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Rohan
Rohan Posted: 8/1/15
Reviewer: Allison Kelsey from Philadelphia
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love the look and the heel height is great for all day. The only issue if the knot where 3 straps come together on the outside instep -- it really presses into my foot. It could be because of my high instep. That's the design thing that makes me go 4 stars for comfort.

Magaly GORE-TEX®
Magaly GORE-TEX® Posted: 7/31/15
Reviewer: maukro from Flower Mound, TX
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I just love this winter boot! I have lived in Texas for many years now and haven't really needed a good winter boot. But I ordered the ara Magaly Gore-Tex boot to wear while visiting my son in Boulder, Colorado this past winter. They had a heck of a lot of snow this past year, so I wanted a pair of good, comfortable winter boots that would allow me the freedom to walk from place to place, as I usually do in Boulder, despite any amount of winter weather. These boots were perfect! In fact, I arrived in Boulder just days after this order arrived in the mail, and the very afternoon I arrived, Boulder encountered a huge snow storm! It snowed and snowed for a full day and a half. We ended up with about 13" on the ground! It stuck around for the duration of my 4 day visit. Thanks to my wonderfully warm, cozy, and supremely comfortable ara Magaly boots, I continued to walk to the coffee shop each morning, to my son's campus activities, to everything I usually walk to in Boulder -- including a few outdoor hikes! -- despite a tremendous amount of snow in a very short time. It turns out, Boulder got snow in March, April, and May during every one of my remaining visits this year! Who would have thought? But I was prepared with these smart, new boots. I was so proud of them, too! They're so cute! I wore them with my yoga pants, my jeans, and my slacks. They looked good with everything! One of the many things I like about them is the fact that they are a narrow-looking, somewhat feminine-looking boot. I have large feet, but they looked considerably smaller in this attractive boot. Which is saying a heck of a lot for a warm, cozy, and waterproof winter boot! Most winter boots are huge. I only buy comfortable shoes. It is my number one qualifier for a shoe. If it's not extremely comfortable, I send it back. These boots are exceptionally comfortable! I walked miles per day from the first time I put them on in Boulder, and I never had sore feet, sore legs, or anything like a blister. They were comfy from moment one! As I said, I walked in 12-13" deep snow each day, and other than the very small amount of snow that nestled around the "furry" top of the boot as I walked (the snow was deeper than the boot was tall), my feet and legs stayed completely dry! They also, miraculously, remained sweat-free, even after wearing them all day long! That is not often the case with waterproof shoes, which are often not very breathable. I noticed that I can wear these with or without socks. I wore them with Smartwool socks most of the time. No sweat at all! Occasionally, I slipped my bare feet into them prior to going out. Never did I have a problem with sweat or cold or damp! They're fantastically practical and good. I measure at a size 11, and most shoes fit me in size 11. I occasionally wear a 12 in a running shoe or hiking shoe. And I very occasionally wear a 10 in a sandal. These are Magaly Gore-Tex boots fit me perfectly in a size 11, which leads me to believe they are true to size. The toe bed is kind of square and quite roomy. I had no pinched toes at all. The heels never slipped. I had no "hotspots," nor even the slightest hint at a blister. I seriously love these boots and look forward to my next winter weather event so I can wear them again!

Peony
Peony Posted: 7/26/15
Reviewer: Irene Helms from South Carolina
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes are great! First I love the color (Metallic calf). It is a great neutral that goes with literally everything. Second, they can be dressed up or down. I can wear them with jeans, a pair of black pants, a long maxi skirt and they look great with everything. Last but not least, they are comfortable - I mean really comfortable! The straps hold securely and the heel is a nice comfortable height.

Maeko GORE-TEX®
Maeko GORE-TEX® Posted: 7/24/15
Reviewer: from NY
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these! And Zappos is always so quick to deliver. I wanted a short boot for warmth and wet weather, and loved the way they looked online. Now that I've tried them, I love them even more! Warm and cozy and cute with jeans and leggings. I like that they're not big and bulky and as a bonus, they have Gortex to keep my feet dry. I live in NY and do a lot of walking so it's important to have comfy, warm boots. And these look cute too! They are very pricey so hopefully they hold up for a long time.

Rohan
Rohan Posted: 7/22/15
Reviewer: Annette from Pittsburgh pa
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I love Ara shoes. I owned three pairs of Totie - my favorite shoe ever. These are really sharp, easy to walk in and really comfortable except for the zippers on the back that bite. They're really comfortable with band aids.

Tricia
Tricia Posted: 7/21/15
Reviewer: KB in Cali from CA
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

ara Tricia in Cotton Snake Print size UK4 (I usually wear size 6.5 US) - I was very surprised at how shiny the snake print was in person -- way too disco for me. When I took it out of the box I thought it looked more like a US 8 and wondered if maybe the wrong size was sent. I can't really say how comfortable it would be to walk in since it didn't fit right. Good grippy sole, but not the look I was hoping for. Disappointing, since I liked the way the front of the bootie is cut with the v to visually lengthen the leg. Zappos is great for returns thankfully.

Philippe
Philippe Posted: 7/21/15
Reviewer: KB in Cali from CA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

ara Philippe - in black: cute shoe, but ran 1/2 size large and had no arch support. I have size 6.5 feet with wide forefoot and high arch, with a shallow heel. I think the shoes could be dressed up or down because of the design on the toes & would work with skirts, cropped skinnies, jeans, leggings, etc. Unfortunately these will go back, but Zappos makes returns very easy.

