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Born Mai Reviews

75 reviews
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Overall Rating:

92%Rated 5 stars

4%Rated 4 stars

0%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

4%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

84% "Felt true to size"

92% "Felt true to width"

67% "Moderate arch support"

69 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 5/22/14
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

When I saw this sandal had a four-star average, I was shocked and had to write my five-star review. I can no longer wear flat sandals with no cushion and had been searching for a stylish, more comfortable pair for replacement purposes. My search took much more time and effort than one would imagine, as there is a dearth of options in this category. Please keep in mind that these are not the type of comfort sandals to tromp around European cobblestone streets every day for a month. Instead, these fill the gap between ultra-stylish, bedazzled sandals atop a flat slab of leather, and the kind of sandals filling the halls of your local assisted-living facility. These are pretty, comfortable, and flattering, and will certainly stand up to a full day of shopping and errand running, followed by a garden party or barbeque. No matter what your foot type, when purchasing strappy sandals, fit can be difficult (i.e. straps too loose or straps too snug). However, this sandal ingenuously allows for almost total adjustability in this regard, making for a custom fit. Plus, it can be slipped on and off without unbuckling. I purchased the black sandal, and if there were a tan or metallic neutral available (hint, hint), I would make another purchase. Enjoy your summer!

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6 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 4/23/14
Overall Rated:1 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I bought these to have something cute and comfortable to wear other than flip-flops, and I'm surprised how comfortable they are. The footbed is soft with moderate arch support, and the straps didn't give me blisters like strappy shoes usually do. I usually wear a size 8.5, and I ordered size 8 since Borns usually run a bit big and they fit great. The only issue I have is the color. I ordered the red ones and they are actually salmon colored.

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April 9, 2015

Anonymous

 

I generally wear flats and sandals with quite little support, even for relatively long distances (2-3 miles city walking). I bought these in a salmon/red color for a trip where I'd be doing a fair amount of walking on cobblestones, etc and wanted a bit more cushioning - it was a step up in support for me, but definitely won't be for everyone. They are cute, relatively adjustable, and were comfortable for my trip. However, they have not worn particularly well - the leather has become quite discolored from the straps rubbing against each other and within 6 months the small bit of elastic at the clasp had dry rotted completely. I was pleased with the shoes for the trip, but am frustrated that they have not held up as well as I would hope.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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April 23, 2014

Anonymous

from United States

I bought these to have something cute and comfortable to wear other than flip-flops, and I'm surprised how comfortable they are. The footbed is soft with moderate arch support, and the straps didn't give me blisters like strappy shoes usually do. I usually wear a size 8.5, and I ordered size 8 since Borns usually run a bit big and they fit great. The only issue I have is the color. I ordered the red ones and they are actually salmon colored.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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May 1, 2015

Sheryl J

from Napa , California

Perfect! I spent a long time looking at sandals, and am glad I found this one. This is the third Born shoe I have purchased and they never disappoint. I receive compliments every time I wear this cute and versatile sandal. The leather straps are soft and comfortable right out of the box. I presume they may naturally loosen a bit over time as leather does, so there are extra holes on the ankle strap to enable adjusting the buckle (looser or tighter). I purchased the metallic taupe color, which is beautiful and neutral enough that I have worn it with with black, navy, grey, and bright periwinkle blue slacks. The pretty leaf design on the lightly cushioned footbed provides barely-noticeable texture that I like. I love the non-slip sole (I won't buy a shoe that has a slippery one), and the tiny bit of rise that the little 3/8" molded heel provides takes it up a notch from a completely flat sandal. I'm 100% pleased with this purchase, and of course Zappos is the best!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 29, 2015

Anonymous

 

These are cute...and almost just right. They are pretty comfortable but I slight a bit sideways, and the embossed print on the sole, although pretty...is a bit awkward...not making it super comfy. I exchanged for a pair of Chaco Mai's which are insanely comfy with a high arch that fits my high arched feet perfectly.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 29, 2015

Anonymous

from Switzerland

I am terribly picky, but this shoe is about to as close to perfect as I could find. The size was just right for me (a pretty solid size 6M). I have a slightly wider than average foot, so I tend to be wary of these types of straps. But again, the fit is great. It's proven to be a high quality, comfortable, super cute, versatile, better-for-your-feet sandal. I was looking for something that I could walk in, but didn't look like an orthopedic shoe. But something you could also dress up. My search was finally over. Hooray!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 23, 2015

Emily

from The Ark

I was looking for a cute saddle with arch support and read all of the reviews and I agree 100%! These are the most comfortable, cute sandals I have ever worn. They're aren't at the top of my cute sandal list, but they never hurt, just slide them on and go. I have never owned Born shoes before, but I immediately a fan! I want this shoe in all the colors! I definitely recommend this sandal to anyone. I am usually an 8.5 and got a 9 and they fit perfect.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 21, 2015

Judy D

from San Antonio

Oh, I love these sandals. Bought them in both black and gold. Not wild about the color of the gold, but adore the black. Great fit. Comfortable. Foot bed is leather (or fake leather). No rubbing or rough spots. Really, no complaints!

