Comfortable Sandals

Published on April 5th, 2016 | by Kirsten Borrink


Naot Kayla Turns 16

Naot Kayla Sandal

Naot Kayla

Sixteen years and no sign of retiring. The Kayla is Naot’s top-selling sandal and I thank them for sending a pair my way for review. When I opened the box, I thought, “Blue sandals.” But after strapping them on and taking a look in the mirror, I realized that trying on the Kayla is the only way to appreciate her natural good looks. Like minimalist makeup that enhances the face instead of hiding it behind bold layers of powder and cream, the Naot Kayla shows off a great pedicure while obscuring a bunion. Its lack of sparkly studs and ornamentation and presence of clean lines make it a versatile sandal for everyday wear with jeans, skirts, pants and shorts. Don’t worry, the Naot Kayla comes in over 15 colors (some come with white soles) if the cobalt blue isn’t your thing.

If you have narrow to slightly narrow feet and have a hard time finding a sandal that fits, let me suggest the Kayla. I am a true medium width with a wider forefoot and I found them a bit too tight (even in a euro size 41). So I reached out to my slightly narrow-footed but open-minded friend who wears a 9.5 and they fit her beautifully as you can see in the right-sided photos above. This experiment leads me to conclude that the Naot Kayla runs slightly small in length and narrow in width.

Naot Kayla Sandals

Naot Kayla

The leather straps are placed to provide a secure fit for forefoot, midfoot and ankle area. The ankle strap is adjustable with a hook and loop fastener (this means extra-grippy velcro). The cork and natural latex footbed absorbs shock and cushions the foot while the anatomical contouring and deep heel cup provide arch support and stability while encouraging good posture. If you have plantar fasciitis, you’ll appreciate this sandals ability to lift the heel off the pavement ever-so-slightly with its 1 1/2″ EVA wedge sole.

One last interesting observation: I have a second toe that’s longer than my big toe (there is a name for this weirdo condition–Morton’s toe). The Naot Kayla is shaped to fit normal toe alignment, sloping gracefully from big toe to little toe. My second toe does not follow the graceful lines of the shoe and likes to peek over the edge. This may have to do with the sandal being a tad small, but as you can see again in photos above, my friend does not have this problem because her toes follow the normal pattern of tallest to smallest.

I think the Naot Kayla would make a grand travel sandal as it’s easy to slip on and off, provides great support and shock absorption, plus it goes with many outfits. If you’d like to find store near you to try on the Naot Kayla, call 1-800-NAOT-USA. Otherwise, take advantage of free shipping (and returns) from these retailers:

  • Zappos: $135, free shipping and returns.
  • Amazon: $79-135, free shipping, free returns on some size/color combos.
  • Nordstrom: $129.95-135, free shipping and returns.
  • The Walking Company: $134.95, free shipping/free returns to store.
  • $87-134.95, free shipping and exchanges.

If you like the Kayla, take a look at other sandals from Naot’s Elegant collection of shoes for narrow to medium widths!

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9 Responses to Naot Kayla Turns 16

  1. Bette says:

    Great review! I love the colors Kayla comes in and wish they’d extend that palette to the Elegant Flats line. That line also has the narrow-medium foot bed, but without the heel. For example, the sandal Laura, my all time favorite sandal — but it only comes in black and a weird beige. Colors and metallics, please!

    I also have a second toe that’s longer than my big toe — I didn’t realize there was a name for it — thanks!

  2. Kirsten says:

    Oh, I like the Laura sandal–I couldn’t picture it, so googled it. But I only see 2 colors at Zappos. I agree, Naot needs to offer more colors.

  3. Sarah says:

    I really wish Naot would make the Kayla sandal — and other shoes — in a true wide width! The wide selection is unfortunately very limited for this brand and my plantar fasciitis feet LOVE them.

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  5. AK says:

    I have three pairs. They are very comfortable, yet nice looking.

  6. M says:

    LOVE Naot Kayla. It’s important to note that Naot sizing is plain weird – definitely smaller than they say (their 42 is NOT an 11), and it can vary even between shoes in the same “collection”. I’m a normal, US 11B, and take a 44 in Kayla (although a 43 in almost all other Naot styles, including closed-toe shoes). I’ve found it’s definitely worth trying +/- a size with this brand.

  7. M says:

    ALSO: I wish Naot would offer more shoes in extended sizes! I would KILL for some of the “Elegant Flats” collection to come in 43/44, but they stop at a 42. I keep begging them for more!

  8. Courtney says:

    I had these for years and they were fantastic for walking around. However, after year 2 the velcro wouldn’t stay fastened and couldn’t be replaced, which is a shame.

  9. Jane says:

    That’s a beautiful sandal. I’m wondering if the Kayla has a stiff sole or is it flexible?

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