Review: Stuart Weitzman Nudistsong Ankle Strap Sandal + Steve Madden Stecy Sandal

June 05, 2016

Stuart Weitzman Nudistsong Ankle Strap Sandal in Adobe Aniline vs Steve Madden Stecy Sandal in Natural Smooth
High-heel sandals in one's skin tone are shoes that many women would find useful to own. I've tried a number of different styles in the last year but ultimately came back to these two: Stuart Weitzman Nudistsong Ankle Strap Sandals and Steve Madden Stecy Sandals, perennial best-sellers in their category.

While pitting a pair of $400 shoes against a pair of $80 shoes doesn't yield a fair comparison, the two styles are similar enough in appearance that I decided to lump them together in one post.

SIZING I sized up in the "Stecy," which has narrow footbeds and a high arch. The "Nudistsong" fits more true to size (if not a little long length-wise). 
COMFORT Both styles have four-inch stiletto heels and thin ankle straps, which make them poor walking shoes. I ended up keeping the "Stecy," which felt fine when walking short distances on carpeted floors, but left behind painful patches of raw skin when I tested them out on asphalt-concrete surfaces (1-1.5 miles nearly crippled me). 

The "Nudistsong" felt slightly more comfortable and more cushioned at the sole than the "Stecy," but the difference isn't significant. I only wore them indoors for a few minutes, so can't speak to their long-term comfort.
Left: Stuart Weitzman Nudistsong Ankle Strap Sandal in size 6.5 Right: Steve Madden Stecy Sandal in size 7
I kept the "Stecy" because I liked the color and the look, but will be wearing them sparingly or when I don't anticipate doing much walking. I think using Bodyglide and adding cushions to the straps will fend off friction blisters and raw skin, but these shoes will never be "walking shoes."

Both styles (including the Nudistsong's slightly taller counterpart, the "Nudist") rarely go on sale in "seasonless" colors—think tan and black, but are sometimes included in buy more, save more or anniversary events. 

The "Stecy" is currently on sale at Amazon in a number of colors, including "Blush Patent" which is 60% off in all sizes.

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9 comments

  1. Thank you so much! I just purchased the shoes for 28 dollars from amazon! what a steal

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    1. I hope you like them! They are not the most comfortable shoes to walk in, but they are pretty and okay for just standing around. :)

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  2. I absolutely love the fact that your site does reviews on articles of clothing and shoes! It's great to have this information before dropping a lot of money on shoes!

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    1. Thank you, Rad! I am happy that you find my reviews helpful. :)

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  3. I absolutely love the fact that your site does reviews on articles of clothing and shoes! It's great to have this information before dropping a lot of money on shoes!

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  4. Stumbled upon your blog as a suggestion from Jcrew Aficionada. I'm in scenic CT too. Where are you, if you don't mind me asking? I'm curious because I'm Korean and there are no Asians around where I live LOL. I hope I don't offend you by asking and if I did, I'm truly sorry.
    I've been coveting the nudistsong for a very long time and you are 100% correct- they never go on sale. I've been converting my wardrobe slowly and trying to splurge on high quality items. I'm having a hard time biting the bullet and spending $400 plus CT tax for them. I've saved the Stacey in my Amazon cart and maybe I will check out this weekend.... Fantastic blog, BTW :)

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    1. Hi Sara,
      I live in FC, near the NY state border. It's always nice to meet fellow fashion enthusiasts in the state. :)
      If you are someone who curates her closet meticulously, my vote is for splurging on the Nudistsong. I tire of clothes/shoes somewhat easily so am careful not to throw money at things.
      Have a great weekend! The weather is going to be (mostly) beautiful!!

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    2. AnonymousJune 19, 2016

      Have you try the BR Holland Heeled Sandal, they're much more comfortable than the Stecy Sandal.

      http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1050637&vid=1&pid=183486032

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  5. Thank you for this review! I was about to buy a pair of Stecy but as I don't wear heels often at all, I was really hesitant to buy one and only wear it for 2 hours every year.. I think I'm going to opt for heeled sandals with a chunky heel instead!

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