Jessica Simpson Bethani Review

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Jessica Simpson is a lot of things. Mother, wife, reality star, singer, actress, fashion designer. Her handbag, clothing, and footwear lines are all American-like the Texas-born star and define Americana of today. A fashion-forward and inspirational style that radiates with affordability, approachability, flirtation and whimsical charm that tends to navigates toward timeless effortless class.

Jessica Simpson’s line of shoes ranges from classic pumps to the riskier strappy wedges, to the trendy booties that are perfect for just about every occasion. Her style isn’t limited and nor are her designs. You can see plenty of prints, bling, and bows in her designs. And of course, the heavy use of color that will sure to make your outfit pop with excitement and flirtatious attitude.

The shoes from the Jessica Simpsons collection will definitely get you noticed in a good way. Regardless if your shoe of choice is a sneaker or a hot pink feather sandal. She’s got a shoe not just for every occasion, but for every season too. And the best thing about the shoes is that they’re so affordable. Really, they’re a true bargain.

But for not let’s have a closer look at Jessica Simpson Bethani wedge.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Synthetic sole

Memory foam midsole

True to size

Cork wedge heel

Cons

No vegan version

Outsole

Outsole

Be aware. The Bethani wedge by Jessica Simpson is very high. Yes, the outsole is synthetic, but there is so much to the outsole than just the thin synthetic outsole. In fact, that’s the most boring part of this shoe. You can barely see it, and for a good reason too. Yes, the outsole gets lost in the massive wedge that’s entirely made entirely out of cork. Well, cork is natural material that ’s lightweight, flexible and durable at the same time, and it makes a great wedge in just about any sandals, let alone high heel shoes like these.

Check out the heel and the platform that is attached to the outsole and be amazed. The heel measures approximately 5.25 inches, while the platform measures approximately 1.5 inches. And thank goodness for that platform because these shoes would be impossible to be worn if it wasn’t for that platform. Those 1.5 inches really help with the walking abilities in these shoes, because your feet won’t have anything to hang on to. There is no ankle strap or any other strap for that matter, and the security is solely dependent on the upper, while the wear-ability is dependent on that platform. It makes things so much easier for every lady, and especially for the ladies that are not used to wearing such high heels.
Midsole

Midsole

Lightly cushioned and man-made footbed graces the midsole of the Bethani shoe. The light cushioning goes from the heel all the way to the beginning of the toes, and it also helps a lot with the comfort of the sandals. Because there is cushioning in the footbed, the weight of the body is distributed evenly, and there is less pressure on the toes with every step that you’ll make. And just like with the cushioned footbed, the lining is also man-made.
Upper

Upper

One of the many interesting things about the Bethani pump is the fact that the upper is available in patent leather or nubuck versions. Both types of leather are fantastic in the man-made upper of the pumps and both of them look sophisticated and elegant in whichever color that you’ll choose. The Bethani pump has a peep toe silhouette with a slip-on style, and not only it elongates your leg, but the shoe also makes every outfit to radiates with effortless elegance.

There’s no need for adding studs or any other type of detailing on the surface of the upper because it would damage the natural beauty of the shoe. The polished look that it has at the moment would look cheap if there was some addition to the upper in regards to the embellishment. No, the upper is perfect just the way it is, and there’s no need of adding anything to it. Sometimes less is really more, and that’s statement have never been truer than with the bare look of sophistication and minimalism found in the Bethani wedge.
Comfort

Comfort

For a shoe with this size, the comfort is provided with the help of the 1.5-inch platform in the outsole and the cushioned footbed in the midsole. They’re both great additions to the comfort of the shoe, and it’s hard to differentiate which is better. But there’s no denying that the platform is a great help in the comfort department. If it wasn’t for that platform, the wedge pumps would have become very uncomfortable and walking in them would be next to impossible. But these are some merit to the cushioned footbed in the midsole. Although cushioned just lightly, the footbed is padded enough to provide arch support and to take the strain of the heel.
Support

Support

There’s that platform again. In the risk of repetition, let us just say that the support of the platform is crucial. Those 1.5 inches in the platform make all the difference when it comes to the support of the shoe since there are no straps in the upper and the leg has nothing else to grab onto. Although the platform is solitary in providing the support, it’s much welcomed in the overall comfort of the shoe.
Durability

