Today on the blog I thought I’d share a detailed review of the iconic Hermès Oran Sandals. I purchased these sandals in the tan colourway just after Christmas last year, along with the Clic H bracelet – you can also read my review of the Clic H bracelet here on the blog. I’ve worn the Oran sandals enough now to be able to share an honest review… what my thoughts are on these sandals and whether they’re truly worth investing in.
I had taken about a year to consider whether I wanted to purchase these sandals, ensuring I researched as much as I could before making a decision. Today I’m writing the article I wish I had been able to read, prior to making my first-ever purchase from Hermès.
I’ve also filmed a review video for these sandals on my YouTube channel so feel free to check that out if you’re interested – I will link the video at the end of this article. I hope this review is useful for anyone who is considering purchasing a pair of Hermès Oran sandals!
Hermès Oran’s are quite distinctive in terms of their design and are the French Maison’s signature sandal. They’re a flat, open back, perfect for summertime shoe featuring the iconic signature H logo formed as a cut-out on the front. What I love about these is that there’s no logo, so these aren’t a flashy pair of shoes. Yes, there is the H cut-out however it isn’t instantly recognizable, unless you’re already familiar with the Oran sandals.
The Oran sandals are made of upper calfskin leather which features the H cut-out. The sole is made of natural leather and features a very slight heel, measuring in at approximately 50mms / 0.5cms. Before I wore these shoes for the first time the sole felt extremely smooth. To be perfectly honest I was quite worried I might slip when walking in these for the first time, without any protective soles attached. There’s also padded lining on the inner soles, with the Hermès logo embossed onto the leather.
Comfort & sizing
One of my main concerns prior to purchasing the Oran’s was the comfort level. I had read quite a number of reviews where other people had found these sandals were quite uncomfortable in terms of wear. Another theme appeared to be that people had the experience of having to “break” the leather in, after a few wears. I’m happy to report that I haven’t had that experience and the Oran’s were surprisingly more comfortable for me than I could’ve imagined they would be.
This is even more important because I have a bunion on my right foot! I’ve experienced a large amount of difficulty finding stylish shoes which won’t leave me in pain, so comfort is a crucial consideration for me. I think the gap on the side of the H cut-out actually helps with my bunion as it allows it extra room. I haven’t had to “break in” my Oran’s at all.
In terms of sizing, I would say these are true to size for me. I’m a size 36.5 and purchased these in the same size. I did try on the sizes 36 and 37, inside the Hermès Sydney store, just to be 100% sure on my sizing in this shoe style. If you haven’t purchased a pair of these and are able to make a trip instore then I would recommend you do that, if possible. It will provide you with peace of mind in terms of your sizing, plus it’s also a lovely experience to venture inside the world of Hermès!
Different ways to style the sandals
These are a truly versatile sandal, especially if you purchase the Oran’s in a neutral colourway, such as black, white or tan. I’ve worn mine with jeans as well as shorts and feel these would also work wonderfully with dresses, especially during summer-time. They can make a dressy outfit appear more casual whilst adding a touch of style to a casual outfit as well.
Colourways & similar styles
The Oran’s are available in a myriad of colours – there’s a mix of neutrals such as the black, white & tan, as well as bright seasonal colourways too. Hermès offer the Oran’s in metallic shades such as rose gold & silver which is perfect if you’re after more of a statement colourway.
Hermès offer similar styles to the Oran’s which also feature the H cut-out leather upper design. The Sandales Santorini are a closed back & ankle strap version, similar to the Oran’s. The Oasis sandals are essentially the Oran’s with a small block heel and open back. Lastly there are the Legende wedges, which feature the H cut-out leather upper, whilst expertly adding a bit of height to your footwear!
Wear & tear
I feel that I’ve worn my Oran sandals for long enough now to be able to comment on how they’ve fared in terms of wear & tear. The leather upper doesn’t have any marks however it has stretched a little to conform to the shape of my foot. There is some slight stretching on the top which is to be expected and is simply a sign of normal wear, when it comes to leather shoes breaking in.
I’ve noticed a few scuffs on the edges of the soles at the front & back however I’m not upset by this. Again, these are shoes and walking is going to mean this happens! I haven’t gotten stuck wearing these in the rain either so I can’t comment on that… Obviously you would want to avoid wearing these if there’s a chance it might rain as you wouldn’t want to ruin the leather.
How are they packaged?
Hermès package the Oran sandals beautifully! They come with two protective shoe bags which feature the Hermès logo and dark brown coloured drawstrings. There is tissue paper at the front on the sandals under the leather upper to help maintain their shape whilst they are stored away. And of course, they are packaged in the signature orange coloured Hermès shoebox, wrapped up with their namesake ribbon in dark brown.
I paid $930 AUD at the time I purchased my Oran’s in late December 2020. I’ve checked the prices online as at mid-February 2021 and note the Australian price point has now increased to $1,000 AUD. Evidently the Oran sandals have been included in the price increase which Hermès (and other luxury designer brands) have, on an annual basis. In terms of international pricing as at mid-February 2021, the Orans are currently retailing online for:
- £510 Pounds
- $630 USD
- 495€ Euros
My advice for anyone purchasing these
My one disappointment with these shoes has to do with the leather soles. This informs my number one piece of advice for anyone who is considering purchasing these sandals. It’s worth noting that with almost every new shoe purchase I make, except for sneakers, I will go to the shoe cobbler and have protective sole grips added before I wear the shoes. I didn’t do that with the Oran sandals before wearing them for the first time.
I’ve included a photo I took to show you what one of the soles looked like after I first wore them. One of the leather soles was starting to split away at the front. Therefore I wouldn’t recommend you wear these (at least more than once or twice) without investing in protective sole grips. It’s a shame as these sandals cost so much however adding the sole grips is only an extra $40. This is not much extra in comparison to the overall cost of these sandals, so I consider it well worth the investment.
Would I purchase these again?
Despite having to add the sole grips (which as I mentioned I usually invest in anyway), I would 100% purchase the Oran sandals again! I adore the style, comfort and versatility of these sandals so much that I almost don’t know how I’ve done without a pair all these years… The Oran’s are truly so lovely to wear, they look stylish and the tan colour lengthens my short legs! Being a neutral colourway also ensures they pair seamlessly with a variety of outfits and accessories, making outfit planning easy.
March will be here in a fortnight, which signifies the start of autumn down here in Australia. This shift in season always has me starting to think about packing away my spring/summer wardrobe and taking out my cooler season clothing. It’s always an exciting process. Yet I can admit that (for the first time ever) when it comes to my foot-wear I will be sad to have to pack the Oran sandals away. But I know they will be there for me now, year after year… heralding the start of warmer days and helping me look stylish whilst feeling relaxed at the same time. Whenever I ponder summertime style from now onwards, the Hermès Oran sandals are one of the first things that will come to mind.
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My YouTube video review
Below is the review video I’ve filmed on my YouTube channel, hope you enjoy watching!