in plush black material, providing a nice contrast to the shine of the upper.
In regards to comfort, you don’t have to worry about anything because the Lanasa has a padded footbed and a flexible sole. This design will move along with your foot, and it will be the lightest, most comfortable dress design you have worn to this date, not least because it doesn’t come in a high heel.
We understand that not everyone is about that menswear flair, but we can’t help but admire Lanasa’s quiet sophistication. This loafer is great for a business meeting, for a fun time with your friends, and even for a fancy dinner date with your significant other. There is hardly anything you can’t do in this gorgeously refined loafer!
Premium Leather Upper
Roomy Round Toe
Lightly Padded Footbed
If you’re not into high heels or would prefer something lowkey, then the Liberty is the perfect choice for you. This flat is made for all kinds of events, but its design is most suited to a professional setting. It goes best with a great looking pantsuit and could even go with a two- or three-piece suit. The Liberty comes in black and is made from genuine leather. Even though it is stylish, it is one of Bandolino's more modest offerings, with the only highlights being a nude accent inside and at the bottom of the shoe, plus intricate stitching.
There are no laces, clips or buckles on the Liberty. It is easy to slip on and off your feet. Even though the soles and the footbed - and especially the insoles - curve right along your feet, the design is still roomy enough to fit even wider feet. The toe box is not pointy, meaning that your toes won’t be pinched or squished any time soon.
The Liberty doesn’t come with any bows, no laces, or buckles, though it is still a customer favorite precisely because of its simple design. The footbed has a beautiful nude color, and the outsoles are also nude, to fit any occasion.
Unlike some other options on this list, the Liberty is constructed from premium, genuine leather materials. It is undeniably comfortable and easy to wear, and its understated elegance fits practically all outfits, be they casual or semi-formal. There isn’t anywhere you can’t go in the Liberty flat!
Genuine Leather and Suede
Elegant Stitching Pattern
Low Wearable Heel
Elegant and Professional Look
Tight Toe Area
The Liron is mostly made up of suede leather, with touches of smooth leather here and there, and with the exception of the black option that is in our picture, which is made entirely out of genuine leather. The soles, as usual, are made of rubber. The heels of the Liron are 2.75 inches high, wide enough to prevent any wobbling. The zipper placement is in the inner side, and the stitching follows the lines of the foot and accentuates it in elegant ways.
This unique stitching pattern starts from the middle of the sole up across the vamp to the other side of the design. It does this again closer to the heel and adds much-needed dimension to the design. The heel of the Liron comes in a contrast material - a smooth or polished leather - for even more interest.
With an opening of around 10.5 inches and the zipper in the inner side of the boot, no one will have much of a problem slipping in and out of these beauties. The toes are pointed, but there is sufficient room inside, plus the heels are not too high for comfortable wear.
The Liron bootie comes with a sophisticated, professional look that you can wear anywhere. It has that all-day wearability that we love, and it will look great both with jeans and leggings and with a pencil skirt or an A-line dress. You will love taking these out and showing them off to everyone you know!
Dazzling Silver Effect
Tight Across Toes
For a study in seduction, a style that takes everyone’s breath away, there is the Marlisa heel. This peep-toe pump comes with an intricate design made out of crisscross straps that create a cage for your foot, a 3.25-inch heel, and a dazzling silver effect that will catch anyone’s eye. The Marlisa is that go-to dress pump that you’re taking to all of your future formal events.
The straps of this pump serve not only to enhance the design, but they also keep your foot inside it and prevent it from sliding forward. Additionally, the straps of the Marlisa have several elastic inserts on one side, which makes them stretchy and easy to slide into for any foot shape.
The Marlisa comes with a zipper closure in the back for easy entry. It also has a padded footbed for more comfort, and while its heel is stiletto in shape, it is also at a comfortable height that you can easily endure for the entire night.
The Marlisa is not a pump you can wear every day. It is, however, a great option for a wedding, for a party or a gala, or really any occasion where you need to put your best foot forward. It is striking, it is regal, and it will elevate your looks to entirely new heights!
Adjustable Ankle Strap
Low Comfy Heel
Stabilizing Heel Counter
Multitude of Color Options
Cute and Flirty
The Madia sandal is a very stylish design which ensures that your feet are as comfortable as possible. It accomplishes this by having a good ankle strap, plus an adequate heel cover and an open toe box. With the Madia, you may even forget that you have something on your feet. The gold footbed of the design is a nice compliment if you choose a darker color.
The Madia sandal will not cause you any discomfort, and will elegantly follow the contours of your feet. Don't worry about having to break these beauties in - trust us when we say that you'll be able to slip them on right out of the box and walk out in confidence!
