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School Issue Varsity (Adult) Reviews

107 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

96%Rated 5 stars

0%Rated 4 stars

0%Rated 3 stars

4%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

64% "Felt true to size"

70% "Felt true to width"

62% "Moderate arch support"

92 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 11/2/12
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:4 stars!
Style Rated:4 stars!

Yes, these look most like the Real Deal. The are very substantial compared to the thin but rigid Bass versions. The toe box is high (deep) and rounded, allowing for real feet to fit in there with reasonable thick socks. I found the Bass shoe to have a long narrow and not very tall toe box, forcing you to order a half-size larger, and still not only pinching the toes but the toes being long enough to trip over, like some ladies' pumps have. These have a very firm, molded foot shape, and the leather is much thicker than Bass shoes or many other hard-leather brands I've purchased. My only complaint would be that in the wide versions, the toe box is perhaps a bit too generous, so if all you need is width at the toes, not throughout, then the toes box will look every-so-slightly disproportionately large, making for a (in my picky opinion) slightly bulbous or clown-shoe effect. The 7.5's were the right width but too long, yet the 7W were not quite wide enough; I would say that, strangely, the "W" here is a C width in the 7, and a D or even E width in the 7.5. If your feet have high insteps or wide farther back toward the heel (all over, basically), then they will be perfect. They're without doubt the cutest saddle shoe available. They have the best foot shape and are much likelier to hold that shape over time than the Bass, and even the JJ Kids, which I found too narrow and just so-so on the shape. I wish these had adult unisex or woman's in a better range of colors--what about brown, denim and black suede? Bass has all those and more, sad to say.

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15 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 12/22/10
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:2 stars!
Style Rated:3 stars!

Narrow, pointy toes. I think that saddle shoes should have round toes, not pointy. Very hard upper. Ouch. Sadly, the search for cuteness continues.

Additional 87 Varsity (Adult) School Issue Reviews

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2 people found this review helpful  

July 28, 2011

Emily H

from New York

I love these shoes. They are comfortable and look so cute. As other reviewers have mentioned they are a snug fit or maybe a bit narrow, depending on the shape of your foot. I just wear thin socks and haven't had a problem.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 21, 2011

Anonymous

from United States

I used to wear these all the time when I was younger because I went to a catholic school and they were a part of my uniform. Who would have guessed years later I'd wear them because I actually liked them?! Just got these in the mail today. I was afraid they were going to be too small by looking at them but they fit perfect. Normally I wear a 9.5 in regular sneakers so I'm glad I looked at the size chart because I went up to a 10. A 9 would have definitely been too small so definitely use the size chart and measure your feet! The arch support is spectacular. My feet feel really good in these. Love them!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

May 11, 2011

Kimmy i

from South Carolina

I have searched for these for many moons ! Ahhhh, they look exactly how I expected. Definitely a narrow shoe, but perfect for my narrow feets! Great arch support; not for wide feet, that's for sure. I love them! I typically wear a 36 in Danskos, and a 6 in Fryes. I have room to move in both, but these fit like a glove, but not too tight! Sweet!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 16, 2011

Gia S

from New Orleans, LA

I bought these shoes to wear as part of my dance troupe's costume. I danced/marched in these for 7 hours straight one day and 5 in the next and my feet felt great. They are stiff, and seem to run small, so I went up a size. I did add some moleskin to the inside of the shoe, since I had to dance in them for so many hours, and that helped a lot. A very well made shoe!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 1, 2011

Anonymous

from Maryland

I ordered the white/navy combination in 1/2 size smaller than what I normally wear. It was too small so, I called Zappos. In less than 15 hours, I had the correct size in my hands! How do they do this? Anyway, the shoes are just what I wanted and I love them. (I also love Zappos.)

Brands I'd also recommend: Doc Martens

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 4, 2011

Anonymous

from SF Bay Area

Great shoes -- recommended! I am a female and I bought them for myself. Nice business causal shoes to wear with pants. Be warned -- they are huge! I sent them back because they were way too big. Even when I got the replacement shoes at half a size smaller, they are still a smidge large. If you're a size 7, order a size 6.5, or even 6!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 4, 2011

Vicki c

from Bradenton Fl

I love my saddle shoes I wear them all the time they fit just great and feel good I have had so many compliments on my shoes. Vicki Cole

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

December 17, 2010

Dawn D

from Rockaway, NJ

This shoe has a nice snug, supportive fit without being too tight. I have a size 6.5 slightly wide foot and my feet like being in these! Their look is a bit striking as the white leather is really white. I've always loved saddle shoes and I'm on a mission to bring them back! My only complaint would be the very stiff, sharp edge to the heel area. I use shoe horns to put them on without the edge digging into my heel. But once they're on, they feel great.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 6, 2010

Anonymous

 

I bought these shoes to complete a Halloween costume. I have worn them two more times since then! I absolutely love them! I am on a one woman crusade to bring back saddles!! They are so comfortable.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

