Strappy sandals are a must-have for spring and summer. When the weather warms up and the birds start singing, there’s no better feeling than putting away your winter boots to swap them for something lighter and more breathable. This spring, why not try the Rest Candace sandals by Vionic Shoes? Thanks to their sporty design with a fashionable twist, they are suitable for both athletic and stylish women. Their straps are practical in their adjustability, but their thinness and metal accent also give the overall shoe a feminine impression. What’s more, the simplicity and neutrality of their design and colors make them suitable for pairing with anything from dresses to denim shorts.
But looks aside, these sandals have many more functional benefits. Their orthotic features render them super supportive and great for over-pronation, plantar fasciitis, and other foot issues. With that said, they are also great for the typical person because they promote healthy foot alignment. On top of that, their soles provide a cushioning effect and are nicely flexible. However, careful research has shown us that this pair isn’t the most suitable for adventurous outdoor wear. To learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of this pair, read on as we describe their features in more detail.
As you can see from the pictures, this pair features lots of straps—and they’re not just there to make it look good. Both the toe strap and the ankle strap are adjustable because they’ve got hook-and-loop fasteners. The metal hoops also accent the look, though one reviewer has stated that the hoops dig into the foot uncomfortably. You can tighten or loosen its size to ensure that they fit just right. This is a huge advantage when you’re buying online and can’t try them on yourself to make sure that they fit perfectly. Sure, you can pick your size, but as we’ll mention later in the ‘Size’ section, not all shoes fit true to size. There’s always the possibility of ending up with a pair that’s too roomy or too snug. In this case, adjustable straps save the day by letting the shoes accommodate to your feet.
Since these sandals are podiatrist-designed and orthotic (just like all other Vionic footwear), they are meant to provide optimal comfort in the long term. The support they provide is intended to correct or keep the foot aligned in a healthy way, and when everything is aligned the way they’re meant to be, it saves you a lot of pain and discomfort. (We will touch on this more in the ‘Support’ and ‘Technology’ section). This is not the soft-like-clouds comfort you get from slippers, but rather the structural and supportive comfort that will ward off foot issues in the future. With that said, their biomechanical design and flexibility make it so that they should feel pretty comfortable when you first slip them on, too. If not, Vionic recommends that you wear them for only a few hours on the first few days in order to break them in and to allow your feet to adjust to them for a better long-term experience. The breaking-in period may take up to two weeks.
This pair does its best to get a degree of flexibility that is just right. As we mention later on, the EVA sole is flexible enough to provide shock absorption but firm enough to provide structure at the same time. The result is a combination of cushioning and support. In addition, the positioning of the straps make it so that the feet are free to move around without feeling too restrained, and the toes are free to wiggle. The downside to their flexibility is that, because the biomechanical footbed will wear down through time and provide less support than before, the manufacturer recommends that you replace your footwear ever 12 to 18 months. This obviously depends on how often you wear them, but it is an approximate recommendation.
All Vionic shoes are made with the same material in their soles, and that’s EVA. This stands for ethylene-vinyl acetate and can be described as a rubber-like elastic copolymer. Despite being synthetic and therefore not biodegradable, it’s pretty environmentally friendly because its production doesn’t use chlorine and it can be recycled. In terms of comfort, the degree of flexibility of this material is ideal. It gives in to weight that is applied to it (eg. your every footfall) to provide shock absorption, resulting in foot movements that feel more natural. However, it doesn’t give in so much that structural support is lost, and is still firm enough to keep the foot in its healthy alignment.
As for the uppers, these are made with a mixture of leather and textiles to provide a smooth feel against the skin. There is no lining on the EVA footbed, and the outsoles are made of rubber. As with all Vionic shoes, they do not contain any latex.
Because this pair of sandals is orthotic, its focus is mainly on protecting the foot’s natural alignment
and providing structural support. Earlier in the ‘Support’ section, we’ve already made it clear that they’ve done it perfectly. However, their outdoorsy design is balanced by stylish elements as well, which reduces their protection against the outside environment. For instance, their open toe design gives them a feminine and casual look but also leaves the wearer vulnerable to toe-stubbing, scuffs, and objects potentially dropped on the toes. In addition, the heel is also uncovered, as with the majority of the foot. Protection may not be really necessary if you stay in the city, but if you’re going to be exploring the outdoors and trekking on uneven terrain
, you need all the protection you can get. That’s why we wouldn’t necessarily recommend this pair for serious outdoor activities like hiking
. For excursions to the lake, walking around town, or even light trail-walking, they would work just fine.
