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- The Gentle Souls™ Bay Unique flats give you ballerina beauty with urban details.
- Soft suede upper.
- Back-zip closure for easy on and off.
- Elastic straps on upper provide a secure and personal fit.
- Supple deerskin lining is naturally breathable.
- Flax seed pillows embedded in the footbed mold to your feet.
- Flexible sole with rubber grips.
- Weight: 7 oz
- Product measurements were taken using size 8.5, width M. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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Deerskin lining- Gentle Souls´ shoes uses supple and breathable deerskin-lined insoles providing softness and comfort while conforming to the shape of your foot. It is durable and will not stretch or crack when wet. Deerskin is normally found on gloves, jackets or shoe uppers. The deerskin-lined insole is unique to Gentle Souls shoes and sandals!
Flaxseed Memory Pillows- Flaxseed pillows are embedded in the footbed of Gentle Souls shoes to mold to the shape of your foot and provide cushioned support. The flaxseed ¨memory pillows¨ are somewhat similar to beanbags as they redistribute and adjust to the shape of your foot with every step.
Padding- Under the deerskin lining there is a memory foam developed by NASA; Poron®. This foam does not break down and maintains its shape over time.
Granulated Cork- This layer located under the Poron® helps with shock absorption when walking on hard surfaces.
Rubberized Outsole- Sometimes fused with leather, rubberized outsoles are flexible and great for traction on hard surfaces.
5% Full size too large
8% Half size too Large
81% True to size
5% Half size too small
0% Full size too small
83% Felt true to width
3% Felt narrower than marked
14% Felt wider than marked
27% Excellent arch support
58% Moderate arch support
15% No arch support
Gentle Souls Bay Unique
Average rating is 5 out of 5 from a total of 75 reviews.
Top Positive Review
5 people found this review helpful.
I lve the zipper in the back. It is easy on easy off and it is true to size. A 6 is a 6. There is no sizing up or downRead more » « Show less September 11, 2011 by Anonymous
Top Critical Review
1 person found this review helpful.
I wanted to love these shoes. There are so many things to love about them: the color, shape, foot bed comfort, ankle support. But the back zipper is like a medieval torture device that rubs up against the skin back of the heel. I was in horrible pain after one wearing. Easily fixed with a piece of soft suede that would simply "flap" over the zipper on the inside. Had to send them back.Read more » « Show less May 10, 2012 by Anonymous
I really wanted to like these shoes. They are really cute for "comfort" shoes and I had hoped they could be my daily walking shoe for a trip to Europe this summer. I'm in my 20s, but I broke my foot a few months ago and need to wear more supportive and comfortable shoes now; finding stylish comfort shoes is a challenge. Unfortunately, they were not as comfortable as they appear. They felt a bit long (I usually wear 7.5, but a 7 worked better in these). The width was fine and not too wide, as I'd feared. The ankle straps fit comfortably when I first tried them on, which was a concern, since I have very skinny ankles. However, after only an hour of wearing them around the house, the straps had loosened considerably- they looked bad and felt weird. The zipper didn't bother me at all, though. I also have very high arches and the arch support in these shoes is practically non-existent. It's slightly better than a typical flat, but there was still a significant gap between the shoe and the arches of my foot, so I couldn't feel a thing. The soles are slightly thicker than typical flats, but did not offer as much support and cushioning as I'd hoped; they're still quite thin. Sadly, I'll be returning these and continuing my search.
Felt a half size larger than marked
Felt true to width
- Anonymous - customer
- May 23, 2013
These shoes are extremely comfy - much more padding than most flats. They feel wonderful, and the leather is very soft. They are very cute looking, too, and the zipper was no problem. They are going back, though. Online the color "antique pewter" looked like a silvery shade to me, but it is actually more like bronze. They were darker and browner than expected. The color is not so bad, but not useful for my wardrobe.
I'd also recommend: Camper
- Anonymous - customer
- May 22, 2013
I would buy these in every color under the sun if they weren't so darn expensive. Went for the classic black - the detailing in the braiding is exquisite. Quality craftsmanship and materials. After a handful of foot surgeries, I can't wear shoes that don't have straps for extra support - these are the perfect mix of fashion and function. Totally versatile for work and city exploring.
I'd also recommend: Miz Mooz, Fugu Malibu
- Anonymous - customer
- May 22, 2013
These are so beautiful and so comfortable. They look like ballet shoes, but have a rear zip entry, which makes an easy in/out. I love the color, it goes with everything. These hurt nowhere: the elastic straps are perfectly placed. Pricey but so worth it.
I'd also recommend: Naot
Felt true to size
Felt wider than marked
Excellent arch support
- Jaune D - customer
- from So. Cal Mountains
- May 21, 2013
Maybe I am missing something here but if I pay this much for a pair of flats I expect to be wowed. I expect to be able to walk in them all day. If these were cheaper I probably would have rated them a little higher, but for the price, these are not worth the money. Here is why: As far as comfort, yes, these are better than your average flats. However, since they are priced well above your average flats, there is a huge deduction in rating. Comfort is a three to me, because for this price, I should not feel the zipper. Does it rub? No. Does it fit the description another reviewer gave as a "medieval torture device?" No. But, you can feel it. And it is kind of annoying. It is like a hard lump. As for the footbed, it looks lovely. It has those nice little pillows. It is very flexible, but it is not worth the money. You can get similar shoes for considerably less. For this much money, I should be walking on memory foam. I have slippers that put these to shame. If only I could wear them outside. I do not care if this amount is like nothing for you. That is not the point. The point is, for this much money, they could do much better, and I am a firm believer in getting what you pay for. I will pay for a brand name if it has got quality to back it up. These sadly do not. That's not to say they are not quality, they are. They just are not worth this price. And as someone who has a few pairs of cowboy boots that cost a small fortune, I do know what I am talking about here. I do dig the style. And these are very well made. The suede is gorgeous, and that is going to make it very hard to send these back (I am still undecided as to whether or not I will). The comfort, though, that is an issue. I know flats are not the most comfortable shoes in the world, but these boast many promising qualities in comfort that fall short. I guess the jury is still out. Beautiful shoes, just not the package deal.
I'd also recommend: audrey brooke
- Kayla - customer
- from Pittsburgh
- May 18, 2013