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Born Stowaway II - Crown Collection Reviews

172 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

56%Rated 5 stars

20%Rated 4 stars

12%Rated 3 stars

12%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

68% "Felt true to size"

81% "Felt true to width"

71% "Moderate arch support"

150 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 9/30/11
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:4 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

Could it be that I've finally found a flat that I can wear?? Looks like it! Most flats are too narrow in the toe, and if I go to a larger size they flip right off my feet. These are true to size. The Stowaway II is an improvement over the original, or maybe it's just that the color I chose has particularly soft leather (I have black/pewter). A bit of arch support, which I cannot live without, does the job. It could be a bit more supportive but it's outstanding compared to flats in general. I know that with the multi-textured leather each pair will be unique, but the one problem I really had was that in my pair each shoe was quite different. I was going to send them back to see if another pair might be more symmetrical, but I liked them so much I didn't want to give them up. So I took the rougher side of a nail buffer and used it lightly on one shoe. Now they are not exactly alike, but close enough to go together as a pair. There will be a short break-in period, I can tell, but the leather is soft and will quickly conform to the foot.

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22 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 4/26/13
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I have a different pair of Born flats that I absolutely love. I ordered these in the same pair and wish I could say I loved them. I know everyone's feet are different and not everyone has the same issues with a pair of flats, but these flats tore up my little toes on both feet. I had terrible blisters and then eventually they started bleeding due to the chafing against my foot. I found this very odd because I have VERY narrow feet, so I'm not sure why this happened. A half size bigger would have been too big. I'm going to attempt to stretch them out with some socks and a blow drier or see if putting band aids on my little toes will prevent future chafing. I'm pretty bummed out. It sucks that I wore them around the house and nothing, but as soon as I walked a few blocks in them outside, my feet were ruined. Sigh.

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3 people found this review helpful  

March 22, 2012

ZZ T

from Chicago,Il

I agree with many other reviewers that this is the perfect flat! These shoes do not force the wearer to sacrifice comfort for fashion. The Stowaway II are both cute and practical! They've got padded footbed and arch support, and even some toe wiggle room. Looking forward to lots of "happy feet" days ahead.

Brands I'd also recommend: Tahari, Sam Edelman

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 7, 2012

Danielle B

from Boston, MA

I was disappointed with these. They were less cute in person and made my (admittedly not tiny) feet look huge. I'm usually a 9 - sometimes a 9.5. I ordered the 9.5 based on reviews and they slipped in the back, but didn't seem big enough to size down. I ended up keeping another pair of flats that had some elastic to keep them on. These did seem to be very well padded and supportive for a ballet flat.

Brands I'd also recommend: Cole Haan

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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March 27, 2013

Anonymous

from San Francisco

I have feet that are really wide in the front, but not in the heel, and I have trouble finding shoes that fit. These are great -- they cover the entire front of my foot, are comfortable, the leather is soft, and they stay on my heels when I walk! I tried a couple other Born models that didn't fit quite as well, and these were absolutely the best.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 16, 2012

Anonymous

 

I am very happy with my stowaway flats. After a few wears they were broken in and are super comfy. They are true to size. I've tried lots of flats that never worked but these have just the right amount of support. Plus they loom great with everything!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 9, 2012

Nancy S

from Portland, Maine

These are first time step in comfortable flats. The variegated leather is very chic. The arch support is decent. I love Born shoes. Style and fit out ofthe box!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 13, 2011

Anonymous

from Phoenix, AZ

I love this shoe. I bought the snake print in gray. Love the color. However, it ran a size small for me. I normally wear a 7.5 and had to order an 8. But as always Zappos exchange policy is great.

Brands I'd also recommend: Clarks

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 1, 2011

Anonymous

from Tennessee

Cute, comfortable - I think. I usually wear 7 1/2 but my toes were at the end. I will try the 8 when it becomes available.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 27, 2011

Anonymous

from Brooklyn, NY

Super stylish and comfy! And the color goes with almost everything. It's kind of greyish, greenish, brownish metallic. Really versatile.

Brands I'd also recommend: Clarks Indigo

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

August 5, 2012

Mimi i

 

So pretty, but not super comfy. The turned-up toes are not just the way it photographed. The toes do turn up a bit. The gold/bronze color is darker than the photo (on my monitor). They feel a little stiff, in the few steps I've tried. I haven't decided yet. They are really pretty though, and I think the color is versatile.

Brands I'd also recommend: Mephisto Rieker Born

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 21, 2012

Anonymous

 

I have many Born shoes and I always wear a 6.5 with no problem. I walked right out of these shoes. They were long and wide (I have a moderately narrow foot). They are so very cute that I'm going to try a 6 but I'm afraid they'll be too short. The leather is very attractive and can be dressed up or down. They're flats. They don't really have "support" just a little cushioning.

