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OkaB: My New Plastic Shoe Crush

I’m sure many of you who read my blog or follow me on Instagram would know that I love plastic shoes and am a huge fan of Melissa. I even told my friends once that I’ll switch all my shoes to just Melissa. But I ended up still buying other shoes.

For one simple reason, not all Melissa shoes are comfortable and some do give me blisters. I’ve over 10 pairs of Melissa and some are hits, some are stubborn in biting me each and every time I wore it.

But I love plastic shoes so I stuck with Melissa  because I love their designs and some of their shoes are still comfortable. You just need to be wise in your choice as some designs can really cut quite badly.

Till I found an alternative, OkaB. OkaB is a brand from America and their shoes are handcrafted right in America.

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OkaB, Plastic Shoes Handcrafted in America

I found the store which is located at the 3rd level of the new wing of Plaza Singapura. Was shopping while waiting for Rx&Wj for a movie and got attracted to the store with shoes of pretty colors! I went in to take a look and was pleasantly surprised to find that OkaB is actually a plastic shoe brand!

Of course I don’t just buy shoes just cause they are plastic. For one, I didn’t buy any from the other plastic shoe brand available in Singapore. I looked around and was attended by the very friendly lady owner.

I must say I’m impressed by the service provided and I can sense the passion for shoes from the owner. First, she helped to get my size right and just tell me to take my time to try out the shoes. She also share with me on how she found OkaB and why she deicided to bring the brand in Singapore and also explaining to me about the brand. And she’s not pushy at all! I just happened to be on a buying mood.

OkaB shoes emphasize on comfort. They do not have extravagant designs like Melissa but they have a huge variety of colors! Which was the first thing that attracted me to the store. One other thing that got me interested is their arch support with massage beads. As someone with a higher than average arch, normal shoes actually made my feet tired as I’m relying on just the sides of my feet.

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I decided to buy a pair of their wedges in this nice nude blush shade to try out as I’m looking for something that’s not too high for work. I wore it the next day and I was pleasantly surprised! It’s so comfortable and it didn’t felt like I was wearing wedges. I was running around the office one day as there was a shoot and my feet wasn’t sore at all. $148 well spent!

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Annabelle in Blush. ($148)

I went back to OkaB recently after 2 to check out their Spring collection and the lady owner recognized me! I always feel that it’s nice to be remembered as a customer. I was thinking of adding some pastel shades in my shoe collection as most of my shoes are either dark or bright colors. And when it comes to Spring, you can definitely find pastel shades! And this Signature Blue (a very sweet baby blue) and Ivory White pair caught my eyes! So sweet and pretty!!!

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I could’t decided on just 1 pair so I ended up wanting to buy both. The owner than asked if I would get one pair in another design instead of getting the same design. So I decided to go ahead with the Ivory White and got the Signature Blue in their classic Taylor design.  The Signature Blue is like OkaB’s brand color, with the shoe boxes in similar shade. ( Which also reminds me of Tiffany Blue! Too pretty! ^-^)

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Taylor in Signature Blue. ($83)

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Julianne in Ivory White. ($96)

OkaB shoes are really comfortable and I can walk the whole day in it with no issues, no blisters at all. Definitely will be seeing myself getting more of these shoes. I would recommend these shoes if you like plastic shoes and looking for a more comfortable alternative!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

*Disclaimer: I bought these shoes with my own money, and just sharing my honest reviews of these shoes. *

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My Melissa Shoes Obsession

I’ve first bought my very first pair of Melissa back in 2012 and I’ve just recently bought my 8th pair of Melissa Shoes. Melissa shoes is not a super expensive brand but definitely not cheap either. A pair of flats ranges from $100 onwards and heels can hit the $200 range. But I would say Melissa Shoes is definitely worth the investment. I’ve never yet experience a blister on their flats and I would say Melissa Shoes especially the flats are super comfortable to wear. Plus because the shoes are made of plastic, it’s so easy to wash and dry! And they have a signature bubble gum scent from the shoes!

Till date I own 4 pair of flats and 4 pairs of heels from Melissa Shoes. And am definitely slowly switching my shoe collection to mostly Melissa Shoes.

I usually purchase my Melissa Shoes from MDreams which is the local distributor for Melissa Shoes. You can find the boutiques at Wheelock Place and One Raffles Place. They do have counters at Tangs too. They have an online store too but I felt that shoes are best purchased physically as sizes may varies due to different cuttings in different designs. Spend SGD300 in one receipt to gain lifetime VIP membership which entitles you to 10% off future purchases.

I’ve also previously purchased from http://starave.sg/ where they have a huge variety of Melissa Shoes, Mel Shoes, Zaxy and many other jelly shoes brand. Good service and lower than retail prices but most are Pre Order basis. They do have designs which are not available in Singapore too! So if you’re confident of your shoe sizes and don’t mind waiting, you can shop at starave!

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My latest purchase from Melissa Shoes. The Melissa Strips in Blue. I actually wanted the black but they ran out of my size and I really like the design so I got it in blue instead. I do like the blue but I already have a pair of Melissa Incense Bow in Blue. Luckily, they are of different shades of blue so no repeats! 🙂

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It’s about 5 inches tall but super easy and comfortable to walk in as the platform is high and the heel is of the chunky type. I don’t usually wear bright colored clothes so it’s good to have bright colored shoes to spice out the whole outfit.

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Melissa Shoes have collaboration with designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Jason Wu etc from time to time. I fell in love with the Karl Lagerfeld BlackTie and knew I must get it though it’s slightly more expensive as compare to the usual collection. Check out how cute this pair is!!

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And I am already planning my next Melissa Shoes purchase. Just can’t get enough of plastic shoes!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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