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Born Valentina Reviews

44 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

54%Rated 5 stars

38%Rated 4 stars

8%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

82% "Felt true to size"

82% "Felt true to width"

77% "Moderate arch support"

Additional 24 Valentina Born Reviews

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January 3, 2013

Anonymous

from Bay Area

These bunched around the ankles after 4 wears. What a disappointment. They are comfortable and stylish, but the bunching of the leather around the ankles is unattractive and also, became uncomfortable, too.

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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Excellent arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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December 28, 2012

Anonymous

from Texas

This is a beautiful, stylish boot. However, the shaft circumference is 16", not 17" as listed. I have a 16" calf, so specifically ordered a boot with wider shaft so I could tuck pants into the boot. (I suppose the circumference could be 17" if the elastic inset is fully extended.) Unlike other reviewer who mentioned a smooth ankle on the boot, I found the area just above the ankle to be too wide, therefore resulting in sagging leather that pushes against my ankle bone. The 10 feels a full size too long, but the width (B) is fine. It's nice that the inside of boot is lined with fabric, rather than vinyl.

Brands I'd also recommend: Naot, Cole Haan

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

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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December 24, 2012

Anonymous

from Columbia, Maryland

Perfect fit! Length of boot just the right height. Wish the heel was higher. Can walk in all the day long into the early night. Born always makes the perfect fitting shoes. Thanks to Zappos for great customer service and quick delivery.

Brands I'd also recommend: Clarks, Naot

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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Felt true to width

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

December 18, 2012

Heidi E

from Chicago, IL

These are fantastic boots. Classic, comfortable, great support. Can be dressed up or down. Goring on the side keeps them looking nice on the leg without sagging at the ankle or looking too manly.

Brands I'd also recommend: indigo by clarks, ecco, sofft

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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December 14, 2012

Anonymous

 

I just want to reiterate, as mentioned in at least one other review, that these do not fit wider calves. The description indicates a 17 inch circumference on a size 8.5, but I ordered a 9.5 and they had closer to a 16 inch circumference. But they are lovely boots with nice smooth leather. I wish they fit me!

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 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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December 11, 2012

Anonymous

from Wellesely, Massachusetts

These are really good boots - but not perfect. I wish the top hugged the calf a bit more. I thought my "athletic" legs would fill them, but they look just like the video on them. They are very, very comfy. And these are the only boots in the world that I have put on that are actually true to size and are not too narrow. Overall, pretty darn good.

Brands I'd also recommend: Timberland, Jambu, Frye

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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December 7, 2012

Anonymous

from Southern California

I bought these boots for a Thanksgiving trip to NYC. I was very happy with these boots because they were so comfortable and so warm. We walked 8 to 15 miles a day, and never a sore spot. They are also beautiful!

Brands I'd also recommend: Munro

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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1 person found this review helpful  

December 3, 2012

Anonymous

from Denver, CO

Super comfortable. Would higly recommend if you have an average or narrow foot. Love these boots except they are shaped a little pointy in the toe box area. My foot is not wide, except my ball of the foot area is wider than average so that makes it tough with pointy shoes. These are beautiful and very comfortable, but I did have to return to get the Born Atilla's because their foot box shape was more natural and not pointy.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 30, 2012

JennSkye

from SF Bay Area, CA

These are timeless tall riding boots. They are well made with comfortable lining and a deep chocolate color. They can be dressed up or down, they are nice everyday boots! Sadly they are not for me. I ordered 8½ (40) and I am a 9 or 9½. They are absolutely huge in the calf, heel, toe box length and ankle. They are nice tall boots that hit just below my knees (I am 5'9" and 119 pounds with an athletic build). The top around calf was 16½". That is way too big for my skinny legs!

Brands I'd also recommend: Miz Mooz, Frye, Dansko, Earth, Clarks

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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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt wider than marked

 

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November 26, 2012

Anonymous

 

These boots are wonderful! I'm wearing them right now. They were comfortable right out of the box and I keep wearing them day after day. The leather in the shaft of the boot has stretched some to fit my calves and they feel wonderful. I put some waterproofing wax on them to make them ultra versatile and have nothing but positive things to say. I haven't had any Born shoes before but I really like these and think they'll last a while. They're worth it!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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November 25, 2012

Victoria

from Midwest

Gorgeouse boot. Wore them the first day, all day and didn't want to take them off. How can a brand new boot be so comfortable. I got the brown. I will be looking at Born boots again!

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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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 21, 2012

Anonymous

from Hudson, OH

This is the perfect boot! Why did I even try others? The goring on the side is much nicer looking in person and gives the perfect fit - my legs look slim with skirts but they stretch to accommodate my skinny jeans. The leather is beautiful & classy & the comfort is Born. I want to wear them every day!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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November 14, 2012

Anonymous

from Bozeman, Montana

I have an 17.5" calf and was hoping with the stretch panel these would work. They are gorgeous boots in person. With help from a zipper puller (aka staple remover tool), I was able to zip these. Once on, they are very comfortable and do stretch enough to wear with a pair of tights. I'm keeping them because they make my legs look good (like Spanx for calves) when wearing a dress. As long as I don't need to wear anything thicker than a pair of tights, these work.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

Runs Narrow

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November 6, 2012

Anonymous

from Washington, DC

I love these boots. The material had a nice feel to it. I agree with all the reviewers that said that these are not 17" boots as what the item information stated. I have 15" calves, and I could not zip this all the way up. Super disappointed but these would be going back. I may get the Fitzwell classic jelly boots instead but I really wanted this!

