Steve Madden Donddi Review

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Steve Madden rules when it comes to on-trend, affordable options for anyone on the go. Their styles are always just right, and their dedication to innovating new looks is constant. This slinky sandal will have Steve Madden lovers enamored by its incredibly basic but fashion-savvy appearance.  The Donddi’s minimal lines, a slight heel, and barely-there aesthetics are a necessary addition to anyone’s summer wardrobe. Steve Madden nailed this shoe that emanates cool summer vibes and care-free days.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Minimalist Style

Neutral

Cushioned Footbed

Delicate Straps

Great Value

On-Trend

Cons

Not Very Durable

Inconsistent Fit

Brand

Brand

Steve Madden is an absolutely iconic brand, at this point. They began with an investment of little over one thousand dollars, and from that point forward they grew and have continued to grow into the brand they are today. All the way from a factory in Queens in 1990, Steve Madden has completely changed the fashion industry. Acknowledging demands for a look as individual as the people all over the world, Steve Madden took inspiration from streetwear, Rock and Roll, hot trends, and real people to create a brand that is known for its ingenuity and uniquity. In an industry where everyone is doing the same thing, Steve Madden stands out by offering absolutely show-stopping trendy footwear as well as interesting takes on old favorites. Steve Madden allows people to add serious style into their closet where they may not otherwise with accessible pricing and a wide range of looks.
Breathability

Breathability

A barely-there sandal is always a coveted summer item; what is coveted even more is a cute one. The Donddi is certainly in both categories, and it hits a bunch of other qualifiers for a great warm weather option, as well. Upper materials that are both breathable and soft inside make up the strappy upper of the Donddi sandal. That means no uncomfortable sweating or sticky straps when you’re wearing this Steve Madden even on the hottest days. Shoe lovers can rejoice at the fact there is a summer shoe that keeps you this cool. There is so little fabric to restrict you or hold in heat, you will be pleasantly surprised at this shoe's performance when it comes to those sweltering days. Sportier brands and styles will be a bit lighter on your feet, but they won't compare to the sleek style of the Donddi. Steve Madden made a shoe that functions well enough that you will love wearing it, that also looks great all summer long.
Color

Color

It is impossible to stress enough how necessary a great pair of neutral sandals are for styling into your favorite outfits. Neutrals have become such a hot trend. You see them all over in the form of two-piece sets and monotone looks. The classic purpose of a neutral has not been lost though. Great neutral pieces work with almost anything. If you are trying to rock a uniform look from head to toe, you can probably match your main pieces easily with a pair of the Steve Madden Donddis. If you are looking to elongate the leg but rock floral, that works too. The straps are so insanely subtle so the contrast of deep brown or tan always looks flattering against skin tones, regardless of what they are. These can be rocked in so many ways with so many outfits, whatever your personal style may be. The tan color is incredibly rustic and wearable. Working with light flowing peasant tops and denim cut-offs or your favorite sundress. If you are obsessed with great shoes that are interchangeable with a ton of ensembles, the Donddi is an absolute show-stopper in that regard.
Comfort

Comfort

It may not look very comfortable but reviewers had overwhelmingly nice things to say about the comfort level of the Donddi. It is unexpected in such a basic shoe to have a high volume of positive comfort reviews. Across the board, people named the Donddi quite comfortable for a variety of occasions. Many even named it a great daily shoe. The black color of the Donddi was found to be hard and difficult to wear; it required quite a bit of breaking in. The brown option, however, was raved about for being comfortable, with a soft upper and forgiving straps. Beware: they will most likely still need to be broken in regardless of color purchase. It is always best to work in a shoe a bit upon first buying it, though. Sandals especially usually required some wearing in due to their being so little as a buffer between you and the shoe. Their footbed is lightly padded as is, so it may be fine out of the box, but some reviewers claimed that it took a few wearings to reach its full comfort potential.
Durability

Durability

As with any sandal that has thin straps and extremely minimal construction, this Steve Madden Donddi could be considered a bit delicate. Reviewers mentioned buying multiple replacement pairs frequently, which is a red flag. Many had to replace them after only one short season of wear, which is not a great track record when it comes to durability. There were several complaints of a squeaking noise that apparently was awkward to experience. This was due to the insole becoming slightly detached from the footbed. These are definitely a fashion sandal for trendy ensembles, not a sandal capable of long-term wear. The thin straps gave much fear that they would break right off, as they felt poorly secured. Their small buckle appears to be relatively flimsy, so the Donddi is definitely a sandal to handle with care, as opposed to a more rough-and-tumble sandal style.
Fit

