Franco Sarto Goddess Review

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When it comes to the most revered fashion items, the high heel often first comes to mind. And it makes sense. The high heels have been worn by the men and women in high society for centuries, they elongate the legs and have the power to complete an outfit.

But if there’s one shoe that predates the high heel, it ’s the flat shoe. Flat sandals have been worn in ancient times, and soldiers even waged wars in them. They were practical as they were stylish, and modern shoemakers have only improved them in term of style and quality.

There are several varieties of the flat (the gladiator, the ballet, the espadrille among others and every year, they keep being relevant as the year before. They never go out of style, they’re comfortable and they’re so versatile that they’ll be part of your shoe closer forever.

But what does improving means? Does it apply to the style or the betterment of the materials used in the making of the flats? Well, Franco Sarto knows all about it, since one of his flat models is named – Goddess. The sandal is inspired by a goddess, and it’s made for a goddess. Take a look.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Premium leather upper

Slip-on sandal

Open-toe silhouette

Toe loop

Cons

Limited color variety

Outsole

Outsole

The textured man-made sole with a low heel that comfortably sits on the bottom of the Goddess sandal offers style and practicality and overall quality at affordable price. The outsole is synthetic and highly flexible, and the low heel adds to the comfort.

Things would have been very different if this was a much higher heel, not only because it’s a sandal style of a shoe, but because there isn’t any ankle strap that could hold the foot in place and guarantee the foot’s stability. No, a flat such as the one in the Goddess model works perfectly with the design that was given, and there is no need for a thicker outsole or the addition of an ankle strap. The thin man-made outsole with a low heel works wonders for the stability and comfort of the foot, just the way it is.
Midsole

Midsole

The Goddess model by Franco Sarto has a slip-on construction, with a round, open-toe silhouette. The footbed of the flat is lightly padded to add a touch of comfort, and although that padding seems small, the presence of the footbed can be felt tremendously. Why? Because the flat sandal would have felt really uncomfortable without that padding. No, the padding that was added in the footbed protects the foot form pain, and especially the arches that can put a lot of strain on the rest of the legs. Flat heels can be quite problematic on the arches, and thankfully all the pain and discomfort are avoided thanks to the padding done in the midsole.
Upper

Upper

Probably one of the most interesting and visually appealing things about the Goddess flat sandal is the upper. The visual interest of the upper starts with the multi-strap design and ends with the toe loop. There are three identical horizontal leather straps on the upper, one vertical leather strap that is intertwined in them, and that secures them all in one place, oh and one leather hoop that hugs the big toe. The size of the hoop is universal and would fit just about any size of feet and regardless of what color of upper should you chose, all of the colors are uniform. There's the same color on all of the straps, and in some models (like the black version of the flat sandal) even the color of the midsole matches the color of the straps in the upper.
Comfort

Comfort

A big portion of the comfort is provided by the flat man-made textured outsole. Why? Because, the Goddess model is designed with a flat heel, and the lower heel really attributes to the comfort of a sandal. Things would have been very different in the comfort department if the heel was elevated even by a couple of inches, but since its flat, the comfort is quite high here.
Support

Support

There’s nothing quite like a padded midsole, and thankfully Franco Sarto really knows how to amp-up the support even in flat style shoes like the Goddess model. The padding in the footbed of the midsole really makes one supported sandal, and even in small doses, the padding is tremendously important for the overall support of the foot. Your health, your posture, and overall wellbeing would suffer if it wasn’t for the support provided by the padding in the midsole, and you’ll be able to feel the benefits of that midsole right until the very minute that you take the sandals of your feet. Adding to the fact that the lining of the midsole is made of leather, really ads a nice finishing touch to the support, but that slightly cushioned midsole is the key star here.
Durability

Durability

The quality of the materials used in the making of the Goddess sandal really benefits the overall durability and quality of the shoes, but this is a strappy sandal that tears fairly easily after a prolonged time on the foot. Despite the high quality of the materials and the special Italian craftsmanship that went into the creation of the sandals, the durability is not high solely to the fact that the upper is designed out of several thin strips. Yes, they’re all stitched and glued to the midsole, but the very thin nature of the straps makes them less durable. That’s especially true of the toe loop since he’s feeling the most friction and is closer to the foot, compared to the rest of the straps.
Flexibility