Durability

In terms of the materials used in the making of the Bethani pumps, there’s nothing but the best here. Cork and leather are natural, flexible and highly durable materials that are perfect for making highly durable shoes. They’re both easy to work with materials, and both of them add a great deal of natural beauty in the shoes. The cork takes a large portion of the heel, and it looks wonderful paired next to the polished simplicity of the rubber upper. Add to that the fact that this is a man-made shoe and you’ve got yourself a shoe that is bound to stand the test of time.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Cork is a very flexible material, and so is the leather, but sadly both of the material's flexibility is wasted in the Bethani model. Why? Because the wedge along with the platform makes this shoe very stiff and slightly uncomfortable, compared to the flexibility that the same shoe would have had if it was flat. The high heel and the platform take away the flexibility of the cork, and the leather in the upper doesn’t get much opportunity to shine. The flexibility in the Briana pumps is not that great, despite the fact that it’s made out of natural materials that are known for their flexibility.
Stability

Stability

The stability of the Bethani shoe would have been questionable at best if it wasn’t for that 1.5-inch high platform. The heel in the wedge is high, and without the platform, these shoes would provide even more painful wearing experience. Add to that the fact that this is slip on shoe, that’s not secured with any strap or buckle and the stability of the Briana model is reduced significantly. You’ll need to be very careful while wearing the pumps, as they’re very high and they’re only supported by a platform and a slightly padded footbed.
Airflow

Airflow

However, the airflow shouldn’t be that big of a concern. This is a peep-toe type of pump and plenty of skin is exposed. The air can fluctuate in and out of the sandal even in the areas that are covered by the upper, as they’re made out of natural leather. So, yeah the airflow is satisfactory in the Bethani pumps by Jessica Simpson.
Terrain

Terrain

Walking on slippery, rocky and chalky terrain is not advised while wearing the Bethani pumps. Much like with any other high heel, walking in 4.5 inches heel and 1.5 inches platform can be a challenge, so choosing the terrain that you’ll be steadily walking is paramount. The shoes can become quite unstable and injuries can occur, mostly because of the height, and because the shoes don’t have any strap to grip and fixate the leg in the shoe.
Color

Color

The Bethani pump comes in 7 different color variations. The black, the nude and the lipstick red color are the best-sellers but the shoes come in taupe and buff as well. But the upper not the only colored part of the Briana shoes. The same color that’s found in the upper graces the toe area of the midsole and of the platform that sits below the midsole.
Price

Price

For a type of shoe that’s classified as a designer/celebrity shoe, and a shoe that’s made out of materials like leather and cork, the Bethani model by Jessica Simpson is one affordable shoe. With a price tag that ranges from 40 up to 63 dollars, the Briana pump is not only cheap, but it’s also demanding to be purchased. It’s a great find for any lady on a budget that loves to look sexy and gorgeous, and won’t have to sell her left kidney in order to buy a great pair of shoes.
Style

Style

This is a shoe that will take your style to new heights. Literally and figuratively speaking of course. The Bethani pump by Jessica Simpson is inspired by the vamp, femme fatales of the past, but now brought to the present time with sophistication and class. The beauty of the clean minimalistic peep-toe upper is matched only by the simplicity of the cork wedge in the back of the shoe. It’s a shoe that not only will make sure you are noticed, but it will also bring out the best out of your body. Your pedicure will make a short entrance, your legs will become sky high and your ass will look even better.

These are shoes that many women would die for, and Jessica Simpson thankfully understood the importance of the model in bringing out the female sex appeal through sartorial choices. The pump (and especially a slip-on pump) is not always the easiest shoe to walk into, but thankfully the 1.5-inch high platform is there to make things a little bit easier. The slight padding sure helps matters much, but you’ll need to be cautious while walking in the shoes. The platform can do so much in terms of stability.

Bottom line

Although flawed, the Bethani wedge pumps by Jessica Simpsons are a true revelation. If you’re brave and confident enough to walk in a heel that high, you’ll find that these are not just stylish and elegant, but affordable and durable shoes. The simplicity of the leather upper works wonderfully when paired with the natural beauty of the cork wedge, and together they create one amazing shoe that could become an MVP in your shoe closet.

The shoe is so versatile that will sure save you a lot of time and headaches in planning the lost list of weddings that you’ll have scheduled this summer. Instead of obsessing about the shoes that you’ll have to wear to your next 5 summer weddings, why not change the outfit and keep the one thing that’s dependable and affordable. The Bethani pumps. And if you chose to wear a neutral color like black or a nude, the chances of wearing shoes with your favorite jeans grow exponentially. Why limit yourself to the evening wear, when you can wear the pumps for your daytime engagements. The cork sure allows you to wear them during the day.