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Born Valentina Reviews

44 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

52%Rated 5 stars

32%Rated 4 stars

12%Rated 3 stars

4%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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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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Felt true to size

 

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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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Excellent arch support

 

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February 13, 2013

Elizabeth

 

I'm disappointed. The quality of construction isn't what I expect of Born. There's glue visible where the leather meets the bottom. And the leather is rather thin. For me, size-wise the calf is huge.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 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 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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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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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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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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Felt true to size

 

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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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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 15, 2013

Anonymous

from Brevard, NC

This boot was great except for a few places on the shaft where the black dye was uneven. Otherwise this would be my first choice.

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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January 11, 2013

Mary

from United States

I'll be honest, I thought the elastic bit along the side made it look cheap. Maybe these boots aren't my style. They were comfy enough, but not worth the price for my personal style.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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January 11, 2013

Anonymous

 

Could not get the zipper up all the way, despite the goring. I have a 16" calf and ordered a size 7 boot. The Cole Haan Tenley does fit, and has adjustable buckles. (I ordered my true size.)

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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January 10, 2013

Anonymous

from Chicago

Very nice looking boots, unfortunately they do not work for my foot. If you have a high instep, you will not be able to get your foot into the boot. The zipper is actually on the outside of the boot and it doesn't open up enough. Too bad. Couldn't really judge if it was comfortable or not.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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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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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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Felt true to size

 

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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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Felt a full size larger than marked

 

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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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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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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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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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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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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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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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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

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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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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