Percy
Percy Posted: 7/3/15
Reviewer: Jacqui Colyer from Miami, FL
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This shoe is the best. I travel often and this shoe is stylish enough for business meetings and also for casual events. It is true to size and comfortable.

Tricia
Tricia Posted: 7/2/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I wanted to love these boots because they looked gorgeous on the website and out of the box. I ordered a size 8 (I'm a US size 10). However, once I put them on, they were extremely large around my ankles. This might not be an issue if you plan to wear these with pants or jeans, but I'm looking for booties to wear with dresses and skirts -- so the ankle gaping was an issue for me.

Tricia
Tricia Posted: 7/1/15
Reviewer: Sonja from NJ
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Had high hopes for this one (cotton snake print). (See my review for Argento Metallic Calf posted a few weeks ago.) Much more metallic looking than it appears in picture, at least on my computer. Ordered my normal size 8, however I am not sure what the problem is. It's uncomfortably tight across the ball of my foot, but slips up and down on my heel when walking. It's strangely large around my ankle, even though I have legs that are far from skinny! Can't size down. Can't size up. Guessing ara's aren't for me.

Clair
Clair Posted: 6/20/15
Reviewer: Geraldine Leneman from New York City
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I wear Ara shoes all winter, so thought I would try a sandal, and they are just as comfortable as my winter shoes. Love the gray - change from the usual beige/taupe but go with everything, especially pretty with white. Heel strap is comfortable, and front is wide enough for my wide foot, even though it is a medium. Recommend these pretty summer sandals.

Pinkie
Pinkie Posted: 6/19/15
Reviewer: Lorie Robinson from Santa Barbara, California
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'm a podiatrist and these shoes are excellent. The structure of the shoe is supportive and almost like wearing an orthotic device. The straps are soft and don't rub anywhere. The tan and silver makes it possible to wear with warm or cool colors.

Avril
Avril Posted: 6/18/15
Reviewer: Babsi from New England
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I am a U.S. size 11 and ordered the 8.5 as indicated in the size chart. These shoes are a bit long for a typical U.S. 11 and very wide. If you have a wide foot, they will fit you well. Consider ordering a half size down if you like your flats to fit snugly but if you want to wear with socks then perhaps the sizing is okay. Overall, the shoe is very well made as are most German shoes -- high quality leather and leather lining. A bit clunky and old lady-ish for my taste.

Solstice
Solstice Posted: 6/17/15
Reviewer: from Chicago area
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

Horrible! Worst pair of shoes I have ever put on and not true to size. I have been an avid Zappos customer for years, and I am genuinely shocked at how bad these shoes were. Really astonished they would charge this kind of price for such poorly made shoes. Smaller than size, pinch at toes, little or no support, and so ugly in person -- unbelievable. Wish I could give less than a star.

Poe
Poe Posted: 6/15/15
Reviewer: R Sun from Richmond, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Very comfortable all around, and a good heel height for a bit of style but not too high. However, I find the style just a bit old-ladyish for me. (I suppose I can call it a no-nonsense look, but I'm looking for something a bit more stylish.) I'm going with another style, also Ara brand - super comfy brand, and very high quality. Zappos is awesome - super fast delivery of all the shoes I ordered, all in 1 package.

Rohan
Rohan Posted: 6/9/15
Reviewer: Laurie from Fairfield, Connecticut
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This shoe is beautiful; however, it runs really large, not only in length but also in width. I am sending them back, but ordering them in a 1/2 size smaller.

Tricia
Tricia Posted: 6/8/15
Reviewer: Sonja from NJ
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Shame on me for not realizing exactly just HOW metallic these boots are! They seem like they will be comfortable, when I get the correct size. Based on reviews I read, I ordered a 1/2 size smaller than my normal 8. Big mistake. They are too tight and short in the toe box. Hopefully the snake print in size 8 will be perfect! Will keep you posted.

Colleen
Colleen Posted: 5/26/15
Reviewer: from Washington, DC
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Peep-toe + slingback + wedge + red = awesome shoe! So far, pretty comfortable, but doubt they are for long walks in the hot city as I think the peep toe edge would end up rubbing.

Bria
Bria Posted: 5/23/15
Reviewer: PopsGirl from NJ
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I ordered this shoe from Zappos' sister site, 6pm.com. It was exactly what I have been looking for - cute, low-heeled pump, ballet slipper look, and could be worn with pants or a skirt. Sadly, my size 11 foot did not fit comfortably into the UK size 8.5 (supposedly US 11) shoe. I squeezed my foot in, but there is no way I could walk in this. Now I am looking at the black leoskin.

Colleen
Colleen Posted: 5/6/15
Reviewer: Marcie Kesner from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are extremely comfortable, even with bunions. The didn't require breaking in and look very neat and attractive. I would like them in other colors.

Naveen
Naveen Posted: 4/25/15
Reviewer: from Glastonbury, Connecticut
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love the quality materials and construction of these shoes. Perfect fit, true to my size, and comfortable on the first try. I have bunions; flat feet (I may add a tiny stick on arch) and tender tootsies. These are nice shoes.

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