Grind House Reviews | Taos Carousel 2

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The Taos Brand

Taos began in 2005 with the purpose of creating stylish and comfortable footwear using excellent materials. Designed in Southern California, Taos stays true to their roots of Taos, New Mexico. From their colorful sandals to their classic sneakers, the designs are of artistic nature and a casual lifestyle and feature elements such as natural stones, metal ornaments, and embroidery. When you purchase a pair of shoes from Taos you’re saying yes to style without sacrificing quality.

The Taos brand has had two really great product innovations over the last decade. Most recent is the Star and Plim Soul sneakers, which we did a Grind House Review on earlier, check it out here.

The Carousel was a new product a few years back and really changed the game for Taos. Much more of a fashion-conscious play here, wedges have their ups and their downs but we look at the Carousel 2 as a truly timeless sandal because of it’s versatility; it’s our bread and butter in a sandal.

Taos Carousel Sizing + Fit

When it comes to sizing with Taos, some styles are carried in US sizing and other styles are European sizing. Generally speaking, the Taos “Active Line” which contains mostly sneakers and athleisure, is US sizing. Whereas about 40% remaining styles are European sizing. It can be a bit tricky, but luckily Taos is good at labeling their boxes with both US and European sizing for clarity.

The Taos Carousel 2 is available in women’s European sizing 36-42. See our conversion chart below.


36: 5 – 5 1/2

37: 6 – 6 1/2

38: 7 – 7 1/2

39: 8 – 8 1/2

40: 9 – 9 1/2

41: 10 – 10 1/2

42: 11 – 11 1/2

When it comes to fit, the thick adjustable straps complement a lady’s leg nicely and hold onto the foot for a very secure fit. This style is available in a women’s European 36 to 42, single width with a good range from a skinny medium to about an E width. Bunions can be a little tricky depending on where the strap lands.

The Taos Carousel 2‘s contoured cork and latex footbed and 2” wedge offer balance and stability. Interestingly enough, it’s actually a HAND STIRRED process that takes 10 minutes to bake and 24 hours to cure for every pair. Other specs include the leather upper with 2 adjustable hook and loop straps, a breathable leather lining, a suede-covered, contoured flexible cork footbed, pronounced arch and metatarsal support, and a durable rubber outsole. Made in Portugal!

Taos Carousel Summary

Overall, the versatility and quality materials is what makes this wedge sandal one-of-a-kind. We’ve sold many pairs of these for women needing a pair of wedding shoes, or even a dressier vacation sandal.

The sandal itself is recraftable, but holds up incredibly well. Its cork/latex midsole does mold and compress, but it takes a few years of wear to fully break down.

The Taos Carousel 2 ‘s cork midsole and construction make it our bread and butter, we can sell these all day any day. Stop in soon or shop this style online. Its beautiful hand-finished leathers will surely complement any outfit and the wrapped wedge construction looks very premium.

If you’re looking for a fashionable sandal for everyday wear like many of our hair stylists here in Kenosha, or a very attractive yet comfortable option for an event, like a wedding, the Taos Carousel 2 is a perfect fit for you!

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Questions? Call 262.657.9142 or visit us in-store at 6821 39th Avenue, Kenosha WI 53142.

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