Commandress Special Reports – “Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” is a month-long feature that will spotlight American-made clothing. This “Weekend Edition” features something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office.
Happy Friday! In case you weren’t already daydreaming about your weekend plans, today’s post features a selection of great American-made sandals to get your mind wandering. . .
Do you have any shoes that you love so much that you have moments of anxiety thinking about the sad, sad day when you’ll have to part with them because they’re utterly worn out? That’s how I feel about my Jack Rogers Navajo Sandals in Platinum (the wonderfully neutral metallic color shown in the Midwedge Sandal below), which I bought over five years ago as a souvenir from a wonderful family vacation in Palm Beach (when in Rome . . .). But guess what? I wear these sandals all the time and they still look great! The Jack Rogers Navajo Sandals (shown here in Turquoise/Gold) are available in a wide variety of colors from Amazon for $110.
But the story is not quite over because my (completely unwarranted) anxiety about wearing out my Jack Rogers Sandals compelled me to purchase a “back up” – something similar, but just a little different – a year later. These Jack Rogers Hamptons Midwedge Sandal have a two inch heel, and I actually think they are even more comfortable than the flats. These sandals are available in platinum, silver, gold, black, and white for $138 from Amazon. You can also have a lot of fun admiring all the other Jack Rogers shoe styles and colors (here is the Jack Roger’s Women’s Shoe Page on Amazon). (Please note that many Jack Rogers shoes are made in Brazil – not the USA. The website includes the country of origin for most of the shoes.)
Another fantastic brand to check out is Oka b., which manufactures all of its thongs, slides, and ballet flats in Buford, Georgia. I have a couple pairs of the thongs (one with a heel and one without) and they are insanely comfortable and look quite chic - and prices generally range from $25 to $45. I may not be able to resist the Oka b. Alexandracrystal jeweled thong (shown on the far left in “Dirty Martini” and also available in Pearl), which is $40 from Amazon.com. Another fun option this year is the Oka b. Gisele Ballet Flat with a cluster of flowers (shown on the near left in Fushia and also available in Camel, Blue, Citrine, Black and Sapphire), which is $45 from Amazon.com. You can also have some fun browsing Amazon’s Oka b. Selection.
These Onex Santa Fe Sandals are some fun-looking wedges. I’ve shown the Multi, which remind me of sandals I wore in grade school (minus the wedge, of course) – I’m still drawn to woven sandals in this cheery color scheme. The sandals have a 3 inch wedge and a 1 inch platform – probably not walk-all-day shoes even though Onex is known for comfort. The Onex Santa Fe Sandal is available from Amazon.com in Multi/Weave (shown here) and Natural Gold (metallic) for $69.28; they are also available in Natural/White for $85.
Finally, these Munro Tahiti Sling Sandals are a marriage of comfort and good looks. Munro is known for its amazing fit and feel, and this sandal has a lovely design. It also has a very reasonable 1.5 inch heel. The sandal is Made in the USA from domestic and imported materials. It is available in Saddle (shown here), Black, and Sandstone for $184.95 from Amazon and Nordstrom.
9/27/12: This post was updated to replace Endless affiliate links with links to other retailers. (You’ll be missed, Endless!)