Rant and Review: The Vincent Shoes’ Fall/Winter 2007 Line-up is Pure Evil

Vincent Shoes is an evil, evil company. Allow me to explain. Rant first, shoe review second.

Photo of my daughter wearing FACE, soft red corduroy slippers with a smiley face on top.

I am the antithesis of style. I own four sets of shoes—dress/work, sneakers, sandals and slippers. I own seven identical work shirts, and I don’t mean the type that have your name printed on them. Spending no time thinking about your wardrobe is liberating.

Then my baby daughter appeared. For some reason my wife wouldn’t let me buy identical outfits for the kid. I begrudgingly learned how to match clothes and style hair, and do a pretty decent job of it.

Then one day a Swedish shoe company sent me some toddler shoes to review.

Now, for the record, caffeine is the strongest drug I ingest, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say having a pair of Vincent Shoes is like shooting Heroin. Wikipedia lists heroin as the most addictive drug, so I feel comfortable declaring that owning these shoes is like being addicted to a major narcotic, but without the negative health effects.

First, the shoes obviously look really nice. I mean the kind of nice where the kid puts on her shoes as we’re heading out the door and I’m admiring the shoes while I ignore the gobs of jelly smeared on her shirt. And if I do notice, well, no worries, the shoes even things out. (*cough* Those red smiley face slippers shown above are fun instead of high fashion; keep reading for other shoe photos.)

Second, the shoes go with damn near any clothes my daughter wears. Sneakers and slippers aside, many can double as casual and dress shoes. I argue with my 3-year-old over which pair she should wear, not because of the weather, just because my favorite isn’t her favorite.

Third, my daughter can put on the shoes herself because Vincent has plenty of lace-free styles. I can’t definitely credit the company, but my Little Miss learned left from right after she began wearing Vincent. At first, I set a pair of shoes down for her in the correct orientation, then I got lazy and she just started doing it herself and asking, "Papa, are these shoes right?"

Fourth, the shoes stand up to wear-and-tear. I’m secretly hoping our second child is a girl because we will be reusing the shoes and I’m not comfortable enough with my masculinity to dress a boy in excruciatingly cute Mary Janes adorned with shiny red hearts. If we have a boy, then we’re just going to give him an ambiguous name such as Dale or Glen.

So, hey, let’s get to the review.

My dealer sent some more samples, this time from his fall/winter line-up. But first my wife and I argued over which shoes we wanted to review. It’s my blog. I win. Don’t argue with an addict.

FACE is a soft corduroy slipper (dubbed "indoor shoe") bearing a friendly non-commercial smile. The slippers have a rubber sole that provides a nice buffer against our hard, cold floors. There’s no question my daughter’s feet will stay snug and warm. If you don’t like the smiley face there are plenty of other indoor shoes, but come on, have some fun at home.

Overview photo of red FACE slippers.

Close-up photo of red FACE slippers.

Heel photo of red FACE slippers.

VIKTORIA is an ankle boot with a zipper closure. It’s similar in design to the ADAM, but with a different stitching pattern. My wife and I agreed it would look great on our little girl. Red, of course. It’s leather with a rubber sole.

Overview photo of the ADAM boot.

Close-up photo of the ADAM boot.

Heel photo of the ADAM boot.

WILLIAM—A boy’s shoe for our girl? This was a must-have graduation from our first shoe, LINUS, which was our daughter’s favorite shoe. William is more formal, but has the same easy-on-and-off single Velcro strip.

Overview of the purple WILLIAM shoe.

Close-up photo of the purple WILLIAM shoe.

Heel photo of the purple WILLIAM shoe.

A couple other perfect why-hasn’t-grandma-bought-these-yet-hint-hint winter shoes have a snowflake on the ankle. SARA the shoe and JULIA the boot. Yowza. It’s odd how a simple icon transforms the look of a shoe.

Photo of JULIA boots

Photo of SARA shoes

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10 Responses to “Rant and Review: The Vincent Shoes’ Fall/Winter 2007 Line-up is Pure Evil”

  1. Deana says:

    The Adam IS a girls shoe…it’s the Viktoria! I went there looking for the red Adam. They are super cute shoes! Looks like one store in my area carries them, I’ll have to go check them out!


    September 20th, 2007 at 5:56 pm

  2. AJ says:

    D’oh! Good catch. When I went to grab the links, I browsed through the thumbnails and didn’t notice that ADAM has the same shape as VIKTORIA, but with a different stitching pattern. I’ve corrected the article. Alas, now my daughter has only one male-named shoe.

    September 21st, 2007 at 1:12 am

  3. STL Mom says:

    The Stan is a great shoe for kids who get their feet stuck on the tongue of most shoes. My son’s Stan shoes were worn almost daily all last fall and winter and still look very good. Too bad his feet grew!
    Our experience with our next pair was not as good. When we ordered a sandal last spring, the velcro came off the strap within a few days. I emailed the company, hoping they would pay to get them fixed. Their response was, “another pair of shoes are on their way” and they showed up two days later.
    This was great customer service, but unfortunately within a week the velcro came off the strap of the new shoes (again the left shoe!) and I had to get both pairs fixed. My son’s solution was to wear both right shoes, but that didn’t work for me. Parents are so picky.
    Despite these problems, I would still consider buying shoes from Vincent again. I trust them to make things right if there is a problem.

    September 21st, 2007 at 10:51 am

  4. racquel says:

    OMG I might have to stop coming to your site – I find endless must-have products when I visit! These are great and I can’t believe the price given the quality. Fantastic!

    September 21st, 2007 at 11:39 am

  5. Heather says:

    I’m curious — how flexible are the soles on the Vincent shoes? are they as flexible as the See Kai Run or the Pedoodles or the cheap chinese squeaky shoes?

    September 21st, 2007 at 5:44 pm

  6. Chief Family Officer says:

    Girls stuff is always soooooo much cuter than boys stuff!

    September 21st, 2007 at 9:00 pm

  7. AJ says:

    Heather, the sole of the FACE slipper is very flexible. The soles of the other two shoes are about as flexible as a standard shoe, maybe a little firmer than See Kai Run, softer than a Keds.

    September 22nd, 2007 at 9:25 pm

  8. bobbi says:

    I bought my twin girls the Robin style Vincent shoes this fall. I too am way too in love with them. Very comfy, very versatile. They insist on wearing them everyday. Wish i could afford another pair (well 2 pairs, of course). Ah, someday.

    September 25th, 2007 at 11:48 pm

  9. Christina says:

    I’m from the east coast and know nothing about California weather, but does it get cold enough for winter boots?

    September 28th, 2007 at 5:51 pm

  10. AJ says:

    Christina, it depends on what part of California you’re talking about. The state is 250 miles wide and 770 miles long. There are parts that receive heavy snowfall (the Sierra Nevada mountain range for example).

    Here on the northern coast winters usually range in the low 40s to upper 50s. I can drive about 40 minutes to light snow for a few weeks in December or January, enough to play in, but it snows at the beach maybe once a decade.

    September 28th, 2007 at 7:42 pm

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