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87 reviews
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Overall Rating:

96%Rated 5 stars

0%Rated 4 stars

4%Rated 3 stars

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0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

63% "Felt true to size"

75% "Felt true to width"

66% "Moderate arch support"

84 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 3/21/10
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

Beautiful shoe. Love the patent leather. Works great with jeans and business casual. Easy to wear all day right out of the box. Not much padding under ball of foot, so may tire others feet after much standing and walking. Great shoe for work.

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3 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 4/18/11
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:3 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

Seemed like a mis-matched pair of shoes. One fit great, the other did not. The one that fit was very comfortable - too bad the other wasn't.

Additional 67 Penny ara Reviews

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 22, 2009

Anonymous

from Portland Oregon

Love these shoes - they fit great, look great and are very comfortable and versatile. I highly recommend them!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 23, 2009

Hi-Heel-Lover

from Chicago

These are great shoes. Very good looking and very comfortable. They have just the right support and just the right amount of heel. I ordered them in the mocha color and it is a nice dark brown color. I am very hard on shoes so these embossed patent leather shoes are great since they do not scuff and can be wiped clean easily. Thanks for offering these, Zappos!

Brands I'd also recommend: Aquatalia by Marvin K.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 22, 2009

Anonymous

from Montreal, Quebec

The ARA Portland-40017 was an excellent choice. It is both elegant and very comfortable. A very good choice for "ARA" fans.

Brands I'd also recommend: Jenny by ARA and other German brands such as Peter Kaiser

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

April 19, 2009

Anonymous

from Boston

Ridiculously comfortable - Love, love these shoes. They are super comfortable and stylish. Love the color. I followed the advice in the prior reviews and ordered a half size smaller than usual and they fit perfectly.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 6, 2009

Coffeemom

from Seattle

Extremely Comfortable and Beautiful Loafer - I've been looking for a new brown loafer to replace my Paul Green loafers that I've had and worn almost everyday for five years. These fit the bill, no break-in period, beautiful leather (although a bit shinier than I would like but will be great for spring). My only gripe, and it’s almost non-existent, is that the toe is really square and makes my small foot look even a little bit smaller. The toe box does contribute to the comfort, so I guess one might cancel out the other. Overall, if you're looking for a different yet comfortable loafer that can go with suits and jeans, this will work for you.

Brands I'd also recommend: Paul Green, Sesto Meucci

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 28, 2008

Jen R

from Hayward, CA

Great classy loafers - Love these! They do run big and wide (which was great for me because I have wide feet, but I had to send the first pair back and exchange for a 1/2 size smaller). They are really unique looking and versatile. I love them with jeans and some argyle socks!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

May 30, 2010

Alison V

from Rochester NY

I needed a pair of black loafers, preferable patent, for work, and these were perfect! They look terrific -- very classy. The one problem is that they fit me like a glove when I received them, but now after a few wearings, they have stretched out a lot and are slipping all over the place. Not sure what to do about that -- still wearing them, though.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

January 14, 2012

Anonymous

from Homewood, IL

This may be the most comfortable shoe that I have ever worn. It is also adorable with dress pants or jeans. I can't wait to check out other shoes by ara.

Brands I'd also recommend: Munro

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

September 25, 2011

Cally S

from Minneapolis, MN

I am on my feet most of the day and these are well made comfortable shoes. They look nice with trousers and skirts. This was my first pair of ARA shoes and I will try this brand again.

Brands I'd also recommend: Wolky, Ariat, Noat, E Naturalista

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

September 18, 2011

Anonymous

from New York

I was thrilled to find these shoes so easily at Zappos as I had bought my first pair at a going out of business sale in NY. I received compliments all the time about the shoes so I decided to have a backup pair and I intend to get backup pairs from now on.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

September 10, 2011

Denise C

from Visalia, CA

I love these shoes. I have purchased several of this style over the past few years and will continue to buy them as long as they remain available. I wear these every day for work. They are super comfy and stylish. They are shiny as shown in the picture, and do not lose the shine. The sole is rubber so they are very cushioned. I have recently started wearing orthotic inserts because I tend to wear out the inner heel part fast (pronate?) and they provide additional arch support (not that these have poor arch support). I purchase them in black and mocha - haven't tried the other colors as those two work with anything. They do tend to stretch out a little, so if they are a little tight to start, don't worry, they will loosen up - problem is they do tend to get pretty stretched out over time - I just start wearing thicker socks, or a cheap insert will tighten them right up. Highly recommend these shoes!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

March 25, 2011

Anonymous

from Huntington Beach, California

I love these shoes! I am on my feet all day and these shoes do it for me with style and comfort. I purchased a half size smaller.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 3, 2011

Anonymous

from NY City area

Great shoe and good support. They do stretch out a little, but if you have bunions, that is a positive.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

February 1, 2011

Anonymous

from San Francisco,CA

Great shoe, true to fit, a little loose as I wore them constantly, but with a little ped it was fine.

