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Alegria Playa Sandals | Adjustable Comfort with Support

Alegria Playa Sandals

Alegria Playa Sandals

This review of the Alegria Playa sandals is sponsored by Alegria Shoe Shop. The opinions are completely my own based on experience. 

Alegria Sandals

Alegria Playa Sandals

My first pair of Alegria sandals carried my achy feet through three summers before ending up in the donation bin–still in very good condition as Alegria makes durable footwear from high quality materials.  I’ve worn Birkenstock, Naot and Vionic since then, but this summer I’m up for something new. Knowing I need a back strap to keep the sandal secure (discussed in this article), I started my search. The Alegria Playa sandals popped up in my Pinterest feed and I knew it was exactly what I was looking for: two adjustable straps, a simple go-with-everything style, and Alegria’s trademark contoured footbed with heel cup and arch support. What I wasn’t sure about was the outsole. The Playa sandal features a new-to-the-scene Alegria outsole: thick polyurethane platform with flex grooves. Would the sole be too flexible and aggravate my arthritic big toe (hallux limitus)?

I wouldn’t wonder for long. I strapped on my new Alegria sandals to serve as a volunteer at my son’s school for “Explore More Day.” My assignment? The Shakes and Smoothies room…all day…on hard tile floors. I was too busy measuring, pouring, blending, and corralling 95 second to fifth graders through their stations to even give much though to my feet. But what I did note was the absolute comfort of that thick polyurethane outsole. It felt like I had five small yoga mats stacked up beneath my feet. My sensitive soles didn’t detect the cold hard tile floor beneath them thanks to the incredible shock-absorbing sole of the Alegria Playa.

Alegria Sandals

Alegria Playa Sandals

The footbed is just as supportive as other Alegria sandals (and shoes) I’ve worn with a deep heel cup and excellent arch support. The back strap keeps the sandal strapped securely to my foot lessening toe gripping (which makes hammertoes worse). I also was pleasantly surprised that the outsole didn’t flex too much at the forefront–no irritation to my big toe.

Alegria Sandals

Alegria Playa

An added benefit is the Playa’s water-resistant leather upper. Spill a little smoothie? Just wipe it off–no stain left, just shiny, smooth leather. Wear them through the sprinkler this summer and they’ll dry off as good as new.

Once again, Alegria sandals bring happiness to my moody feet!

I’d recommend the Alegria Playa for medium to wide feet (as the two adjustable straps offer a customized fit). Available in five colors, sizes 35-42 (I take the 41 for my size 10 feet) from AlegriaShoeShop.com with free shipping and returns.You can also find the Alegria Playa at Zappos, 6pm.com, Amazon and Nordstrom. Since writing this post, a new Alegria sandal has hit the scene with the same footbed as the Playa–meet the Roz!

Do you have a favorite pair of Alegrias? Leave us a comment and let us know why you love them! If you want to find out even more about the brand, see our complete Alegria shoes article.


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29 Responses to Alegria Playa Sandals | Adjustable Comfort with Support

  1. Angela says:

    These look so comfy and cute. You say they have a contoured foot bed. Does that mean they curve up around the sides of the forefoot? I have a tailor’s bunion. Any shoes that curve up around the sides really irritate the tailor’s bunion. I have this problem with some Vionic sandals that have a backstrap and the Wolky Jewel insole. I like that the Wolky has a removable insole so I can just use my orthotic and solve that problem. I would love to try these. They look so close to what my foot needs but I have a feeling they will be a no go.

  2. Kirsten Borrink says:

    Hi Angela,

    Yes, the sides of the footbed do curve up, but not so much by the tailor’s bunion area. I have those also and these shoes don’t bother them. However, that might not be true for you! Maybe order and send back with free return shipping?

  3. Elliot says:

    I got these a few weeks ago in red and love them ! I have a tailor’s bunion as well and these do not affect it. Alegria makes my go to shoes for all kinds of foot problems but I also like the non-slip aspect ( not sure that applies to these — i haven’t worn them in wet conditions because I love the red and don’t want to wreck them!). I also put one of their insoles in some Drew sandals and that worked out very well.

  4. Kirsten Borrink says:

    The more I wear mine, the more I love them. Better than my Birks and Vionics. They’re so supportive, but the cushioning is almost springy! LOVE them. I have a tailor’s bunion and don’t notice it at all in these sandals.

  5. Angela says:

    Thanks! I may give them a try. It is helpful to know you have a tailor’s bunion. I have a horrible time finding shoes that have enough support that they take pressure off the bunion yet are soft enough to not cause pain. Your website had been a tremendous help for putting me on the path to finding comfortable shoes. One of the first winners you led me to were Arcopedicos. Thank you!

  6. Angela says:

    I got them today! So far so good! I haven’t walked a lot in them yet but they don’t seem to bother the tailor’s bunion at all. The strap crosses above it and the sides don’t seem to be a problem. I also like that the strap is wide enough it allows me to wear a silicone toe spreader to help alleviate pain without being seen. I was very curious how dressy they would look in person. I needed a sandal that could pass as being slightly dressy. I was happy with these. I felt like they are a bit dressier than some of my other sandals. The arch support is fabulous! The only complaint I have is that the back strap doesn’t hold my heel quite as securely as I would like. It took a lot of work to get it as tight as I needed and my heel still seems to have a mind of its’ own which it already does no matter what kind of shoes I wear. But, it isn’t too bad. I have learned that you can’t get perfection in a pair of shoes. If you can, I am still looking!! Every pair I own has some minor drawback. But, so far, I love these and I’m looking for excuses to wear them.

