I have a confession to make… I’ve become B.A.I.T. Footwear obsessed!
I never used to be that interested in shoes, I preferred to spend my money on dresses and found buying shoes for work a mission. I work on a concrete floor that is very unforgiving once you’ve been standing on it for 8 or 9 hours strait. I had been buying cheap ballet flats and adding in-soles to them to make them more comfortable but was a bit bored of my plain shoes.
About 6 months ago I decided to try my first pair of B.A.I.T. Ida shoes. I’d seen them on beautiful pinups on Instagram and wanting to give them a go. I was very apprehensive about sizing and the comfort factor as so far my success with buying shoes online has been pretty dismal.
After some sizing research and asking friends who already owned some, I settled on ordering the Red ones in a size 9. It’s always hard converting sizing and I am a 8.5-9 in New Zealand sizing, or a 39 in European Sizing. The Ida’s notoriously run narrow and a touch small so I went with a 9. If they came in a 9.5, I would have gone for that (I figure it’s always better to be bigger and be able to put a insole in) but the next size up is a 10 which I knew would have been far too big.
They arrived and very tight fitting… I was very disappointed! They were too tight for me to comfortably wear them all day at work so I put them in my wardrobe and there they stayed for months.
I pulled them out again during the Black Friday Sales. B.A.I.T. had 30% off and I was desperately clinging to the hope that I could make them work! I was so close to ordering myself some size 10’s when I though I might as well see if I can try to stretch out my Red 9’s. So for 2 hours I wore them with some of Matt’s thick work socks and after that… well they were perfect!
They stretched out at least half a size I’d say and the width especially was so much more comfortable. I was so happy and ordered the Aqua Ida’s and Baby Pink Ione’s in a 9.
s.Since then, I’ve done another order, getting the brighter pink Ida’s and blue ones from a Australian website called prettydress.com.au. This blue colourway is no longer available (although a very similar one looks like it will be coming out shortly) on the BAIT Footwear website so I was very excited to find them and see that they were on sale for just AU$63.99! They only have sizes 6-8 now and also have a bright pink Ione style on sale too.
With each new pair, I wear one pair of thick socks with them for a hour or so and then add a second pair for the next hour to really stretch them out.
I haven’t had any blisters from these styles which can be a common issue with new shoes. A lot of girls have been asking me if I found them comfortable at work and I didn’t want to share my verdict until I’d really given them a good couple of months trial.
I can say that I do find them comfortable most of the time although when the weather is really hot and my feet swell, I tend to take a spare pair of ballet flats to work to change into. It’s really only on the big, busy days when I’m fully booked for 9+ hours that I’ll need to change. That being said, with the concrete floor, I think any pair of shoes will get sore after a while!
The main problem area that I find gets painful after a while is the toes. The Ida’s are not super pointy, but enough so for a bit of pressure on the toes and that’s where I notice gets the most sore. The small heels is enough to give your feet adequate support but not too high that they will suffer for it.
The Ione is the T-Bar sister to the Ida. I found I didn’t need to stretch these out so they run a little bigger than the Ida.
From what I can tell, these shoes come in sizes 5.5-10 with half sizes except for 9.5 which is a little odd. So if you are unsure what size to order and are international, I would convert your European size if you know it. Since I’m a 39 and took a 9 in these shoes, you can count back or up from there- e.g if you are a 38, try a 8. That’s the best advice I can give but it is always tricky converting sizing so don’t hate me if they don’t fit! If they fit but feel very tight, definitely try the sock trick as it helps immensely.
It’s so much fun having lots of pretty coloured shoes to match my outfits! This week, B.A.I.T. is due to release their new season range with lots of pastel colours… I’ve been saving some money I got for my birthday especially to do a order!
In the coming month, I’ll also be doing a review of the Betty and Irella shoes… I’m just still wearing them in a deciding on the verdict!