Corso Como Louisah Review

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Corso Como shoes are inspired by the elegant style seen on European streets. That’s right.  Even the name of the brand was taken by one of the most famous fashion fixtures in Italy. The Corso Como complex in Milan, Italy. Founded in 1990 by gallerist and publisher Carla Sozzani, the Corso Como complex began to operate with an art gallery and a bookshop in the premises and later added a design and fashion store. Decades later, a small hotel was added in the complex and as an interesting fact, it’s worth mentioning that the hotel has only three rooms. Isn’t it interesting? A luxury hotel with only 3 rooms? Yes, it exists.

But the establishing of the complex, couldn’t have come in a better moment for Miss Sozzani. Prior the Corso Como opening, Carla Sozzani was famously fired by Italian Elle magazine, for putting a dress by Azzedine Alaïa on the cover (a dress made by non-Italian) and she channeled her disappointment and frustration with the editorial with creating something new and exciting. She created Corso Como.

The Corso Como shoe Company promotes the idea of style with a conscience shoe, and the uses fully recyclable boxes and tissue for shipment and selling of their merchandise. The company also Corso Como donates a portion of every sale to charity and they’re favorites among celebrities like Jessica Alba and Olivia Palermo.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Leather upper

Back zipper closure

Leather lining

Synthetic sole

Wrapped cylindrical block heel

Cons

No higher heel

No vegan option

Outsole

Outsole

A man-made outsole is an amazing thing to be had in your shoes, but a man-made natural and synthetic rubber outsole is a different story. And the Louisah Sandal has a great story to tell, especially in the fantastic outsole. The outsole is very thin and looks barely noticeable, but it’s there and it’s during its purpose. However, the outsole is perhaps the second most interesting thing about the bottom part of the shoe. The outsole is classic as it gets, but heel, on the other hand, is amazing. And the height is awesome, yes, but the shape of the heel is much more fun. Not that many shoes have a chunky heel that’s round but the Louisah Sandal does. Look at it. The wrapped architectural cylindrical block heel is 1.83" in height and it looks amazing paired with the slim outsole. The thin outsole makes the rest of the items on the shoe really pop, and the cylindrical block heel had a chance to shoe of all her glory.
Midsole

Midsole

There’s a lot going on in the midsole so pay attention. First the padded insole not only is made out of gel and foam, but it’s also lined with leather. The springy gel pads gently cushion foot where the biggest impact on the foot actually is, and instead of buying them at your local drug-store and inserting them all by yourself, they’re strategically placed by Corso Como to ensure the best comfort.

The 1.83" is not that high, and the walking in these sandals is a lot easier, as opposed to walking in a stiletto, but still, it’s a heel nonetheless, and every bit helps. Especially the addition of the gel pads right on the most critical points for every foot. The beginning of the toes and the heel of the foot. The front of the footbed is also perforated to ensure maximum wicking properties on and let’s not forget Louisah Sandal is an open toe silhouette, for all the ladies that enjoy a good open toe shoe.
Upper

Upper

Made from subtle suede material, the upper is just that. Subtle and unobtrusive. The minimalism in the design is matched solely by the minimalism used in the materials. One thick suede straps highs toe toes at the front of the sandal, while slim elastic straps with buckle accent sit comfortably at ankle. The straps at the ankle are very slim, but they do make a great detail that works in the overall style of the shoe. Since any other embellishment and detailing is absent of the shoes, they give away a nice look at the shoes and are probably responsible for the dramatic look that’s suitable for daytime and nighttime outings.

Oh, and you know what else is responsible for the drama? That fabulous big buckle that sits comfortably on the side of the ankle. It’s adjustable, it has the same color as the rest of the upper and looks amazing next to the slim straps. And the last but certainly not least, the whole look of the sandals is completed with the back zipper closure. The buckle and the zipper give variety to the ways you put on and take of the shoes, and your feet will be able to give gratitude to those options. Why? Because when you’re tired from your night out, or a long hard day at work, nobody likes to waste time figuring out how to take the shoes of the feet. All you want to do is lay down and a back zipper will do the trick, quickly and efficiently.
Comfort

Comfort

The leather used in the upper and midsole sure adds to the comfort factor if the sandals, but one can’t forget about the additions that can be found in these two areas. The slim elastic straps are a nice addition, and so is the lightly padded footbed. The footbed is not your regular padded footbed, since it’s padded in two of the most critical areas to any foot. The beginning of the toes and the heel of the foot and the padding is done with both gel and foam. Maximum comfort with maximum usage of the materials.
Support

Support

The cylindrical block heel is probably the biggest source of support in the entire Louisah Sandal. The height of the shoe is appropriate enough to make the shoes less painful, and the walking with a block heel is easier and supportive to the entire led, not just to the foot. The support can be felt with your first step.
Durability

