Naturalizer Avril Review

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Naturalizer is a shoe company that makes shoes specifically tailored to meet a woman’s shoe needs. Heels specifically aren’t exactly the most wearable options and in a day and age where women are out and about more than ever, Naturalizer decided that needed to change. That is where amazing footwear such as their Avril comes in. This stylish heeled sandal is supportive in a way that few heeled shoes are. The style is clean and classic and will look great with cropped pants or your favorite little black dress. A delicate strap around the ankle contrasts a black block heel and platform. The result is this gorgeous heel that you will love to wear as much as you love to look at them. Put an end to high heels that just sit in the closet with something easier on the feet!

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • N5 Comfort Footbed
  • Great Traction
  • Chunky Heel
  • Slight Platform
  • Covered Heel
  • Adjustable Ankle Strap
Cons

Minimal Ankle Stability

Slightly Pricey

Aesthetics

Aesthetics

The Avril makes me think of the cute and fabulous trends of the 90s. I can easily see this shoe being straight out of a scene from Clueless. On this Naturalizer, the aesthetics are totally on point. Criss-crossed ruched straps come across the top of the foot and toes on the upper. This is flattering on every foot shape, and a favorite for me personally due to my wide feet. The design of the straps slim and pull attention away from any flaws on the foot, while still letting a cute polish peep out! The platform is totally sexy, while also serving its purpose to take some pressure off your ball of the foot and the arch of your foot while walking or standing. A chunky heel balances this strappy and fun heel, while the delicate ankle strap evens out the overall look of the shoe. Wrapped heels make them look more sleek and stunning, giving it an overall more put-together appearance than the standard contrasting stacked heel. You will feel scandalous when stepping out in this downright adorable Avril from Naturalizer.
Brand

Brand

As if enough hasn’t been said about Naturalizer, it feels necessary to give credit to this brand and their goals within the footwear community. Naturalizer began in 1927 recognizing the need for shoes that support the working woman, and their commitments have remained loyal to those who want fashion and function ever since. The Avril is one of the great examples of how well Naturalizer knows its customer base and their needs. All-day wear can often feel like a wish and a prayer when it comes to stunning shoes. Comfort has never been anywhere but at the forefront of their minds for the creators and designers at Naturalizer. Stunning shoes for those with purpose, Naturalizer is a brand that can be depended on for breathtaking looks that don’t cause suffering every time you slip them on.
Breathability

Breathability

Naturalizer has a specially design N5 insole system that gives so many benefits to every shoe they make. We will get into the details of that N5 insole system later, but one of its features allows for additional breathability in every single shoe. A layer and construction specifically designed to keep your feet cool and dry are in every single Naturalizer insole that they create. Moisture-wicking, porous lining already does some serious heavy lifting in terms of breathability. In addition to this lining, the gorgeous black leather on the upper is, like all real leather, naturally breathable. An open toe sandal design keeps you cool in the warmest of weathers while still looking hot! This Avril really exemplifies what an amazing heel that is actually made for women looks like. Heels that make your foot feel sweaty and overly hot are on their way out. Usher in a new you with shoes that are made for you that actually meet all your needs.
Comfort

Comfort

As far as heels are concerned, it is a quickly accepted fact that wearing them may hurt. If you’re over accepting that beauty hurts, it is probably a great time to try a shoe like this Avril. Chunky heels are amazing for more comfortable wear. The heel itself is thicker, making the impact of every step much less concentrated in one spot, which can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. The lining ensures that no materials will rub or blister your foot and the leather with giving a bit to your natural movements. Coupled together, these two materials make the upper of this stunning sandal incredibly supple. Naturalizer is famous for making shoe women will love and with designs like the Avril it is clear they succeed. The slight platform improves the overall balance of the shoe. Not to mention the sole itself is specifically designed to help balance you with every step. These two factors alone are enough to up the level of comfort to remarkable levels, but there are so many more layers to this Avril’s comfort that Naturalizer ensures work for those who buy them.
Durability

Durability

It is really hard to not completely talk up Naturalizer as a brand because their reliability and features have become synonymous with styles for women on the go. They saw a need for amazing, fashionable footwear that performed like a Sunday casual shoe. This leather option has a synthetic sole with a strong outsole, making sure each heel strike doesn’t end in disaster. The wrapped heel and platform protect the actual construction of the shoe from wear and tear. If you care properly for the leather on these Avrils, they can last an extremely long time! The way Naturalizers are made requires very little maintenance, however. If you are a shoe lover, looking for heels that can stand the test of time often feels near impossible. That sensation is a thing of the past with companies like Naturalizer creating gorgeous options like the Avril. Naturalizer has been paving the way in options for professionals, moms, party girls, and everything in between with smart and fashion-savvy picks that are made to last.
Fit