Brands I'd also recommend: Clarks, Naturalista, j41, privo

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 14, 2012

Sheila

 

Very cute but runs small. I always wear a 7, but in this shoe the 7 was too short.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 7, 2012

Carol L

from United States

Cute flats! Good cushioning, some support. A little snug around the big toe joint, which is breaking in nicely, so not a real problem for me.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

October 30, 2011

Anonymous

from Haddonfield, NJ

This is the only pair of flats that I enjoy wearing all day. They don't slip off the heel when I walk, and the little heel and modest arch give them more suppot than most. The pewter-y color is a great neutral too.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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July 2, 2012

Anonymous

from New York

Nice and fit true to size. Comfortable for a ballet flat, though I had hoped for more support and a more substantial sole. Not a pair I'd want to wear all day or walking through the city.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 19, 2012

Anonymous

from New Hampshire

I ordered these in the grey snake pattern. They were super cute, fit great, and would have been a good match for me. They fit me true to size (unlike the original Stowaways which ran half a size small for me). The vamp is fairly high (no toe cleavage), construction is solid, toe is round but seemed less round than the original Stowaways. Unfortunately the shoes arrived in a generic box, and seemed used (sole seemed worn down from walking around outdoors). That is a first, and I have ordered lots of shoes from Zappos. Unfortunately it was the last pair in stock, so I had to return them instead of exchanging them for a new pair.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

April 26, 2013

Anonymous

from United States

I have a different pair of Born flats that I absolutely love. I ordered these in the same pair and wish I could say I loved them. I know everyone's feet are different and not everyone has the same issues with a pair of flats, but these flats tore up my little toes on both feet. I had terrible blisters and then eventually they started bleeding due to the chafing against my foot. I found this very odd because I have VERY narrow feet, so I'm not sure why this happened. A half size bigger would have been too big. I'm going to attempt to stretch them out with some socks and a blow drier or see if putting band aids on my little toes will prevent future chafing. I'm pretty bummed out. It sucks that I wore them around the house and nothing, but as soon as I walked a few blocks in them outside, my feet were ruined. Sigh.

Brands I'd also recommend: JCrew, Rockport, Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, Dr. Scholl's, Naturalizer

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

June 24, 2012

Anonymous

from San Clemente, CA

While the shoe is good looking, it did not fit correctly. The toe area seems to curve up in such a way that bothers my big toes. It pushes on the toe nail from the top in a way that would be uncomfortable if I wore them for long. It's not a matter of being too small though, because actually my heel slightly slides out of the back. These were bought in my normal size of 9.5 (my left foot is slightly under size 10 and my right is 9.5 or a bit smaller). As such I have to return these and continue my search for a good, comfy flat.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 15, 2012

Anonymous

from Minneapolis

Love Borns, they are so nice to the feet. However, this pair was weird. L foot wider than the R...noticeably so, as if stretched. Returned. I hate it when the shoes have defects like that!

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

October 10, 2012

D

from New York, NY

Once I bought these, I stopped wearing all of my other flats. The reason is simple: unlike other flats, they are functionally wearable. No rubbing on the heel, no stiff toe box, no slippery sole, and no unattractive toe cleavage. I like that these have structure and shape and a bit of a heel -- so you feel like you're actually wearing shoes, not pounding the pavement in absurd little dance slippers. And the leather is buttery soft, so there is virtually no break-in period. However, I wish they offered these shoes in more colors, such as suede variations. I dislike snakeprint (trends be damned), and the black leather is nice but kind of generic. Sometimes you want something interesting but also timeless. (Black suede, gray suede, navy suede, anyone? I just can't stand snake print.)

Brands I'd also recommend: otbt, patagonia

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

July 2, 2012

Danica

from Lompoc, CA

I love these shoes. Just like so many women, I can never find a comfortable flat! These are it. They are cute, stylish and comfortable all in one. They are snug when you first put them on, but with-in an hour they stretch out perfectly. I will be purchasing them in every color! So worth the money.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 26, 2012

Anonymous

from Washington, DC

Lightweight and extremely comfortable. Great for commuting or wearing all day. I can wear these in the summer in my regular size without socks and not get blisters (I usually size up for summer flats). The heel and the ball of the foot are well padded, and there is a small arch support, but wearing these shoes is almost like going barefoot, in a good way. Well worth the price

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 14, 2012

B

from Chicago

I have really high arches and struggle to find flats that provide enough support & comfort while still being super stylish. This is the first pair I own that meets all those requirements! Not to mention they came with a really nice make up bag. I usually wear a 5.5 but ordered them in a 6 and was pleased with the fit. They're pricey but I love them!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 7, 2012

MM

from Livermore, California

I like these because they are feminine without being dainty. I'm not into the bows on many ballet flats. Nice leather and a fit that's not too low on the toes. I'm also not into toe cleavage. Comfortable, nicely padded. I very much like Born products.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

May 25, 2012

Anonymous

from Detroit, MI

I love these shoes! Very comfortable, especially the leather insole. They provide much more support than your typical ballet flat. Great walking shoes and still fashionable. They seem run a little big so you may want to order a half size smaller.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vanelli

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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Excellent arch support

 

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May 19, 2012

Anonymous

from Omaha

Cute and comfortable. Very simple, basic flat in a metallic that goes with everything! (I bought the pinenut color) If you are between sizes I would order up.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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