Steve Madden Carrson Review

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Ladies looking for a fun and flirty pair will love Steve Madden’s Carrson! This strappy sandal is versatile enough to transition from the office to the afterparty with ease. It comes in a plethora of colors and you can even choose from one of several materials to really make this high heel feel like a ride that’s uniquely your own. Steve Madden is one of the hottest names in fashion and this really shows in the Carrson’s smooth appearance and ultra trendy silhouette. This pair features a stacked heel, single cross-toe strap, and dainty buckle closure that only add to its alluring looks. What started back in 1990 in Queens, NY as one mans dream has grown into a fashion empire that’s world renown for its sexual and risk-taking designs.

You can wear these heels practically anywhere! They will look amazing for fancy cocktail parties, weddings, and more, or just with a pair of dark denim skinnies. Just keep in mind that, as with most high heels, these aren’t the most comfortable to wear for long periods of time! But, overall, the Carrson hits a home run when it comes to trending looks and sultry vibes!

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Block Heel
  • Buckle Closure
  • Single Cross-Toe Strap
  • Ankle Strap
Cons
  • Less Than Comfortable
  • High Heel Height
Materials

Materials

This stunning pair of heels features a velvety suede upper unit. Suede is a supple kind of leather that’s derived from the opposite side of the skin as traditional leather. It’s usually made from lamb and sometimes calf or goat skin. You’re also able to choose from various other upper materials including leather and velvet.

A manmade lining material offers a smooth next-to-skin feel and helps to wick excess moisture away. This prevents a build-up of sweat that can make your feet slide around in your sandals and is also the reason for odors. The sole is made from synthetic materials that offer a reasonable grip on most surfaces so you won’t accidentally slip and fall.
Style

Style

The Carrson is a stunning pair of sandals! Its strappy design and minimal coverage are the perfect addition to any vivacious lady’s wardrobe. A single cross-toe strap and wraparound ankle strap make this a divine choice of footwear. This pair offers a four-inch chunky heel that allows for more natural strides as opposed to a thin stiletto type heel. Women who like to look their best will find that this is a must-have sandal! It can effortlessly be matched with nearly any style of clothing, from skinnies to form-fitting dresses.
Closures

Closures

This option offers a cute buckle closure that makes for effortless wear. Buckles are great because they let you customize the fit and feel so you can be completely comfortable in whatever pair you’re wearing. They also look super chic and totally glamorous, so it’s a win-win situation. Whereas, other types of closures aren't the best for high heels. They offer little in the way of cuteness and aren't as practical as one might hope. While zippers can look attractive, they have a tendency of jingling while you walk and laces can easily come untied which can get dangerous if you're wearing a pair with a towering heel.
Heel Width

Heel Width

The Carrson features a block heel shape which is better for walking and is far more comfortable than a thin stiletto. The block heel originated in 1965 when the master designer, Roger Vivier had a vision of something new and extraordinary. A block heel has a more squared shape but unlike the wedge, it has a space between the forefoot and heel. This kind of pump is particularity popular with ladies who find it difficult to walk in your standard shaped high heel because it’s easier to walk.
Colorways

Colorways

Ladies who enjoy being able to pick and choose from a multitude of colorways will love this pair! It comes in so many different shades you’ll easily be able to match these with anything in your wardrobe. Choose from options like black suede, sea blue, camouflage, and bone leather to name a few. Though there are nearly forty color and fabric variations available! The great thing about this shoe is that most of the colors come in more than one choice of fabric.
Versatility

Versatility

The versatility of these pumps is amazing! They’ll look great with practically any style of clothing from chic officewear to dark wash skinnies! With the sheer multitude of colors and fabrics to choose from the possibilities are limitless. Its super glamorous style a minimalistic vibe help to make this sandal a must-have for fashionable ladies who like to look their best without having to fuss over their footwear.
Outsole

Outsole

The sole of a high heel is very important, especially since they’re hard enough to walk in most of the time. You need a sole that’s going to prevent slips and falls which is why it should be made from a non-slip material. This pair offers a reasonable level of grip which will help to keep you upright while you’re on the move. You also want a pair that isn’t too noisy when you’re prancing around so the sole should be made from a relatively quiet material. These sandals aren’t too noisy so you won’t sound like a horse trotting down the street.
Heel Height

Heel Height

One of the downfalls to this sandal is that its heel is quite high. At four-inches, this shoe packs some serious lift that might be a little much for some wearers. The higher the heel is the harder it’s going to be for most women to walk comfortably while wearing them. Usually, it’s a good idea to wear a pair that’s three inches or less, especially for workwear. But this towering heel is just so gorgeous it’s hard to pass by without stopping to stare. Before making your final decision, take the time to think over how comfortable you are with walking in a higher heel like this one
Comfort

Comfort

As with any pair of heels, this one is known for being a little less than comfortable! Some ladies have had issues with the material rubbing against their skin and causing blisters around the straps. While this is a common complaint when you’re dealing with strappy sandals, it still something you would hope Steve Madden would be able to prevent. But apparently not! There’s really no way to prevent rubbing but you can help lessen the painful consequences by making sure that your sandals fit properly and aren’t too tight or too loose. Wearing poorly fitted heels will only make the friction of the fabric against your skin worse.
Longevity

Longevity

Another complaint among wearers is that these heels don't hold up well with wear and tear. Some women find that the material tears along the seams and where the sole meets the upper. While others found that the heel was prone to snapping. If you come across any rips or tears in your heels there are a couple of things you can do to fix the problem without having to throw out your favorite pair.

  • First off, you could try to fix the rips yourself with store-bought kits or if you're a talented seamstress, just by free-sewing them. This can get problematic if you aren't experienced with a needle and thread and you can actually end up making matters worse.

  • Secondly, if all else fails, take them to a professional to have them repaired! In fact, this is probably the smartest choice with the least risk of ruining your favorite heels. Usually, it won't be too expensive to have a few rips or tears fixed professionally, though if it happens regularly it can get quite costly in the long run.


Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Overall, this pair of Steve Madden sandals is a good choice for both professional occasions and parties alike. Their gorgeous looks and sultry design make this the perfect choice of footwear for nearly any kind of event. Steve Madden promises big things from these sandals including quality and impeccable style, both of which they deliver seamlessly on!

The Carrson offers a minimalistic yet fabulous appearance that’s topped with a single cross-toe strap, wraparound ankle strap and cute buckle closure. Its towering four-inch heel is a love-it-or-hate-it aspect of this pair that some women find is too high to walk naturally in. Other ladies love the sky-high look and especially enjoy the block shape that makes it easier to walk in.

These heels come in a multitude of colorways and are even offered in several different upper materials to suit every style. You’ll have no trouble pairing these with all of your favorite outfits thanks to their versatile looks and the huge assortment of colors to choose from looks like black suede, blush, hot pink, and multi-snake to name a few, which means the skies the limit with these heels!

As with any pair of heels, these aren't the most comfortable to walk in, especially for long periods of time! But the ravishing looks that this pair offers well supersede the minor pain one might experience from wearing them. But if it gets too bad you can always run small pieces of medical tape along the skin in the areas where the material rubs. This will protect your skin and lessen the irritation.