Vionic Tulum Ariel Wedge Sandal Review

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Ladies, are you looking for that perfect pair of heels? You know, the ones that look incredible but won’t kill your feet just walking around in. Well, look no further! Vionic’s Ariel is a gorgeous pair of wedge sandals that offers the most comforting ride imaginable. Its innovative technologies help to better support the foot to prevent arch pain and fatigue for all-day enjoyment. You won’t have any trouble matching these sandals with practically anything in your wardrobe thanks to their adaptable appearance and choice of colorways that are easy to wear with most styles of clothing.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • 3" Wedge Heel
  • Adjustable Buckle
  • Biomechanical Support
  • Multiple Colorways
Cons
  • Special Care Instructions
  • Wide Fitting
Fit

Fit

These sandals fit most ladies very well because they come in both full and half sizes. They also come in both a medium or wide width which is great for women with any structure. When a shoe is only available in one width it can be very difficult to wear, especially if you have wider feet because most pairs are geared towards those with a more narrow shaped foot. I really liked the fact that these sandals came in your choice of width as well as in half sizes which makes shopping so much easier overall. It’s important that your shoes fit properly otherwise you are more susceptible to painful blisters and other discomforts which can come from rubbing and flopping.
Materials

Materials

The upper unit is made from a comfy and stylish looking suede leather material. Suede is excellent for controlling moisture and allowing for lots of airflow inside the shoe and around your skin. This is an excellent option of a material for summer shoe because it will help to keep you cool and comfortable all day long without allowing for a build-up of sweat and odor-causing bacteria. Once sweat starts to build-up inside of a shoe it quickly turns to stinky feet because it serves as the perfect breeding group for the nasty bacteria that cause odors to form in the first place.
Comfort

Comfort

These shoes fit quite comfortably! They offer a supportive structure and no-slip sole that helps to prevent any accidental slips or falls. If you have wide feet you’ll love the fact that they come in either a medium or wide width which makes them fit so much better. The half sizes available also help to make them that much more enjoyable to wear. Their biomechanically designed structure hugs the contours of the foot for the most supportive ride available which helps to prevent foot fatigue and lower limb pain. Most women agree that this an quite a comforting pair of shoes to wear, though some ladies who have a very petite foot shape found that they run a little too wide for them.
Heel

Heel

It can be tough finding a comfortable pair of shoes that have a heel. Every woman enjoys wearing a pair with some lift every now and then which can prove to be a painful endeavor. With the Ariel wedge sandal you’re able to wear that pair of heels you always dream of only without the added foot pain! Its wedge heel makes walking so much easier because it offers a wide platform to step down on to which is more natural for your foot and promotes a healthier environment than walking on skinny heels. Its three-inch height is perfect for adding some lift but isn’t so high that it will be difficult for you to walk comfortably on. Overall, the heel of this sandal is designed very well and will help to eliminate the pain that comes with wearing a raised shoe.
Brand

Brand

Vionic shoes are designed to maximize support, comfort, and enjoyment. They offer these benefits in stylish designs that fit well with the current trending footwear so you can look good while feeling your best. Their innovative technologies are biomechanically made to protect and cradle the delicate arch area of the foot for superior support. Vionic shoes can with built-in orthotics which are proven to benefit people with plantar fasciitis and to lessen foot pain overall for all wearers.
Sole

Sole

This pair offers a rubber outsole that is good for preventing slips or falls. Rubber is an excellent material for gripping to almost any surface, including wet and slippery ones. It is non-abrasive so it won’t scuff up your floors when you walk across them and long-lasting for continued wear. Rubber is also a quiet material that won’t click when you walk across hard surfaces which can get a little annoying after a while.
Support

Support

Vionic’s uniquely designed footwear is biomechanically made to support the foot. Biomechanics refers to the study of the mechanics of the human body, specifically the force that gravity and muscles put on our skeleton. This means that these shoes are designed to benefit the overall health of our skeletal structure by preventing foot, back, and hip pain. This is great news for us ladies who already have to deal with more aches and pains than our male counterparts, am I right?! The Ariel sandal hugs the contours of the foot to better support the delicate arch area which is exactly the kind of added support that can help to lessen body pain related to walking in uncomfortable shoes.
Style

Style

This pair of sandals offers a supportive ride that’s wrapped in the form of a wedge heel. I love the stylish looks that this pair delivers and how easy they are to match with practically anything in my wardrobe. They come in your choice of several colorways and are perfect for nearly any occasion. A jute-wrapped espadrille heel makes these a must-have for fashionable ladies, while unique supportive technologies keep you walking comfortably for hours on end. An adjustable buckle closure lets you control just the way they feel and makes sure that you’ll be walking with ease no matter what adventures may come your way.
Care

Care

As with any pair of shoes that are made from leather, this pair requires a little extra TLC than most. You need to take care not to leave them out in direct sunlight because it can lead to fading. You also want to avoid water unless you have previously treated the material with a protective spray. This means that cleaning them is a little bit more work too, though there are easy ways to take care of leather which I’ve highlighted below.

  • Because of suedes softer grain, you need to use a special brush to clean it without causing any damage. Always check the shoes for a care label with special instructions and follow those closely. If there aren’t any special instructions then simply use your brush to gently brush away dirt and other materials. Never brush in a back-and-forth motion, but instead brush in one direction only. Keep doing this until your shoes look nice and new.

  • If you have scuffs on your suede then brush with a suede brush but with more force than you used for cleaning. If the scuffs are very deep you can attempt to lift them by scraping with a knife.

  • If all else fails, try using an eraser (either a special suede one or just a normal pencil eraser). This can be an effective and simple way to get stubborn scuffs and other marks to lift from the material.

Width

Width

Despite most ladies finding the choice of widths to be a convenient feature. Some women find the lack of a slender width to be a bit of issue. The options available are medium and wide, which leaves a gap for ladies with slender tootsies. If you do find that these are a little wide, you can try wearing a half size smaller which should make up for the difference nicely.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Overall, I love the wearable design that these sandals offer. They’re very enjoyable to wear and are super easy to match with practically any outfit. After hours walking around in them, my feet didn’t hurt at all which is a great thing to find, especially in a pair with a three-inch heel! Speaking of heels, their wedge styled one is amazing! It makes walking so much easier than in a pair with a slender lift because it’s more natural when you step down and is healthier for the delicate arch area of the foot.

If you’re looking for support then look no further! This pair is biomechanically made to hug every contour of the foot and hold it in a supportive embrace. The sole is made from a durable material that offers good grip even on wet and slippery terrain. The upper unit is made from a comforting suede material that allows for adequate airflow next to the skin and prevents a build-up of sweat and odor-causing bacteria for fresh all-day wear.

Vionic is a trusted name in footwear and they really deliver with this pair! It offers built-in orthotics so you won’t have to use your own which can end up saving you quite a bit of money in the long run. I would highly recommend these sandals to anyone who has difficulty finding shoes that won’t kill their feet.