Man, I wanted to love these. And I hear if you pile on some thick socks when breaking these in, they’ll be worth your time and effort. But $130 was just too steep for shoes I wasn’t convinced I’d be able to walk around in. Maybe if I was carried around on one of those thrones like cleopatra, I could wear them, look cute, and minimize the discomfort. But alas, I am not carried around on a throne and would have to walk in them. Maybe next lifetime. Or if they go on sale.
Zappos Reviewer on June 12, 2019
I love the look of these. But I agree 100% with other reviews: That tongue is unbearable. It dug in to my foot so hard I couldn't take more than a few steps! It might soften up after LOTS of wear, but at $140 for a simple sneaker, I'm not going to chance it. Surprised that Veja hasn't listened to customers & modified this design flaw.
Erika from new york on June 11, 2019
I ordered my usual size 9 and they were HUGE! Will have to return for at least a size smaller. Cute shoes...hope they'll eventually get the 8's in stock.
Zappos Reviewer on June 07, 2019
This is a nice-looking shoe and a few strangers have asked me about them. When they arrive, they are much stiffer than similar-looking shoes. This may have something to do with the closely-spaced and abundant shoelace eyelets, as well as the natural and recycled materials the shoe is made from. But they started to loosen up within two weeks or so. The footbed is more like a sneaker than an athletic shoe. I'm using an insole for arch support.
Rob from NYC on June 06, 2019
This is my first pair of Vejas and from what I see and feel, they will not be the last. I honestly half expected them to be a bit “cheap made” due to the recycled materials and eco friendly philosophy, but thes shoes are well made, they fit true to size, and they function so well. They are super stylish and I’ve already gotten quite a few compliments on them. The soles are very unique and grippy. It’s not a gimmick shoe, it’s a shoe that works and they look great with so many outfits. I even bought a pair for work.
Steph on June 05, 2019
A little loose. And stiff. I’d say they’re low arch support. I’m a true 8, ordered an 8 and they do feel a little big with no-show socks. Maybe some arch support insoles would help them not feel so big. At first I thought I’d have to return them because the tongue is firm and cut into the front of my ankle. Other reviewers had the same issue. After some google research I found a trick. Threading the laces back through the top hole we’d usually ignore allows you to cross the laces under the tongue which lifts it away from your ankle. Going to wear them in the house for a day to see if this trick really works over time before getting them waterproofed and taking them out.
Erin from Chicago on May 29, 2019
I normally wear US 6, but had to size down to US 5 for veja. It fit ok but I didn’t like the style of the toe part. I like their other style, esperal, better, simpler lines.
Rita from Los altos on May 24, 2019
So cute on, but there's no way they'd ever be comfortable with the length of the tongue and how stiff it is. No idea why they'd make them like that, but it's a travesty.
Zappos Reviewer on May 20, 2019
Best customer service ever , returned for smaller size and received new pair within 21 hours!!
Kris from Nj on May 15, 2019
Like so many others, I’m obsessed with Veja Sneakers. But also like so many others, the tongue is killing me! I’m going to try to stick it out and see if it will break in after a few wears with full socks on. I tried about 6 different Veja styles and they all have the same problem. You definitely cannot wear these without socks (I had bruises within an hour of wear). Someone please tell me that they’re not so rigid after a few more wears :(
Summer from Salt Lake City on May 14, 2019
The shoes are pretty snug fitting with hardly any stretch. My feet are averagely wide so unless you have narrow feet these are going to feel snug. The tongue is leather and is abnormally long and rubs uncomfortably against your ankle. Super cute though!
Zappos Reviewer on May 12, 2019
I wanted to much to love these, but sadly as with every review consistent I could not bear to wear these to even break them in. The tongue is extra long and just cuts into my ankle making it way too uncomfortable.