Durability

The very fact that there’s a mix of leather and suede in the making of the shoes speaks volumes to the durability of the sandals, and of course, there’s the infamous Italian craftsmanship that’s responsible for the quality and longevity of the shoes. Yes, they’re made to last, but you probably knew that. However, even the little things like the back zipper and gel pads in the midsole ensure the durability of the sandal as well. Why? It’s simple. If you’re not walking properly in the shoes, it’s more likely that they’ll get damaged and ruined fairly quickly, and it will be a colossal waste of your money. No, the proper fit, balance, and comfort are essential for the durability as the materials used in the making of the shoes.
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Louisah sandal is one highly flexible shoe. Why? Because of the rubber outsole. Yes, it’s made out of rubber, one of the most flexible materials widely used in shoemaking, and it’s also thin. The thin outsole is very flexible and bends easily with the movement of your foot. By increasing the flexibility, your shoes will become even more comfortable and not even a chunky heel like the one used in this model can scare you away from prolonged wearing of the shoes.
Stability

Stability

Oh, that chunky cylindrical heel. Seriously. The chunky shoes, in general, offer a lot more stability than the thin heels, but the Louisah Sandal has a wrapped architectural cylindrical block heel that is 1.83" in height, and it’s no joke. It’s one of the most stable models in the Corso Como designs. Of course, there’s no forgetting of the fact that your feet are being supported of two gel and foam pads placed in two separate locations in the midsole. The stability only increases with those pads, and the weight distribution is made even easier thanks to them. So, it’s a team effort in the stability department. Every part is contributing to the stability, and the entire shoe is supported from the top and the bottom.
Airflow

Airflow

The Louisah sandal by Corso Como is a summer style open toe sandal, and that fact alone gives the foot a lot of breathability and airflow. But the open toe silhouette and the fact that most of your foot is exposed is not enough. The footbed of the sandal is reinforced with a perforated natural leather sock that keeps the moisture and strong unpleasant foot odor at bay. Don’t know the small stuff, especially when are designed the give you the best comfort.
Terrain

Terrain

The block cylindrical heel sure makes thing easier for the lady that’s walking in these sandals, but the thin rubber outsole is probably the only liability when it comes to the terrain. There is small and noticeable ridging on the bottom of the outsole, and it does give you a lot of stability when you’re on slippery surfaces, but you do need to be careful when you’re walking on rough terrain. The outsole is very thing and a rocky road filled with pebbles, mud or any other unpleasant terrain can cause you a lot of pain and has the potential to damage the sandals fairly quickly.
Traction

Traction

Thank God for those little ridges on the outsole. Located at the front of the outsole, the ridges are responsible for great deal d the traction properties, but sometimes they’re just not enough. So you do need to be careful, especially with an outsole that’s so thin.
Style

Style

Inspired by the elegant styles of the European streets, the Corso Como Louisah Sandal offers elegant style with affordable prices. The sandals have 1.83" whapped cylinder heel, and minimalism all around, the upper of the shoe is made from high premium suede, and the minimalistic style is loved by millions of ladies around the globe. Because of that minimalism, the shoes can be worn with pretty much everything, and they’re not restricted for any type occasion.

Regardless if it’s more relaxed or a bit fancier, the sandals can be dressed up and down according to your desires. The thin straps at the ankle provide chic detailing, that’s suited for every woman that loves the classic effortless style. Imagine how this shoe would have looked if it was suffocated with bedazzling, sequence and beading. No, sometimes less is really more, and you can have a little drama in a classic shoe just by adding a bunch of classic straps, classic adjustable buckle and one simple thick strap at the front of the shoe.
Bottom line

Bottom line

Yes, the simplicity dominates the Corso Como Louisah Sandal’s design but the fine Italian craftsmanship and the quality of the materials used in the making of these shoes are a thing of beauty as well. The presence of back zipper and an adjustable buckle at the ankle strap really gives the shoe's variety and support, but the comfort is mostly provided by the presence of the thick chunky heel and the fabulous pads of foam and gel that’s been implanted in the footbed. They’re located on two key areas and not only take away the pressure that your foot has when it’s walking in a high heel, but they also give the leg a great deal of balance.

The Corso Como Louisah Sandal is one hell of a shoe. It’s made to last, to give you the best feel of style and comfort and to be your asset in your shoe closet during the long summer days and night. It can be worn for your night out with your girlfriends and if your relaxed work environment allows you can wear the sandals at work. It would be ideal if the outsole was a bit thicker, as it would provide a lot more support and comfort, but overall it’s one fantastic shoe. You’ll wear it nonstop during the summer, and you’ll be searching for excuses to wear it in the spring too.