Vionic Palm Roni Review

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Ladies looking for a casual and chic pair of summer sandals will love the Palm Roni from Vionic. It offers a more comforting ride than most and a fashionable leather upper that will keep you looking and feeling your best. Slip-on entry makes for effortless wear that is perfect for those warm days spent out in the sun. The Palm Roni features innovative Orthaheel technology that is biomechanically made to cradle every contour of the delicate underside of your foot. It delivers a strong support structure and helps to prevent heel pain at the same time. If you suffer from plantar fasciitis these sandals are a great choice to help alleviate the painful symptoms.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Orthaheel Technology
  • Recommended For Plantar Fasciitis
  • Breathable Lining
  • Supportive Footbed
  • Elastic Side Walls
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Won't Last Long
Heel

Heel

The Palm Roni’s innovative Orthaheel technology is biochemically made to cradle the contours of the foot for a supportive ride. Biomechanics is the study of the human body and its movements, specifically the way muscles, ligaments, bones, and tendons work together to help us move. By applying these finding into the design of their footwear, Vionics has been able to create shoes that literally hug the delicate arch area and support it every step of the way. This is one of the most effective ways of lessening foot pain and other issues of the arch and heel.

The Palm Roni comes with a built-in orthotic that is proven to be a key element in treating and eliminating the painful symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis (heel pain). This is a big deal for ladies who suffer from this difficult condition and even for those who don’t because wearing well designed and supportive shoes can help to keep you from developing these issues later in life.
Flexibility

Flexibility

No one wants to waddle around in a stiff pair of sandals! You could end up looking like a duck if your shoes don’t let you move naturally because your feet will stick out to the sides if they can’t bend the way that they were meant to. This pair of sandals offers just the right level of flexibility to maximize comfort without compromising their support. Elastic along the instep allow for flexible give with every step and ensures that your feet aren’t stuck in a straight out position but that they can bend and move naturally every time you take a step.

Style

Style

These slip-into sandals are a girl's best friend when the weather outside is hot and sunny! Their ruffled leather upper is super-cute and feminine, while their open-toe lets you show off that brand new pedicure. These are a great choice to match with a pair of cropped pants or skinnies and look oh-so-chic with a skirt or pair of shorts. The Palm Roni has a two-tone contrast outsole and nude cross-foot strap that can easily be worn with practically any color of clothing making them a great go-to pair when you want to get ready and go without having to fuss over what you’re wearing. Their boho-vibe accentuates and lengthens the appearance of your legs which helps them to look all the better when worn with most summer outfits.
Materials

Materials

This pairs light and breathable leather upper is perfect for wearing while the weather outside is warmer. The leather material helps to control sweat and odor-causing bacteria by wicking excess moisture away from the skin. When too much moisture accumulates inside of your shoe it makes for the perfect breeding ground for bacteria that can quickly start to smell. The Palm Roni has a synthetic sole that provides a solid grip on almost any surface so you won’t have to worry about any accidental slips or falls.

Lining

Lining

A smooth textile lining helps to make this pair an ultra-comfortable choice! It’s both breathable and cooling next to your skin which is super important especially for hotter weather. If the lining material is too thick and hot it can smother your skin and cause excessive sweating. When your skin sweats it makes your shoes rub against it causing friction. The repeated friction will eventually lead to painful blisters that can take weeks to fully heal. This is why it's so important to choose a pair with breathable lining material like the Palm Roni.
Upper

Upper

The Palm Roni has a cute ruffled cross-foot strap that really adds to the allure of this pair. Its nude color easily matches with nearly any clothing and makes for incredibly versatile wear. The Roni’s upper is made from a lightweight and breathable leather material that helps to keep you cool and comfortable even after long hours of wear. It has a textile lining that's perfect for allowing adequate airflow inside the shoe and around the skin which prevents excessive sweating underneath the strap. Wearing shoes that are breathable is an important part of preventing sweat and odor build-up which can be quite uncomfortable and quickly ruin your favorite summer sandals.
Fit

Fit

These sandals are known to fit nicely! They come in both full and half sizes which means that you can find the perfect size to fit your feet. When a pair only comes in full sizes it leaves most wearers without proper sizes for their feet. Did you know that most women own and regularly wear at least one ill-fitted pair of shoes? When it comes to looking good most ladies are okay with enduring foot pain in the name of fashion. But, there can be serious repercussions from wearing shoes that don’t fit right.

For example, wearing shoes that are too big can cause your injuries because you’re more likely to trip and fall. This also puts diabetics at a greater risk for developing ulcers of the foot! Wearing a pair that’s too small can lead to bunions, corns, and ingrown toenails which can potentially be lifelong conditions.
Colors

Colors

No one likes a pair of sandals in an unappealing color! Luckily the Palm Roni comes in your choice of three shades and while they’re nothing too special, they’re easy to match with all colors of clothing. Whether you go for black, nude, or red you’ll have no trouble integrating these into your daily attire and will find that they fast become your go-to favorite for the spring and summer weather.
Cost

Cost

Unfortunately, all good things come at a price and these sandals are no exception! One of the downsides to this otherwise desirable pair is that it's a bit on the pricy side. Despite costing more than your average pair, this Vionic’s sandal delivers a solid array of benefits and is a great choice for ladies who are prone to arch and heel pain.
Durability

Durability

For a pair as pricy as these, you would hope that they would be well-made and durable enough to last you several seasons. Unfortunately, that’s just not the case. Some ladies found that after just one summer their sandals had already started to fall apart. Common complaints were of tears on the strap and the sole coming apart at the seams. Now we all know that sandals aren’t made to last and last but when you’re talking about spending a pretty penny for a pair you would expect them to be much more durable than your average designs. The Roni fails to impress in terms of longevity and I can certainly see it being good for just one season. Still, if you enjoy looking sharp and walking in an ultra supportive and comforting pair then these are a great choice that’s worth paying a little more for.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Overall, I rated the Palm Roni from Vionic fairly high. This was based on its appearance and wearability which were both fairly impressive. The Roni’s ruffled single cross-foot strap and contrast two-tone outsole make for a fashionable design that’s ready to take on any occasion. Its innovative Orthaheel technology guarantees total support and comfort.

These sandals come in both full and half sizes which makes them all the more comfortable and they offer elastic along the inside walls for greater flexibility. Go ahead and wear these cute summer sandals wherever you choose thanks to their adaptable appearance that’s ready to take on nearly any occasion. The Roni looks great with practically any outfit and is especially chic with a pair of cropped pants, denim skinnies, and of course, shorts or a skirt.

A comfortable and cooling material lines the inside of the strap for better airflow which helps to prevent a build-up of sweat and odor-causing bacteria. This will help to prevent blisters because sweaty feet tend to rub against the material more and the friction will cause irritation. It also takes care of that seemly unavoidable stink that sandals always end up getting because without sweat there’s nothing breeding the bacteria that causes odors.

Despite its overall appealing list of features, the Roni lost a few points for its expensive selling price. The overall quality and longevity also knocked it back a bit because if I’m going to be paying this much for sandals I want them to last more than one summer.