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Entries in Tory Burch (4)

Saturday
Sep152012

And I'm back!

It's been 2 and a half months since my last post. I am just so swamped with school that I couldn't find time to dress up and write up new posts, especially because my board exams are coming yikes!

Well I needed a break and am heading to New York for the weekend. My classy friend loves tea, so we are heading to Lowell for afternoon tea and sandwiches. She begged me not to wear jeans and a tee, so I decided to swank it up a little. 

This outfit is floral and still summery (I love the spring and summer months) and the best part is that not one of the pieces costs over $35 yay!

Here it is:

Top: Forever 21 Love 21 silk top

Bottom: H&M Floral pencil skirt

Shoes: Bamboo Pink Suede Pumps

Here I added a Kate Spade bag:

And with flats and a Zara blazer

Sorry for the blurry pictures! Ordered the new iPhone so hopefully they will be clearer! :)

Thanks for reading everyone! Missed you all!

Love, Kim

Tuesday
Apr172012

Outfit of the Day: Red, White and Blue

I wanted to test my new J Crew Schoolboy jacket so I tried to built an outfit around the blazer. Since it is such a vibrant cherry color, I decided to keep the rest of my outfit semi-neutral. 

(Please excuse the sorry state of my dorm room. It's final exam time, hence the mess)

Blazer: J Crew Schoolboy Blazer in Wool Flannel (here)

Top: J Crew Ribbon Cami

Plain White Tank Top

Pants: Charlotte Russe

Flats: Tory Burch Reva

Purse: Chanel Jumbo

Thanks for reading!

Love, 

Kim

Thursday
Jan192012

TORY BURCH REVA FLATS REVIEW: PART 2

Hello everyone, here is the second (and pretty thorough) part of my Tory Burch Reva Flats Review. Today I will be discussing:

1. How well do Reva flats hold up after 3 months of punishing use?
2. Plenty of comparative images of new vs. used
3. Pictures and a short review of my other favorite Reva styles aside from the classic

We have a lot to cover, so let's get started!

Here are my older Revas. I use them almost everyday and do at least 2 hours of walking in them. Notice how they have stretched out widthwise. 

Here is a new pair of flats that have not been worn out yet. The leather is not wrinkled from use and the shoe toe box is still narrow.

This is a closeup of the front of the shoe. There are some scratches on the metal logo and the leather has been sloughed off in the very front area (more detailed image to follow). Again the leather has become quite wrinkly, but during wearing, most wrinkles smooth out.

New shoe. I love the narrow, rounded front of new shoes. The leather is perfect and is ultra-soft.

Here is the very tip of the old shoe. During use it is inevitable for the tip to accidentally drag on sidewalks or hit curbs and since the leather is so soft, it scratches quite easily. The good thing is, when you are wearing the flats, the damage is not too visible.

This is what the tip used to look like:

Here is a back of the old shoe. There is some scuffing, but it is pretty minimal. One good thing is that the elastic remains tight so the shoe never slips off even with tons of use.

New. 'Nuff said

The soles of the new (left) and old (right) The rubber sole holds up pretty well. Usage mainly files down the front and back portions.


I am wearing the old flats in this image. See how the damaged tip isn't too obvious. The wrinkles are less pronounced, but definitely still present and the flat becomes a lot wider. My aunt calls them "pancake shoes" because they are so flat and can look a tad wide.

In the next picture, I am wearing the new flat on the left and the old one on the right. Notice how the new one is narrower and holds its shape better than the old one. After around a month or two of use, the flat unfortunately stretches out. But that does make the shoe comfier!

This is just an image of the new shoes being worn.

So overall, I feel that the Revas age quite well and after 4-6 months of heavy use, it probably requires replacement. The main things to avoid to lengthen the life if your Reva is to avoid scraping the tip on concrete like I do quite often, accidentally of course! I suppose leather conditioner keep the leather shiny, but I haven't tried that yet. I wear my Revas in the heat, cold, rain and on pretty much every terrain, so I am pleased with how they look after all that.

The next images are pictures of my other favorite Reva pairs. 

Metallic Lurex Reva Flat. This is the pyrite color which is amazing in real life. In pictures it looks bronz-ish, but it is definitely a more golden color and it sparkles in the sunlight!

Patent Reva in Snakeskin. These flats are more rigid that their leather counterparts, so I guess they are a tad less comfortable, but they do hold their shape much better. Remember to size up, especially for these!

Phew! And that concludes my review on my favorite flats, the Tory Burch Revas!

Thanks for taking the time to peruse this entry. Hope it was helpful!

Love, 

Kim


 

Wednesday
Jan182012

Tory Burch Reva Flats Review: Part 1

Questions that I'll be attempting to answer in this entry:

1. How comfortable are Revas? Do they require "breaking in"?
2. Description of the leather, logo and sole
3. Reva flats sizing?
4. Summary using Pros and Cons

Revas have become a sort of a fashion staple in many women's closet. Most ladies love and live by these flats, while others detest them complaining of the lack of comfort and support. Here's my opinion and review on these fashionable flats.

Here is my workhorse: (I usually wear flats to school)

Tory Burch Reva Flats

Logo:

Tory Burch Reva Flats

Personally, I think the Revas are great. I love the simple lines of the flat, the bright metal logo and especially the elastisized backing. One thing I cannot stand about many flats is the blisters I get on the back of my foot due to rubbing from shoes. I feel that Tory has solved this for me with the elastic backing that hugs the back of the foot preventing friction. 

Tory Burch Reva Flats

The leather on the regular Reva flats is ultrasoft and smooth, which is a good and a bad thing. One one hand, it feels great to touch and on the the feet, but on the other hand the leather can wear quickly, more on how the Revas hold up tomorrow.

The flats do require some breaking in. It took me about a week to stretch it out to the point where I could walk on it all day. The Revas start out narrow and strech widthwise with more use. It doesn't look pretty, but the comfort level more than makes up for it. The soles are rubber with the Tory Burch logo stamped on it.

As far as sizing goes, I would definitely recommend SIZE UP half a size! The elastic backing is a source of discomfort for many women and one reason is that the elastic is quite tight. If you size up, the elastic won't be as tight, but will still reliable hold on to the back of your foot. I tried a 7.5 and the fit was great, but the elastic seemed quite snug so I sized up. Sure the flat looked a tiny bit bigger, but the elastic no longer compressed my heel. 

Nothing is perfect and the Revas are no exception: Here are some cons I could think of:

1. Price. These flats are quite expensive at $195+tax.
2. Little arch support. These flats are FLAT. The have little support and the sole is quite thin so when you are walking on rocks, you can feel every edge and curve.
3. Wears down quite quickly. More on this tomorrow in Part 2.


I don't want to end on a negative note so lets go through some pros too!

1. Does not rub the back of my heel due to the elastic backing. (Remember to size up!)
2. Classic shape and design
3. Comfortable after breaking in
4. Soft, smooshy leather

Thanks for tuning into my review! More to come tomorrow in Part 2: How Well Do Revas Hold Up? I'll compare (with pictures) a new pair of Revas with one that has been used constantly for 3-4 months! Can the Revas survive my use? 

Love,

Kim