October 21, 2010

JILL R

from USA

Love the clunkier style of these Saddle oxfords, over other brands. Size runs a smidge big. Did rub 2 big blisters on both heels first time I wore them.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 20, 2010

Mary H

from Minneapolis, Minn-eh-soda

These are comfortable and absolutely fun. People you don't know will stop you and want to know where you got them. Of course I say my favorite place -- Zappos. I think they make you feel younger and kind of sassy. What more can you ask from a shoe - fun, comfortable, and makes you feel good. Don't be a square, buy them.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

December 22, 2010

Anonymous

from East Bay, CA

Narrow, pointy toes. I think that saddle shoes should have round toes, not pointy. Very hard upper. Ouch. Sadly, the search for cuteness continues.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

April 25, 2012

Anonymous

from Los Angeles

Love these shoes, everyone comments how cool they are (you know, in a retro way). They do seem to run a bit tight in length and width. Maybe order a half size larger and the width will be fine. If you plan to wear thick socks, go a full size larger. The soles are somewhat stiff for those of you that need structure and support -- if you're looking for cush stuff, these are not flexible enough. As a chef, these work great for me on my feet all day. (And they match my white chef coat and B&W houndstooth pants -- these shoes are becoming my signature look!)

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

April 15, 2012

Andrea M

from Tennessee

I bought this shoe for my 9yrs old son. These are so hard to fine in the stores in his size. I love this shoe is fit true to size and my son states that they are very comfortable. No regrets.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 27, 2016

Michelle

from Chicago

Love the shoes! Comfortable and well built. Reminds me of the shoes I wore in grade school. Looks great with a pair of cuffed Skinny Jeans!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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May 23, 2016

Debra D

from memphis, tn

The fit is true to size and so comfortable. They arrived the next day - I don't know how Zappos does it but they are awesome.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 9, 2016

Anonymous

from Atlanta, Ga

I love these shoes! I got them for work to wear with jeans, dresses and pants. They go with everything! I normally wear a size 8 but after reading reviews I got them in a 7 1/2 m and they are perfect! The toe area is wide and leaves plenty of wiggle room. I wore them with low profile socks till they got broken-in because on me they were rubbing in the heel. After wearing them twice they are perfect!

Brands I'd also recommend: Dr. Martins

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 true to width

 

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April 25, 2016

Anonymous

from Callawassie Island, South Carolina

We had a 1950's sock hop for the oldies at my club and I needed inexpensive saddle shoes. These were great and extremely well made for the price. And they were comfortable. Great buy and not just for a costume!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 19, 2016

Anonymous

from Quinton, Virginia

I missed my saddle shoes from High School and was glad to have found these. It really takes me back to the "good ole days". These shoes were the 3rd pair that I had ordered. Wish I had ordered these first! I also remembered the blisters I got on my heels from "breaking them in", so this time I put band aids on my heels for the first few times. Guess I will have to give them 4 stars for comfort as they do need "breaking in".

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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April 15, 2016

Genevieve N

from Belleville, IL

At first I was a little hesitant on purchasing these shoes even with the good rating. Once I received them I couldn't wait to put them on! At first they felt stiff but I'm sure after a few days they will be just fine. I'm normally a size 7 in which I ordered the correct size. They feel a bit tight around the heel but the foot bed has ample room. After the first two hours I received many compliments! I'm wearing them with socks and they're a bit snug. They are also prone to scuffing so use the correct protectant and they should be fine. Super fast shipping on these bad boys and customer service is amazing! Will be ordering from Zappos again for sure!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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March 8, 2016

Margaret A

from Brooklyn Park, Maryland

I love this shoe! The only issue I am having is the left shoe fits perfect and the right shoe is way too tight. It could be an issue with my right foot maybe, so I will wait and hope that I will be able to wear them soon.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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February 28, 2016

Mary M

from Monticello, IN

I love these, love 'em! I had been looking for quite some time, they are very comfortable, great sole on them, yes hard leather but will soften up as I wear them, no complaints at all. My granddaughter loved them so much that she is wearing them for the weekend, as she put it to break them in for me. So, I let her. I may have lost them to her; hope not, she took pictures to send to her friends. She fell in love with them too. Thanks for a great shoe.

Brands I'd also recommend: 1st time order, not sure yet.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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January 17, 2016

June T

from Utah

I love these shoes! I bought them because Jack Nicholson was wearing them in a movie!! They are comfortable. I wear s size ten I thought they would look huge! They make my feet look small. I love them! Free shipping. Great service. Thank you!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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December 26, 2015

Jill s

from Orlando

The half size did go wider in the W. I am very happy with the thick soles and comfy interior. My usual picks are Nike mens or Birkenstock. I have wide feet for a woman. Spoiled wide feet that found a comfortable high fashion shoe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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November 25, 2015

Toni M

 

Love, love, love this shoe! I'm hoping that they get the blue and white ones back in stock soon. This shoe is very comfortable and just gets better the more you wear them.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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