Vionic states that “We work very hard to keep our sizing consistent across our collection, and most of our styles fit true to size.” However, they say that if you are unsure or would like to just double-check, you can always take a look at the fit tips that can be found on their web site. They also offer shoe size conversion guides
. To use them, simply take the measurement of your foot (by stepping on a piece of paper, marking the tip of your toe and the back of your heel, and measuring that with a ruler) and match up the measurement with its corresponding recommended shoe size.
This model is offered in both whole and half sizes. Not all Vionic sandals come in half sizes, but fortunately, these ones do. There are also two width options, so if you have wide feet and are worried that these will be too narrow for you, simply opt for the wide version and you won’t have to worry.
Vionic Shoes offer products that are orthotic
. The definition of “orthotic” according to MedicineNet is “a support, brace, or splint used to support, align, prevent, or correct the function of movable parts of the body.” When talking about footwear specifically, orthotics are devices meant to correct foot and ankle problems without surgery and can include shoe inserts
, ankle braces, and footbed structures. Rather than just providing cushioning for comfort, they aim to tackle the biomechanical cause of foot issues. They are especially great for people who are over 50 years old, on their feet all day, engage in frequent or intense physical activity, or pregnant.
Because of their Orthaheel Technology (see our ‘Technology section’), these sandals are orthotic. They are perfect for the kind of people listed above, as well as for those suffering from over-pronation
or collapsed arches
(which, according to Vionic, is 70% of the population!). Even those without foot issues can benefit enormously from their structural support, which will keep the foot in their alignment and prevent problems before they even happen.
The technology used in its construction is Orthaheel Technology. This consists of a biomechanical design made to tackle over-pronation, plantar fasciitis
, and other foot issues including common aches and pains by ensuring that the foot is aligned as it’s supposed to be. The footbed hugs the arches and leaves no space, ensuring full-contact support. Cushioning is provided at the ball of the foot, and a deep heel cup and heel seat that stabilizes foot position and enhances the sense of balance. As we said earlier, anybody can benefit from this technology regardless of if you’ve got foot issues or not. All the support would just add extra comfort, not to mention be a precaution against foot issues in the future.
The manufacturer says that these have durable rubber outsoles. Indeed, due to Vionic’s reputation of making reliable and supportive footwear, we would assume that they provide a decent amount of grip for outdoor wear. However, one glance at their outsole shows that more could definitely be provided. The tread pattern consists of lines running horizontally across the outsole. Because the lines are virtually straight, the traction they provide may be limited only to forward and backward movements and not side to side as well; in other words, you may still slip sideways. In many athletic shoes or sporty sandals, you’ll find a multidirectional tread consisting of triangles, hexagons, or zigzag patterns (or a mixture of all!) to ensure stability in all directions.
The footwear by this brand is pretty reasonably-priced, though they are slightly more expensive than some of the other popular sandal/sneaker/trainer brands out there today. This makes sense because their products are orthotic, podiatrist-designed, and therefore higher quality than the average shoe. More effort and care is put into their design to make sure that they will do their job properly, and their cost goes up as a result. This particular model is relatively affordable compared to Vionic sandals of similar styles. Considering their reliable support and their versatility in color and style, we’d say they’re a good bargain. We’ll remind you, however, that Vionic recommends you replace them every 12 to 18 months; if you’re looking for a long-term investment, this pair isn’t it.
It is clear that the Rest Candace sandals by Vionic Shoes have tons of advantages. At a glance, they look elegant and feminine, yet are subtle and simple at the same time. Their simplicity makes them suitable for all kinds of occasions and with all kinds of outfits. Their orthotic features ensure that the arches are properly supported and that the foot is kept in its healthy alignment. This makes them excellent for people with foot issues like over-pronation or plantar fasciitis, but are also great for people who don’t because they will prevent these issues from coming up in the future. Not to mention, it keeps absorbs shock and keeps you feeling cushioned and supported when walking or standing for long durations of time.
With that said, they also have slight downfalls. Though their outsole provides some grip, its pattern does not seem heavy-duty enough for all kinds of terrain. Though their straps are great in their adjustability and style, they do not protect the foot enough for serious outdoor activities like hiking or trekking. For that, you’ll have to opt for something with a full protective upper that does not leave the toes or the heel open. Because of these two cons, we conclude that although they are protective and grippy enough for street wear and vacation wear, they are not suitable for serious outdoor wear.
We recommend this pair for casual summertime wear. They would be great as everyday go-to sandals thanks to their walking comfort and versatility in style. They are also reasonably-priced for all the support and high quality you’ll be getting, and run pretty true to size (if not, you can always adjust the straps!). Just make sure not to stray too far into the wild with them. With spring coming up soon, we’re sure that they’ll be a great addition to your wardrobe!