May 1, 2018

Investment Slides For Spring & Summer

Investment Slides For Spring & Summer, Hermes Oran Sandals Shopping Guide, Helena of Brooklyn Blonde

Investment Slides For Spring & Summer

Last year, I practically lived in my Hermes Oran slides. I wore them in my daily life way more than I photographed them for the blog or Instagram (although they made their fair share of appearances as seen here, here and here). I’ve sang about how comfortable they are, how well they’re made and when it comes to cost per wear, they’re one of the best purchases I made. To be completely honest, I never thought I’d get that much use out of a such a simple slide. But it turns out, that’s exactly why I get so much use out of them.

I’m also fully aware that they don’t come cheap. But the good news is that there are so many pairs that look similar. If you’re looking for something that fits that bill, you can find a great alternative here and here. I will say, I have tried the similar alternatives. And while the look comes close, they’re not quite as comfortable. I guess that’s to be expected when there’s such a varying price difference.

Investment Slides For Spring & Summer, Hermes Oran Sandals Shopping Guide, Helena of Brooklyn Blonde

Leading up to our vacations and summer weather, I knew I wanted to splurge on one black pair and one white, not necessarily the Hermes Oran. Last year I had this pair from Aquazzura, but they’re currently in my “to sell” pile as they are incredibly uncomfortable for walking around all day. For beach wear, they’re fine, but I was looking for a pair that I can wear for hours on end.

After going back and forth, I ended up springing for these from Saint Laurent in black.

They’re so chic, fairly comfortable and from what I’ve heard from friends, break in to feel like butter**. I already have so many outfits planned! Then, as an early Mother’s Day gift (from me to me!), I sprung on the Hermes Oran in white. Based on how much use I got out of my other pair, they’re a worthy investment and I know I’ll wear them for many years.

As far as sizing goes, I sized up 1/2 a size on both pairs.

Edited to add: I’ve heard from a few people that if your feet are very narrow, the Hermes slides might be too wide for you. I thought I had narrow feet, but I guess it’s not as narrow as I thought as they work very well for me. Some people have also mentioned that the Saint Laurent slides are way better for a narrow foot. Things to consider!


I’m posting this almost an year later, but after wearing the Saint Laurent for a few months, I do not find them as comfortable as the Hermes. If I were to pick one pair over the other, I’d definitely go with the Hermes. Again, this is just my personal experience as every foot is different!

If you’re looking for some other alternatives that don’t break the bank, I like these and these.  I’ve also included some of my favorite pairs below, in varying price points:



  • nat

    I’d love to have a pair of these hermes sandals one day

  • Allie

    Those sandals look gorgeous. I will have to get the dupes I tan (and one day the real thing). I’m looking forward to seeing all the outfits you make with the St. Laurent pair, they are stunning in the store.

  • Michael @ Mile in My Glasses

    I love all of these slides! They’re so pretty! Such a great Spring/Summer essential!

    Happy Tuesday!

  • Rach

    I’ve heard so many great things about the Hermes sandals! I would love to invest in one!

  • Rena

    Your slide collection is a true dream!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Mireia

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Maria Eugenia

    Although I’d love to own an Hermes or Saint Laurent pair someday, I’m loving all your less expensive choices!
    María Eugenia

  • Francine

    Slides & mules are a trend I’m happily foregoing. I don’t find them terribly flattering. Seems like a needless expense, especially when a $30 pair of Haviana’s is way cuter! Just my 2 cents.

    • Helena

      Hi Francine, fair enough! I get where you’re coming from.

      For me, I hate how flip flops look on my feet and only wear them if I’m getting a pedicure or going walking on the sand.

  • Desi

    How fun! I like wearing slides in the summer, so comfy yet chic at the same time. I love the Cactus slides option you gave by Steve Madden.

  • Chloe

    Love those Saint Laurent slides!

    Chloe x

  • Nancy Baten

    I also need a new pair but can’t find any beautiful ones! Irritating!

  • Emily

    How long will the Hermes sandals realistically last if you wear them 3-5x a week in summer (realistically years?) All my leather sandals in the past have gotten pretty smelly after one season.. any way to avoid that?

    • Helena

      Hi Emily, I’m going on year #2 on wearing my tan pair and they’ve broken in beautifully and are in great condition! I see them lasting for years. They’re made very well!

  • Ewa Macherowska

    Need them all <3

  • Christina

    These are the slides of dreams! I love how versatile they are!

  • Sarah

    Hi Helena, love your blog!! I bought the Sam Edelman slides you listed on here- they’re amazing, so comfy and versatile! I’ll definitely be wearing them all summer.

  • Karolina

    Love the Hermes slides, they are not for people with wider feet though. I sized up and have broken them in a bit but still kind of small over the foot and I don’t have giant feet. Haven’t given up yet though, love them so much.

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  • Mary H Keiger

    I love so many of these slides! Hermes is definitely going to be on my wish list. Thanks for a great post.

  • TONI

    Love the ysl slides. Can’t bite the bullet yet, so I opted for this season’s Zara look alike !

  • Katie

    This may be a silly question, but can I try these on in an Hermes store? I’ve never shopped luxury before and I don’t know really know if/how they may operate differently from other stores.

  • Anika

    Do you recommend re-soling the Oran and The Tribute flats as well?

  • Anika ong

    Do you recommend re-soling the Oran and The Tribute flats as well? I know you do for your other shoes 🙂

  • Sarah

    So which ones do you prefer, Hermes or Saint Laurent? Does one wear better than the other? I’d like to get one or the other in brown or burgundy.

  • Ellen Maguire

    I completely agree with you about the Hermès Oran. I’m planning to buy a pair in white when I’m in Milan in a couple of weeks (duty free savings!)

    I also just purchased the Legend sandal, a wedge with a similar H front. They are the most comfortable “high” shoe I’ve bought in years. Not inexpensive for sure but I know I will wear them to death.

  • Bana

    I agree with what your friends say, i have narrow feet and the oran sandals look awful and very uncomfortable while the ysl one are a perfect match!

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