I got sent these sandals weeks ago by Strive Footwear and have been waiting for the chance to put them to the test for a review. We had a day or so of summer a few weekends ago, but I didn’t get the chance to wear them for long before it got cold again, but I did manage to take a few pictures. Thankfully we have had a longer burst of warmer weather and I’ve been able to try out my Java Sandals out more extensively now.
Strive footwear using Biomechanical Footbed Technology to support your feet in their natural position and many wearers say that the arch contour feels prominent or the footbed feels firm to start with. I’ve certainly been aware of the extra support for my arch. My arches are on the higher side of normal and whilst it felt a bit strange to start with, it was strange in a good way. I’m not sure if it comes across in the pictures that well, but the footbed does support your foot in a three-dimensional way. It’s designed to provide comfort through support rather than cushioning so it can feel a little more solid under your feet if you aren’t used to that.
Whilst it’s recommended that you walk your sandals in gradually, I’ve found them quite easy to wear from the outset. I haven’t been wearing them all day, but I’ve been gradually working up to that and I’m nearly there.
I’ve had some compliments about these sandals since I started wearing them on the school run in the nicer weather. They are very striking and the colour goes with just about everything. They have a real quality feel to them and I can see them lasting for ages. I’m found them very comfortable to wear and I love slipping them on in the mornings. They don’t have a back strap, but my feet feel very secure in them and I have no problem walking briskly wearing them. I think these will be my ‘go-to’ sandals for the school run this summer – let’s hope the weather gives me plenty of opportunity to wear them.