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Best Of
Best Of Posted: 2/8/16
Reviewer: Lindsay from Walla Walla, WA
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I wanted to love this shoe. The design is fab, the leather is supple, the heel height is just right. Unfortunately I could not get a good fit! I'm usually a 10, but sometimes a 9.5. First I tried the 10, which actually felt fairly comfortable, but my heel had MAJOR slippage. I figured I needed a smaller size, but the 9.5 felt way too small and constrictive. All the comfort I had noted in the size 10 was completely gone when I sized down, which lead me to I should be in the size 10...but the heel is just too wide for me. So I'd say it's mostly true to size, but not for those with narrow heels. (Side note: La Candienne size 10 boots fit me like a DREAM and are the most comfortable boots I own. They are also quite an investment!)

Best Of
Best Of Posted: 2/6/16
Reviewer: Kendra from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have an upcoming trip to Italy (in February) and needed something both cute, could withstand some weather, and I could walk in all day. I do have black rain boots, from Bogs and Hush Puppies, both amazing, but they didn't quite feel fashionable enough for Italy. Beginning in December, I began carefully reading reviews of black booties on Zappos and ordering 2-3 at a time. I have super wide feet, plus I wanted to wear thicker socks with the old weather. I ordered around 7-9 boots with great reviews and wide options. Nothing worked! On my last order, I decided to throw these in even though they were above my price range and they did not come in wide. When I first put them on, I thought they didn't quite feel wide enough and was about to return them. I decided to give them a try though. I put on medium-thick socks and wore them around. The leather is soft and supple, and not constrictive. They never felt tight or like my toes were being squished. I immediately wore them on errands and then to work a few times (and I walk around all day). My feet never hurt at the end of the day like they normally do (even though I invest in very comfortable shoes) and they go with everything (skirts and tights, leggings, jeans). While they were pricey, this is truly reflected in their quality and comfort.

Rocker 3
Rocker 3 Posted: 2/5/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Great shoe but the sizing seems off to me. I usually wear 8.5-9 and my foot is on the wide side of normal/medium width. The 9 was too big, the 8.5 is too big and size 8 is not in stock, darn it. The foot bed is tan not black as shown in the images for the black shoe.

Bay Unique
Bay Unique Posted: 2/3/16
Reviewer: from Nor Cal
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I absolutely love these shoes. In fact, I have worn little else since I purchased them. They are incredibly comfortable. True to size, they are easy to get on and look cute with dresses, skirts or pants. Even though they are more expensive than I usually buy, I feel they are worth it.

Lily Moon
Lily Moon Posted: 1/24/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is my second pair of these same shoes that I have bought. They are very comfortable and dressy enough for any occasion!

Best Of
Best Of Posted: 1/15/16
Reviewer: Jessi Jennings from Charlotte, North Carolina
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Some of these best boots I've ever purchased. I received them on the 31st of December and I've probably worn them the last 13 out of 16 days I've had them. The insole was a little squished in the toe when I received them but once I wore them for a couple hours I didn't even notice. I'm a hairstylist and I normally wear wedges to work for height but I find every excuse to wear these boots. My husband has even said to me, 'geez you're gonna wear the soles off of those things!' I'm normally a 7 in regular shoes and 7.5 in boots. I ordered a 7.5 and they're perfect! They get more comfortable the more I wear them!

Gabby
Gabby Posted: 1/13/16
Reviewer: Pat Jacob from Glen Ellyn, IL
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is the second pair for me. They double up as a pretty house shoe yet have support if I am in the kitchen for long periods. Nice width that accommodates my bunion. They are useful for travel as they pack easily and look dressy for evening wear.

Lily Moon
Lily Moon Posted: 1/12/16
Reviewer: from the beach, florida
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are the prettiest and most feminine shoes! I love them, but unfortunately the location of the strap made them just about impossible to buckle because my foot is wider. Everything else was perfect. I bought the black suede and they are gorgeous. I had to return, regretfully, because I just could not do that buckle. I'm heartsick because they are really lovely. I will find another Gentle Souls to order.

Bay Braid
Bay Braid Posted: 12/15/15
Reviewer: from Minneapolis
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love the shoes. They are very comfortable. I can keep going all day wearing them and my feet are fine. I love the style, too. My grandchildren approve!

Portobello
Portobello Posted: 12/15/15
Reviewer: Theresa Rottman from Fairfax, VA
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I'm disappointed! The shoes are made of beautifully soft leather. And, they are lovely to look at. However, after one day the insole has wrinkled up and will not lay flat rendering them unwearable. They will be returned today.

