I’m always interested in brands that care about sustainability so when VIVAIA asked me to review their new Aria 5 flats made from eco-friendly hemp fibers I was happy to try them out! So without further adieu, here is my VIVAIA Aria 5 Hemp Flats Review!
VIVAIA was founded in 2020 with a mission to create eco-friendly and sustainable footwear at a reasonable price. While I’ll be reviewing their new line of hemp flats today, most of VIVAIA shoes are made from recycled water bottles! It takes about 6 recycled water bottles to create the fibers that make the VIVAIA flats. VIVAIA shoes use carbon-free rubber outsoles and recycled cardboard in their packaging. VIVAIA shoes are also machine washable! So your shoes can stay looking brand new longer. You can read more about VIVAIA’s eco-friendly materials and responsible manufacturing here!
ECO-FRIENDLY HEMP MATERIAL
The Aria 5 Hemp flats are slightly different from the other Aria 5 flats because they are made from hemp fibers instead of recycled water bottles. Hemp is an eco-friendly fiber that’s also anti-microbial. When your foot sweats it causes bacteria growth and foot odor. The antibacterial properties of hemp help inhibit the growth of microbes and bacteria within 1 hour! Hemp is also breathable which means your feet will stay cool and dry in these flats.
COMFORT AND FIT
This is my first pair of VIVAIA flats but I have tried a similar brand in the past, so I had an idea of what the VIVAIA flats would probably feel like. However, I was amazed that they were even more comfortable than I was expecting! Putting them on right out of the box it felt like I was walking on clouds. I could tell that I wouldn’t need to break these in at all.
There are several features that make this flat so comfortable. The Aria 5 is an upgrade from the original Aria 2.0. It has a wider toe box (5 degrees wider) so that your toes can be more comfortable in the pointed toe. The hemp knit fibers are also very stretchy so the fabric literally conforms to your foot. Which means even if you have wider feet or bunions, these flats will still fit. The insole is made from natural Armisia Argy herbal foam and cushioned with arch and forefoot support. But my favorite thing about this shoe is the cushioned heel patch to prevent your foot from slipping out. I have narrow heels and my foot is always slipping out of my shoes. But thanks to the cushioned heel my feet stay in place! All of these comfort details make the VIVAIA Aria 5 the most comfortable flat I’ve worn in a long time. You can literally wear these all day and be comfortable!
I’m either an 8.5 or 9 in shoes from various brands depending on if they run large or small. Usually, I size down in shoes that don’t have adjustable straps because my feet are narrow. So I decided to go with the 8.5 in these. They do fit – because as I mentioned above, the material is very stretchy so I have no problem getting my feet in them. However, I think I should have taken a size 9. After my foot swells from the heat and walking my toes feel a little cramped and I think the size 9 would be a better fit. So I would say to take your normal size as these shoes fit True to Size.
The Hemp Flats are only available in 3 neutral patterns and I chose the Cream Ivory pair. I love the subtle leaf-like pattern and shades of tan and cream. They literally will go with anything. I love to go monochromatic and pair these flats with a cream dress or tan gingham dress. But these flats would also look great with other colors and patterns.
I love the way the subtle pattern and texture of the Aria 5 Hemp Flats looks with this neutral gingham dress from Rachel Pally. I wore this outfit while walking around Longwood Gardens. It was really hot that day and I did a ton of walking but my feet felt cool and comfortable!