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Bass Wayfarer Reviews

143 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

56%Rated 5 stars

4%Rated 4 stars

16%Rated 3 stars

16%Rated 2 stars

8%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

66% "Felt a half size larger than marked"

75% "Felt true to width"

76% "Moderate arch support"

130 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 7/18/09
Overall Rated:3 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I love the way these look. They are a beautiful shoe, but they make my feet bleed. After ordering and returning 2 other sizes (I'm a 10 but had to get 9.5) and wearing them as much as possible, I have still not broken them in. The leather is stiff and I have tried everything. I have resorted to carrying another pair of shoes with me to change into. I have normal sized feet, not too wide. I have started putting thick tape on the back of my heels while I wear them. If anyone can tell me how to break in these shoes, please tell me. I love them and don't want to give up.

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13 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 10/18/10
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

This is a super cute shoe. But, for me, the advice to order a half-size smaller really didn't work out. The shoe is simply too small, but instead of just returning it (maybe because they were sold out of my regular size?) I tried wearing them, stretching them, all to no avail. They seriously hurt my feet and I have pretty much no hope of ever being able to make them fit. A fairly expensive disappointment, unfortunately.

Additional 123 Wayfarer Bass Reviews

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3 people found this review helpful  

November 17, 2009

Mimi T

from Oakland, CA

I love the look of these and got nostalgic for a pair after practically living in them in college. The look and color of the shoe is beautiful (I bought Karicole). However, I wear a size 6 99.9% of the time and after reading the reviews I bought a size 5.5. They're still too big. I'm really disappointed in how Bass is sizing these. They're absurdly off in terms of coming close to being accurate. My foot is neither wide nor narrow and these do run a little narrow. I did have breaking in issues, although not hugely so (tightness but no blisters). The biggest problem has been wearing socks thick enough to keep the shoe on my foot. I'm overall very disappointed and because I wore them out of the house, I'm stuck with them.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

Runs Narrow

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2 people found this review helpful  

December 5, 2011

Anonymous

from Maplewood, New Jersey

I love these shoes. I took the reviewers' advice and ordered a 1/2 size down and it's still slightly big, but I don't find the shoe uncomfortable at all! It is a beautiful classic shoe and for me was comfortable out of the box. True, I have a narrow foot.

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

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 11, 2011

Anonymous

from Ohio

Exactly what I wanted - a cute loafer with a low heel. I ordered my normal size, but returned for a 1/2 size smaller. Much better fit. Thanks Zappos for your speedy delivery and great support staff!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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2 people found this review helpful  

October 17, 2011

Anonymous

from Tennessee

Not to reiterate what everyone has said, but PLEASE do yourself a favor and break these in extensively before you try to wear them. I bought them for a job interview, and even after some wear around the house they gave me the gnarliest blisters I have ever had in my life. They looked sharp, but ouch! Also, I bought the Cassell model at the same time and these look much less casual, so they were better for what I needed.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

2 people found this review helpful  

April 30, 2011

Anonymous

from Tulsa, Oklahoma

Great classic shoe. I loved them in college and love them again. They are a little tight in the toe box, but are fine after a few wearings. I would order your regular size.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

Runs Narrow

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2 people found this review helpful  

April 22, 2011

Nicole S

from Live in Japan; from Atlanta

This shoe is a classic. Shoe size is definitely 1/2 size larger than my normal shoe size as advised by customer service rep; perfect fit by his advice. My foot is narrow so not much breaking in required for me. Shipping time was excellent; received shoes in 1 week and I live in Japan.

Brands I'd also recommend: Bass is it for me; always has been always will be.

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

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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2 people found this review helpful  

August 9, 2009

Lynn B

from Miami

Fabulous loafers. Whenever I wear them, I get compliments. I am just about ready to order another pair. The width is perfect, and the size is just a bit too large, so for an 8, order 7 1/2. The shoes come quickly. Couldn't be happier.

Brands I'd also recommend: Cole Haan

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

Was this review helpful? Yes

2 people found this review helpful  

November 30, 2008

Kathryn

from berkley, michgan

Too much room - I usually wear 10 and never waiver but even the 9.5 in these were too long and wide. I used to wear bass tie shoes a lot many years ago. No way to adjust this style. I've never worn penny loafers. Pretty color.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt wider than marked

 

Runs Narrow

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2 people found this review helpful  

October 16, 2011

Anonymous

 

Everything about these shoes looked great, but they did not fit me like the old penny loafer. They came up too high on back of my heel. Therefore, I have never worn them. Threw out the box so couldn't return.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

May 26, 2010

SK

from Los Angeles, CA

Many reviewers (as well as the Zappos description) shared how this shoe comes a half-size larger than normal. I, however, found this not to be the case. I am a true 6.5 and could hardly stuff my feet into the shoes! I sized up a half size to a 7. The shoes themselves look exactly like the product shot. After I break them in a little, I think they will become comfortable.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 28, 2009

Abigail

from Bloomington, Indiana

Ordered as suggested by the manufacturer... I ordered this shoe one half size smaller than my normal size, as noted as a manufacturer's recommendation...I was unable to even get the shoes on - they were so small. Fortunately Zappos has a wonderful return process.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

May 21, 2011

Anonymous

from Lawrenceville, NJ

Either this shoe is mis-marked or it is very generous cut. This shoe is about 1 1/2 sizes too big for my size 10 foot. It fits more like a 10 mens shoe!

