I finally made my first shoe purchase as a vegan. The Melissa + Karl Lagerfeld collaboration saw 4 unique shoes released to the masses, but it was the Ice Cream Pumps that captured my heart at first glance.
If you weren’t already aware, I became vegan earlier this year and one of the things I didn’t think much about prior to making the commitment was how it would impact my fashion purchases, specifically shoes. I have never been a fan of buying cheap shoes because they wear too quickly for me, but finding good quality shoes that aren’t made using animal hide was a challenge in the beginning. It became obvious that all the stores I would usually frequent use animal in nearly every single shoe. Melissa and Crocs were the only brands I knew of that offered vegans and eco-conscious shoppers an alternative but the thought of rubber shoes had put me off for as long as I can remember. However, slap some glitter and an ice cream cone on them and voila, I hand over my credit card. So how do they feel? How do they wear? Are they comparable to leather? Read my review to find out!
- This collection was released in March so I left it quite late to grab a pair. Only small sizes seem to be available now (US 6 to 8) and luckily I am a size 7. They came in a variety of colours including the Black shoe with Purple or Pink ice cream, a White shoe with Lime ice cream and a Cream shoe with Red or Pink ice cream. I selected the Black shoe with Pink ice cream but I would have been equally happy with the Purple.
- Like all Melissa shoes, these are made out of recycled materials (essentially Rubber) with a patent shiny finish. I actually would have preferred if they were matte so they are easier to keep looking clean but they look great shiny.
- I purchased my pair from Shopbop and the heels came perfectly presented in their original box. There was clear plastic wrapping over the heel to protect the ice cream design and I assume so that glitter didn’t rub off everywhere, but there was still a fair bit of glitter all over the shoes (as you will see in my photos). The residual glitter came off quite quickly with a few wears. Part of me wishes the glitter on the shoe had been set or coated with something, but another part of me loves the thought that I can leave little traces of glitter as I walk.
- The heel height is 4in and the platform is 1in – this is a height that usually causes me great pain after a very short time but with these shoes it took 3 times as long as usual before my feet started to feel uncomfortable. This is a huge win for me as I have severe bunions and finding heels to wear to events/functions is very difficult.
- I have never worn rubber shoes but my main concern was that they would cause blisters, especially on the deformed joints of my feet. I can’t speak for all rubber shoes but I am yet to find this the to be the case with this particular pair of shoes. They didn’t rub, pinch or cause any problems than regular shoes. I would dare say these are the comfiest heels I have ever worn.
- The heel itself is sturdy and not too thin like regular stilettos. The rounded toe is accommodating to a wide foot like mine, and shows a little toe cleavage from the little toes.
- The only downside I have so far is that they have quite a bubblegum plastic scent that is still hanging around. I store my shoes in plastic boxes so this could be a reason the “new rubber smell” hasn’t dissipated yet but hopefully it will soon.
Could this be the start of an addiction? I think so. I may just call myself an official Melissa convert.
What Melissa + Karl Lagerfeld say ….
In fashion, don’t take anything too seriously. If you follow this piece of advice, you can free yourself up to play with different looks and bring together various references in a fresh way. That’s what Melissa did for the Incense + Karl Lagerfeld shoe, which encourages good humor through the ice cream applied on the heel, transforming it into a surprise and innovative element of the outfit. Available in diverse glittered flavors, this model passes on the most fun and stylish message that you could give to those around you on gray winter days.
USA $175 from Shopbop
Also available from Farfetch
Do you own a pair of Melissa shoes? What do you think of the Ice Cream Cone pumps? Let me know by commenting below!