In almost the two centuries of existence, Clarks have evolved from a rug making company to one of the biggest footwear companies not just in the United Kingdom, but in the entire world.
Clarks was founded in 1825 by the two brothers Cyrus Clark, but it was his younger brother James that changed the company’s merchandise for the better. Since starting as an apprentice, James used started using the offcuts that were too short and unusable to make rugs, to make slippers. Those slippers were known as Brown Petersburg’s and proved to be quite popular. Since then, Clarks has expanded on other parts of Europe, and in the mid-’50s the Company expanded in the US as well.
Today Clarks have an almost cult-like status in the British society, and they’re a popular choice of thousands of parents, who chose to buy the Clarks school shoes for their children. They’re also quite popular in Jamaica, and plenty of rappers through history have been fans of the brand also. Oh, and did you notice that the character of Walter Wright (played by Bryan Cranston) has been wearing Clarks in every season of Breaking Bad?
But for now, let’s try and present the Abigail Sun model by Clarks.
The durability of the rubber outsole is unquestionable, but that outsole is just one of the many parts that make this sandal great. But let’s start there. Let’s start from the rubber outsole of this sandal. It’s very thin, very light but highly durable and there’s a slight elevation at the heel area. Right above that is a 4-centimeter high cork wedge that acts as the actual heel, and it also elevates the sandal gently, so it doesn’t cause too much discomfort to the foot. Cork
is one of the softest and durable materials known to mankind and, and is highly regarded within the shoemaking industry. The cork makes for one lightweight, flexible shoe that has the ability to absorb and soften the impact to your feet while you walk. And Abigail Sun is no exception. The entire wedge heel that’s lodged in the sandals is made entirely out of cork, to give your feet nice natural support and insulation. The cork actually has unique qualities that no other natural material has. But, more on that later in the post.
The midsole is even more fantastic and comfortable than the outsole. Why? Not only because it’s made with cushioned soft padding, but the footbed is also molded with OrthoLite, an open-cell foam
insole technology, developed by the OrthoLite Company.
OrthoLite’s soft foam cushions are eco-friendly, lightweight and long-term cushions that offer a high level of breathability, moisture management and fantastic comfort to the foot. If you pay good attention to the footbed itself, you’ll notice that it’s lightly padded, but it’s also made with a soft fabric lining that’s perforated for extra aeration. The Abigail Sun sandal has an open toe silhouette, and that footbed mentioned earlier is not applied through the entire length of the midsole. The toes of the sandals remain footbed-free and there’s a patch of synthetic lining precisely in that area.
If you thought that one natural material would be enough in the making of these shoes, think again. The cork in the outsole is a wonderful choice, but so is the suede used in the upper. Leather works well in providing an extra dose of comfort, and the fact that there’s soft fabric lining underneath the upper doesn’t’ hurt as well. On and the simplistic design on the upper evokes a lot of class. Why? Because of the very stylish and at the same time very minimalistic design used in the making of the sandals that just screams effortless chic.
Two thicker straps are placed at the front of the upper, one vertical vamp
cuts through the two horizontal ones, and one big patch of leather hugs the heel of the sandal. And all of that is tied and secured nicely with an ankle strap, reinforced with adjustable metal buckle. Oh, that minimalism mentioned earlier really shines through the vertical vamp at the middle of the sandal. There are four separate layers down the vamp, and each of them a touch of class to the sandal. Seriously, a heavy set of bedazzling would really damage the elegance and timeless beauty that this sandal embodies, so the simpler the better is always the key in having a shoe that will last.
A big portion of the comfort in the sandals
comes from the fact that the cork wedge is 1 1⁄4 inches in height. It’s considered a kitten heel by all standards, so walking in a sandal like this shouldn’t be too big of a problem. There’s the added cushioned soft padding in the midsole and the highly recommended OrthoLite Molded footbed precisely in that area. According to the official OrthoLite website, the foam used in the footbed compresses less than 5% over the lifetime of the product so the fit, comfort and the overall performance never change. So, when you think about comfort, the OrthoLite Molded footbed should first come to mind.
Oh, would you look that beautiful cork wedge? Seriously. The cork in the Abigail Sun sandal not only it gives the natural, timeless look, is directly responsible for the support. Why? Because of the lightweight yet sturdy material, the cork
is highly supportive towards any type of shoe let alone summer sandal. The wedge made out of cork sits perfectly at the back of the sandal and gives the shoes their much-needed balance on every occasion. Yes, the height of that wedge is 1 1⁄4 inches in height, but the cork could be perfectly able to provide the support in the much higher heel, let alone in a kitten heel like the one in the sandals.
