Sigerson Morrison Beryl Review

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Sleek, feminine, elegant—these are the words that no doubt come to mind when you lay eyes on this pair. Though simple and unadorned, the design is undeniably charming. It can be described as a hybrid of a mule and a kitten heel, resulting in a polished and work-appropriate shoe. However, further research into this beautiful pair has shown us that it may not, in reality, be as great as it seems. Its design, though sleek, can lead to discomfort and even foot pain, and its slippery sole makes the wearer susceptible to slips and falls. Its expensive price raises the question of whether they are worth purchasing at all, or if we should all just resort to admiring them from a distance, longing, and yet never satisfied…

Without further ado, let’s dive into the specific details of this pair so that you can weigh their pros and cons for yourself.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Low heel
  • Simple yet elegant
  • Glossy patent leather
  • Great for work
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Slippery sole
  • Lack of support
Brand

Brand

Sigerson Morrison is a luxury footwear brand. Though it is not as well known as other designer brands like Steve Madden or Calvin Klein, their products have a similar style of sleek and luxurious elegance. Founded in 1991 by Sigerson and Miranda Morrison, it gained popularity nearly overnight. Today, it offers a range of lifestyle footwear collections for women. Options include western-inspired booties, brightly-colored flats, metallic Mary Janes, and much more. Their signature aesthetic embodied in all these different styles can be described as clean, contemporary, and feminine, making them a must-have for every modern woman.
Colorways

Colorways

Unfortunately, there aren’t lots of color options when it comes to this model. The three colors that are offered are nude, white, and black. All three are neutral and great for a subtle outfit or for work but are unsatisfying for those who would like a bolder shade with this sharp, modern shoe style. Indeed, many of Sigerson Morrison’s other low pumps are available in much bolder colors such as purple, bright orange, and red. If you’re on the eccentric side, you might want to check out those models instead. But for the rest, these three colors are the safest and most versatile. All three have straps, linings, and outsoles that are black, which creates a nice contrast and adds a subtle accent to the overall look.
Comfort

Comfort

When compared to other heels, we’d say that this pair is near the comfortable side of the spectrum. The low heel height gives them a huge advantage in this criteria because by keeping you close to the ground, they provide more stability and guarantee less foot strain. With that said, this pair has aspects that may render them uncomfortable as well. For one, the unanatomical (just imagine if your big toe was in the center of your foot!) pointy design will likely squish the toes and perhaps even cause pain. What’s more, the synthetics used in the uppers and lining are not as supple as real leather or suede, and could potentially cut into the skin. In addition, their mule-inspired design gives them a free heel that is not supported nor secured (unless you count the very thin strap across the vamp), and this lack of support could translate into discomfort.

Comfort is a very important aspect of shoes to consider because not only does it make your life easier, but it is also closely linked to health. Comfortable shoes reduce the strain put on the feet when walking or standing throughout the day, reducing foot fatigue and leaving you more energized at the end of the day. In addition, they encourage natural movements and may provide support that keeps the foot, ankles, knees, and even your lower back healthy. In the short term, some of us may feel like it’s okay to suffer a bit if it means being stylish, but keep in mind that these small compromises can have big consequences in the long run.
Fit

Fit

Unfortunately, there is no sizing chart on Sigerson Morrison’s site which you can consult to double-check what size would best suit you. It seems obvious that you would just pick whatever size is designated to your foot measurements according to standard charts, but the truth is that many manufacturers don’t make shoes that are exactly true to size. Instead, they may be slightly smaller or larger than the standard. When buying in store, you can detour the issue by simply trying the pair on to see if they fit well. When buying online, however, it becomes a game of luck and guessing. What makes it even more difficult is the fact that this pair is not adjustable in size. There are no buckles on the strap, so you can’t tighten or loosen the fit at all. The good thing, however, is that the heel is free, making it more bearable if you do end up with a slightly smaller-than-ideal size. In general, because of the pointed toe and narrow front view of these heels, we would recommend you order either your exact size or a size (or half size) up.
Heel

Heel

Though they look as though their heels measure only around one inch, they are, in reality, 2 ¾ inches. It is possible that the pictures make them look shorter than they really are. Either way, the height still makes them qualify as “kitten heels.” There are lots of benefits to heels like these that are not very tall. According to chiropodists, high heels propel the body forward while also pointing the foot downward. As a result, you not only find it difficult and uncomfortable to walk and stand, but it also puts stress on the foot by forcing it to stay in an unnatural position. Through time, this can cause ankle, knee, and even hip and back issues. The most severe could even lead to arthritis. The risk for all this is in positive correlation with heel height, so the lower the heel, the less you are at risk. What’s more, kitten heels have a modest appearance which, combined with their relatively comfortable fit, makes them perfect for everyday office wear or other professional occasions.
Materials

