Initially this style was one of those ‘maybe’ ones… It eventually grew on me more and more and the gorgeous green colour called my name. I knew the deep green would go with quite a number of dresses in my wardrobe and the T Bar strap and tear drop cut outs were so deliciously 1940s that I couldn’t resist.
I went with the same size as the rest of the BAIT shoes I have- a size 9. I have to say, this style is probably the most comfortable of all the BAIT styles I’ve tried. There is a little more width in the toes than the Ida/Ione so by the end of the day, my toes don’t feel quite so squished!
The Irella has a 1 3/4″ heel, faux patent leather, cute polka dot lining and a gold buckle. The heel height is not high enough to hurt too much after a day on my feel, in fact I think it’s pretty ideal! It’s enough to provide support as completely flat shoes can be really sore after a long day.
The T Bar strap is a lovely detail and I love the subtle stitching around the tear drops.
The thing I really liked about these shoes is that because of the dark green colour, I’ll be able to wear these in winter with opaque black tights and it won’t look silly. I always feel like light coloured shoes and black tights looks a bit off but that’s just me.
The Irella comes in sizes 6-10 with half sizes except for a 9.5 which seems to be the case with all their shoes and I think is a odd decision. However, I believe they are expanding their sizes up to a 11 so hopefully they will add some extra half sizes in too.
These shoes are US$67 and also come in a Grey, Black and Nude. If you are worried about what size to order, I’d recommend converting your European size- this seems to be more universally known. For instance, I am a size 39 which converts to a US8.5. However, I know that my feet are quite wide and also that I prefer my shoes to be on the looser side (and you can get away with having looser fitting shoes when they have straps) so I ordered a 9.
If in doubt, why not send the BAIT Footwear team a email! They have always been very fast to respond when I’ve had queries.