Fit

It was really hard to pin down a consensus on the fit of the Steve Madden Donddi. Reviews mostly displayed that it fits true to size. What appears to be the problem here is that the different colors actually are made from difference fabrics, hence the vagueness when it comes to the listing of upper materials. It seems some of the shoes have tighter straps around the toe, making it hard to fit on even slightly wide feet. While many reviewers said they had to size up, there were some who thought to size up made the straps around the ankle way too lose and unbecoming on their feet. If you aren’t certain of your size in Steve Maddens, I would personally recommend going to a major shoe retailer to find out prior to ordering for a more reliable gauge of what will fit you. There may be inconsistencies in the sizing regardless, and the additional precaution makes picking this shoe slightly inconvenient. If you’re comfortable with a bit of risk with online shopping and don’t mind returns, most of the reviews were positive, even if they weren’t convinced that there was complete consistency in the sizing.
Flexibility

Flexibility

The upper on the Donddi is wonderfully flexible. Once it is broken in, it will, more than likely, feel like a glove on your feet when you’re out strutting your stuff. Having a very thin sole helps immensely with flexibility, even if it might affect other features, like support or durability. The small heel restricts movement and overall pliability just a tiny bit. You won’t feel much of a difference in flexibility due to the heel unless you are anticipating an experience similar to wearing a foam sandal. This shoe is outstanding in terms of flexibility for its overall style. The Steve Madden Donddi makes a lovely shoe for entertaining in or just a casual cookout with friends. The ankle strap and upper straps as a whole won’t interfere with the movement of the foot. This whole sandal stays with you on every step and will become an absolutely wonderful addition to your basic wardrobe necessities.
Price

Price

Steve Madden is king of affordable shoes. Their styles are consistently far more financially accessible than other brands putting out similar styles. This changes the game for so many people, putting styles at their fingertips they may not otherwise wear. You may be wondering how brands get away with charging an arm and a leg for a minimalist sandal like the Steve Madden Donddi, but its relatively simple. Many of the times you buy staple wear such as this that is on-trend, you are absolutely paying for the brand name. Steve Madden has attempted to avoid that in so many ways, which has resulted in them being at a much lower price point than many of their style sisters. The price point makes the low amount of durability much less disappointing. While these shoes may not last for years to come, they will get plenty of wear in the season you buy them for. These are being rebought by women time and time again for a reason. They’re classic, affordable, and low-key kind of chic. When you want something simple that still screams “style icon” a strappy pick like the Steve Madden Donddi is kind of the best possible option for the best possible price.
Style

Style

As mentioned prior, minimalist looks are all the rage right now. Instagram influencers can be seen in two-piece sets and nude workout gear on the daily. Sneakers are coming out in gorgeous creamy beige and rosy blush tones. People all over are going wild for clean lines and incredibly simple color palettes. Part of the appeal is the look is sleek and mature, accessories such as these can finish off an already killer look. The result will be a stunning and put-together ensemble that works overtime with very little effort. We all have tried really hard to make an outfit stunning only to be disappointed at the final product, but that won’t really happen here. This is one of those style choices that you can’t go wrong with. It is going to have unlimited style possibilities. The straight across wide toe strap is popular in all styles of sandals, but it adds modern appeal when paired with the more delicate construction of the rest of the Donddi.
Support

Support

This is a very, very flat sandal. Though there is a microscopic heel on this sandal by Steve Madden, it will absolutely not be a great option for long periods spent on your feet or walking around. This is totally precious for casual weekend wear, but an absolute nightmare if you are planning on being very active in the Donddi. The ankle straps are extremely low and thin which means they offer no additional foot or ankle support, either. This Donddi by Steve Madden does include some cushioning in the footbed of the sandal, but not much else. Arch support is absolutely non-existent even with a slightly raised heel. For anyone looking for an incredibly supportive sandal, it is pretty obvious that such a minimal choice won’t cut it. Support tends to require at least some bulk to be supportive. There is no room for any bulk of any kind in the Donddi by Steve Madden, regardless of level. It would make sense that those interesting in this Steve Madden aren’t really looking for a standout support shoe, so take this with a grain of salt. Just be aware that multiple reviewers lamented its discomforted after long term wear.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Donddi by Steve Madden is absolutely chic. A style that is totally in, this modern, basic sandal option will complement all your favorite outfits. What it lacks in support, consistent fit, and durability, it makes up for in stunning fashion-sense. The Donddi is made for those who love a simple neutral option that is light and flexible for casual wear. Steve Madden ensures this, as always, is an affordable option to add into your extensive shoe collection. Even if just for a season, the value of the Steve Madden Donddi is cause for consideration. Anyone who is looking for a piece that will work with their existing wardrobe while still keeping up with the current trends will be pleased with this pair by Steve Madden.