You won’t have any problem with wobbly movements in these sandals, as the Madia has a good ankle strap that is even adjustable thanks to a buckle closure. Your heels are well-housed and anchored, and the design is open-toed so you can show off that cute pedicure.
The Madia sandal is that staple piece that we all need in our wardrobe. It is cute, it is feminine, and it goes well with absolutely any outfit. You will not regret investing in these cute heels, as they will take you from a lunch date with your friends to a cocktail party in a blink of an eye!
Genuine Kid Suede
Low Wearable Heel
Fashionable Buckle Decoration
Inner Side Zipper
Easy to Slip On
Size Runs Large
The Layita ankle bootie comes in a variety of colors for you to choose from, such as white, black, brown and grey. It is similar to the Cambria in that they both have narrow heels, but the Layita doesn't quite hit 3 inches and instead lands at 2.75. The Layita also has a zipper closure, but on the outer side of the design this time, and there is a noticeable buckle which is mostly decorative.
The Layita has a decorative buckle on the outer side that compliments the color of the design. We are most impressed with the finish of these booties in the black, white and grey options. The stitching is minimal, and the entire look is smooth, simple and amazingly elegant.
The opening of the Layita is six inches in circumference, and thanks to the zipper closure it is wide enough to slide your foot in without any trouble.
The Layita is a versatile, fashionable bootie that we love to wear come colder weather. It doesn’t compromise between style and functionality, and now we can also feel cozy and warm while being wonderfully chic at the same time. Thanks to its neutral color choices, the Layita goes well with everything, and is just the bootie you need for the beginning of the cold season!
Sparkle and Golden Color
It stands to reason that anyone who wears golden footwear is automatically the center of attention. Even better are golden designs that sparkle. All eyes will be on you when you wear the Mylah peep-toe pump. With three inch heels, a golden sparkly upper, synthetic sole, and a good platform, these pumps will have you going out in style.
Oftentimes, party footwear is hard to move around in because of the material that it is made of. But not these heels. The Mylah pump is made from a flexible and versatile fabric that allows you great freedom in your movement. The fabric also looks good in gold, so don't be afraid to take over the center of the dance floor and dance up a storm in these pumps.
The Mylah has a platform heel that measures approximately 0.5 inches, which is wide enough for a very steady footing. This added height under the front of the foot lessens the pressure in that area and makes sure that you can stay on your feet for longer, twirling the night away.
The Mylah pump is a Cinderella’s design, through and through. It sparkles with magic, moves with grace and in it, you are surely going to feel like a princess. Definitely, don’t hesitate to snatch this beautiful pump for your next formal event!
Genuine Suede Upper
Patent Leather Strap
Inner Side Zipper
Chic and Modern
Small Toe Area
Gets Scuffed Easily
Sometimes, we just want a cute ankle bootie to wear. This is where the Baruffi comes in, as it one of the cutest options on our list. These booties are made of leather and have the type of heel that you'd find on the sexiest pumps. To secure the ankles, the Baruffi has criss crossed straps wrapping around the design, which adds a nice compliment to the luxurious leather finish.
The heel of the Baruffi is moderate height, with a small platform. Many boots and booties tend to go the block heel route, so seeing the Baruffi take the skinny heel route instead is refreshing. It also has a zipper along the inner side, and on the outer side, there is a criss cross buckled strap embellishment.
Bandolino doesn’t sacrifice comfort for looks. The soles of the Baruffi are synthetic, and the inner portions are padded. The opening of the boot is well sufficient, however, the zipper ensures that you will have an easy time putting the boot on. The shaft is moderate so that you'll have a bit of ankle coverage.
The Baruffi comes with customer satisfaction, and the materials that it is built out of are made to last and provide comfort, all the while looking really good. Autumn has never looked as good as in the Baruffi bootie!
Many Color Choices
Round Roomy Toe Box
Easy to Wear
Cute and Feminine Design
Not Enough Support
We’re adding to the great flats category with the Edition. This flat has a round-toe design and is made from a versatile and stretchy fabric. The amazing thing about it is that it comes in a variety of colors and patterns to choose from. The Edition is great for both the dance floor and for a casual walk through the city, and you will love the versatility that this adorable, sparkly design has to offer.
The color palette of the Edition is truly out of this world. You can get these flats in white, black, blue, purple, pink, and even have them in pretty and colorful patterns. Just the choice of colors alone will make anyone want to go for them.
The Edition comes with an elastic topline that stretches out and accommodates your foot no matter what its shape is. The outsole is also made of a synthetic material that is very flexible, so you can move any way you want in these cute flats.
We all need a good, comfortable flat in our footwear closet. The Edition is a great choice since it comes in a wide selection of color options out of which you are bound to find at least one that you like. It is also perfectly comfortable to wear all day long, and there is no reason you can’t dazzle the world in the wonderful Edition flat!
