Boooo, closed-toe shoe season. I’m not a fan. My toes love the freedom of sandals, but it’s October and the frost will soon be on the pumpkin. Since returning to the classroom this fall, I’m keenly aware of my aching feet. Some shoes play tricks on me. They start out feeling all fine and dandy, but end up rubbing blisters, cramping my toes and basically being jerks. Thankfully, my white Allbirds shoes have come to the rescue more than once (I love how soft they feel on my arthritic feet), but they’re not professional enough for Monday through Thursday. I came across the Clark’s Sharon Dasher loafer in a Zappos search, read a few of the positive reviews and decided to go for it. I’m so glad I did. Here’s why…
The cute knot detail set this loafer apart from others while browsing Zappos. Very few shoes actually look “cute” on size 10 feet, but these come pretty darn close. I love the gray suede upper (it was a toss up between navy and gray), and I expect to get a lot of wear out of the Clark’s Sharon Dasher as it goes with everything.
I find the fit to be spot on. I ordered my usual size (10 medium) and am surprised at how well the Sharon Dasher fits and feels. The fit is snug but not cramped–the almond shape toe tapers at the toe, but not so much that it puts undue pressure on the bunion area. Keep in mind the Clark’s Sharon Dasher is available in wide widths which may provide more room for bunions.
I read a few other reviews from customers who experienced heel slippage, but I haven’t had that experience. In fact, I love how the shoe hugs my feet from toe to heel without slipping off while I walk.
Another feature that adds to the all-day comfort is the lightweight yet thick EVA outsole. If I wear a shoe that is too flexible at forefoot, my big toe complains (pesky hallux limitus). The thick outsole provides some protection for the big toe joint so it doesn’t over-flex during the stride.
The 1 1/2″ wedge heel provides just enough lift so the heel isn’t flat with the ground–an aggravator of plantar fasciitis. The footbed is generously cushioned and offers moderate arch support. Take note that the footbed is not removable, so the Clark’s Sharon Dasher loafer most likely won’t accommodate an orthotic.
I’m happy to have found the Clark’s Sharon Dasher loafer and highly recommend it for teachers and other professionals on their feet all day! Find this lovely loafer in sizes 5-12, medium and wide widths for $80-85.99 from Zappos, ClarksUSA, Amazon, Shoes.com, and DSW.
If you’re not into knots, consider the Clarks Sharon Dolly–the exact same shoe as the Dasher but without the knot detail. I just spotted it in the ever-so-trendy leopard print from Zappos, ClarksUSA, and Shoemall.