You know when you find that perfect pair of summer sandals, the kind you hope will be met with resounding "#SLAY" affirmations on your #OOTD Insta? Well, it seems Madewell's Sightseer sandals took that responsibility all too seriously.
WWD reports that the brand is recalling over 50,000 pairs of sandals from its spring 2015 collection. This is due to eight incidences of "metal shanks dislodging and breaking through the bottom of the outsole," which can lead to tripping, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commision (CPSC). As in, the structural element of the shoe meant to protect the foot can lead to your literal downfall.
Luckily, injuries due to this design failure haven't been reported (yet). The recall applies to 10 styles in the retailer's "Sightseer" series of sandals, which retailed from $60 to $80. (A full list of Sightseer styles can be found on the CPSC site.) They were sold at Madewell stores — both brick-and-mortar and online— as well as on Shopbop, from February to July of this year.
Madewell has added a tiny notice on the top right corner of its homepage, announcing "an important safety notice" and linking back to the CPSC recall. The retailer is granting full refunds for the Achilles tendon-severing style. If any of these sandals are currently part of your summer shoe lineup, you should retire them — like, now. Madewell has not returned requests for comment as of press time.
Lululemon was another retailer that yanked potentially harmful merchandise off shelves (and customers' backs) this summer. The brand recalled over 300,000 tops and hoodies back in June because the elastic drawstrings could painfully whip wearers in the face (it wasn't the brand's first design snafu).
This entire situation begs the question: If unassuming, flat-soled leather sandals can turn on us, what can we trust in this world?