Ted Baker Dahrlil Review

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Imagine that you find a shoe that looks as it was snatched by Cinderella’s foot. A shoe that’s so modern, and yet so elegant that it should be kept in a glass dome. Such a shoe exists, and her name is Dahrlil.

The Dahrlil model by Ted Baker looks like it should belong either in a museum or on the front page of Vogue magazine. It’s that beautiful. But what else can be said about the shoe? Well, for one it’s made by one of the leading British companies. Ted Baker is solidifying its dominance on the market by each passing year, and it’s not planning to stop any time soon.

What you’ll get by purchasing the Dahrlil model? You know aside from this bad-ass stylish pump that will get you tons of compliments? Well, stay tuned for more shoe info. Scroll down and find out what exactly makes this shoe fantastic. Find out the good, the bad and everything in between about the Dahrlil model in the review below.

Hope you’ll like it.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Lurex mesh used in the upper

Jewel cluster broche

A silhouette that’s both pointed-toe and closed

Three-inch high heel

Cons

Expensive

Outsole

Outsole

Just like with plenty of other synthetic materials, the resin has its benefits and flaws. In this particular case (in the Dahrlil model) resins’ biggest flaw is not having enough breathability. Well, not compared to the rubber ones. But the resin outsole really can pride itself with high doses of durability, flexibility, and endurance especially in dress shoes, in which a high heel is present. Why is this important? Because in those that have stiletto heels like this, a lot of the weight is distributed on the front of the outsole. That’s where most of the damage to the outsole is, and it’s highly crucial that the outsole be strong and durable.

The outsole in the Dahrlil model is very thin, and although it looks barely noticeable you really can notice her presence especially in walking. However, this particular outsole lacks any ridging, any indentations that could signal the outsole’s stability on much slippery surface. There’s none of that, unfortunately, but as an interesting and very decorative detail? Well, besides the 3 inches high heel that’s sitting on the back of the outsole? Half of the outsole is painted in gold. The part of the outsole that’s painted in gold color is the section of the outsole that doesn’t get contact with the surface that you’re walking on. That way, the part of the outsole will remain intact and the cold color furnish will continue to look amazing. Oh, and as a finishing touch, the monogrammed logo of Ted Baker sits on the top of the outsole, right below the toes. A cool detail isn’t it?
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole has plenty to offer, so pay attention. First things first. The footbed. Yes, the footbed is lightly padded to offer comfort and stability. The padding is focused on the arch area of the midsole and although that padding isn’t that significant, it can be felt greatly, especially after hours spent in these shoes. You’ll be grateful about that padding, but you will want more of it, that’s for sure.

The lining of that footbed consists of 80% ovine leather and 20% polyester. The fact that there’s leather present in the midsole, and with such high quantity means a lot to the midsole’s breathability. But the midsole itself follows the pointed toe silhouette of the upper. Luckily the pointy silhouette isn’t that narrow, so your toes won’t feel cramped and compressed like sardines. No, your toes will be able to move significantly despite the fact that the silhouette is narrow in the toe area.
Upper

Upper

Would you look at the upper? It’s so beautiful and shiny, one might think that the shoe belonged to Cinderella and she lost it on her way home from the ball. What makes this shoe special you might ask? Well, that’s all thanks to the Lurex in the upper’s synthetic nature. What’s Lurex? It’s a special type of fabric that incorporates a metallic thread in the woven material. Because of that, the upper looks shiny, gorgeous and luxurious as it was made with real-life gold thread. The very same Lurex material hugs the entire upper’s surface, and if you take a closer look at the thin heel, you’ll notice that the heel is also wrapped in the Lurex as well. The Dahrlil model by Ted Baker has an easy to wear silhouette. Yes, it’s a slip on type of silhouette and highly practical. It doesn’t involve straps, buckles or zippers, and the shoes are so easy to put on and to take off. And we’re almost done here. All it’s left in the segment, to mention the finishing touches. The cherry on top of the shimmering, luscious sundae of a shoe. The wonderful broach detail on top of upper.

