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School Issue Varsity (Adult) Reviews

119 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

71%Rated 5 stars

10%Rated 4 stars

5%Rated 3 stars

9%Rated 2 stars

4%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

62% "Felt true to size"

71% "Felt true to width"

61% "Moderate arch support"

103 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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16 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 114 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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2 people found this review helpful  

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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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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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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2 people found this review helpful  

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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Fit Rating

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2 people found this review helpful  

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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Fit Rating

Felt a full size larger than marked

 

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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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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

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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Felt true to size

 

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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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Fit Rating

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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July 25, 2017

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Susan

from San Jose, CA

These are darling, but I have a very high instep. To compensate for that, the toe looked too bulbous in the 9W. The instep didn't work in the 8.5M, and I think the 8.5 wide may look too bulbous. Not sure it's worth a try in the 8.5W. I really don't have wide feet.

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

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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March 23, 2017

Susan R

from Biloxi, Mississippi

I absolutely love the shoes but the toe is so hard and the leather seems tough. My feet were not very "Happy Feet", pardon the pun. I will search and order something similar, just not the school issue ones. Thanks Zappo's and I love the North Star Jacket. Sincerely, Susan

Brands I'd also recommend: I love Josef Siebel Oxfords, I just purchased a pair from you a few weeks ago. "PERFECT"

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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January 30, 2017

Review for Zappos Rewards Points
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Anonymous

 

These are one of my favorite pairs of shoes! They are perfectly classic and pair great with a cigarette pant or jean. Adorable!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 5, 2017

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Robin

from Philadelphia Pa

I received my shoes 01/04/17 and I opened the package and I was like OMG BEAUTIFUL I couldn't wait to try them on I normally wear a 7.5 and they fit but my toes are at tip of shoes ?? I reached ZAPPOS by phone and the customer service helped me with an exchange no charge and sent me a size 8 I was so happy I'm sending the 7.5 back today. For persons who wears a true 7.5 I recommend you 1/2 size up to an 8 and shoe should fit Perfectly. I will keep checking for other colors. These shoes are timeless vintage conversation piece. Stylish, Comfortable, sturdy and can be worn definitely school, work, date dressed up or down. A must own shoe. Thank You ZAPPOS. Robin E. Aka Khadijah Philadelphia

Brands I'd also recommend: School Issue Varsity Adult only its the Best.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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December 22, 2016

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Anonymous

from PA

Bought these for my daughter to wear with her costume in a theater production. They are perfect. Run true to size and felt comfortable when she first put them on. Just a classic saddle shoe, and perfect for her performance.

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

 

Poor Support

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December 13, 2016

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Nancy N

from Idaho

Darn it - these seemed heavier than they did in college. Had to return them and see if I can find a lighter pair.

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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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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August 22, 2016

Anonymous

from seattle, wa

I grew up wearing these shoes!!!!! I absolutely love these shoes and was so worried they would not fit. They fit perfectly!!!!! I love these shoes!!!!

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

 

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Felt true to width

 

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August 16, 2016

CMW

from New Orleans, Louisiana

Nice shoes!

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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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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July 17, 2016

Harlien J

from Tallahassee, FL

Love these shoes. Wore them in high school and always loved them. Just wanted to get a pair to wear again. They fit true to size and are very comfortable. Nice soft insole but no arch support. Not a problem to remove insoles if you have orthotics as I do. Nice thick rubber outer sole and very durable. Upper is leather. These will last a LONG time, I'm thinking. Reasonable shipping time. Overall, I'm very satisfied with this purchase.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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No arch support

 

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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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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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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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