Slip-Resistant Rubber Outsole
Backstrap for Security
Small Toe Area
Whether you're going out on a date night and need to dress to impress, or you want to show off your legs the Ibelieve is just the right design for you. This pump is mostly made from synthetic materials, with rubber soles for maximum slip resistance. The heels are at a comfortable height of 2.5 inches, meaning you won't experience any calf or lower back pain when wearing them. The Ibelieve is a great choice to go from an office meeting to a fancy dinner date without changing your footwear in the process.
The Ibelieve has a silver glittery look that will put a smile on anyone’s face. The footbed is padded for even more comfort, and the rubber soles make for a shock-absorbent and comfortable wear.
At the back of the Ibelieve is a strap that sits right below your tendon and makes sure that you don’t lose your shoes as you go about your day. The heel comes at a good height to look elegant in and not to have to worry about any pain or discomfort.
The Ibelieve is a classic design that you can easily wear wherever you want. You can pair it with a pencil skirt and a crisp white button-up, or a flowy dress, or even with a pantsuit and you will look equally put-together in all of those. If the silver glitter is not your color, go for any other other options, as this design has a couple that will surely find their place in your collection.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
When choosing the best option, you should keep in mind that you need something not only comfortable and sturdy but also trendy. Bandolino mostly offers designs that are great or evening events such as dinners, cocktail parties or galas. These include high heels, dazzling colors, polished leathers, and pointy toes.
Footwear is there to compliment the overall outfit and so the color is very important. Choose one that matches your clothes rather than a color that competes with your clothes. And by matching here, we mean that the color of your footwear doesn’t have to be the same color as the one you’re wearing.
Black designs go with just about anything, neutral or nude footwear goes with sparkly evening outfits, and bright colors go with neutral, simple outfits (such as black, grey or brown clothes). For professional settings, black or brown designs are safe choices, but grey, navy, and red (though not too red) are great too.
The style is also determined by the season you are shopping for. Footwear that you wear in the winter is definitely not the same one that you will wear in the summer.
For winter, of course, to protect your feet against frigid temperatures, you’ll need designs that are well padded, insulated and which cover the feet well. The best designs for this time are sneakers, loafers, and boots, most of which Bandolino offers.
For the summer, you will need footwear that is well ventilated. Sandals and espadrilles are great in that regard, as they usually keep your toes open and happily wiggling in the warm air.
Whether they are formal or casual designs, you need footwear that will fit your feet properly and help prevent injuries. The items offered by Bandolino are mostly for formal and nightwear, meaning they are usually not meant to be worn all day. (Though there are exceptions, such as the Liron, Cambria and Layita booties, and the Liberty flat.)
Even if you are only wearing your shoes for an hour, you need a design that won’t cause any blisters and calluses. The footwear that you wear should be fairly lightweight and with good shock absorption.
The most uncomfortable part of formal footwear is most likely the toe box, as it is usually not roomy. However, great footwear will provide slight cushioning in that area and not have your toes rubbing against material that could cause further discomfort. For more casual options, you should look for ones that provide sufficient space for the toes. The best footwear has roomy and round toe boxes.
Make sure that the design that you pick is the right size as well, or it won’t lock around your heel and could potentially cause damage to your Achilles tendon. Other parts of a design that you should be focusing on are the insole, the outsole, midsole, and the heel. All of these parts should be well cushioned and made of a material that is lightweight and that allows ventilation.
Finally, when choosing the best design, you should see how your feet are arched. The three types of arches are neutral-arched, low-arched and high-arched.
If your feet are neutral-arched, they are not overly arched or overly flat. With feet like these, the best designs are those with firm midsoles, with moderate rear-foot stability.
If your feet are low-arched, or flat, the designs that you should look for are those that are flat, with good motion control and that are also straight.
Those with high-arched feet should look for options which have great cushioning and shock absorption to prevent excessive strain on joints and muscles.
The quality of the material not only includes the materials on the outside, but also the materials on the inside of a design as well. The items in our list are mostly made from leather and synthetic materials.
Leather is a more high quality material, which is highly durable and flexible and is the most used material for footwear. It is excellent for both outdoor and indoor settings, and in most cases it offers the highest level of comfort. The downside to leather is that leather footwear is usually heavier and thicker than that made from synthetic materials, not to mention more expensive.
Synthetic materials that are used to make footwear include nylon, polyester, acetate, acrylic, spandex, orlon, latex, and Kevlar. Of course, not all of these are used in making of the designs that we have in our list today.
