Soludos Closed-Toe Review

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Saludos is a company that’s barely a decade old. But that doesn’t mean that in the short time that’s been on the market, hasn’t made an impact on the shoe industry.

Founded in 2010 by the London-born entrepreneur Nick Brown, Saludos was inspired by Brown’s personal struggle to find decent espadrille shoes. He wanted quality espadrille shoes that reminded him of the ones he wore as a child. However,  the lack of quality shoes prompted him to make a change. So he decided to take matters in his own hands and with that Saludos was created.

In fact, the very name of the company (Saludos) is an amalgam of the Spanish words “Salud” (which means cheers) and “sol” (which means sun). At the very beginning, Brown sold the shoes online form his own apartment in London. But Today, Saludos shoes can be found in department stores like Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom.

Oh, and his long list of fans include celebrities like Michelle Monaghan, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, and Kate Bosworth. All of them wore Saludos shoes on several occasions.

But for now, let’s focus on Soludos Closed-Toe sandal.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Rubber sole

0.75 inches tall platform

Breathable jute sole

Linen upper

Cons

Runs half a size smaller

Outsole

Outsole

Yes, it may appear that the outsole is insignificant to the rest of the shoe structure, but don’t get fooled by the thin rubber outsole. It may be thin and barely noticeable, but it’s very supportive of the shoe, as it provides much of the balance. Oh, and because it’s so thin, it makes the flexibility of the sandals even greater which adds up to the overall comfort of the Saludos shoe.
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Saludos shoe is wrapped entirely in jute. Each part of the midsole has a different pattern of woven jute. The 2 1⁄2 inches high heel has a separate pattern of woven jute, and the 3⁄4 inch platform has a different pattern of woven jute. Even the front lip detailing of the sandal has a different pattern, which only accentuates the visual appeal of the shoe. It’s a refreshing, interesting and old-school look to a great shoe. The footbed of the sandal is slightly cushioned and wrapped in fabric to a touch of comfort and the color of the fabric that lines the footbed matches the color that’s used in the upper. If the upper is black, then the footbed is also black.
Upper

Upper

Look at that gorgeous upper. The front has a closed toe silhouette and is entirely made out linen. The back of the upper on the other hand features woven detail at heel. The woven detail is two-toned and always in a different color than the color used in the front of the upper. So, for instance, if the front of the upper is black, the detailing in the heel is made with white and tan color woven thread.

And last but not least, one thin ankle strap with an adjustable buckle secures the sandals, and that strap is not only made out linen, it also has the same color as the front of the upper. The color blocking in the Saludos sandal is done to maximize the visual interest and to give you a more variety in mixing and matching the sandals with your outfit.
Comfort

Comfort

There’s plenty of comfort in the Saludos sandals and the comfort is not limited to only one part of the shoe. The fact that this is a 70mm espadrille helps a lot in the comfort department. Also, let’s not forget that this is a full wedge type of heel that’s supported by a ¾ inch platform. Oh, the much of the comfort really comes from the closed toe linen upper, and of course by the ankle strap that tightly secures the foot. Because much of the sandal is made out of natural materials like linen, and fabric, the risk of developing blisters or having a great discomfort is quite small, which only amps the comfort.
Support

Support

The platform really works wonders in this sandal. The ¾ inch platform that’s been inserted in the Saludos sandal really eases the movement in the shoes. Yes the heel is a wedge and by default is not as uncomfortable as the thin heel sandal would be, but it’s still a high heel nonetheless. So every bit of support counts and the addition of the platform is one much welcomed the support.

The platform of the shoe doesn’t even reach the one-inch mark, but even with that height, it provides a great relief to the foot. And you know what else can be described as a huge relief? The slightly padded footbed in the middle of the sandal. Lined with fabric, the footbed provides support to the bottom part of the shoe, as it cushions the blow of the high heel, eases the strain on the toes and even provides a great deal of arch support.
Durability

Durability

Speaking of durability, is there anything better than the mix of linen and jute for the perfect summer sandal that you’ll be wearing season after season? First of all, linen is a very durable, strong fabric that’s been used in shoemaking for ages. And it’s one of the few materials that are stronger when they’re wet than dry. The fibers of the linen do not stretch and are heavily resistant to damage from abrasion, so you can rest assure that the durability is quite high in the Saludos sandals. The linen also dries much quicker than cotton, so even if you do get the sandals wet, they’ll dry much easier and quicker than the sandals with cotton in the upper.
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Saludos sandals may be quite durable, but they’re sadly not that flexible. And it’s not just because of the presence of linen in much of the upper. Yes, the linen is not known for its flexibility, but the wedge heel and the platform that compose the bottom part of the sandal attribute to the loss of flexibility. Things would have been much different if the sandals were flat and no platform was added to the bottom of the shoe.
Stability

