Born Valentina Reviews

44 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

76%Rated 5 stars

24%Rated 4 stars

0%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

83% "Felt true to size"

81% "Felt true to width"

76% "Moderate arch support"

Additional 39 Valentina Born Reviews

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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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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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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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Felt narrower than marked

 

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March 19, 2013

Marian M

from Saint Louis, MO

The Born boots I purchased are really good looking. The most important thing, however, is that they feel really great. I didn't have to "break" them in. They fit well from the beginning. I wear a size 10. This ten, unlike some boots, provide room at the toes. My toes don't rub against the boot and yet they don't move around on my feet as some 10 sized boots do. I have a narrow heel. Usually that means that the boot slides up and down a lot when I walk. Not these boots. I will let you know how they feel seven months from now, when it's boot season again.

Brands I'd also recommend: koolaburra

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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March 2, 2013

Annie

from Ojai, California

I love these boots! They are very comfortable. I can wear them all day, walking all about and they are great. I bought a Size 8 pair of Born boots last year and they fit fine. These in a size 8 are a bit big. I think a 7.5 would have fit perfectly. I like the simple, classic styling and would certainly buy them again.

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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February 19, 2013

Hwooda

from Athens, GA

I have a pair of b.o.c. Katonah's that I adore, which is what led me to this boot. I got the Valentinas on my doorstep yesterday and threw them on this morning. They were comfortable right out of the box. I read the reviews beforehand so I was prepared for a narrow fit. I have narrow feet therefore these boots aren't a problem for me, but know if your feet are wide at all these will be tight. I wanted a boot that wasn't too big in circumference and I was scared to get these because my calves are 14", but they fit great. The circumference definitely doesn't feel like 17". There is a little room at the top, but they look fine and not like they are swallowing my leg. It also leaves enough room if I want to tuck my jeans in. I marked that these are true to size, and I feel like they are if you regularly wear Born or b.o.c. shoes. However, sometimes I wear 9's in other brands (especially tennis shoes). It's all relative. :)

Brands I'd also recommend: b.o.c., Clarks

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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February 13, 2013

Anonymous

 

Beautiful boot, too wide at the top and a little too high. I am 5'2 with thin calves. Sorry to have to return it.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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February 3, 2013

Regina

from Washington, DC

I bought a pair of these in black. At first, I felt that I needed to return it because I could not zip it all the way up. I have a 15" calf size so I thought that the item description stating the circumference was 17" was not accurate. I'm glad I tried it again. Once I've broken it in, the boots were super comfortable. I like that it doesn't sag around the ankles. I've never failed to get compliments on them. I've been wearing them everywhere! I just bought another pair in brown. They are now on sale (originally bought the black ones full price), so this is definitely a good deal. I do have to say something about Zappos' awesome customer service too. I bought the brown boots. Two days later, it went down in price. I asked Zappos for a price adjustment and they gave it to me with no problems.

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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January 29, 2013

Anonymous

 

I really love these boots. They are clearly well-made, they do not bunch at the ankle, and the elastic side allows some give for those of us with athletic calves without looking baggy. They just look classy. I am usually between an 8 and an 8½ so I ordered both and decided the 8½ was a better fit, but they had a scratch in the leather. A very helpful Zappos representative helped me return both pairs and get a new (unscratched) 8½ pair the next business day. They are lovely boots, and Zappos provided wonderful customer service.

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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January 28, 2013

Stacy

from Lexington KY

Gorgeous boots. The leather is a walnut color with character. It is soft like "butta." My calf is 17 inches, and so far so good. The gusset on the side gives lots of wiggle room.

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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January 19, 2013

Anonymous

from San Francisco, CA

I have finally found a pair of boots that fit! These are very attractive, and with the elastic panel, they fit my 16" calves. They were snug on my calves the first few wearings, but they have stretched a bit, and I am able to wear them with skinny jeans tucked in. So happy!