Designs made from synthetic materials are lighter, more breathable and are able to perform better than those made of natural fibers. With special additives, these can also be water resistant, wrinkle-free and stain resistant. Also, for those who are a pro-environment and anti-animal slaughter, synthetic footwear provides a great alternative, as it is usually vegan. (However, as we have no information of the ingredients of the glue used in putting these items together, it is best that you contact the brand directly and learn which designs are 100% vegan.)
Bandolino offers a variety of synthetic designs, as well as a few that are made from genuine leather and suede. In any case, the brand clearly declares what each product is made from, for your convenience. The one you pick will depend on what you need this design for and how you plan on wearing it.
High heels make us feel more confident and sexy, but they also bring discomfort and an increased risk of back and joint problems and painful calluses. The higher the heel is, the more probable that muscular imbalances happen, causing knee pain, heel pain, and hammer toes from some muscles working too hard.
As we discussed before, always choose footwear that fits your feet properly, and also fits your arch type, or you will find that you are uncomfortable and in pain the whole time wearing it. Not only should you measure your feet for length, but you should also measure their width as well.
If you choose a very high heeled design, make sure you have a high arch type, or you will mostly find yourself in a lot of pain. This brand offers trendy and sexy footwear that is low- and flat-heeled, and therefore you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to feel good.
High heeled shoes also need to properly anchor your feet as well. You could find yourself in an embarrassing situation of wobbling and ankle spraining if your feet are not properly anchored. Thick heeled designs are great, but if the heels are thin, then the shoe should have straps around your ankles, or a cage over your instep such as with the Marlisa. Best high heel designs also have an open or round toe box, as pointy toe ones are pretty much torture your legs in high heels.
Lastly, we need to consider how lasting these options are. When you get a great-looking design that is comfortable and easy to wear, you expect it to last for quite a while, no? After all, no one wants their shoe to fall apart after taking it around the block only a couple of times.
The durability of a shoe largely depends on the materials it is made from, as well as on the techniques used in its construction. The general principle is that the choices made from synthetic materials don’t last as long as those made from genuine leather and suede. Natural materials such as these are quite durable, especially if layered thickly like in booties, and you can expect designs made from leather to last you for several years.
However, synthetic options are also not as pricey as leather ones, so it stands to reason that you could afford to replace them more often, if anything should happen.
You may think that not wearing your new footwear often will help it last longer. While that may be the case, there is one factor here that we should also take into account: the fact that, even if you’re not wearing a design, it still goes through some, minor, deterioration as it idly sits in your closet. No material is immune to the passage of time, regardless of how often it is used, and so sooner or later your pumps or loafers will see their end.
We would advise you to not, by any means, hold yourself back from wearing your favorite footwear. In the end, you purchased it to show it off and to feel confident and stylish in it, so why limit yourself to wearing it only occasionally? Embrace your inner - and outer - fashionista, and show everyone what great style you have!
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Keep your leather shoes happy with a bit of leather conditioner every 3-6 months to prevent cracking, and use a colored leather polish to help shine up, or cover scuffs on your shoes.
Bandolino has a number of styles and varieties of footwear. If you want to up your fashion tastes a bit, go for a shoe with some texture, like a snakeskin pattern or animal print to give a little added flair to your outfit.
Other Factors to Consider
We saw with these products that Bandolino has a penchant for combining fashion with comfort. They make great products for all occasions and seasons. Their designs are fashionable, yet affordable at the same time. Because of the quality of the footwear they make, there are only a few options that will be out of anyone’s budget.
When trying to out-chic each other, many brands forget to protect and nurture the wearer’s heels, soles, ankles, and toes. This can lead to sores and bunions, and even more serious problems, such as lower back pain. What kind of footwear you wear every day affects your posture, and your posture affects your overall health.
Because you need footwear that will protect your health, provide comfort, and also look really good, Bandolino designs are the perfect ones for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: What size of footwear should I order?
Measure your foot length and width. Bandolino designs fit most shoppers as expected, however, there are cases where the sizes are unreliable and will take some trial and error before you find one which works for you. If you have a history of difficulties finding proper-fitting footwear or have very wide feet, buying designs that are ½ larger is recommended.
q: Who owns this brand?
This brand is currently owned by the Nine West Holdings company (yes, the one which also produces Nine West footwear), which is based in White Plains, New York.
q: Where do I find the information about the materials a particular design is made from?
In every product description, there should be a clear indication of what materials it is made of. In case there isn’t, you would do well to contact the customer support and inform yourself before you commit to a purchase.
q: Can I get one design in different colors?
Yes, that is the beauty of this brand! Most Bandolino designs come in a variety of colors that you can choose from, and they are wonderfully low-cost so that you can easily afford several color choices of the same design.
q: How long do these designs last?
As we discussed in our Durability section, this entirely depends on the material selection of a design, as well as its construction. Overall, if you are looking for something durable, look for genuine leather and suede.