Stability

For a wedge style shoe that’s made out of linen and woven fabric, it’s surprisingly stable. Of course, a big chunk of that stability is thanks to the addition of the platform. If a high heel has a platform, it automatically gains a lot of stability. The foot has plenty of room to get comfortable, and the walking in the heels gets much easier when there’s a platform present in any type of shoe. Oh, and last but not least, the ankle strap tightly secures the foot, allowing it to become a lot more fixated, secured. Having a tight grasp on the foot, and stable walk, allows you to walk more confidently in the sandals and the stability can be felt even after a prolonged time wearing the sandals.
Airflow

Airflow

Don’t you worry about the airflow in the Saludos sandals. This is a summer type sandal that’s made out of linen, fabric, and jute. The airflow is quite impressive as the linen in the upper allows air to fluctuate in and out of the sandal. Your feet will be aerated while wearing the Saludos sandals, but you’ll have to be careful with getting them wet. Yes, linen dries faster than regular cotton, and drying the shoes shouldn’t present too big of a challenge, but it’s a natural fabric after all. Just like with any natural fabric, the risk of damage is quite high and you’ll need to avoid stepping into wet areas. It’s not a big deal if you do, but try not to get the sandals soaked in water.
Color

Color

When it comes to the color varieties, the selection is not grand. Unfortunately there only the color options for the Soludos Closed-Toe sandals and the black version is the most purchased on. The black upper version goes practically with everything, but it also comes in blush and platinum color. The black version of the sandal is mostly bought for nighttime events, while the lighter blush or platinum versions are wanted for daytime, laidback events. Of course, the color of the upper matches the color of the footbed lining, and if you chose a black upper sandal, the color of the lining in the footbed will also be black.
Brand

Brand

Just like the many great things in love, the Saludos espadrilles (along with the other Saludos shoes) were made out of necessity. The company’s founder Nick Brown grew up wearing great espadrilles as a child and missed having that experience in his adulthood. He was constantly searching for a great summer espadrille, and when he was on the verge of giving up, decided to do something about the lack of quality shoes.

He founded the Saludos Company in 2010, and at the very beginning, he sold the shoes from his London apartment. The company grew steadily and after just a few short years, came out to prominence with the high-quality offerings. The Saludos clientele includes celebrities and regular people, but what makes the shoes so accessible are the affordability and the accessibility in purchasing the shoes. They’re available of e-commerce sites like Amazon, in department stores like Bloomingdale’s.
Price

Price

Ranging from 48 to 85 dollars, the Soludos Closed-Toe is an affordable purchase for every stylish lady. They’re a great investment and the affordability is matched only by the variety and longevity that you’ll experience while wearing the shoes.
Style

Style

The Soludos Closed-Toe sandals allow you to dress up any casual day look and make it more glam and sophisticated. But of the few things that stand out in the style of the sandals, the versatility and the timeless nature first come to mind. Chances are that either your mother or grandmother owned a pair similar to these sandals. Every generation owned a pair of espadrilles, as they never get out of fashion.

No, they’re improved for every upcoming generation of fashionable ladies, and the Saludos allows a continuation of that trend. The clean, minimalistic upper pairs wonderfully with the different designs of the jute-woven outsole. Every part of the midsole has a different type of woven pattern. And speaking of a woven pattern, the linen upper also features woven detail at the heel which only accentuates the stylish nature of the shoe. A perfect pairing for these sandals would be a light linen summer dress, but a pair of jeans or even black linen pants would work in a pinch. The great thing about these sandals is the ability to transition them from a day to a night shoe, with just a change of the outfit, and you’ll be surprised of the amount of versatility that they have to offer.
Bottom line

Bottom line

The closed-toe espadrilles by Saludos are an improvement on the classic Spanish style shoe that’s been dominating the fashion scene for decades now. Made with great passion and determination, the care and planning that was put in the design and the selection of the materials is quite impressive. For a quality sandal like the Saludo sandal, it’s surprisingly affordable and accessible for every woman that loves a touch of effortless sophistication on her feet. The sandals are a closed-toe 70mm espadrilles with ¾ inch platform in the midsole. The entire midsole is wrapped in jute, awhile the upper consists of fabric and linen. The line used in the making of the upper gives the sandals very lightweight, breezy feeling perfect for the hot summer days and the ankle strap completes the look.