Steve Madden Tide Review

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If you thought that celebrities only wear Manolo’s and Louboutin’s and Chanel you’d better think again. There are plenty of TV, movie and reality stars that pt to a good affordable shoe, and more often than not, their go-to option is a Steve Madden shoe.

The Steve Madden shoes have become a symbol for versatility, chic and affordability and effortless style not just to the working moms, but to the celebrities like Lady Gaga, Heidi Klum, Taylor Swift and so much more.

But the thing is, all of them fall in love with the simplicity, comfort and classic design that coincidently embodies the American way of life. Practical and easy-going. Perfect for any man or a woman that loves to look amazing in cruelty-free man-made shoes styled with timeless designs.

But the Steve Madden Tide Sandal is the topic of this review. That simplicity mentioned earlier embodies every inch of this sandal, and the ease that you get by wearing it will be a pleasant surprise even for the pickiest fashionistas.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Synthetic sole

Textured Upper

Slip on design

Cons

No leather option

Outsole

Outsole

Simplicity is a running theme in this sandal, and although it may sound a bit boring at first glance the Tide sandal is most definitely not. But the synthetic outsole of the Tide model is very flat and unformed in the entire structure. The heel of the sandal is flat and there isn’t any noteworthy design in the synthetic material used in the making of the outsole.
Midsole

Midsole

Just like in the outsole’s case the midsole is also very flat. The midsole of the Tide sandal is glued together with the outsole, making it almost one uniformed item, but if you look closely you can see the distinction between the two parts of the shoe. The midsole is man-made and also made out of synthetic, and besides the usual gluing to the outsole, there’s a visible stitching done with a synthetic thread. It gives it a nice rustic feel, but it also makes the midsole lining shine since there’s no other detailing in that particular part of the sandal. The open toe silhouette of the sandal promotes a more relaxed.
Upper

Upper

Not that many uppers are made from woven material but the Tide sandal sure is. Just look at it. Isn’t it beautiful? The upper is made out of one big strip composed out of woven synthetic material and the knit used in the upper is very sparse. The rustic feel that the knit gives the upper is only matched to the simplistic rustic look of the midsole. Joined together they create one fantastic toned down sandal that’s marked by elegance and an understated dash of brilliance. But the thing is the upper works well with the simplicity. If you take a good look at the upper you’ll notice the lack of embellishments, hardware, and other stylish details. It’s really the point of this sandal. Any other detailing that was to be put on the upper’s surface only would steal the beauty of the sandal. No, the upper is perfect the way it is right now.
Comfort

Comfort

For an open toe silhouette flat heel sandal, the Tide model of Steve Madden is as comfy as it gets. It sure lets you feet breather, and there’s plenty of room for your toes to move. The comfort is there, and the slip on construction just accentuates the comfort in a more laid-back manner.
Support

Support

The support of the Tide sandal is a present feature but unfortunately can’t be found in big quantities. The flat synthetic outsole and the flat synthetic midsole are amazing, but the presence of any source of padding is lacking, which makes the support of the sandal minimal.
Durability

Durability

For an open toe sandal with a flat heel made out of synthetic, the Tide model is sure durable. The synthetic outsole and man-made synthetic midsole seem to be the most durable parts of this shoe, since not only they’re made out of sturdy synthetic material, but they’re both glued and sowed together. It makes for a highly durable bottom part of the shoe, and the fantastic woven synthetic upper shouldn’t be ignored either. Although made with a wider knit, the upper is durable as well, which attributes to the Tide sandal’s longevity.
Flexibility

Flexibility

And the very same things that were said about the durability section of the Tide sandal, apply for the flexibility section of this review. Because the synthetic outsole and midsole are glued together and they’re not separated by any padding, the flexibility is high in this sandal. The synthetic outsole and midsole make this sandal easy to bend, which is very good news to your feet. Sure there isn’t any padding or any other materials used in the making of these two parts, but the very fact that the outsole and midsole are flat and very thin also contributes to the sandal’s flexibility. Oh and that synthetic upper is not looking too shabby in that respect either. Because the synthetic material is prevalent in every part of the shoe, it makes up for one flexible shoe that you’ll just love.
Stability

Stability

Having a flat heel sure makes one hell of a stable shoe. But although it sounds like a cliché, there’s some truth to be had in that statement. Seriously. A heel, even if it’s a kitten heel, or a chunky heel will seriously increase the instability of the shoe, and the flat sandal is always a right choice for the ladies that prefer comfort and stability in their walking. The stability is also attributed to the woven wide upper on top of the sandal, but the stability was a big factor in creating this shoe. You can’t have stability without fantastic design and even better materials. But a flat shoe is always the winner.
Airflow

