Sam Edelman Cara Review

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Finding the perfect, all-occasion summer sandal can be quite difficult, especially when you are on a budget. Luckily, Sam Edelman understands the struggle and has created the Cara slide-on sandal, an attractive single toe post, leather sandal, that will suit any occasion and match almost any outfit, from casual to dressy, while being very budget-friendly at the same time.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Leather upper with the double E logo
  • Slide-on sandal with single toe post
  • Synthetic lining
  • Cushioned footbed
  • Rubber outsole
  • Attractive silhouette and colorways
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Runs narrow
  • Lacks support
Outsole

Outsole

Sam Edelman is an American footwear brand that belongs to Caleres Inc., also an American footwear company, that owns a variety of other famous shoe brands, like Allen Edmonds, Dr. Scholl’s Shoes, and Ryka. Sam Edelman shoes have been around since the 1970s, under various names, as the company experienced its ups and downs in the business, and is now running as a division at Caleres Inc. Their primary goal is to make fashionable, high-quality everyday shoes, for a fraction of the price of some other high-end brands. Some of their best selling items are women’s sandals and slide-ons, which is why the Sam Edelman Cara is so popular. This slide-on sandal features a durable, yet flexible rubber outsole with a 0.5-inch heel, for better posture and support throughout the day. The tread pattern is made up of the famous double E logo and is concentrated on the forefoot portion of the sole, while the heel features sticky, flat rubber for a secure footing. Slide-on sandals do not usually have a lot going on when it comes to cushioning, their footbeds are kept relatively flat, which makes them uncomfortable to wear for longer periods of time. However, that is not the case with these sandals, as Sam Edelman included a synthetic-lined, fixed cushioned footbed, for all-day comfort. This makes the Sam Edelman Cara sandals perfect for everyday wear during spring and summer, and they are excellent for traveling, as they lend a touch of style to your days of touring and sightseeing. That said, one thing, that a reviewer noted, was, that the heel could be a half an inch higher, for optimal support.
Upper

Upper

Being a sandal, it is open-toed and features a strappy upper construction made of leather with Sam Edelman’s signature double E logo in the middle. It has a slide-on design with a single toe post, making it easy to just slide them on and be out the door. For added comfort and support, this sandal comes with a cushioned footbed and has a synthetic lining, keeping the feet feeling fresh and dry all day long. These sandals are a great option if you are looking to spice up your everyday outfits or if you are going on vacation, as they pair great with both casual and fancy clothes.
Breathability

Breathability

Breathability is not an issue with the Sam Edelman Cara since it is an open-toe sandal and air gets to the feet freely from all sides. However, as it is a single toe post sandal, it needed to be comfortable enough to wear for long hours in the sun without the sandal causing any chafing or blisters. That is why Sam Edelman included a synthetic lining in this slide-on, to keep the feet dry and feeling fresh throughout the day. This open-toe sandal is a go-to vacation shoe for many reviewers, as they can enjoy a day at the beach or walking through the city without breaking a sweat. Even if the sandals get wet, they dry very quickly, thanks to the open-toe design.
Comfort

Comfort

Not wanting to give up comfort for style, Sam Edelman created the Cara slide-on sandals combining the two in an attractive design. Featuring a leather strappy upper with a single toe post, this sandal comes up higher than regular flip flop sandals, and it delivers a more secure and comfortable fit while preventing the shoe from sliding off the foot while walking. Additionally, Sam Edelman included a padded footbed for enhanced comfort that lasts all day long. Reviewers, in general, all agree, that the Cara slide-on sandal is one of the most comfortable sandals out there. This sandal is perfect for your everyday life or long walks on the beach and it makes a great vacation shoe as well. However, you do need to be careful when looking for the right fit, as the upper can be a little too snug.
Coloways

Coloways

The Sam Edelman Cara is available in a wide selection of color schemes, as well as patterns so that everybody can find the ones that suit their taste the best. It is made of leather, both genuine and patent, and comes in neutral colors, like beige, black or white, as well as more vibrant ones, such as pink. It is also available in a very trendy snake print and pewter metallic boa print for the more fashion-forward customers. These sandals pair well with both casual and dressy outfits and are perfect for vacations at the beach.
Fit