Brands I'd also recommend: Franco Sarto

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

January 5, 2011

E.N.

from MD

I am so glad I got these! A little background first: size 8, no arches whatsoever (thanks dad) and just started wearing orthotics. I ordered my normal size (8) ignoring what some of the others were saying about the shoe running a 1/2 size larger. When I first tried them on (sans inserts) they fit okay, a little snug but I didn't like the way my foot looked because it rolled to the inside and it looked like I was walking on my ankle. I then tried them on with my inserts and the shoe was super tight. I thought for sure I was going to send them back for the 8.5 or for an entirely different shoe. Took them off, then put them back on for a last look but they fit a little better. Put them on at 7am for work and they were super tight but by 1pm I noticed that the shoe was loose and my feet were completely comfortable. The shoe definitely stretches just hope it doesn't continue to stretch too much. Before buying I mulled over the price a little but then figured sometimes you have to pay more for quality. I found these cheaper elsewhere but went with Zappos because I'm very familiar with the quality of their service and I didn't want to have to deal with potential return shipping refusals/fees or restocking fees.

Brands I'd also recommend: Franco Sarto, Fitzwell, Mephisto

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

January 5, 2011

Anonymous

from Texas

Love my Black Ara croc loafers. Very comfortable and true to size. Great value.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

November 3, 2010

Yetunde P

from Philadelphia, PA

Beautiful shoe and extremely comfortable! I would buy it in the other colors if I could. This is an excellent shoe. Looks great with everything!!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 16, 2010

Anonymous

 

Love these shoes. Have bought 3 pairs so far. They fit perfectly, are super comfortable, and are good in bad weather.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

January 10, 2009

Pw S

from Connecticut and Maine

Looks more expensive - I bought one pair in black and they were so comfortable on a trip that I bought another one in brown. Everyone comments on them, plus they can be casual or dressier, depending on the outfit. I wear a wide usually and these fit so well.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 8, 2009

Anonymous

from Philadelphia, PA

Great Shoe!!!!!! I first saw these shoes in a little boutique in Philly. I bought them and I was so pleased with the comfort. I went to buy them again and they were gone. Never saw them again until I saw them on Zappos. I bought the black and dark brown. I was soo excited. This shoe is very comfortable however the shoe does stretch a lot so I would suggest a size smaller then usual. Excellent with a long skirt or pants.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

July 15, 2008

Anamaria

from Houston, Texas

Very wide - These shoes are wonderfully made and very handsome. The lining is delicious soft leather, the upper is rich in color and texture, and the bed is nicely padded. Unfortunately I had to return it because it is just too wide, even with my bunion.

Brands I'd also recommend: Donald Pliner, Stuart Weitzman

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt wider than marked

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

May 13, 2008

Bs B

from Bethesda, MD

Excellent comfortable every-day shoes - These loafers are sized 1/2 size larger, than marked. They are otherwise most comfortable. Light arch support; which is fine for summer. Good with slacks, skirts, and w/e shoes.

Brands I'd also recommend: Donald Pliner

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

November 14, 2007

Kristin M

from York, ME

Most comfy shoes ever! These shoes are one of the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned. They run a tad large - I would get a 1/2 size smaller than your normal shoe size. And despite the comfort level, they are SO trendy too! Every color is gorgeous, I ordered all colors and decided to keep the black, but may order a second color soon.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

November 13, 2007

Anonymous

from Reading, MA

ara Portland - These shoes were comfortable as soon as I put them on; they look great for the office and with jeans.

Brands I'd also recommend: Earth, Ariat and Born

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

October 31, 2007

Anonymous

from Pennsylvania

Awesome shoes - I am actually wearing these shoes today and LOVE them. They are extremely comfortable, great looking and if I could I would buy each and every color of them and get rid of all my other shoes. That's how great they are!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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