Airflow

You’ve pretty much guessed it. The airflow is pretty high here since it’s a sandal type of a shoe. That’s right the Tide sandal by Steve Madden has an open toe and open heel silhouette and almost every part of your foot are exposed to the air. Which is awesome. The air can filtrate through every inch of your skin, and the foot can be filtrated very easily with minimum effort. And the synthetic used in every part of the shoe has moisture-wicking properties that help to create one amazing shoe what will keep the airflow going and will keep your feet dry and odor free. All you have to do is give the Tide sandal a try.
Terrain

Terrain

Because the sandals have a flat heel and the outsole is entire flat, walking on slippery surfaces is not recommended. The same goes for surfaces that are very rough, precisely because the outsole is very flat. You’ll not only slip and fall if you’re on slippery or wet surfaces, but you’ll feel every pebble on that rough and tumble road that you’re walking on. And both scenarios are no fun. Falling is not a fan activity and walking on the rocky road is certainly not fun either.
Traction

Traction

Because of that flat outsole and the lack of distinct ridges in the outsole, there’s almost no traction in these sandals. The Tide sandal is very unpredictable and because of the lack of traction can be very dangerous on certain weather conditions and on certain terrains. You really should be more careful and mindful when you’re wearing the Tide sandal.
Style

Style

Simplicity in the design translates in the simplicity of the entire shoe. Steve Madden has built a brand out of it, and the Tide Sandal is no exception to the rule. But the simplicity that’s a recurring theme in all of his designs here is most prominent in the materials used in the making of the shoe, as much as it’s prominent in the design. The Tide sandal has synthetic material from top to bottom, and precisely that consistency and minimalism in the materials used adds to the quality and overall appeal of the sandals.

You know what you’re getting from the first time that you lay your eyes on the sandals, let alone when you first put them on. But the woven upper pairs perfectly with the clear fines lines of the synthetic outsole. Together they create one chic, versatile union that’s so comfy and fashionable that you’ll get why celebrities love the Steve Madden shoes. But in Tide’s case, the style is only matched by the quality of the materials and the craftsmanship. The woven man-made textured upper is the first thing that pops in your eyes when you watch the sandals, and you don’t even mind that there isn’t any form of detailing on it. No, the woven pattern is expressive enough, and it really doesn’t need anything else. Putting sequences or any other embellishment would be the equivalent of having too heavy makeup on a gorgeous lady that radiates with natural beauty.

Why go through all that hustle, when you can let the natural style and beauty of the shoe shine and be recognized by the trendy ladies of all ages? And the thing is, the shoes are versatile and ageless. Ladies in their 20’s can wear them with confidence and sassiness and ladies in their 50’s can wear them with the same confidence. All that’s important is that the Tide sandal knows no age limitations and no style boundaries. Why? Because the sandal looks amazing on almost every outfit in your closet. Your laidback events will get an upgrade, and the fact that you can show off your latest pedicure is just an added bonus really.
Key features

Key features

Woven man-made upper
Easy, slip-on construction
Open-toe silhouette
Synthetic lining
Man-made sole
Bottom line

Bottom line

If you’re looking for an understated yet very chic way to show off your legs for an informal event, the Tide sandal should be your pick. The same also goes if you’re a super fan of flat-heeled shoe that radiates with simplicity and elegance. Made entirely from synthetic, the Tide Sandal by Steve Madden is also the perfect choice for all the vegans’ out-there who are conscious about the cruelty that goes into the making of the shoes, but at the same time love to look amazing.

And what can be improved in the Tide sandal. Well, the midsole first comes to mind. The midsole doesn’t have any padding, which could put a strain on your arches, after a prolonged period of time on your feet. Sure, the flat heel helps with the comfort, but it would be nice if the padding is there, even just so slightly. A little cushioning in the outsole would clearly improve the comfort, stability, and flexibility of the sandal, in more ways that you can imagine. Frankly, the lack of padding is one of the few flaws that this sandal has. Having a slight cushioning would make all the difference here, despite the fact that this is an open toe silhouette sandal designed for the more casual type of occasions.

The Tyde sandal is perfect for the summer nights when you’re just not in a mood of wearing formal shoes to an informal event. The hustle, the heat, and the laidback occasion are the perfect excuse to put on these sandals and enjoy the breeze in the entire foot, not just in the toe area. They’re comfortable, they’re simplistic, and they’re just made for laid back outings that don’t require putting too much effort and brain cells usage. One of those days when you can wear shorts with the same passion and freedom as you would wear your favorite summer dress. And the only thing that you’d change is the outfit, not the accessories. But those days exist and you should take full advantage of sandals like the Tide model from Steve Madden. Comfortable, affordable, cruelty-free shoes that are adored by celebrities and ordinary average people all around the world. And the Tide model is a perfect specimen for every occasion.