The Clarks shoes are known to be one of the most durable shoes
on the market, and the Abigail Sun sandal is not an exception. Do you remember how the Clarks shoes are favorites among the parents of schoolboys and schoolgirls? Well, that durability and longevity can be found in practically every other Clarks model. In the sandal’s case, the durability is down the quality of the materials used in the shoemaking process and the quality of that process itself. There are the durable rubber and cork used in the outsole, and the fantastic leather used in the upper. Together they’re joined in one cohesive shoe structure that’s been a staple in the British history, and make one long lasting versatile sandal.
The cork is highly durable, but also one very flexible material at the same time. And you’ll be surprised by the amount of flexibility that it gives to the sandals. Because the cork wedge has been inserted at the back of the sandal (in the heel area), that leaves the middle of the shoe to have a lot more flexibility from the get-go. But don’t underestimate the flexibility in that wedge as well. The wedge is just 1 1⁄4 inches high, so there’s more to be gained in terms of flexibility when it comes to the wearing of the sandal. The height, the material and the position of the cork wedge give these shoes a great deal of flexibility without putting too much strain on the feet.
There’s plenty to be said about a full wedge heel made from cork, but the stability factor first comes in mind. And if you add to the fact that precisely that heel is just 1 1⁄4 inches high, the stability is great in the Abigail Sun sandals. But the stability is not just measured in the style and height of the outsole. No, the upper plays a huge part in the stability, and that’s especially true about the ankle strap with adjustable buckle
. The strap fixates the ankle and secures it tightly so it doesn’t make sudden movement especially if the there’s the dreaded perspiration in the long summery hot days. A sweaty leg can really be fatal to a high heel such as the one in the Clarks sandals and it’s better to have a secured ankle strap for added stability.
The Abigail Sun sandal is an open toe summer sandal that’s made out of light and highly breathable materials. The leather is always a good solution for every airflow problem, and the fact that the OrthoLite Molded footbed is made out of open-cell PU technology is 95% to 100% breathable doesn’t hurt. So, the sandal is not only aerated from the upper, the filtration comes even from the amazing footbed that hugs the midsole. Amazing isn’t it?
The Abigail Sun sandal by Clarks comes in three different color options. Black, olive and tan colored suede options are available for the upper, while the rest of the sandal remains the same in all of the three versions. According to the customer reviews that were left of the official website, the black suede upper version is the most sought after sandal, and the tan color version of the sandal comes second. And it’s understandable. Black is a neutral color that goes with just about everything and blends easily with any type of outfit choice. It’s unfortunate that there aren’t any other color options for this sandal, and sadly Clarks’ offering of this sandal is limited to just three.
The sandal’s fit is one of the many strong features, given the fact that this is a wedge heeled summer sandal. They’re not known to be the most comfortable shoes in existence, but because of the full heel and the nicely positioned straps on the upper, the fit is surprisingly good. It offers a nice grip to the foot, and it makes the walking in the sandals very comfortable.
The price of Abigail Sun sandal varies from 70 to 90 dollars, which makes it one of the affordable of the market. And it’s a fantastic offer for such quality shoe. Shoes made from natural materials usually receive higher praise and usually have higher price-tag, but Clarks value affordability and quality at the same time.
Minimalism is the keyword that best describes the sandals, but the words elegant and fashionable can be used as well. But the minimalism used in the design and detailing works in favor of delivering the best effortless style that also makes the sandals versatile and age appropriate for every generation and every occasion. There’s no age limit about wearing these shoes and that’s the beautiful thing about them. They’ll look great on the feet of the 18-year-old teenager, and on the feet of her mother. Two generations that will benefit greatly from a timeless sandal like the Abigail Sun.
The Abigail Sun sandals by Clark offer comfort, stability, flexibility, and style at a great price. The use of the cork in the wedge heel is a nice touch that adds a natural yet timeless elegance to the shoe, and it makes them so versatile that they can be enjoyed in the daytime and on the more dressy nighttime events. All you have to do is change your dress and maybe your accessories and you’re good to go.
The sandals will quickly become your trusted loyal friend, but if there’s something to be added about them is the fact that there are solely 3 color options to choose from. The black, olive and tan options of the upper are nice, but a classical sandal like this one deserves a lot more variety. It would have been nice if Clarks offered a lot more colors in the upper or even bolder and interesting patterns to chose from, but nonetheless, this is a great sandal for every type of lady. They can be dressed up or dressed down and you’ll be enjoying walking in them all summer long.