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OTBT Wedges for the Win: We Review the Gladiator-Inspired Escapade Sandal
OTBT wedges are where it’s at. True, the company makes a mean fashion sneaker and adorable ankle boots (see our brand review), but it’s their wonderful wedge sandals that shine bright come summertime. The OTBT Escapade sandal won us over with its gladiator-inspired upper, shock-absorbing outsole and comfort footbed.
I called upon my friend and neighbor Heather to model the OTBT Escapade because she has such unique style sense. She’s an active tennis-playing mom with three young children and a wild silver lab! Heather volunteers with our high school youth group at church and had a chance to wear her OTBT wedges last Sunday (with a pair of awesome magenta pants). She texted me her reaction:
“They’re so cute!! (And holy crap— they’re comfy!) I didn’t expect that. I’m not kidding. I have some strappy shoes like this that aren’t exactly uncomfortable to wear, but these are like ? (I was looking for a butter emoji, but I had to settle for cheese). I wore these shoes from when I left for church at 7:40, walked up and down stairs, onto the stage, all around church, and I’m just now taking them off at 2. My feet feel great! They’re super comfortable and easy to walk around in. I feel like it says something that I risked them when walking on stage in front of everyone. #nojenniferlawrencemoment.”
Well, there you go. I think she likes them…
The OTBT Escapade’s ghillie lace system provides adjustability from forefoot to instep and around the ankle. An exposed cork footbed offers moderate arch support and features a layer of memory foam to cushion from heel to toe. A shock-absorbing outsole and sturdy wedge heel completes the Escapade making it a truly functional walking sandal.
For readers that must wear an orthotic, but desire a stylish sandal, these OTBT wedges might work for you! I have a friend that owns a similar style by OTBT that she wears with a 3/4 length dress orthotic by Superfeet. I complimented her on her great shoe choice and she showed me how the orthotic fit into the shoe to provide added support for her arches.
Another bonus for problem feet: the thick 1″ platform works well for feet with hallux rigidus that can’t tolerate a ton of flex in the forefoot.
Find the OTBT Escapade in sizes 5.5-11 (the shoe runs true to size) for $138.95 from OTBTshoes.com, Nordstrom, Shoes.com, and Amazon. OTBT carries a similar wedge called the Nomadic with embossed leather straps, covered leather wedge heel, and slightly higher wedge.
How about you, dear readers? Have you tried OTBT wedges or other styles by OTBT? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts!