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79 reviews
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Customer Fit Survey:

86% "Felt true to size"

92% "Felt true to width"

70% "Excellent arch support"

76 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 5/12/11
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

Ara Bella (graphite/black) just arrived and they are "out-of-the-box" comfortable. The graphite is darker than depicted -- a great shade of metallic gray (a good thing!) and the leather is soft without appearing to be too delicate. The shoe clears the bunion area with no seams inside the shoe transitioning from patent toe cap to the body of the shoe to irritate those of us with "Princess-and-the-pea" feet. I had no problem with the sides hitting my ankle bone. I wear a 7 1/2 (Paul Green shoes) or an 8 and the 8 was perfect. The cut of the shoe is more of a skimmer than a ballet but for those of us that find a ballet irritating to delicate spots this is a delightful compromise. It's a wear-with-anything at any time kind of shoe and I look forward to more color options. The arch support seems to be good although not in the same category as Mephistos. Adorable shoe/great color combo/Zappos service equals a winning combination!

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3 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 3/7/11
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

Fabulous quick delivery and customer service from Zappos. In the photo the body of this shoe looks creme and gray. In reality the body color is more bronze/black. Cute shoe on and off foot. The footbed is very comfortable. But it is cut high around the ankle and rubs uncomfortably on this bone. This isn't usually an issue for me, so I concluded this shoe does have have a "tall" height cut from heel to below the ankle bone. Unfortunately I'll be returning them.

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3 people found this review helpful  

May 14, 2010

Michele c

from minneapolis

I have many Ara shoes. I have bunions and cannot wear ballet style shoes. This style covers my bunion and I can wear them all day. They look good with jeans and skirts. Super comfortable shoe. I would recommend to anyone with foot pain.\r\n

Brands I'd also recommend: Think!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

December 22, 2011

Anonymous

from woodmere, ny

I usually wear a 6 1/2 but this shoe runs big and I needed a 6. It is very comfortable and looks great with jeans or slacks. It's a keeper!

Brands I'd also recommend: merrill, arche,

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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2 people found this review helpful  

December 14, 2011

SF

from Northern VA

Very comfortable from the minute you put them on...great arch and foot-bed support/comfort; Would love them also in just plain leather and/or suede without the patent toe and bow...in black, chocolate, navy, etc.

Brands I'd also recommend: ECCO, L'arche

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

December 2, 2011

Teresa L

from Detroit, Mi

A great, comfortable shoe that I wear all the time while shopping, visiting museums and other recreational activities. The padded foot bed helps take the pain out of covering miles and miles on cement sidewalks and other hard surfaces. I have four pairs of various colors.

Brands I'd also recommend: Stewart Weitzman

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 28, 2011

Anonymous

 

Great shoes with a comfortable fit and lots of compliments from friends on the style.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

October 5, 2011

Linda S

 

I have worn this shoe for the past two years because of its comfort. The shoes that I am returning. The right shoe is cut much higher than usual and is very uncomfortable.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 23, 2011

Pat H

from Delaware

A really good looking, well fitting shoe. A bit pricey but am glad I bought them. Looking forward to wearing them this fall.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 14, 2011

Anonymous

from Indianapolis, Indiana

Wonderful comfortable shoes!! I have wide hard to fit feet. These shoes make my feet look nice and small. I will order another color.

Brands I'd also recommend: cole haan

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 1, 2011

Rhonda

from Los Angeles

I love them! Just received the Bella in the Bronze Leather/Mocha trim. They are not only beautiful and stylish, but comfortable right out the box. The shoe also appears to be very well made and I anticipate that this will not be the last Ara shoe purchase for me. So with that said, because this is a shoe that can easily go from day to night or suit to jeans, it only makes sense to incorporate it into your shoe wardrobe. Good luck!

Brands I'd also recommend: Too many to name. . . . . .