  7. Jennifer says:

    Do you think these would work for hallux limitus? I’m having a very hard tim finding comfortable sandals.

  8. Sarah says:

    Just got them based on this recommendation — thanks! Now I wish they came with a white sole and gold or silver uppers 🙂

  9. Kirsten Borrink says:

    I have hallux limitus and can wear these for hours with no issues.

  10. Kirsten Borrink says:

    Ah, the ubiquitous white sole! I like the looks of the new white platforms but they are so hard to keep clean!

  11. Elliot says:

    i vote yes for this combo:) or even white soles with a tan upper

  12. Ann says:

    Thank you for this review! I’ve ordered close to a dozen comfort sandal options for an upcoming family vacation in NYC. I need a lot of arch support and cushion without looking super nerdy. (A little nerdy is just fine!) None have come close. My Alegrias arrived today and are amazing. I put them on and have no hesitation about keeping them. Best arch support I’ve ever experiences in a sandal and I love the adjustable ankle and front. I ordered them in platinum. They will go with everything. My teen son said they “aren’t that bad” looking–good enough for me!

  13. Kirsten Borrink says:

    I know. It really is a wonder sandal. Hard to find the trifecta of cushioning, arch support and adjustability, but the Playa has it. If teen son says, “not bad,” then you’re good (I have 15 year old son). 🙂

  14. Elliot says:

    some colors are on sale! i have and love the red!! Pewter is not on sale 🙁

    http://www.alegriashoeshop.com/Alegria-Playa-Red-Patent-p/pla-104.htm

  15. Loretta says:

    I had these shoes and they were wonderful! Until, both soles split along one groove under the ball of the foot. Reviews showed this was common. I was able to return them under the great one year warranty.
    I’d love this shoe without the grooves. Love the feel, the fit with the back strap and the funky but not comfort shoe vibe.

  16. Fran says:

    I recently developed sesamoiditis on one foot. I don’t think my flip-flops will be a good choice of summer foot wear while this is an issue for me. Would the Alegria Playa sandals be a good choice for this condition? Thank you.

  17. joan says:

    would the alegria playa shoe be good for a high arch

  18. Loretta says:

    I have a very high arch, thus my foot is also quite ridged. They felt dreamy on my feet.

  19. Sherry says:

    I need minimal toe movement so I see in the description that the sole is flexible???? Zappos etc.if this is the case I have ordered so many but need firm sole but would love the cushioning. So do the toes bend at all ??? I have great toe fusion

  20. Kirsten Borrink says:

    I’d stick to the regular Alegria shoes with the rocker sole or mini rocker sole, not the ones with the flex grooves in the soles 🙂

  21. Trish A Bucknell says:

    Hi
    I need a walking sandal..I have arthritis first metatarsal…closed in shoes with orthotics just dont work for me. Would the alegria sandal be supportive for my arch with minimal bending at the big toes? I also require stiffer sole

  22. diane ruppert says:

    I have RA toe pain. the top of my toes are so sensitive. I have Alegria sandals and I love them. They have given me the ability to walk and be on my feet again as much as I want. I am looking for a closed shoe because I don’t think I’ll be able to wear the sandals in Wisconsin this winter. Is there a shoe that is high in the toe box so it won’t touch my toes?

  23. Jane says:

    This is my first visit to your website and am interested in the Alegria sandal. Six colors were mentioned in the article, but I can’t find the selections. However, can’t find an order form. Also, will need some help with sizing: 9 1/2 to 10. I have a narrow, thin foot–and arthritis. The negative heel is the ONLY shoe that is comfortable.

  24. Julie says:

    I’ve trusted your reviews before and once again I am so thankful for this website! I needed some new comfy sandals that I can wear for work and play, with my plantar fasciitis, hallux limitus riddled big toes and high arches. It’s a challenge. I ordered a pair of these from Amazon, based on the reviews I read here, and they are fabulous. I especially love the adjustable band across the toes. It’s absolute misery when the vamp hits across the wrong spot or that band is just too tight. These are also surprisingly light-weight. Just ordered a second pair. The first pair are the red patent leather-so cute! Thank you again!

  25. Julie says:

    Hi Jane! I ordered mine on Amazon. Not a huge selection left but definitely some in each color. They’ve also been reduced in price. They have a size guide to do the conversion from Euro to US. I’m a solid size 10, and I ordered the Euro 40. Fits perfectly. Even if you are a size 9.5, the straps are adjustable over the toes and the ankle.

  26. Kirsten Borrink says:

    So good to hear, Julie! I agree with everything you said about the Playa–and I love it’s simplicity!

  27. Julie-Ann Silberman-Bunn says:

    I wear a 41 in Naot, would I wear the same in Allegria?

  28. Kirsten Borrink says:

    I wear a 41 in Naot and Alegria, size 10 US.

  29. Maggie says:

    These are absollutely my favorite summer footwear!

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