Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Product Worth the Price: Eliza B. Shoes

I love anything with a monogram. Towels, sheets, bags, bracelets – nearly anything that can be monogrammed is more special to me because it feels more personal. I even love when an old piece of jewelry has someone else’s monogram on it – I enjoy thinking about the life of the woman who it belonged to first, and how differently or similarly we each wore / wear it. My engagement ring has someone else’s initials inside, and it means a lot to me that this ring has seen two different lifetimes, and two different marriages, but we are all connected by the love and commitment that the ring symbolizes.

I recently purchased a monogrammed pair of Eliza B. shoes for my mother, and she reports that she has been getting compliments and that they are extremely comfortable. While a pair of shoes is far less likely to be passed down than jewelry, I would certainly borrow them if we wore the same size.

What makes them worth the price is not just the monogram, but all the other factors that go into these shoes. Shoes at the $100 mark all too often fall into the poorly made category, but these are a wonderful exception, and proof of the quality we, as consumers, should require.

Here are a few things I appreciate about these shoes:

-I do try to keep in mind where my money is going, so I like when products are made here in the States, and all of Eliza B.'s products are made in Essex, Connecticut.

-The heel height and color can be chosen. This is a wonderful bonus so that the shoes fit one’s foot better.

-There is a nearly unending number of color combinations. Being able to suit the fabric and trim colors to the wearer means being able to find something to love, and it’s also fun to have a hand in the design.

-They are made of fabric, which allows one’s foot to breathe.

-They are made with great attention to detail, making them a wonderful quality product.

- The design makes them perfect to wear in places that are not appropriate for heels. These shoes are great for any outdoor event -- from a graduation, to an outdoor wedding, to strolling around the town green, to wearing to work.

And if you happen to be in the market for a new pair of flip flops this summer, Eliza B. was the original company to use ribbon through the toes of their flip flops. I think they are still prettier and of better quality than the many other versions now available. Owner Cecil Lyon told me that using ribbon instead of rubber not only makes them more comfortable, but also adds a nice shot of color to the flip flop. He also mentioned that they chose to use a firm foot bed, which not only adds to the comfort of the flip flop, but makes them last, as he said, “an annoyingly long time.” He is correct – I still have a pair which I believe are at least seven years old, and still look great.

Photo credit: Eliza B.
I must credit my brother for helping pick the fabric and trim design on the Ascots, and I thought it was sweet that Eliza B. wrote a note on the shipping receipt saying they liked his choice as well.

Eliza B. Ascot with Monogram
Eliza B. Classic Single Ribbon Sandal

(I test a lot of products. In order for it to be a Products Worth the Price, it must be an item I've lived with for a while and absolutely will purchase again.)


  1. I have wanted to order these, but was not quite sure of the sizing. I am a 7 1/2, sometimes an 8. What size are you and what size did you order?

  2. I'm usually a 9 1/2 or sometimes a 10, and so I'm surprised to report that I went with the 9, and the length is just fine. However, someone else I know with is an 8 1/2, and said her next pair will be a 9 for the width at the ball of the foot. She has a bunion, and finds the edge of the shoe to end at the wrong spot for her. I find that they do run slightly more narrow than many other brands, but that's one of the reasons I like them. Hope that helps -- I'd love to hear what you end up with!


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