Fit

If you’re a regular heel wearer, you know fit is everything. While many style options such as slides or sneakers can be wearable even when they aren’t quite right, heels require that Cinderella fit. This Avril by Naturalizer doesn’t only run true to size, but it comes in wide options as well for those with feet that have a little more girth. The ruching on the crossover section of this shoes upper is super forgiving of the forefoot and they are thick enough to have quite a bit of coverage despite the strappy aesthetic. If you are one to shy away from having your feet on full display, getting a sandal like the Avril is just what the doctor ordered. The thin and delicate ankle strap is completely adjustable, allowing for people with a variety of builds to pull off this gorgeous shoe. The contoured footbed Naturalizer is known for will blow you away on this Avril, it truly feels tailor-made for everyone who tries it.
Heel

Heel

Everyone loves a chunky heel. Their popularity has been soaring recently due to the increased wearability. The heel is striking to look at, giving the wearer a boost of added height. The heel boasts quite a bit of height actually, at three-and-three-quarter inches. The platform in the front offsets the height a bit for more balanced wear. Adding to the sophistication of this Avril by Naturalizer is the wrapped heel and platform. While stacked heels are a hot trend, especially exposed stacked heels, the timeless nature of a fully wrapped shoe is obvious when you see it executed like you do here. The heel tapers down a bit, but that isn’t just to give it a smoother appearance. This serves to allow the top of the heel to fully support the heel of the foot. This completely distributes the weight and pressure making the heel an element of interest rather than a painful pressure point.
Price

Price

Depending on what your average price range is for heels, the Naturalizer Avril may be a bit steep for some. It comes at a price point a bit above the average heel, and certainly above the average event shoe. This is because those kinds of dress options often get one or two years before looking and feeling unwearable. For this Avril, it is so comfortable you will be able to wear it every day but it isn’t a style that many would consider every day. Naturalizer created a wonderful, durable, and beautiful shoe with this Avril, and that comes at a price. If you feel comfortable shelling out a bit more for a heel that will get some mileage, the Avril seems reasonable. However, not everyone has the means or desire to spend more on a stylish heel. Considering that trends change as to personal tastes, it can be hard to commit to a shoe that is outside your comfort zone. The Avril is pretty timeless and is in a style that has been extremely popular for almost three decades, but you never know what will be in next. For those who aren’t wild for this chunky, ruched style, consider going for a safer pick. Naturalizer has plenty of kitten heel or flat options that may be both more affordable and more accessible for the daily.
Support

Support

Naturalizer’s N5 Comfort Technology has been way ahead of its time since its creation and certainly does a lot for the shoe. Even the shape of the Avril is an improvement in support from the average heeled pick. On the insole, there is extra cushioning where your foot strikes the most but also covers the full length of the lining. For the ball of the foot, additional padding is even added still. There is a heel to toe balancing act to perfectly support your foot with each step you take. A natural gait needs a stable shoe to enhance and secure it, and that is exactly what the Avril does. The insole and outsole are sturdy, but utilize materials with a bit more flexibility than the average heel. Flexibility allows for pressure from walking and standing to be relieved at a much greater weight than in a heavy and stiff shoe. However, that doesn’t make the shoe perfect. The delicate ankle strap doesn’t provide support in that area of the foot. While your ball of foot and heel may feel great, someone with ankles that need that extra bit of fabric or stiffness won’t be served by a design such as this. Avril’s ankle strap is adorable and useful for the overall fit and appearance of the shoe but it isn’t going to be a true component for ankle support. Overall, this shoe is a good supportive heel at its core, but it isn’t overall a supportive shoe beyond its category of fashion heels.
Outsole

Outsole

As mentioned before, the materials utilized in the outsole have a bit of flex to them. This helps to absorb shock while walking and gives you a more natural gait with each step. The outsole on this has an incredible level of traction. While some heels add ribbed, stiff traction as an afterthought on only the heel of the shoe, the Avril from Naturalizer is a true ode to stability. This shoe goes above and beyond providing a great feel and surface grip when exploring the city or the courtyard. On the ball of the foot, the traction is divided into three sections. In the middle of the ball of the foot, you can see larger and thicker ribs, then two even thicker dividing lines on either side. The larger ribs give way to a lot more shock absorption where your foot strikes. The lines surrounding it give the outsole more flexibility while walking. This coupled with the grip on the heel makes this an all-around total package heel. The Avril not only looks smart, but the way it is made was also smart, so its performance is truly enhanced from that of your average heel. When you want to feel stable and supported in a heel that will be comfortable all day, throughout the day, Naturalizer is the go to.

Bottom Line

The Avril is a really stunning look that is even better in person. Reviewers raved about every feature Naturalizer was able to pack into this beauty and that is a rare occurrence for high-heeled footwear. Its chunky design allows for the amazing support and a modern look, while still being an ode to the classic thick heel that dominated the nineties. For adventurers at heart or the painfully practically, this Avril won’t disappoint either. While the price is a bit higher than some other brands less focused on comfort, the final product is worth that little bit extra. Falling in love with a strappy black platform is easy enough, and yet, the Avril by Naturalizer makes it even easier.