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Anyi Lu Shirlee vs. Vaneli Matro


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Anyi Lu makes lovely shoes with a vintage flair. She has a keen eye for style but values comfort. The Shirlee, featured above, is proof with its 1 1/2" covered wedge heel, Poron® cushioning and adjustable closure. The only problem is the price. It's $385. Some Anyi Lu purists would say the shoe is worth every last cent, but I can't justify spending that much on just ONE pair of shoes. So….

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Enter the Anyi Lu doppleganger, the Vaneli Matro. Every bit as comfortable, and perhaps moreso, the Matro repeatedly receives 5 star ratings from online customers. The Matro has the same  1 1/2" covered wedge, lightweight construction, cushioned insole and adjustable strap as the Anyi Lu shoe. And even better news–it comes in extended sizes and widths! So what's the grand total for the Vaneli Matro? Vive le difference.

  • Zappos: $151, free shipping both ways.
  • FootSmart: $159.95, free shipping. 
  • Amazon: $63-145, free shipping and returns.
  • Nordstrom: $154.95, free shipping and returns.
  • $69.99, free shipping.

Do you own a pair of Vaneli shoes? What do you think of their overall quality and comfort?

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5 Responses to Anyi Lu Shirlee vs. Vaneli Matro

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I love Vaneli shoes. Whenever I visit a relative in Charlotte, I make sure to stop at the Vaneli store there — not only is the leather and construction top quality, but they carry widths and half sizes, including the impossible-to-find 10.5. However, Vaneli and all other pumps are for the normal foot. Now that I have major “issues,” I can’t wear them any longer. I do have one pair of navy Vaneli low-heeled pumps I reserve for the job interview or funeral. Other than that, I’m in Danskos. Sad fact of my current life.

  2. Kirsten@BarkingDogShoes says:

    I understand. I probably couldn’t wear these all day either with my RA feet. But! I had a red pair of Vanelis that looked surprisingly similar to the Matro–in HIGH SCHOOL! That was in 1986. Our school colors were red and white and I wore my pretty red shoes with a matching red jacket with shoulder pads. Of course I did.

  3. Sara@MilwaukeeKitchen says:

    I haven’t worn Van Eli shoes for a while, but it used to be that Van Eli’s made shoes for other brands; not sure if this is still the case.

    I am fairly new to your blog and am getting all sorts of attractive and comfortable new shoe ideas! Thanks! Sara

  4. Rebekah Krivsky says:

    I’m trying to find out how to get VanEli to stand behind their shoes. I’ve worn this brand for years because I can get narrow widths. The shoes are expensive but they do not hold up. The composite soles crumble, the heels on high heels break apart, and the lining in all of the shoes comes off on my feet or hose. The lining may be white the first time I wear the shoe but comes off black on my feet or hose. I think the VanEli shoe is very poor quality for the money. I’m not the only one saying this as I have friends who are going through the same thing. There is no way to get in touch with VanEli so I hope they happen to see this.

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