Clarks Leisa Vine Review

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Still based in the place where they were born, Clarks shoes are not afraid to stick to tradition. Clarks incorporates new styles and designs but they keep close to them the values that they started with. Shoes that you will want to wear, with durable construction to ensure you can keep wearing them, is a commitment to their customers that the brand has maintained. This Leisa Vine is a practical warm weather shoe with a more conservative style. The look is basic but put together and it has features that make it wonderfully wearable for summer. A great sandal for those that need a bit more substance than a thong or slide!

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Velcro Slingback
  • Arch Support
  • Open Upper
  • Ortholite Footbed
  • Very Lightweight
Cons
  • Dated Style
  • Runs Narrow
Airflow

Airflow

The Clarks Leisa Vine has a leather upper. The leather is wonderfully breathable, however, this sandal has a soft liner material that can be a bit less breathable. Luckily the cutouts and design of the upper itself help to guarantee there will be airflow to keep you cool and comfortable. An upper with multiple cutouts on every direction would be useful enough for truly breathable wear. However, that isn’t all. This Clarks Leisa Vine has perforation throughout the upper of the shoe as well, putting addition airflow into an already greatly breathable fabric and an open upper truly changes the way the shoe feels on your foot. Sandals are great when they’re barely there, but that isn’t realistic for a lot of people, especially those that need more support from their shoes than just a simple strap or two. Construction and upper design such as on this Leisa Vine is the clear solution to such a problem. Don’t ever feel constricted or unstable in sandals again when you’re trying to beat the heat. Forget having to tread lightly in sandals that slip off just to stay cool.
Color

Color

There tends to be a trend with sandals where they either have some larger-than-life prints and bright colors, or more basic hues. This is definitely an option for the fairly more reserved. The Leisa Vine by Clarks has a large selection of color options but all the colors are relatively earthy and muted. Though there is a bright white, a dark navy, and a dusty red, all the other color options are variations of tans and browns. This is great for those who wear a lot of neutrals or even those who prescribe to the idea that a neutral shoe will go with anything. I believe it fully depends on the outfit as a whole but fashion is the type of subject that endorses the concept of different strokes for different folks. Once you find a color scheme or outfit palette that works for you, there is no reason to confidently choose options within that scope. Being comfortable in both aesthetic and form is really important for loving a shoe. If you aren’t going to feel like the best version of yourself in your clothing or accessories, it might just mean that those options aren’t for you. This range of colors may be subtle but the selection ensures that if you love the style and want an option that you can wear with most things in your wardrobe, you will have no problem matching color to your tastes.
Comfort

Comfort

Ortholite footbeds are a wonderful addition to any shoe for a variety of reasons. Those who are well-seasoned in different insoles know that just being soft and supportive isn’t enough. Some footbed materials have no breathability. This creates a too hot environment for your foot and can lead to sweat and discomfort, a total bummer for warmer months. Others know that some heavy footbeds really bring the whole shoe down when you need something light to slip on for an outing. Ortholite avoids these kinds of woes in the Clarks Leisa Vine. Not only is Ortholite an amazing tool for supporting the foot, but it also has some pretty great attributes in terms of weight and breathability. Ortholite is designed to not hold and trap heat, as well as to be super light and airy. That means you get a ton of comfort without feeling stifled or weighed down. In addition to this awesome footbed, the upper as I mentioned before is lined in a slightly padded material. So the leather will give and accommodate your foot, all while a supple material is directly against your skin.
Durability

Durability

Clarks are made extremely well. When you look at some of their most popular shoes, in particular, the Desert Boots or Wallabees, you can see immediately with their gum soles, natural leather, and stitching that they aren’t only made to be beautiful, but made to last. Their lighter options, however, have a bit less to them. Due to the way this shoe is constructed and stitched, sometimes threads will snag or come loose. While this probably won’t affect the integrity of the actual shoe, it could be a bother aesthetically for people, which is totally understandable. The outsole is a very light material and is thus susceptible to some wear and tear. Regardless of this not being a heavy-duty shoe, it is made with leather and is lined with a soft-but-strong material. The construction is still very solid. There are just less dense materials being used to make this shoe. The velcro on the heel can also become less effective with time. Regularly cleaning the tiny teeth that lock onto the other side of the velcro at the slingback heel can help stretch the life of the velcro, and if you are able to keep it relatively clean of debris, this won’t be an issue at all whatsoever.
Fit

Fit

Clarks can be a real hit or miss with their fit. Their shoes definitely run narrow, and in some reviewers opinions both narrow and long. This can obviously create problems with fit. Though some of their retailers have wides made exclusively for them, the brand itself doesn’t really prioritize wide sizes in their stores. Luckily, for those going through online sellers, they generally have a large selection of wides. There is a catch though if you are looking to purchase the Clarks Leisa Vine in a wide, I have some bad news: for many people, even their wides are too narrow for their feet. If you are someone who suffers from a wide toe box or bunions, the wide option of the Leisa Vine isn’t guaranteed to fit correctly. Though Clarks does seem to be lackluster when it comes to accommodating different widths of feet, this sandal is cut more generously than many of their shoes. It is the kind of situation where you have to see for yourself if the shoe will work for you. One benefit to the Leisa Vine style is the slingback, it is completely adjustable. That means that if you have a more narrow heel you can fit this shoe closely to your foot. You can also just adjust it to your needs regardless of what they are. All and all the fit is a bit up in the air, with reviewers both thinking it fit like a glove, and some saying it has unrealistically small proportions where the ball of the foot is, in particular.
Key Features

