I love shoes. Not as much as my 4 year old daughter loves shoes, because she doesn’t realize yet that cashmere and silk exist, but I admit to having more shoes than I can wear in two week’s time. Whether I’m at a photo shoot or working at J. Crew, I stand for hours at a time on a regular basis. I’m always on the lookout for a stylish and comfortable work shoe that will stand the test of time, and the Eastland Debora woven loafer is passing that test.
The Debora is available in 5 neutral colors, including that unicorn of shoes, Navy. Since I tend to opt for light colored footwear most often, I went with Bone; a warm light beige color. The woven leather on the top of the shoe is one of my favorite details, I find a woven shoe so classic and just a little vintage. Another thoughtful detail is the driving moc style sole, with the additional rubber guard set into the back of the heels to prevent wear on the back of the shoe when driving. The Debora has some cushion but very minimal arch support, but thankfully there is some additional cushion when walking due to the thickness of the driving moc sole. I have worn these on multiple occasions for six hours or more at a time, and despite having very high arches, my feet are still pretty happy at the end of the day. Not only that, but I receive compliments and requests for the brand and details pretty much every time! The combination of the unique color and woven detail is eye catching, the leather has a substantial thickness without feeling stiff, and let’s face it, we all want a few pairs of basic shoes that are a little more than “basic” in our closet.
In regards to sizing, I normally wear a 7 in flats and boots, and often a 6.5 in sandals, or a 37 European size. In this style, I found the American sizing to run a tad big, as we have with other Eastland styles we’ve reviewed. However, they list the European sizing for the 6.5 as a 37, and I would say they are true to that sizing. So, if you know your Euro size, order that, or a half size down in your regular shoe size.
I’ve styled this shoe with pretty much all of my favorite work outfits, from faded black denim with a simple white top to medium wash blue denim with my favorite light pink sleeveless blouse and cream perforated leather jacket. They work with most of my gathered waist midi skirts, paired casually with a tucked in tee or lightweight sweater, and are a fun look with a pencil skirt and blouse for a dressy casual work outfit. My tendency is to wear dark or colorful bottoms and a light top, especially with the shade of this shoe, but I have also paired them with navy pants, a black top, and finished the look with all light colored accessories (bandana and/or necklace and earrings) to balance the shoe. When summer returns, I fully intend to pair them with an all white look, too! My one recommendation: if you’re hard on your shoes, select one of the darker colors. I wear my shoes mostly at indoor or paved environments so it’s not an issue, but this light tone will show stains such as grass, dirt, and food spills (tell me I’m not the only one to get food on their shoes!) more easily than its darker companions. If you love the Bone color enough to risk the mess, be sure to weatherproof them before you start wearing them outdoors!