Loeffler Randall Penny Bow Sandal Review

This feminine bow sandal from Loeffler Randall is at the top of every girly-girls wishlist. They’re a statement maker, but surprisingly are very versatile. Today I’m reviewing one of the chicest items in my wardrobe: the Loeffler Randall Penny Bow Sandal. If you’re torn between the Penny or Emilia knot sandal, I hope this post helps!


Loeffler Randall Penny Bow Sandal Review

Loeffler Randall is a small, family-owned business with a focus on craftsmanship and sustainability. Therefore, they don’t make large quantities in an effort to prevent waste. For that reason, their items sell out frequently. The Penny Knot mule is their number one bestseller and they have an ongoing waitlist for them.

Penny Knot Bow Sandal

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I own the Penny Bow Sandal in rose gold, and the Emilia Pleated Knot Sandal in Gold. The only difference between styles is the heel height. The Penny is 3.5 inches, whereas the Emilia has a 2-inch heel.

Fun Fact: Each pair on Emilia sandals has 400 pleats, giving it their signature “toothpick” pleat. These heels are truly a one of a kind, special piece to add to your closet and elevate any outfit whether it’s paired with distressed jeans or a feminine dress.



Personally, I find the Penny Knot mule to run small and recommend to size up. I own a half size up in the Penny (8.5) and I ordered a full size up in the Emilia (9) to compare. I have a little room around my heel in the full size up (gold Emilia mule), and my foot fits perfectly in the half size up (rose gold Penny sandal), depending on your fit preference.


Each Penny Bow Sandal is handmade with care and made from pleated gold lamé. With regular wear, you can experience fraying if it has frequent friction. The shoe has a leather sole with a padded footbed.


The Loeffler Randall Penny sandal retail for $395 full-priced, but you can often find them on sale at Bloomingdales, Tuckernuck, and Shopbop. Although, sizes sell out quickly when they’re on sale! The Emilia knot mule retails for $350. I purchase both of mine during a Shopbop sale.


If you’re torn on getting the Penny or the Emilia, I would say the Emilia is more wearable since the heel is shorter, though I think the extra heel height with the Penny is more flattering. I love to dress down the Emilia mule with jeans.

Penny Knot Bow Sandal

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  1. Candice wrote:

    Wow, they are so cute

    Posted 6.30.20 Reply
    • They’re such a fun statement! Always get compliments too 🙂

      Posted 5.29.21 Reply
  2. Blaire wrote:

    Thanks for this review! I’ve been thinking about getting the Emilia or Dahlia and wondering about sizing.

    Posted 5.3.21 Reply
    • I haven’t tried the Dahlia yet! I have a slightly wider foot and have sized up in both the Penny and Emilia

      Posted 5.29.21 Reply
  3. Kayla wrote:

    So cute! I am considering these as my wedding shoes in white. The heel looks so heavy! Do you find the heel to be very heavy or is it hollow and light?

    Posted 5.28.21 Reply
    • I don’t think they’re super heavy! A chunky wedge would be heavier. But I do think the version with the ankle strap would be easier to wear and walk in for that type of event. I wore the tall pink pair recently to my baby shower at 30ish weeks pregnant and had no issues!

      Posted 5.29.21 Reply