Key Features

There are some features on this Leisa Vine that are unique in many sandals being made today that aren’t marketed towards older crowds. This Leisa Vine by Clarks has a velcro closure, which makes adjustability extremely simple, in addition to making it easier to get on and secure to the foot. The slide like feel of this shoe when going to wear it definitely appeals to those with less mobility, which is an awesome thing to consider. It is also just more convenient regardless of if you need the convenience or not, though. Another feature that was already mentioned is the Ortholite footbed. It makes the shoe nice and light and breathable, a total package for a warm weather sandal. The upper on this Clark is full leather. The leather is a material with a timeless appeal and it also will look great even with a lot of time under its belt which makes the upper of the Clarks Leisa Vine just a bit more special.
Price

Price

For these Clarks, the price is a bit higher than some other brand’s sandal options, but it is still more affordable than many others in their collections. This sandal is priced at about the value of a brand name sneaker. While many similar styles are about two-thirds of the price of the Leisa Vine, many of them are not made with leather, nor are the options that emphasize comfort and wearability in the same way that the Leisa Vine does. Those who buy Clarks frequently already have the expectation of higher-priced item due to the brands track record in terms of pricing. If you are a Clarks regular, this will be a nice break from their normally pretty expensive options. If you aren’t someone very familiar with the brand, their sizing, and their styles, this shoe might be kind of risky for new buyers. So, the baseline for Clarks is generally high in cost, but the Leisa Vine is a bit more accessible for buyers who are looking to add a different brand into their closet than they are used to.
Style

Style

Everyone has a unique style and tastes that can vary so greatly from one person to the next. In many reviewers opinions, this Leisa Vine was styled to look a bit older than some other sandal styles. Having a large community of buyers and a long history means many of the consumers of Clarks are mature people. There is nothing wrong with shoes that are more conservative at all and many actually prefer that style. However, if you are looking for styles that are really on-trend and current, this Leisa Vine misses the mark. It is a smart-looking shoe, one that would pair well with a variety of slacks, from navy to brown or tan. When trying to assemble an outfit with the Leisa Vine though, you might find yourself giving your look a bit of a frumpy aesthetic, depending on what else you’re wearing. The combination of the black heel and platform that looks a bit plastic with the slightly-glossy leather upper is a dated look. It appears to much more catered to function than form or style. It really does fully depend on individual taste, some people will really like the look of the Leisa Vine, others may feel the style is a bit too old for their tastes. Either way, there are ways to wear them that can update the aesthetics a bit, but if the look is a bust for you, that can’t really be made up for with styling.
Support

Support

You can’t compete with the Leisa Vine when it comes to foot support. Clarks does support well, they have almost all their footbeds curved to the shape of the foot naturally. The Ortholite layer keeps you supported from heel-to-toe. Due to their slight heel, this Leisa Vine actually provides great arch support for those looking for a sandal with a bit more than just the normal flat. The front of the foot has a small platform so it won’t strain your arch and helps to absorb the shock on your ball of the foot when walking. The upper has pretty full coverage for a sandal, which allows you to ensure you foot with stay put when wearing the Leisa Vine. Velcro on the heel straps your foot in place so the shoe supports you in all the right places, while also establishing a grip around your foot, which can aid in stability.
Weight

Weight

When looking at this pair of sandals, especially since they are leather, a lot of people expect them to be relatively heavy or clunky to wear. You will actually be shocked at how light this shoe is and how weightless it feels on the foot. The EVA outsole is to thank for this, as well as them using materials to pad the shoe that is extremely light. Ortholite in the footbed cuts back on some of the unnecessary weight of a lot of thicker options that don’t perform as efficiently. Instead of super thick leather that has a soft finish inside, the upper is made with leather that is lined with soft and airy fabric. The result is a shoe that won’t weigh you down in the slightest and will keep you feeling light on your feet.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

While the Leisa Vine may not be everyone’s cup of tea aesthetically, it has some really great positive features that make it a contender for your most favorite summer shoe. Incredibly lightweight and supportive, the Leisa Vine is a great shoe to wear for long days on vacation without any pain or last-minute flip-flop purchases from the nearest drug store. It comes in a large array of classic and versatile colors, including tons of neutrals that go with anything. If you struggle with width, there is a range of them, but be wary if your foot is very wide, Clarks have a tendency to run narrow. If you’re looking for a basic staple for comfort in the heat, the Clarks Leisa Vine outperforms many other sandals with similar styles.