I recently stumbled upon a site that specializes in small and large sizes, as well as everything in between, called Alonai.com maybe a year ago. I was hesitant to order from a site that I’d never purchased from before at first, which explains why I waited so long to make my first purchase. I finally pulled the trigger 3 weeks ago. Two weeks later, I pulled the trigger again.
I purchased these blue faux suede low heeled pumps first, for roughly $20.
From the price, you can assume that these are not the highest quality shoes. However, since I wasn’t looking for designer-quality shoes, but rather just a pair of fun pumps that I could wear often and beat around, that was perfectly okay with me. That being said, the cushioning inside the shoe was surprisingly more than I thought. Don’t get me wrong, it’s far from Naturalizer-type padding, but it wasn’t thin and cardboard-like as I had imagined it would be. So a pair of comfy, lightweight, low heeled pumps that I can get a lot of use out of for $20? I’m not complaining.
I was also in the market for a pair of high heeled red pumps. Originally, I had my heart set on red patent pumps, but I realized that red suede pumps might be more practical – I could only imagine pairing red patent pumps with my dressier outfits, but I could imagine pairing red suede with dressier as well as casual outfits. Cost per wear, my friend, cost. per. wear. So I went ahead and purchased a second pair of shoes from Alonai.com.
I was a little iffy about the red ones, because the online pictures made the toe seem pointier than what I’m used to. Now that I’m seeing them in person, I have an additional concern. The problem I have with both the red shoes and the blue shoes is that Andres Machado shoes seem to cover too much of the foot at the toe area. I’m not one for toe cleavage, but I prefer my shoes to cover just past the toes. Anymore than that and I think it starts to feel a bit odd and matronly. It was less noticeable on the blue shoes, but with the red ones…it’s going to take some debate.
A couple more pros about Alonai: shipping is very speedy and their shoes are pretty true to size. I am a bit smaller than a size 4 in women’s shoes. I normally order size 4 and add heel liners and sometimes also ball of foot pads to fill the space. I ordered both the blue and red shoes in size 34 (equivalent to size 4). The blue fit perfectly with the help of heel liners. For the red pair, I added both heel liners and ball of foot pads. When standing, the shoe appears to fit snugly, but when I start walking, they slip off my heels. I’m not sure if it’s me or the shoes…