One of the items I own that I am asked about the most frequently are my St. Agni woven loafers.
Every time I feature them on my Instagram, people want to know if they are really worth the cost, how comfortable they are, how they wear and more, since basically every ethical fashion blogger seems to own them these days.
So, I thought it would be fun to put together a review, since you all seem really interested in knowing more about them! I’ve been wearing mine for a few weeks now, and feel like I have enough experience with them to give you some perspective.
About: St. Agni is an ethical Australian brand founded in 2014. The company works with a small leather factory in Java that consists of approximately 50 staff members and only produces products to meet demand. The shoe I’m wearing is the Bunto woven loafer in vintage tan.
Fit: St. Agni, as well as a few other people I know who own this shoe, recommend sizing up. I typically wear a size 6/36 and have a shorter and wider foot, and I ordered true to size in these. The leather is soft and the give in the material works well for me, and the length is perfect. I think had I sized up, I would have had too much space in the back of the shoe. My foot has room to move around as it is – you can see in the image above that my back foot slides a bit when I am walking, but not to an uncomfortable or awkward degree. You can also see from the wear in the below image where my foot hits on the footbed.
Comfort level: These feel like slippers. The leather is so soft and almost molds to your feet, so you don’t get as much of that “toe-scrunching” to hold them on as you might in other shoes of a similar style. Because they are woven, they also breathe and work well on both warmer and cooler days. I wore these for a full day of walking at the New York Botanical Garden recently, and they were comfortable for the entire day.
Style: I think it is pretty obvious to say that the design of this shoe is beautiful, and they go with basically everything in my closet.
Durability: This is where these shoes lose out a bit. They’re beautiful and lightweight, which also makes them delicate. Here’s a close up of some of the wear on these of about a month of ownership, wearing them three times a week or so.
The Final Verdict: If you’re looking for a beautifully made, comfortable shoe that goes with everything in your wardrobe, I highly recommend these. However, if you’re someone who tends to be a bit more rough on your clothing, I’m not sure these are the shoes that you should invest in. St. Agni offers some other mule styles without the woven feature, which would likely be more durable for you.
I hope this helps!