Fit

A common problem, that people encounter when trying to find fashionable sandals or flats, is, that they rarely come in wide widths. Sam Edelman paid special attention to this problem area, and the Cara slide-on sandals are available in widths ranging from standard to wide, and come in women’s sizes 5 to 11 and fit true to size. While most customers were satisfied with the way these sandals fit, one reviewer did mention, that the upper sits rather high on the top of her feet, digging into the skin and leaving red marks. To avoid issues like that, it is best to try on the shoes at your local retail store before buying, as you might need to size up, depending on the snugness of the fit.
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Sam Edelman Cara slide-on sandals are equipped with thin, but durable rubber outsoles, that are quite flexible. These sandals are meant to be worn on a daily basis and can take some heavy wear, from all-day walking and running errands to traveling. These slide-ons will move together with your feet for the ultimate comfortable walking experience, that feels very natural.
Style

Style

Sam Edelman’s goal is to make affordable, yet luxurious-looking footwear, that is still high-quality and durable, and all of their products reflect this ideal. The Sam Edelman Cara slide-on sandal features a leather strappy upper with a single toe post and a thin rubber outsole with a slightly raised heel. The upper is outfitted with the signature double E logo, as well as the outsole, while the footbed features the brand lettering in attractive cursive. This gives the Cara sandal a simple and elegant, yet stylish look, that pairs well with any kind of outfit, from casual to dressy. It is available in a variety of different finishes from leather to patent leather, as well as a wide selection of colors. For the more daring and fashion-forward people, Sam Edelman included a trendy snake print in this collection as well. The Cara sandal is quite the versatile summer shoe, that can be taken from a daytime look with jean shorts and a shirt to a night out on the town in a maxi dress or a skirt, and you will look put-together and stylish at all times.
Support

Support

While it may not be the most supportive shoe, the Sam Edelman Cara slide-on sandal does feature some elements to support the wearer through their day-to-day life. First of all, the leather strappy upper provides more support and foot lockdown than regular flip flop sandals, as the upper comes up higher on the feet and wraps around them in a secure way to avoid the sandals sliding off the feet mid-walk. Additionally, the footbed is cushioned for a comfortable ride, while the heel is slightly raised to provide moderate support for the wearer throughout the day. While there were no major complaints about the support of these sandals, one reviewer did report the upper digging into her feet too much, causing redness on the top of her feet. That said, if you have a foot condition or need extra support in your shoes, these might not be your cup of tea.
Weight

Weight

The Sam Edelman Cara sandals are very lightweight, weighing only 10 ounces. The lightweight construction consists of a thin and flexible rubber outsole and a strappy leather upper, with a cushioned footbed being the only additional weight on these sandals. This makes them perfect for your everyday life during the summer months, as they are super easy to just slide into and be on your way. They also pair well with any kind of outfit, from jean shorts to maxi dresses, making these slide-ons the ideal fancy vacation shoes. Not to mention all the sightseeing you can do in them since they will not weigh your feet down or cause fatigue or soreness in the middle of a tour.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

A true American brand, Sam Edelman has been making affordable, high-quality shoes, that look and feel luxurious for decades now. The Sam Edelman Cara slide-on sandal features a strappy leather upper with their signature double E logo in the middle and a single toe post. The outsole is made of durable rubber, that is thin in the forefoot area, while the heel is slightly raised for a more comfortable and supportive ride. For comfort that lasts all day long, Sam Edelman included a cushioned footbed into the design. This simple, yet stylish silhouette comes in a wide variety of colors, as well as in different finishes to suit all styles and tastes. These fashionable sandals go with almost any outfit and can easily be worn with both casual and dressy clothes. They also make the perfect vacation shoes and will keep you comfortable and stylish no matter the occasion. Not to mention, that they cost the fraction of the price of some high-end brands, while still looking just as luxurious.