Brands I'd also recommend: Clark

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 15, 2015

Anonymous

from Arizona

These shoes are very comfy and good looking. I recently wore them on a trip and they felt great. I usually order a 9.5, but I got a size 9 in these. They do stretch a little bit.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 14, 2015

Anonymous

from Chicago, IL

These shoes are AMAZING! I got them in the gold color and they are just the right amount of metallic - not too shiny. The leather is very soft, too, so it doesn't rub against my skin or cause any blisters. I intend to wear these on a daily basis because they'll go with everything! In fact, I recently took a trip to Mexico and these were the only shoes I packed. I highly recommend these shoes to anyone who wants a well-made, go-with-anything sandal for summer.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 12, 2015

Rebecca H

from Redwood City

I love the Mai sandal. In fact, I have three pairs: black, white, and "Cuoio," which is much more of a tan than brown, making it a good neutral that can go with anything. The delicate straps on this sandal are very flattering and work equally well with jeans, skirts or sundresses. The sandal has a very low profile, but the padding is great, and you can walk comfortably around the city for miles. Sizing is consistent with other Born sandals. This one is a winner.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 31, 2015

Shizue S

 

These are very beautiful sandals, but the gorgeous floral designs on the outsole and insole are not visible when the shoe is in use, and they detract from the comfort and wearability. The deeply embossed design on the insole would quickly leave me footsore. Also, a cupped footbed would have helped hold the foot in place. the Mai's convex footbed caused my foot to roll from side to side. The toe strap was too tight against one f my toes the same one that, as luck would have it, was also rubbed by a misaligned seam on the thong between the toes. I am very disappointed, as the Mais are beautiful shoes. But its utility is no match for its looks. I need sandals that will bed comfortable for hours of walking on cobblestone streets.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 24, 2015

Susan

from Los Gatos CA

Like most Born shoes they are very comfy. The do run just a little large but adjustable with the straps. I know I'll be living in these most of the summer.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 16, 2014

Anonymous

 

I am a big fan of Born because their shoes are stylish and comfortable. I got these sandals in black and love them. They look cute with shorts, and casual skirts and dresses. For other brands of shoe, I usually wear a 9.5, but I ordered a 9.0 in this sandal (no half sizes available) and they are perfect.

Brands I'd also recommend: Sofft

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 29, 2014

Barb

from Broomfield, Co.

These sandals are AWESOME! They are so comfortable and cushy they can be worn for walking. They are also pretty. The gold is matte which I prefer. You can wear them with everything. I will buy in more colors.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 14, 2014

Anonymous

from Los Angeles, CA

These are super cute and comfortable. A lot of Born sandals are to tight and narrow but these were just right, good if you have a wider foot. Also the sole has a little cushion which makes them so much more comfortable than completely flat sandals.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 13, 2014

Kathryn S

from United States

Excellent shoes! These are so comfortable and so cute! I get compliments on them every time I wear them. They were more money than I originally intended on spending, but totally worth the extra dollars. Love these sandals.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 11, 2014

Loraine B

from Vancouver, Canada

I love wearing Born shoes and these are no exception. I have 3 in this style and have ordered another of the white (useful) and the black making a total of 5! They are stylish, well made and above all comfortable. At this price they are exceptional value.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 8, 2014

Marisa N

from Charlottesville, VA

I was looking for cute, stylish sandals that I could walk all over NYC and Chicago with this summer...and boy did I find them! These sandals are so comfortable, as all Born shoes are, and super-cute, as well! I'm very happy with my purchase and have walked over 20 miles in these two cities wearing these shoes, with no rubs, callouses, or strap marks on my feet whatsoever! Thank you Born and Zappos!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 3, 2014

Letha D

from Seattle WA

Delightfully comfortable, delicate sandal! It's feminine without sacrificing comfort. Feels as good as a Born should feel (ahhhh). It's not particularly supportive but the footbed is wonderfully soft. I've walked some miles in these, looking a bit dressy while I did it!

Brands I'd also recommend: Keen, Sofft, Sanuk

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 31, 2014

Rose

from Nashville TN

I just received these sandles, and was so pleased with them, I immediately ordered 2 additional pair in two different colors. Can't wait to use them on an upcoming trip to Italy. They are exactly what I have been looking for. They are the most comfortable and stylish sandles I have ever had.

Brands I'd also recommend: Sam Edelman

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 28, 2014

Nancy G

from Carlsbad, CA

Purchased these sandals for a 2 week tour of Europe. The trip was an active walking trip, miles each day through cobblestone streets, museums, parks, churches, up and down stairs. I was thrilled that these sandals were comfortable, had arch support, and looked good. I packed other shoes but this pair was my go-to choice.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 27, 2014

Anonymous

from Dayton, OH

I have been looking for these shoes for two years. I love them and have been wearing them all summer. This is a new model of a shoe offered in previous years, and thank goodness it's back! There is some padding in the shoe, but no built up arch. I can walk in them all day without a problem -- but I don't have any problems with my feet. They are real leather, and seem to be standing up well to the abuse I put them through (wet weather, regular wet/dry cycles, lots of wear, etc.). I've noticed a bit of stretch after an especially soggy trip to visit the kids at camp, but they still fit.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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July 18, 2014

Anonymous

from Boston, Massachusetts

A bit more than I would normally pay for sandals but they are well worth the price! They are very comfortable and so much cuter than plain flip flops. They look cute with just about anything! As always shipping was extremely fast. I ordered these just after 4pm and they were at my door by 2pm the following day!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 18, 2014

Katie F

from Atlanta, GA

These are seriously comfortable shoes. I toured Singapore with these and they were both cute and comfortable. Plenty of cushion and even a little arch support.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 16, 2014

Rebecca

from California

LOVE!!! These sandals are so comfortable, and adorable. I want them in every color. They are more of a coral color but I actually prefer that.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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