Portobello
Portobello Posted: 12/10/15
Reviewer: Michelle from MA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I absolutely love these shoes! Yes, they do feel a bit snug in the toebox at first, but in a very short time (a quick trip to the grocery store) they molded to my feet perfectly. I would not size up because the shoes would then be too big. The arch support and cushioning are superb. It feels like I am walking in a nicely structured slipper. I am glad that I made this purchase.

Portobello
Portobello Posted: 11/28/15
Reviewer: Katie Sipe from Dallas, TX
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are the softest, most comfortable shoes I own. Love them. I ordered a half size down, expecting them to stretch a bit and they fit fine.

Best Of
Best Of Posted: 11/26/15
Reviewer: K Jags from Nebraska
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Outstanding support with great style/quality! I'm a physical therapist and a shoe with exceptional arch and calcaneal (heel) support is hard to find in a shoe and more so in a boot! This is my first experience with Gentle Souls. They are on my radar not only for me but my chronic pain patients. WELL worth the money!

Best Of
Best Of Posted: 11/22/15
Reviewer: from New York, NY
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Beautiful leather and quality materials. But what a weird fit -- the top of the boot felt like it was pushing down on my toes. The heels and ankle fit strangely as well. Going back. Please make shoes for real human feet!

Gabby
Gabby Posted: 11/20/15
Reviewer: TeriBern from Santa Monica, CA 90405
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have purchased 7 pairs of these shoes so far. I noticed that pair in my last purchase was a little tighter. I am about to purchase a pair in a bigger size so that I can wear it with socks (I wear size eights my without socks or with nylon trouser socks). I wear these shoes to teach in, and wear my older pairs casually. I have most black pairs, but I wear my pewter pair occasionally--they are out of style now. I only wish that Gentle Souls made these in: Navy, Red, Brown and Ivory. I would buy two pairs of each!

Best Of
Best Of Posted: 11/19/15
Reviewer: from Long Island, NY
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

This boot looked great, but when I tried it on it felt like there was a hard bump right at the arch in both boots. It was very uncomfortable. There was no way I could keep them.

Portobello
Portobello Posted: 11/12/15
Reviewer: TSM from Annapolis, MD
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I love Gentle Souls but this one didn't work for me. It's narrower than usual in the width across the toe box, but looser and wide on the sides in the open area of the shoe.

Best Of
Best Of Posted: 11/4/15
Reviewer: from North Carolina
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

BEST BOOT EVER! SERIOUSLY! So this is my second pair of GS and straight out of the box and to Europe for 10 days. They walked 8-10 miles a day with me and not one ounce of pain or discomfort. The arch support is amazing. They supported my ankle and I was able to walk cobblestone streets with ease. After all that wear they need a good shine but are in great condition. Easy on/off at airport security...just bought another pair in taller version as these are worth every penny! I like my boots a big roomy. I wear without socks normally as my feet stay warm but wore with socks in Europe. Wear 7.5 in sneakers, bought in 8 and had plenty of room for socks.

Best Of
Best Of Posted: 11/2/15
Reviewer: from Rocky Mountains COLO
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

When I first tried on the boot, I felt that it was on the small side, as some people have commented. BUT.....when I stuck my hand all the way down into the toe box, there was a small piece of foam packing material lining the toe area in both boots. It did not come out with the other paper and foam packed into the boot. Once that was removed, total comfort and, for me, absolutely true to size! A quality boot and comfortable right out of the box. These are the first pair of boots that I have liked that are NOT Frye! Just remember to reach all the way in to remove the foam lining the toe box!

Gabby
Gabby Posted: 10/30/15
Reviewer: Vee Daniels from Albuquerque
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

bought these a few years back, despite complaints that they scuffed far too easily. They do, but still, I wore the first pair into utter oblivion. They are well crafted - I'm still wearing the original pair around the house. I bought the new pair because I loved the originals so much. I still love the style and the fit, but they've changed the design considerably. The strap across the top used to be a soft elastic. Now it's a very rigid, plastic-y band with a little give but a LOT of digging in if you have a high instep like I do. And they've put these little wedges on the inside of the shoe on either side of the arch of the foot. I feel them. I think they're supposed to feel like little massage points, but mostly they feel a bit sharp and unyielding. I feel a bit like I went to visit an old hippie friend only to discover that she's gone full-on Sex Pistols punk. I still love them, but so far they aren't as comfortable as they used to be. The original pair I started wearing with no break-in period. I'm sure I'll wear these into comfort eventually, but three wearings in they are still shocking my feet with a bit of that punk-ish attitude. Oh, and they've done nothing to fix the scuffing issue. Already, the soft leather is showing scratches and scuff marks.

Gabby
Gabby Posted: 10/23/15
Reviewer: from NY
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Beautiful shoe but elastic is too tight and needs break in time that I don't have. Larger size will be too long. Back of heel rubs.

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