Brands I'd also recommend: Fitzwell Classic Jelly Boots

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size smaller 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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November 1, 2012

Anonymous

 

Shoe size and width fit great, but I bought these because of the elasticized calves due to my wide calves, but don't let the elastic fool you and it doesn't stretch more than an 1/8" of an inch. Sadly, I'm returning.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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No arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

October 31, 2012

Anonymous

from Nisswa, MN

These are gorgeous - exactly what I've been searching for. I have a 12.5" calf, and I have to be careful not to buy tall boots that are cut for fuller calves - they look ridiculous on me. As much as I adore Born boots, I can't wear most of them for this reason. This pair is a bit loose, but has a slim ankle and a straight - not curvy - shaft that actually worked for me. I love the fact that they have a steel shank, and don't sag down around the ankle even though the leather is very soft and fine grained. I had to go down a full size due to the act that they run quite long, but even though they were really snug, they were broken in in less than an hour with no pain. The shape of the toe is just plain sexy. Oh, and the walnut color is a luscious chocolate brown that is the perfect hard-to-find shade. Love them!

Brands I'd also recommend: Bandolino, Seychelles, Frye

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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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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October 25, 2012

N D

from Chicago

These look nice, feel nice, but not "wide calf" enough for me to tuck jeans into. Also, they need a little more arch support.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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October 22, 2012

KimmyD

from Washington, DC

These meet my needs. One of my legs is wider than the other due to surgery about 8 years ago so it's been really difficult to fine boots that fit. As a result, I turned to these since they have stretchy panels on the side. After one or two wears, the leather relaxed and wasn't stiff. I think I'll get a lot of wear out of these while saving my more expensive La Canadienne boots for more special occasions.

Brands I'd also recommend: La Canadienne, Calvin Klein

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt wider than marked

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

October 17, 2012

Jan C

from Johnstown, PA

Thought I had a wide calf and initially ordered a "wide calf" boot. My calf is 15 1/2". The wide calf boot was wide enough I could put my hand inside the top of the boot. After good customer service help I decided to try these. Voila! They fit like a glove and essentially no break in. Ordered 1/2 size larger as I have a wide foot and they fit like a glove. Highly recommend!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

 

October 3, 2012

Anonymous

from New York

I agree with other reviewers that the boot's circumference is smaller than stated. The paneling is not easily stretchable. I have an 18" calf and had difficulty zipping them up (about 4" short of the top). However I have had Born boots before and have found that they do tend to stretch with wear. Since I wanted these more for wearing with skirts and not to tuck in jeans I decided to keep them. The slim ankle, the overall foot fit and the softness of the leather was what influenced my decision. I was going to take them to a cobbler to see if the shaft could be stretched a bit but have found that I can get them on if I zip the boots up entirely and then work my feet in them. It was slow going but them fit in the shaft is snug but not uncomfortably tight. I have to say I absolutely love them! I think with time and wearing they will loosen up either on the leather or with the stiff stretch paneling. I gave them four stars because I think they could do better on the shaft sizing.

Brands I'd also recommend: Frye

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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September 21, 2012

Anonymous

from Seattle

I'm not so sure I agree with the 17" circumference on the calf. I was barely able to zip it up but with the elastic it does work. Unfortunately these will have to go back as well, they're just too tight to tuck in jeans or leggings.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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September 18, 2012

Grace

from sf

I've found my new favorite boots, replacing my four year old Born black boots. I love these. I would take Born over Frye any day!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 17, 2012

Anonymous

from South Carolina

I have found my perfect boot! I have tried many different boots and not have had luck until I found this boot. Fits like a glove and the leather is so soft...no breaking in necessary. Can't wait to wear them out. I did buy a half size larger than normal. I purchased a 9.5 vs 9 as I like to have a little room for socks in the boots.

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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Felt true to width

 

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3 people found this review helpful  

August 20, 2012

ProfMama

from Virginia

These boots are absolutely gorgeous, but they do not fit 17" calves as described. My calves are 16.5" and I could not get these zipped within 5" of the top (and I tried because I really want these boots! I have looked everywhere for some that will fit my calves). I measured again after trying on and discovered that the zipper stopped at the 16" point on my leg -- so really they fit only up to 15.5" calves. Other than that these boots are really nice. I also bought the Bandolino Contessa (which also doesn't fit a 16" leg) which was way too bulgy at the ankle. These Borns were slim and pretty at the ankle and had a nice toe shape. The foot part also fit my small 7.5 -- wideish -- feet just fine. I'm going to go send them back now and cry.

Brands I'd also recommend: Clarks, Ariat

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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