Flexibility

However, there’s no denying that the Goddess flat is one of the most flexible in the entire Franco Sarto collection. Why? Several factors contribute to the flexibility of the shoe. The silhouette, the type of the sandal and the materials used in the making of the shoe are all adding to the flexibility. The textured man-made sole, the flat heel design and the use of rubber in the making of the upper really help a lot in the flexibility department, and you should take advantage of that.
Stability

Stability

Nothing says stability, more than a flat heel shoe. Especially a shoe that has a padded midsole and strappy leather outsole. Not to mention, a shoe that was made with the finest materials and in the finest shoe-making factories in Italy. No, the stability is high with these shoes, mostly because of the design and the choice of materials like leather.
Airflow

Airflow

The airflow shouldn’t be a concern when wearing the Goddess model. The open toe silhouette and strappy design really bring out the airflow to the max and the sandal design of the shoe allows for the toes to be ventilated and aerated with every step.
Color

Color

There are 5 different color varieties in the Goddess model. The upper of the sandals come in the black, blue with snake undertones, orange, brown and yellow. The darker tones of upper like the black and blue ones have matching colors with the midsole, but the lighter ones (like the yellow for instance), differ in the choice of color.
Price

Price

For a flat open toe, summer strappy sandal the Goddess model lies in the expensive types of shoes. The price tags vary, but the price ranges from 80 dollars all the up to 160 dollars. Add to that the fact that it’s imported from Italy, that it’s man-made and that it’s made from top quality leather, the price shouldn’t come as a surprise. What you’re getting in return is a quality shoe that’s versatile and very durable at the same time.
Brand

Brand

The Franco Sarto launched his brand in 1900 in Venice, and in the past 30 years, he’s been quietly building and Shoe Empire based on affordable, stylish and elegant shoes that women from all ages adore. His designs and models put emphasis on quality and value and the attention to details is staggering, so it comes as no surprise that his shoes are beloved with women from all ages and backgrounds. Francisco Sarto sells his products mostly through retailers and on his online shop, and the Goddess model can be found on Amazon as well.
Weight

Weight

One separate shoe from the Goddess model by Francisco Sarto weights 6 oz, but that’s the weight taken from a size 6 shoes. The shoes that have are bigger in size will tend to weight more.
Style

Style

Modeled by a roman style shoe, the Goddess is inspired by the shoes worn in ancient Rome. The open toe silhouette, the straps in the upper, the flat heel and the toe hoop are all reminiscent of the ancient gladiator style shoes. The minimalism that can be found in the design is solely matched by the comfort that the shoe exurb, but that minimalism is not by accident.

Francisco Sarto is known for his simplistic style, devoid from elaborate detailing, and the same rule applies in the Goddess model. You’ll notice that lack of embellishments, metal detailing or even buckles. No, the outsole is quite simple, which allows for the shoes to be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. The leather used in the making of them add them a luxurious feel to them, and the wearing of Goddess model has never been more comfortable. Straps in the upper, padding in the midsole and flat heel choice in the outsole have all worked in favor of the style, but also the comfort of the shoes.
Bottom line

Bottom line

There’s a reason why this model is called Goddess. In fact, there are two reasons for the naming of the sandals. First, there’s the ancient inspiration that first comes to mind. The similar style can be found on the famous statues and paintings from the ancient Roman period. They’re gladiator-like sandals, only upgraded with better materials and a modern twist of that well-known style. Secondly, they’re’ supposed to make you feel like a goddess.

A good sandal should have the ability to make you feel special, even if it’s a basic open toe strappy summer sandal with a flat heel. Although the look and design of the sandals are quite simple, there’s a lot more to them than it meets the eye. The high-quality leather that’s used in the making of the shoes, along with the high-quality craftsmanship brings out the quality and elegance of the sandals and makes it more appealing without the need of tacky bling to be added. No, Francisco Sarto knows how to make a timeless sandal that will be suited for practically every woman on the planter, regardless of her age, size, background and social status. The style and comfort are universal, and they were inserted in the making of the Goddess sandal.