Zappos Reviewer on May 12, 2019
I love these shoes! They are definitely a splurge but make me feel stylish and unique. A few notes: there is definitely a break-in period and they are not super comfortable right away. The tongue and back of the ankle are pretty stiff and it's best to wear socks for the first few weeks because it did rub against my foot initially. I've had them for over a month and worn them pretty frequently and they feel great now. FYI on sizing: In US sizes I'm anywhere between 7 and 8, always an 8 in Nike and a Men's 5 in Converse, and 7.5 in most dress shoes. In general European sized shoes fit strangely on me, I'm between a 37 and 38, but the 38 here fits pretty well.
Katie from Chicago Suburbs on May 11, 2019
I'm usually a 6-6.5 and the 37 (6) was way too big. I'm hoping the 5 fits, but I'm almost doubtful, given my feet were swimming in these -- width-wide too and I usually have the opposite problem bc my feet are slightly wide.
Zappos Reviewer on May 11, 2019
I was worried about the sizing on these and wish, now, I'd gone with my gut instinct to order my usual EU shoe size. The chart says that a 39 is the same as a woman's US 8, but not true, it's waaaay to big. I normally wear a US 7.5 and feel most comfortable in a European size 37.5-38 depending on the style. I'm hoping they have these in a 38, because I love everything else about them.
Zappos Reviewer on May 10, 2019
The tongue on these sneakers KILL!!! I have actual bruising on my feet from where the tongue hit. As much as I want to wear these...the pain is unbearable. Back they go!
Julie from Fairfield, Ct on May 10, 2019
I actually love these shoes. There's definitely a break-in period, but now I wear them everywhere. They were also true to size for me.
Shelley from Philadelphia on May 06, 2019
After only about 2 days of breaking in, these shoes are already feeling very comfy! The all-white is stylish with a nice boxy look, and surprisingly easy to keep clean. I have wide feet and the toes feel plenty comfortable.
Zappos Reviewer on May 03, 2019
Reading all the comments, I somewhat understood what the other buyers mentioned about the tongue and stiffness of these shoes. However these are made out of sustainable materials including a durable premium leather upper which perhaps in this level of a quality sneaker, should be stiff and take some time breaking in. For me, right out of the box, it was good to go. Great sneaker.
Selyn from NYC on April 30, 2019
Style of shoe is great - trendy, 2 tone color is understated, but cool. But, fit is really uncomfortable. Specifically, the tongue of the shoe is extremely rigid and thick and cuts into your ankle with every step - so much so there was no way I could keep these. If they'd shorten the tongue by even a half inch, these would be ideal.
Zappos Reviewer from Ciochina on April 29, 2019
I saw the pictures of Meagan Markle wearing these in Australia and knew that I had to have them! I usually wear a women’s 10 to 11 so I ordered the 42 and they fit perfectly. The shoes were stiff at first and I got blisters but after a couple weeks they became very comfortable and I now want to wear them all the time. I highly recommend these sneakers.
Zappos Reviewer on April 25, 2019
I brought these because I needed a light-colored sneaker for spring/summer, and I have gotten so many compliments on them! They are comfy, fit true to size, and didn't really need any breaking in. They are easy to dress up or down. I usually wear a 9.5 for flats, so I got the 10 to have room for socks. The white parts aren't blindingly bright, more of a soft white (which I prefer), and the holographic parts catch light nicely. The ankle support isn't as solid as some other sneakers, and there isn't a whole lot of padding on the bottom, but the insole can be switched out for something more supportive. It remains to be seen how well they wear/how long they last, but so far I am happy with the shoes and the price. Definitely one of the best fashion sneakers I own!
Zappos Reviewer on April 17, 2019
Dear Veja: Please read some reviews and fix this widely reported problem! We LOVE your shoe styles and concept, but for the love, please modify the tongue of all of the sneakers. It is unbearably painful for most humans. This is the third style I've tried and couldn't even bear the pain of breaking-in phase. Also, sizing is pretty far off. I went a full size smaller, and could still go down another 1/2 size. So frustrating.
Zappos Reviewer on April 16, 2019
Super cute and comfortable! They’re slightly large, but I’ll still keep them.
Zappos Reviewer on April 11, 2019
tongue too long. digs into ankle. sent them back.
Zappos Reviewer on April 11, 2019