Visually they are as good as any high end leather products, patent finishes should be smooth and glossy with rich colour, and these are no exception. On feeling the texture, the outer material is creamy like leather, the lining is actually softer and more pliable than leather. The shoe is also put together with care and attention, there are few creases despite the intricate pointed toe. Overall it is produced with then same care and attention granted to any other hand made luxury shoe, the only difference being made from entirely vegan materials.
Wearing these all day around Paris, they’re perfectly comfortable, my feet can breathe. The heels are just the right height for walking around. Sure for a city like Paris the thinnest of stiletto heels can catch in cracks on the pavement and especially on escalators that is a pretty familiar story with a lot of shoes, and when using an additional clear pair of straps, even the extremely narrow heels here are perfectly stable to wear.
Coming back to home I did begin to notice some issues, first of all were heel tips as narrow as these do need steel tips for better durability, I had managed to wear a new set of tips down to the metal in half a day. Taking the shoes off the uppers looked fine and glossy as they started, cheaper shoes bend and warp, the Stella McCartney’s keep their shape really well. Inside however begins quite a familiar story, the lining being super soft isn’t super tough and my toenails have already started to wear away the linings, I probably will have to wear hosiery with these shoes. On the plus side the soles are definitely more durable than leather, especially if it’s wet!
So the big question is will I continue to buy vegan leather? Well these were great and worth as much as their luxury leather counterparts, it is sometimes difficult to find synthetics as good as these so don’t expect me to be giving up the leather soles just yet!