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How many stalking sessions and internal debates did it take before I purchased my Nisolo Emma D’Orsays? TOO many.  Thankfully I dropped in the Nashville showroom last season and scored the last remaining pair in my size!

I pride myself on thrifting high quality pieces for a fraction of the price, but I have zero qualms about dropping cash on a brand like Nisolo.  I own one other pair of Nisolo shoes-the Serena Sandal, and I’ll forever be a loyal customer.

Why? Nisolo ensures their factory employees receive fair wages and they’re also offered education stipends, medical care and safe working conditions.  Their high quality products are handmade and built to last!

With the recent restock of the Emma D’Orsays, I thought it time for a review for those that may be on the fence about the $188 dollar investment.


The Emmas are made in an ethical factory in Leon, Mexico-also known as the shoe capital of the world.  Let’s just say they know their way around a good leather shoe.

From the insole, to the lining to the sole-it’s ALL leather.  None of that man-made, synthetic material to be found here.

The 1 inch stacked leather heel providses a teensy bit of height and easily dresses up any attire.

Annnnd they easily slip on and off- a vital detail for regular travelers.


Why can’t both my feet be the exact same size! UGH-anyone else know the struggle? I fit perfectly into a Serena Sandal size 7, so I purchased the same for the Emma’s, knowing my left foot felt a bit snug in the closed toe.

After a month or so of regular wear, the leather stretched out and fit quite perfectly.  Like other Nisolo styles, these are ideal for individuals with more narrow feet.


Like I said previously, these may not be the best choice for someone with wider feet.  I’m not saying they won’t stretch enough to be comfortable, but after several months of wear, mine has so far only stretched minimally.


Since I don’t do heels anymore, I bought these to complete my office capsule and to pair with my nicer jeans and pants.  I quickly moved past my hesitation of not wearing them anywhere else for fear of scuffing and scratching them up, and I can say they are super comfy!

The only minor issue I’ve noticed is that if I’m on my feet for a long time or walk a far distance, my toes start to rub against the leather insole and it’s a bit irritating.

Nisolo Emma D’Orsays
Nisolo Emma D’Orsays


The Emma D’Orsays are perfect for transitioning between seasons.  Wearing them, I feel the need to sit in a coffee shop, savoring a good pour while lingering over a good book or conversation.  Not that it’s ever happened, but I love French vibes!

I can’t tell you how many compliments I receive when I have them on. (Note-you should NOT buy something because of what someone may or may not think of you, BUT it’s nice when another person notices the ultra chicness.)

Disclosure: This post was not sponsored by Nisolo nor was any compensation provided for my time, however this post contains affiliate links. If you click on a link I may be paid a small commission if you make a purchase. All opinions are my own.

Nisolo: Emma D’Orsay review

ecoconscious living

March 11, 2018


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  1. Winter Capsule/10×10 | Minimalist RD

    March 22nd, 2018 at 7:22 am

    […] NISOLO EMMA D’ORSAYS ($188) I had my eye on these FOREVER and decided to pull the trigger when they were sold out online, but happened to be the last pair standing in the Nashville showroom.  The leather perfectly molded to my feet after a few months, and I’m just in love with these elevated classic loafers.  Good news-they’re back in stock!!! Check out my review here for all the deets to help you decide on your purchase. […]

  2. Maria

    November 21st, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    can you share the $25 off link again? Thank you!

  3. Erin Hendrickson, The Minimalist RD

    November 25th, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Hi Marie, unfortunately that link must have inspired- but you can use this code for $25 off your order: GIVE-A54BS729

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