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Colobri N472
Colobri N472 Posted: 3/3/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Nice shoe but they do not fit as nice. The inside is not well cushioned for me and I feel every step that I take. The shoe looks small with pants.

Colobri N472
Colobri N472 Posted: 2/12/15
Reviewer: Mary Dudrow from Ohio
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

These boots look very stylish. They were not as comfortable to as the reviews indicated. Even though I tried the smaller size I still slide forward and they were too big in the ankle.

Colobri N472
Colobri N472 Posted: 11/8/14
Reviewer: Kim from Dallas, TX
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love. This is more than I normally spend for shoes-was looking for a nice heel that doesn't make my back & knees hurt after a bit of walking...this is it! I am 8.5-9 w/bunions taking up space in the front; bought size 40, & there is room for inserts and socks. Got the black/tan & may spring for another color or style in this brand.

Yggdrasil N095
Yggdrasil N095 Posted: 10/18/14
Reviewer: Vicki Blond from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

No break-in needed, comfortable shoe that works with skirts or pants. However, they are very heavy and therefore wouldn't work in a suitcase.

Yggdrasil N096
Yggdrasil N096 Posted: 9/17/14
Reviewer: Gypsy from MI
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I don't generally allow myself to spend this much money on shoes, but I needed something (a) comfortable, and (b) funky, and these shoes have those requirements in abundance! They are unbelievably comfortable right out of the box, and I'm thrilled with them and so glad I decided to make the purchase. And they're as eye-catching as they are comfy. I found these very true to size, and they have a nice, generous toebox that doesn't crowd. The craftsmanship appears outstanding. I will definitely order from this manufacturer again. If you're thinking about buying these shoes, just go ahead and do it!

Wakataua N433
Wakataua N433 Posted: 8/18/14
Reviewer: Joan Eisenstodt from DC
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love this shoe! Have it in red and in blue and have worn the red pair almost every day since I got it. It's like a better looking Birkenstock! First ordered a size that correlated to 9.5/10 but it was too small. Figured what the heck and ordered the 41 which was larger than my usual size and remarkably it is not too big -- it's just right. Okay, but here's the rub on this shoe: the only thing the manufacturer (and Zappos) says you can clean it with (and it seems to smudge easily) is something called Eco-Cream, sold only by El Naturalista. Tried ordering from them but their software cannot see my address (a letter street) and keeps changing it to something else! It's the greatest downside...tho' I learned from Zappos that Planet Shoe gives the Eco-Cream with purchase of this brand of shoes. If I figure out how to get the cleaner, I'll post it. And if others figure out how to clean the shoes of smudges, please post.

Wakataua N433
Wakataua N433 Posted: 7/22/14
Reviewer: Mary from Fort Mill, SC
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love, love, love these shoes! They have been on my feet almost everyday since I got them - a nice cross between a sandal and a shoe. Very comfortable without socks!! If you wear a 40 in a sandal, get the 41. I had to send the first pair back.

Torcal N302
Torcal N302 Posted: 7/12/14
Reviewer: from san jose, ca.
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

So sorry this shoe didn't work out. Great if you do not have hammer toes as the strap over toes made things worse. I am disappointed but it is my lousy feet not the shoe for me.

Wakataua N433
Wakataua N433 Posted: 7/2/14
Reviewer: Terry from MN
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

These shoes are super cute and I love the adjustable strap around the back of the heel. The heel cup is deep and just seemed to suck my foot right on into the shoe. Unfortunately, there was not enough sole between my foot and what I was walking on. If I had worn these outside I probably would have felt every single pebble or stone I stepped on. I guess these could be classified as minimalist shoes (?). If you need excellent arch support, these shoes are not for you. If you like Birkenstocks or Vionic/Orthaheel, these will not work for you. As far as sizing, they were somewhat off. The left shoe didn't seem quite long enough, but the right shoe was perfect...guess my left foot is bigger. I wear a 10.5 and got the 10.5-11. These are really not in between - they are closer 10.5 if not even a little smaller or at least the left shoe is; however, I would not say they are a whole 1/2 size smaller, but maybe 1/4. I got the dark brown and the color is just gorgeous and the leather is really soft.

Wakataua N433
Wakataua N433 Posted: 6/30/14
Reviewer: Katieruth from Missoula MT
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These are cute enough, but not very comfy out of the box. They do have a hard footbed, like a Birkenstock, but the leather at the toe is hard, and there was pressure on my toenails. I adjusted the velcro, but it didn't help. They are also a little darker red than they appear. If they were more comfortable, I'd keep them. Can't do it for these, given they are a bit spend.

