Readers React: What Strategist Users Are Saying, Second Edition

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The most gratifying thing about working at the Strategist is when we actually serve you, our loyal readers. So it thrills us when you not only use the things we suggest, but also let us know what you think — via TwitterFacebookInstagram, or even Amazon reviews. As much as we enjoy “liking” your reactions, we thought you’d be as tickled as we are to hear other Strategist readers’ opinions (and maybe learn about products that you might have missed in the first place). We want to hear from you, so if you’ve bought something we recommended, tell us your thoughts — even if they’re bad, we want to know.

Amazon Reviews

These $100 Grandma Sandals Are More Comfortable Than Birkenstocks

“I bought these shoes because of the review written by the Strategist. I’m very picky about shoes — I walk 17,000 steps per day during the workweek, and I hate having to swap shoes. I’m forever looking for shoes that fit my lifestyle and are appropriate for the office. (I’ve had success with Teva’s Foxy boots and Naot’s Dorith sandals, for anyone in the same predicament.) I usually order shoes online from stores that have brick-and-mortar locations near me for easy returns. I decided to take a risk on these shoes because the review was so glowing. They’re okay. If I had purchased them from a store with a physical location, I’d be on the fence about returning them. The negatives: They squeak LOUDLY on linoleum floors. I’m hoping wearing them outside more will tone that down. Out of the box, I had some ankle muffin top going on from the top strap. They’ll probably fit better over time as I wear them in. I got a blister on the top of one big toe after wearing them for about 1.5 miles. [Editor’s note: Senior writer Lauren Schwartzberg experienced the same thing.] I think this pressure point will be relieved as the toe strap stretches out more, too.”

Buy
Charleston Shoe Co. Monterey Sandals $100, Charleston Shoe Co.

I Found the Best Nail Clipper at the Airport in Japan

“I read about these clippers in New York Magazine, the holiday-gift-ideas issue. (Getting into New York Magazine is a blessing and a curse, I can tell you from personal experience. Got into one of their ‘Best of New York’ issues and nearly drove myself crazy with work and into early retirement). If you want them as a gift, it’s too bad that they take a long time to ship, but let me just say that they are wildly wonderful and completely worth waiting for. Like nothing I’ve ever used, and I’ve been a massage therapist for many, many years and am obsessed with my fingernails. Have a bit of arthritis and would sometimes have a hard time clipping with other brands, even the ‘fancy’ ones. These are extra long and fit into your whole hand and clip so easily; it’s truly surprising. I would recommend these to anyone as the absolute best clippers available anywhere at any price, and especially if your joints are a bit weathered!”

Buy
Green Bell G-1008 Nail Clipper $15, Amazon

Instagram Comments

YogaToes Cured My Lifelong Fear of Bunions

ihatenj: I ❤️ @yogatoes — the best.

Buy
YogaToes $37, Amazon

Facebook Comments

I Got My Closet Under Control With These Magical Hangers

“They really are great.”

Buy
Joy Mangano Huggable Hangers 10-Pack Suit Hangers in Fuchsia $9, Bed Bath & Beyond

Twitter Reactions

The Eye Mask That Lets Me Fall Asleep Anywhere

Buy
Bucky 40 Blinks Sleep Mask From $10, Amazon

The World’s Blackest Mascara Never Runs Down My Face

Buy
Isehan Heroine Kiss Me Mascara $10, Amazon

The Owners of Mimi Cheng’s on Their Entertaining Go-Tos

Buy
Breville Smart Oven Air Convection Oven $400, Bed Bath & Beyond

Cheap (But Expensive-Looking) Colorful Décor You Can Buy on Amazon

Buy
Homestia Modern Simple Triangle Pendant Lamp $66, Amazon

I Won’t Fly Without These Corsetlike Socks

Buy
Wanderlust Air Travel Compression Socks $17, Amazon

Strat Face-off: Battle of the Muscle Massagers

Buy
Thera Cane Massager $30, Amazon

The Pants That Have Haunted Me for Two Years

Buy
Jesse Kamm Sailor Pants $395, Need Supply

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Readers React: What Strategist Users Are Saying, 2nd Edition