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size larger than marked

 

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Felt wider than marked

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 21, 2011

Anonymous

from Washington, DC

Watch out! Bass shoes are crazy stiff! Kind of uncomfortable. Also, I was hoping the shoe would look kind of funky/men's style/retro, but it ended up just looking dowdy.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 18, 2011

Anonymous

from Nashville,TN

Most uncomfortable shoe I have ever put on my feet. Almost rubbed a blister on my heel as I was walking around in the bedroom to see if they fit. Had to take them off. Beautiful looking, but so uncomfortable.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

January 6, 2010

Shempi J

 

I was very disappointed at how narrow these shoes are. I am a true 8.5M and I could barely get this show on my foot. The length felt very short as well. The shoes look beautiful, but I am returning them.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt narrower than marked

 

Runs Narrow

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2 people found this review helpful  

January 27, 2010

Amy

from Des Moines, Iowa

These shoes are achingly beautiful right out of the box. I say achingly because when I tried to put the shoe on - it ached terribly. Actually, it just plain hurt. I normally wear an 8.5 and followed the recommendation to order one half size smaller. That was a mistake for me. Also, this shoe is incredibly narrow. I don’t think I have Hobbit-like feet, but the shoes were extremely narrow. If you normally wear an M (normal width), you might want to wait a few weeks until Bass releases some new styles in wider widths. I returned the beautiful Bass Wayfarers in shiny Burgundy for Sebago Plaza in Cordo. Both are handsewns, so wish me luck tomorrow when the Sebagos arrive!

Brands I'd also recommend: Dansko, Sebago

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size smaller than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 29, 2009

Anonymous

from Okinawa, japan

Beautiful color, but not a beautiful fit. I purchased this shoe based upon reviews that it was a half size larger. However for me, it was too short in length as well as too narrow in width.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

February 10, 2012

Anonymous

from Los Angeles, CA

I am so glad that I listened to the other reviewers and ordered half a size smaller than my usual 8. I got the 7½ and they fit perfectly with plenty of wiggle room. The insole is cushioned and feels really lovely. They seem to be constructed to last a lifetime. They are stiff in some spots so I will probably wear them around the house until they soften up like some suggested. I have never owned penny loafers before and was searching for a great looking pair at an affordable price and these are it. I love them. Two thumbs up.

Brands I'd also recommend: Eastland

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

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

January 31, 2012

Imelda, Q

from Suburban Denver

Quintessential loafer that complements business casual and weekend clothing styles, Bass loafers are a great shoe for the price point. Help the leather retain its shape by inserting a shoe tree after each wearing. This shoe might be a difficult fit for wide feet, or for those with a high instep. Thank you, good people of Zappos, for the consistently top notch service!

Brands I'd also recommend: Cole-Haan

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

January 13, 2012

Terry H

from Derry, New Hampshire

These classic shoes are a wonderful addition to my shoe closet. They are very comfortable, and I get many compliments on them. I ordered a half size smaller due to the reviews I read, however, I then had to return them. I called Zappos and explained and the very next day I had another pair in the correct size! My advice is to order your true size. Yes they will relax and the leather will expand a bit, but not enough to warrant a different size. Zappos customer service was incredible! They were prompt, polite, made sure I was satisfied.

Brands I'd also recommend: UGGs

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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1 person found this review helpful  

January 8, 2012

Anonymous

 

Love this loafer, but it runs on the narrow side. I am returning this pair and getting the Wide in same size.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt narrower than marked

 

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

1 person found this review helpful  

January 4, 2012

Joy

from New Rochell, NY

I bought these as a Christmas present for my 23 year old daughter. Although they are the traditional hard leather shoe, she's wearing socks to break them in and loves the look and the support. Sometimes it pays to get them what they want! Bass always runs half size larger - so the 6 1/2 fit perfectly.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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1 person found this review helpful  

December 20, 2011

Anonymous

from Washington, DC

I wear these almost every day to work. They are very comfortable and go with almost everything.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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1 person found this review helpful  

November 26, 2011

Anonymous

from Turlock, Ca

What's not to like about these shoes? Fit like a glove and an all american classic. These have been my forever kicking around shoes.

Brands I'd also recommend: None. Can't beat Bass.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

November 17, 2011

Anonymous

from Los Angeles

I wore these shoes in college and loved them. They run a little large, so had to return for a 1/2 size smaller. They are very stiff out of the box and take some breaking in, but will be very comfortable in a couple of weeks. These shoes are very good leather and last forever. I had my last pair about 5 years. So glad they're back in style.

Brands I'd also recommend: Cole Haan

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

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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