Materials

The uppers and soles are all made from synthetics. Now, upon hearing this, many of you may be tempted to turn away because you’d rather opt for the more traditional leather, but believe us when we say that synthetics have their benefits, too. For one, synthetics are lightweight and inexpensive, making the overall shoe comfortable for all-day wear and cheaper on the shelf. It is also vegan, and its smooth, shiny appearance makes the shoes look sleek and modern. With that said, it also has its downfalls: it’s not as breathable, supple, luxurious-looking, or classy as leather. It also doesn’t stretch or mold to the shape of the foot through time. Some also argue that although synthetics are vegan, they aren’t actually environmentally friendly because they are not biodegradable like leather and other animal hide materials. It all depends on what features you value more, and whether you’re opting for shiny and modern, or rich and classy.
Style

Style

Though simple enough, this pair’s got an undeniable charm. Modern fashion is all about clean-cut lines, solid colors, and minimalism. It strives to embody—or perhaps prove the truth in—the concept that “less is more.” This model’s a great example of that. It’s got a pointed toe, a curved top line, and a thin strap across the vamp. Its uppers are solid-colored and made of glossy patent leather. There are no complicated details, no embellishments or complex straps, yet they still look pretty unique. Overall, they have a nice and refreshing vibe and would be the perfect finishing touch to any woman’s professional attire.
Tread

Tread

This pair offers virtually no grip. Its outsole is completely smooth and lacks the tread needed to ensure stability when walking on indoor floors, pavement, and even carpet. Of course, one can’t expect an expert grip on a shoe style like this one. Firstly, grip is not as important in work shoes as in athletic or even street shoes, just because the places you tend to be (ex. indoors, on carpets, etc.) don’t require the shoes to be very grippy. In addition, the look of the outsole would make the shoe look less elegant and feminine. Just think: a chunky sole with visible tread marks looks more suitable for construction work than for pairing with pencil skirts and blouses!

The downside, however, is that you may not feel very stable on your feet and you may slip on smooth surfaces. It’s a good thing that the kitten heel is fairly low, making up for some of the lack of stability caused by the smooth outsoles. Regardless, no grip is provided by the outsole, which increases the risk of falling and for injuries. Not to mention the embarrassment that the accident may cause you on an important day at work!
Value

Value

All the footwear offered by this brand are pretty expensive. Though their style is comparable to that of Steve Maden and Calvin Klein, their price is far from it. This pair is no exception, and this is one of its major downsides. When you see them on display, all thoughts on style, uniqueness or elegance are likely to be eclipsed by the number on the price tag, and we don’t blame you. Some people argue that because we (generally) own only a few pairs of shoes, it’s worth it to splurge when we do purchase a new pair. However, the validation of this statement varies greatly depending on how versatile and durable they are, as well as how often you expect to wear them. In terms of the Beryl pump, not many customers have reviewed this pair, so durability can’t be determined. As we will touch on in the next section, however, they are very versatile. If you work in an office environment, you might also plan on wearing them on to work on a daily basis, thus making the best out of your purchase. Lastly, also consider your budget and how much you can and are willing to set aside for a pair of heels. After all, you work to make money, and it would be ironic to spend that money on a pair of shoes FOR work.
Versatility

Versatility

Their simple look and modest design are combined to offer excellent versatility. Because they are solid-colored and their unadorned uppers give them such a clean, refreshing appearance, they can be paired with nearly any outfit. Wear them with a neutral attire, or pair them with patterned blouses or bold-colored blazers. The subtleness of these shoes leaves room for you to be more eccentric in other aspects of your outfit without overwhelming the overall appearance. Not only that, the low heel, pointed toe, and mule design gives them a modest yet feminine impression that is suitable for work wear or for a polished everyday look. As we mentioned earlier, this also makes the shoes more worth their price. Even if they cost a fortune, if you wear them often and really make the best of them, you get your money’s worth.

Bottom Line

To summarize, this pair has flaws that cannot be seen at a glance. Beneath their beautiful facade, there actually lies numerous disadvantages. For one, the lack of tread pattern on its outsole renders them slippery and unstable, making the wearer susceptible to slips and falls on smooth indoor floors. Not only is this embarrassing and humiliating, especially in a professional environment, it can also cause serious injuries. In addition, it is very expensive compared to professional shoes you may find by other brands. Other aspects of the shoe are ambiguous because they have both pros and cons. While the pointed toe gives them a fierce and modern look, it also squishes the toes; while the synthetic upper is glossy and sleek, its stiffness might make them cut into the skin, causing discomfort.

All the while, this pair has an undeniable charm in its sleek simplicity. If you’ve truly fallen in love with it, you may find yourself overruling all the downsides. Indeed, they would be a great addition to the wardrobe of any professional woman. They are even suitable for those who just like a polished appearance.

Whether or not they will really be a great purchase for you, only you can tell. Keeping all the facts we’ve covered in this article, we recommend you to evaluate the pros and cons to determine if they will truly satisfy your needs and preferences.