Modest, elegant, and modern—these are the words that best describe the Mont Blanc sandal by Free People. With their funky side cutouts and playful open toe design, this pair in the FP Collection embodies the free-spirited nature of Free People. Meanwhile, they also have a hint of modesty thanks to their unadorned uppers and low stacked heel. But although they are fashionable, a closer look reveals that they don’t rank high in terms of practicality. They provide little traction, minimal support, and ambiguous sizes, which renders their value questionable. Without further ado, let’s dive into some of their features in more detail.
Free People is a specialty women’s clothing, footwear, and accessories brand. It was first founded in the 1970s by a man named Dick Hayne, and later morphed into Urban Outfitters, though it re-emerged again as an independent brand in 1984. For the past five decades, they have grown and evolved into a mature and contemporary brand that caters to twenty-something women who are creative, free-spirited, and wild-at-heart. They are the one-stop shop for bohemian fashion, featuring both the latest trends and vintage collections. This also makes them a great place to seek festival wear, as well as vacation attire or everyday outfits to let your fun and feminine self shine through.
The cushioning, or lack of cushioning, is what’s mainly problematic about these sandals. The manufacturer says that the footbeds are lightly cushioned to provide comfort and support. However, it appears that most customers disagree. Many of those who have worn the sandals claim that the footbed is actually hard and flat. This results in minimal support for the heel and arches
, not to mention discomfort. When wearing them all day and walking/standing for long durations of time, even if it’s exploring the beach or the city when on vacation, the lack of support could cause serious issues with the foot
There are lots and lots of color options offered. Some options include chocolate, lavender, and vintage tan. All of them are quite toned-down, and even the ones that sound like they’ll be quite bright and eye-catching (for example, blue) are low-key enough to be versatile and subtle. The supple leather material gives the colors a rich quality. Because of the natural dyes used, do keep in mind that there may be some slight tone variations, but this isn’t a bad thing—it’s just because they were made more naturally.
The manufacturer states that this model runs true to size, meaning it is in accordance with standard foot and shoe size measurements
. However, some customers say that they fit larger than expected. It’s also unfortunate that they do not come in half sizes and do not have different width options, and don’t have straps or laces that could render them slightly adjustable in size. This makes it difficult to know what size to order when buying online. There is, however, a sizing chart that shows foot measurements side by side with the manufacturer’s shoe sizes, which can be found on the Free People website if it’s any help.
The heel is very subtle in this design; in fact, it may not even be noticeable unless looked at from the side. It is a stacked heel that measures around 1 ¼ inches, and which gives the sandals lots of practical advantages. For one, it makes them more comfortable to walk in
. What’s more, by keeping you close to the ground, it ensures better stability and balance. It adds to the femininity of the overall look while still retaining a modest elegance, which is perfect for semi-formal occasions.
The uppers and linings are made of fine, supple leather—a material with numerous benefits
. Because it’s technically skin, it must allow for the organism to breathe from it, and therefore leather footwear is breathable and will cool the feet and prevent the accumulation of sweat and odor. It is also sturdy and protective. In terms of comfort, it has a smooth feel and will stretch and mold to the shape of the foot through time, providing customized comfort. As for style, it gives them a sleek, shiny look that makes them look luxurious. With that said, Mont Blanc also has a blue pair with uppers made of suede, which is really just the underside of leather but is softer and more flexible.
Unfortunately, their tread is not so practical. Since they were made to be the fashionable, beach-day, summer vacation sandals
rather than protective, trail-hiking sandals
, more effort seems to have been put on their uppers rather than their sole. The outsole is nearly completely flat, with nothing whatsoever that can provide grip on slippery floors or uneven terrain. This undermines the extra stability provided by the low stacked heel. In addition, the outsole is very thin and will hardly keep you from feeling every stone and pebble that you accidentally step on. But it’s not the end of the world. If you’ll be wearing these sandals mostly indoors, you’ll likely be alright. Just think twice if you’re on vacation and don’t know where you might end up.
Though they may look ordinary at a glance, you’ll soon notice the cutouts on the sides. This asymmetrical design gives this pair a chic twist and really makes them stand out from the crowd despite their simple and unadorned uppers. It also gives them a sleek, modern vibe. It is the perfect amount of uniqueness to ensure you don’t blend in completely, but also don’t make any heads turn. As a result, they are great as a finishing touch to an attire to really make it pop.
Despite how sweet and simple they are, this pair is actually pretty expensive. It is amongst the pricier sandal choices offered by Free People. The reason for their high cost is probably the fact that they were handmade in Spain, combined with the fine leather used in their construction which hikes up their price. We admit that it seems like quite a rip-off
, and that, if you’re up for scavenging on different stores, you may be able to get ahold of a similar pair for a much cheaper price.
These sandals are best worn in casual and semi-formal occasions. Their chic, contemporary look combined with their neutral tones would make them great for formal occasions if it weren’t for the open toe design; in most professional environments
, footwear that shows the toes is not considered appropriate. However, feel free to pair them with slacks and dresses for a modest and feminine look. You can also pair them with jeans or skirts to make them the finishing touch of an everyday outfit.
The Mont Blanc sandal ranks high in terms of looks, but low in terms of practicality. Their design is clearly stylish and gives off a vibe of modesty combined with modern elegance. They also have sturdy, breathable leather uppers that come in many different colors, and a low stacked heel that keeps you comfortable. But when you look deeper, their flat footbeds and outsoles provide little traction and support. They also have confusing sizes and are expensive. These flaws counterbalance the stylish benefits and makes us question whether they are really worth the purchase. But only you will know what works best for you—as they say, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. After reading through all the details of their features, it’s now time for you to evaluate your needs and preferences—will they be junk or will they be treasure?