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While Hunter is my rain boot of choice (for now), it is too hot and humid in the summer time to think about wearing heavy, suffocating boots. Enter Brazilian plastic shoe brand, Melissa, to save your non-plastic shoes from getting ruined in a torrential downpour. For little girls who embraced jelly shoes in the 80’s, this is the classy with a touch of whimsy, grown up solution. I’m on the fence on some styles for the Melissa line (too chunky looking), but love many of the designer collaboration lines – especially the Vivienne Westwood Anglomania and Isabel Capeto lines.

Image credit: Saks Fifth Avenue

The company claims that the Melflex™ material is eco-friendly and can be easily dissembled and recycled. It doesn’t mold perfectly to my foot, but it molds well enough and has a bit of arch support. They also do not make your feet smell and are lightweight. Gotta love technology. I keep a pair at the office and at home.

Image credit: thecorner

Sizing is true to size. I am a US 8 and wear their US 8/Brazilian 37/Euro 39. Some pairs (like the pretty blue Isabel Capeto sandal) run a bit large and since they only come in whole sizes, you have to agree to disagree.

My favorite* stockists for the Vivienne Westwood Anglomania line are Endless (owned by Amazon), Zappos, 6pm (Zappos’ clearinghouse that charges shipping, but prices may be lower!), Tobi, Saks Fifth Avenue, Yoox, thecorner (Yoox’s swankier sister), and Karmaloop. New Yorkers, they also have sample sales twice an year.

*They have sales.

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4 comments
  1. talida said:

    I saw cute melissa-like flats at j.crew the other week, ever try those on?

    • irene said:

      i tried their ballet flats before – j.crew has no arch support and the material isn’t as nice as melissa!

  2. I was wondering why j. crew flats are sooo pricey too!! they’re cute but i wouldn’t pay the money for them.

    • irene said:

      i totally don’t think j.crew flats are worth their retail. as nice as they look, they’re not as comfy as they should be.

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