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

August 8, 2011

Anonymous

from NY, NY

These flats are the most comfortable flats I've ever worn. The leather is like butter. The shoe wears beautifully and can be dressed up or down. I now own three pairs in different colors. They look great with everything.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

August 5, 2011

Kristi

from Phoenix, AZ

These shoes are very cute and very professional-looking. I bought them as a flat alternative to wear with a black business suit and they look awesome with the black pants! They are overall comfortable and although they were a little stiff out of the box they loosened up quickly. My only complaint is that they have an extra small piece of fabric right at the Achilles, which creates 2 small seams across the black rim on the very back of the shoe. This seems like a small detail but almost made the shoes unwearable until I put some moleskin (and eventually a little heel pad) in the back of the shoe. Once those seams were covered up I fell in love with these shoes!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

June 26, 2011

Anonymous

from Boston MA

It is tough to find navy flats and these are very pretty and comfortable.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

April 29, 2011

Anonymous

from Saint Paul, Minnesota

These ballerina slippers are so comfortable and well made. I usually fit into a size 8.5 or 9.0, depending on designer. I ordered the 8.5 and the fit is perfect.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

January 1, 2011

Anonymous

 

I wore these shoes for 4 hours of shopping right out of the box and my feet were as comfortable as if I had worn tennis shoes. I can't say enough good things about this shoe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

December 2, 2010

Stacey

from new jersey

These shoes are beautiful and very comfortable. I would highly recommend the. I have a very narrow foot and they are a little wide but it still works for me.

Brands I'd also recommend: naot

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 30, 2010

Nancy S

from New York, NY

This is a very pretty shoe. I try to wear ARA as often as I can because I have difficult feet and they are wonderfully comfortable. True to size.

Brands I'd also recommend: Mephisto

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 19, 2010

Ronita K

from Seattle and Sonoma, CA

After wearing them for a week, I ordered another pair. A wise friend once advised that if you fall in love with a shoe, you ought to have at least two pairs. These shoes are so comfortable, timelessly stylish and versatile. Buy a pair!!!

Brands I'd also recommend: Ferragamo

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 19, 2010

Anonymous

from Forked River, New jersey

Fabulous shoe. Fits like a glove from day one. Very soft and comfortable. Stylish, functional and fits true to size. No breaking period.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 29, 2010

Anonymous

from Mississippi

This is a great shoe. It wears like a dream. I have many allergies and a very difficult foot to fit but this shoe works. Thank you Zappos.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

July 23, 2010

Anonymous

 

These are great shoes. They do run short in black. Note that this is a different shoe from the two-toned version and is sized differently. Fit and comfort is all you could ask for. I'm taking them to Europe as my go-to-a-nice-restaurant but walking on cobblestones to get there shoes.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

July 19, 2010

Anonymous

 

I love Ara shoes. Have four pair in my closet. Begin able to order them on line through Zappos.com was a significant time saver. I got exactly what I ordered and in no time at all.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

June 9, 2010

Anonymous

from New York

You know how difficult it is to find a dress shoe that is comfortable. Well, I was able to wear these shoes with a dress, and it felt special. I couldn\'t have gone a complete smaller size, but the shoes were a little big. I also received many compliments. Wish there were different colors.\r\n

Brands I'd also recommend: Ecco , Clarks, Stonefly

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 30, 2010

Karen B

from Boise, ID

I was not familiar with Ara shoes but liked the style on line for its versatility. They arrived today--usual great Zappos service!--and I am very impressed with how cute they are, and how comfortable they are. I wanted them for an overseas business trip where I will do a lot of walking, and I think they\'ll be perfect! I wear a 7.5 or 8 and ordered these in 7.5 and the fit is just right. Now I\'ll look for other Ara-brand shoes!

Brands I'd also recommend: Dansko, Clarks, Merrell

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 1, 2009

Anonymous

from New York, NY

I thought these were great flats. Very comfortable. I have a hard time finding shoes that fit and these were perfect. They have moderate arch support, so they aren\'t too flat. My only concern is that they may stretch over time and become too big.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 11, 2009

Jan S

from Vienna, VA

I have only worn the shoes a couple of times but they were comfortable - don\'t need much break in. I got the basic black and they work with the outfits I had in mind. I would purchase them again.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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