Wakataua N433
Wakataua N433 Posted: 6/30/14
Reviewer: Joan Eisenstodt from DC where we have taxation w/o voting representation
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I usually wear a 9.5-10/B or "Wide". I ordered this in the equiv. of 9.5-10 and it was too narrow across the vamp and too short. So disappointed... so thought I'd try again and got the equiv. of 10.5/11 and it works. A teeny bit long but not much. Love the style, comfort, support. Do not like that it 'scuffs' easily and am unsure how to make it less scuffy looking.

Wakataua N433
Wakataua N433 Posted: 6/28/14
Reviewer: from NY
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

These were adorable. When I stood still. Am a wide 8 and got the 39. Anything larger would have slipped off. Yet there's something about the toe box or the strap that caused my toes to hit the front of the shoe in an uncomfortable way when walking. They may work better on someone with short toes or who is on the small side of an 8 size. Sadly returned.

Torcal N302
Torcal N302 Posted: 6/24/14
Reviewer: Debra Bass from St. Louis, MO
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Order a size up for sure. I like the shoe and the padding is really comfortable, but my toes climbed the walls of that raised footbed and it just was not comfortable. I walked around the living room and it just seemed irritating. And if you are really sensitive some of the stitches inside were a little scratchy, I think after wearing them a while it would really chaff. I wear an 11 so I got the 42 (supposedly an 11½-12) and it still seemed half a size too small.

Wakataua N433
Wakataua N433 Posted: 6/18/14
Reviewer: charlotte asher from CA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I love the style, color but the Wide cut doesn't work for my thin, skinny foot. Also the left shoe feels short, disappointed to return them.

Wakataua N433
Wakataua N433 Posted: 6/18/14
Reviewer: from Front Range, Colorado
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes are the bomb. Super cute and comfortable. Perfect for the office in the summer or just hanging out enjoying life. This is my fourth pair of El Naturalista, comfortable, well made shoes.

Yggdrasil N095
Yggdrasil N095 Posted: 6/17/14
Reviewer: from Pacific Northwest
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love these with jeans. So comfy. I live in the Pacific Northwest and they are good for rainy weather; my feet stay above the puddles. They are funky looking and my 15 year old thinks they are hideous but I've had compliments from others. True to size.

Wakataua N433
Wakataua N433 Posted: 6/12/14
Reviewer: Jayne Andreen from Alaska
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are absolutely wonderful. I put them on, and immediately felt as though I was wearing cosy slippers with some great support. I almost wore them to bed. They look good, and feel great.

Wakataua N433
Wakataua N433 Posted: 6/12/14
Reviewer: KB from California
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

El Naturalista Wakataua N433 - Loved the red (Tibet leather) color! My usual size 37 (6.5 US) worked. So close to keeping these, but ultimately I was too vain to own this super comfy shoe because I felt like a Disneyland mascot in them. :( I bet my feet would have looked smaller in black. The arch could have maybe been a little more supportive, but I have high arches, so I think it would be fine for most people. The quality was really good. I will definitely keep checking on this brand and trying out their new styles -- thanks Zappos for making that easy to do!

Wakataua N433
Wakataua N433 Posted: 6/7/14
Reviewer: Jeri Rodgers from Atlanta
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes are the most comfortable slingbacks I have owned. I have wide "toes" and the toebox of this shoe never bind. In addition, the support of the arches is excellent. I wore one pair out, and now have two new pairs.

Torcal N302
Torcal N302 Posted: 5/29/14
Reviewer: Alice Ellis Gaut from Portland OR
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Yes they really are that cute. Leather is soft & comfy but I fear maybe too soft; feels like they are already relaxing/stretching across the instep & there is no adjustability. Soles are not as cushioning as I had hoped (hence the 4 stars) but more than adequate for basic hoofing; wouldn't wear them for an extended walk or on rough terrain. Lots of compliments, even from husband who never comments on such things.

Wakataua N433
Wakataua N433 Posted: 5/24/14
Reviewer: Heidi from Michigan
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

This is the second time I ordered El Naturalista shoes. I love the styles and want them to work so much. The Mary Janes were not right for my long narrow feet so I sent them back. These are maybe a tiny bit too small lengthwise but the width is better. One odd thing that I hope will improve with breaking in is where the strap hits across my upper heel. It is too low! Making the Velcro tighter only makes the toes uncomfortably tight. I am going to keep these and see how it goes.

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