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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January 15, 2013

Anonymous

from San Francisco

I love these boots! I'm 5'10" tall and most boots are too short for my calves. These go up to my knees! Not only do they look great, but they are so comfortable.

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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January 8, 2013

Anonymous

from Indiana

Nice looking boot. I purchased the walnut. Good color. I wear an 8 narrow but with socks on this boot works. Plenty of toe room in the length. My foot measures 9 3/4" long and calf 15". Not tight around calf.

Brands I'd also recommend: Bouoght Anne Klein Evea in black.

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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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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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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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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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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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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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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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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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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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

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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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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April 6, 2013

Ali D

from Redondo Beach, CA

I love these boots! I wore them through The Netherlands, biking and walking and never once felt uncomfortable. They gape a little at the top, but overall I am extremely happy with them.

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 true to width

 

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February 28, 2013

Anonymous

 

In my never-ending quest for tall boots that will accommodate my large calves (16.5" with size 7 or 7-1/2 feet), these fit the bill. The style is classic and nicely leg-slimming, though because the toe is slightly pointy I do feel like it makes my feet look a bit longer than usual. (Not distractingly so, though, and possibly it's just that I often wear higher heels.) I ordered the size 7, but I think this is essentially a European size 38; it feels slightly large to me, but not terribly so, and I suspect the size down would be too tight in the calf. The leather does feel a little stiff, but not uncomfortably so and will likely break in fine.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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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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February 25, 2013

Val

from Ponca City, OK

After returning three pairs of books from Zappos, I finally settled on these. I love the look of the rich leather. My only disappointment with the boots was the tight fit of the calves. I bought the boots because they were reported to have a wide calf to fit a 17" circumference. That might be true of the very top of the boots but there a spot about 2/3 way up the zipper where the boot is tight. I even took them to the shoe repair man to see if he could loosen them. I did not want to return them since I loved the color, the overall look, and the genuine leather. He gave me the advice of spraying them with rubbing alcohol while wearing them to loosen them up since he could not due to the stretchy elastic on the opposite side. I cautiously did the alcohol trick and it worked a little. The boots are still a bit on the tight side at the thickest part of my calf but they are very doable. If you are looking for a high-quality looking pair of boots, these are the ones. The footbed is very comfortable as well. Overall, I am happy with my purchase.

Brands I'd also recommend: Rieker

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt true to width

 

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January 18, 2013

Marina

from Pine Grove, CA (Sierra Nevada)

I'm one of those women. I'm short, with thick calves, measuring 16" at their widest point (which is awfully close to the ankle, but again, I'm short--5'1"). I've been looking for a low-heeled boot that's nice enough to wear shopping or out to a casual dinner, that's still comfortable. I was hoping I would find that in these boots. Unfortunately, even though the very top of the shaft comes close to 16", the boot zipper stopped at the 14.5" mark, a little more than halfway up my leg. I cannot say how disappointed I am because the quality of these boots, the feel of the leather, is EXCELLENT. If you can get the zipper up, I say get these boots! If you can't, well, good luck, and wish me luck, too. This is the 4th boot failure so far, and I fear I have a long way to go still. Thank goodness Zappos is all about making it easy.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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January 17, 2013

Angie

from Ontario, Canada

Dear Anonymous from Chicago (January 10). I think you might be talking about different boots? You said "The zipper is actually on the outside of the boot and it doesn't open up enough." I am wearing these gorgeous boots as I type this and let me assure you and other readers, the zipper is indeed on the inside of the calf, and literally runs all the way down until it hits the sole under your foot. This is one of the things that I love about these boots, they open way up and they are so easy to put on. Another reviewer called the toe box pointy - I disagree as I cannot wear pointy and you only have to look at the boots to see that they are rounded. There is lots of support in the comfortable footbed. I would prefer that it were cut in just a bit at top of shaft to be closer to leg, but besides that quibble, these are super comfortable for my wide size 10 feet (I did not order larger). I love them!

Brands I'd also recommend: La Canadienne, Pajar

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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