Yes, the broach if fixated on the toe’s camp, and it’s a fantastic blend of pearl and crystal details. The broach that sits at the front of the shoe has the perfect size and intent. It adds plenty of elegance and style without being too invasive or domineering on the shoe. It doesn’t steal away the shoe’s beauty. No, it compliments her in the nicest possible way. Oh and don’t think for a second that the front of the upper is the only embellished part of the shoe. No, no. The back of the upper, just above the heel is decorated as well, with a small but very noticeable gold bow. The bow sits nicely at the back of the shoe, and it gives a nice compliment to the shoe.
Comfort

Comfort

Yes, the footbed of the Dahrlil model is lightly padded, but it’s not the only source of comfort. Over here in the Ted Baker’s glorious shoe, every bit helps. And what also contributes to the comfort in this particular model is the design and functionality. It’s a slip-on type of design of course. The 3 inches high stiletto heel is also a contributor, and so is the resin outsole. When you have a stable outsole, even the most challenging stiletto heel won’t cause too much of a problem, and the comfort will increase significantly.
Support

Support

Of course, the light padding in the footbed helps tremendously. Although it may not seem so insignificant, at first glance, the padding is well equipped to handle the pressure of the heel in the best possible way. Why? Because the padding is placed on the arch area of the midsole. That way the entire midsole gets equal weight distribution, and the padding doesn’t allow the toes to feel much of the pressure. In most cases, the toes will be the first to feel the pressure of the high heel, but when you have padding that’s placed properly the support comes naturally. Even if that padding is just light.
Durability

Durability

The thing is… the resin outsole is a lot more durable than the natural rubber one. Yes, the resin has a lot more pros to be mentioned, but the durability seems like a number one to mention. What makes this shoe so durable? Well aside from the resin present in the outsole, the upper is made out if Lurex material. The Lurex is a special type of metallic material that’s also stretchy and highly durable at the same time. Which means the stretch and the quality of the yarn in the upper’s structure will increase the durability and contribute greatly to the overall comfort of the shoes. And let’s not forget about the fantastic presence of the ovine leather in the upper’s lining. Natural leather is always a good choice when you’re looking to extend the shoe’s durability, and the fact that’s it’s mixed with 20% polyester, this lining is made to last.
Flexibility

Flexibility

The resin is a synthetic outsole material after all. And as such, it doesn’t have the flexibility of the all natural rubber’s counterpart. But it does contain a small amount of flexibility and elasticity, which help with walking in these shoes a lot. However, if you can’t rely on the outsole to provide the flexibility, the upper will surely do that for you. Why? Well, because the upper is entirely made out of special material. Called Lurex¸ the material has metallic thread intertwined with the basic fabric. The metallic thread gives the shiny, glorious and shimmery gloss, while the rest of the fabric allows the flexibility to occur in the shoe. And add to that the fact that the lining in the upper is made with a blend of ovine leather and polyester, you just know that the flexibility will be on point in this particular model.
Stability

Stability

Sadly, stability isn’t one of the shoe’s strongest suits. Not because the outsole is very thin and unremarkable, not because the upper is made out of Lurex, and not because the footbed in the midsole has just a light padding. Yes, all of these things really take away the stability, but the fact that it’s also a shoe with a slip-on style silhouette, with anything that your feet can hold on to, really amps up the stability issue. The Dahrlil model doesn’t really have any type of strap, zippers or any other fastening efforts that could hold and fixate the foot in the shoe. No. The lack of stability is evident in every aspect of this pump, and it’s one of the few setbacks that you’ll experience while wearing it.
Airflow

Airflow

However, there should be no problems at all with the airflow. The Dahrlil model has a slip-on type of a silhouette and pretty much every area of the upper is made out of Lurex and ovine leather. Both of the materials are highly forgiving, and allow the air to penetrate in and out of the shoe’s structure. And of course, the ovine leather has natural moisture-wicking properties, so you best believe that your feet will be moisture and odor free for a long period of time.
Color

Color

Sadly, the Dahrlil model has only one available color option. The rose gold color is the only available option then you can choose from. Ted Baker really need to step up the game and allow plenty of color varieties for this shoe, since this is one of the models that’s been purchased by plenty of prospective brides. Yes, that’s right plenty of brides wore the Dahrlil model by Ted Baker on their biggest day, and the message board was flooded with praise for the quality of the pair.
Price

Price

With a price tag of 240 dollars, the Dahrlil model by Ted Baker isn’t cheap. In fact, is a rather pricey shoe that comes only in a rose gold color. But despite that, if you’re looking for a great treat for yourself, a splurge on these shoes wouldn’t feel like a splurge. It’s a great investment that will come in handy when you’re in need of a glamorous pick me up.
Bottom line

Bottom line

A shoe with glamour, flair and stylish timeless elegance? Yes, it exists, and the name is Dahrlil. If you have the chance to add glamour, shine, and shimmer to your daily routine, take it. The Dahrlil model by Ted Baker offers all of that and more. Yes, it comes at a much higher price, but the compliments that you’ll get and the comfort that you’ll feel will make it worthwhile. This is a fantastic shoe that will make you feel like a Hollywood A-list movie star, everywhere you go. Ted Baker wants you to know that don’t need a red carpet to feel like a million bucks. All you need is your favorite dress and these shoes on your feet. They’ll do all the talking for you, and you’ll be impressed with what they have to say.