My love affair with Naot Kayla sandals began several years ago, when I was more than blessed to go with the Coalition for Mutual Respect to Israel. What an amazing and meaningful trip to that holy place with Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, and Christian clergy and lay leaders.
While we were on a bus tour out in the Israeli countryside for the day, we stopped at Kibbutz Neot Mordechai in the area of Galilee. The tour guide began telling us to go inside and see the shoes being made at this kibbutz. I thought, oh my, now we are stuck as a captive audience on a bus with the tour guide making some extra shekels to line his pockets. Because I was tired of riding in the bus, I got out and hesitantly went into the large rather drab looking non-descript building, figuring that at least I could use a clean restroom and perhaps get a cold soft drink.
Wow, was I surprised. The place was filled with hundreds, maybe thousands of pairs of shoes with an equal number of young people scooping up these shoes. I discovered that the name of this shoe company is Naot and they are made at this kibbutz. Well it was love at first wear. I bought a pair of navy blue Naot Kayla sandals for $35. with their signature suede lined cork insole and rubber sole. I wondered at the time if I was getting “taken,” but found out later I got a real bargain! Since that time, I have purchased numerous other sandals, boots, and shoes from Naot…but Kayla is my favorite.
They come in a variety of colors that are changed yearly. I have several pairs of Naot Kayla’s and I literally have walked miles in them. The Italian leather straps are so soft and the suede lined cork insole molds and conforms to your feet very quickly. It almost feels like velvet on the soles of your feet.
The only color that I have found not very soft was the cherry patent, a really pretty color of red, but not worn often as the stiff strap rubs my toes. Last year Naot for some unknown reason made a copy of their own Kayla in a non-leather version, probably vinyl and they call it Naot Sharon. I don’t recommend them. They are alittle less expensive, but part of the charm of the Naot Kayla are the soft leather straps.
Naot Kayla runs short, so instead of my usual size 40 European (9-9.5 US), I always purchase a 41. These are not inexpensive, but so worth it. The retail price is $135. Yes, you are right, it is alot of American hard earned dollars, but our feet are worth it. They do lots of hard work. I never have paid full price for a pair of Naot Kayla. Google Naot Kayla and you are likely to get numerous online stores listed. When I first discovered Naot shoes, I had a difficult time locating them, but they are so popular now, they are in many online shoe stores.
Always remember to sign up with the online shoes stores by email for current sales. Often they will send you notices of sales and/or discounts. Also, always type in the name of the online store into Google and see if you can find some discount coupons or promotion codes. If you are part of some sort of airline point system like AAdvantage Shopping e-mall, check there before you purchase to see if your store also gives extra points. At the end of the season, I have purchased them on 6pm. com reasonably. Also, sometimes I can find them on ebay for a good discount. Shop and compare prices online.
Naot Kayla sandals last several seasons and can take your tender toes through many miles of walking. Thank you trip to Israel for introducing me to these cute comfy sandals. Ahhhhhh!!! They almost make the summer bearable. Yes, sole salvation.