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Born Hemlock Reviews

Customer Reviews
4Rated 4 stars
4 out of 5 stars (100 reviews)
100 reviews
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Overall Rating:

67%5Rated 5 stars

18%4Rated 4 stars

6%3Rated 3 stars

3%2Rated 2 stars

6%1Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

72%"Felt true to size"

90%"Felt true to width"

74%"Moderate arch support"

91 are "Favorable"

9 are "Critical"

Top Positive Review

4 people found this review helpful
Overall5Rated 5 stars
Comfort5Rated 5 stars
Style5Rated 5 stars
I purchased these boots about 9 months ago, and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Order a full size smaller, and if you have high arches, get some inserts. They had almost 0 break-in time. I wear them everyday for work, they can dress up or dress down easily, and are just comfortable.
Dec 13, 2011 by Zappos Reviewer
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Top Critical Review

2 people found this review helpful
Overall2Rated 2 stars
Comfort5Rated 5 stars
Style5Rated 5 stars
These were great, but the quality has diminished to unacceptable. I originally bought a pair of these a couple of years ago and loved them. I wore them almost every day for two years, and basically walked through the sole. I decided to buy the same style to replace my previous boots. The new boots arrived and were noticeably less substantial, e.g., the loops used to pull on the boots felt much thinner. Alas, I was proven correct. Within a few weeks, the loop broke. I called Zappos (excellent as always) and they sent me a replacement pair. The loop on these lasted almost a week before breaking, and has now come off altogether. Other parts of the boot are also failing. It's a shame. Born either sent a bad lot to Zappos or their manufacturing has deteriorated. This went from a boot that took everything I gave it for two years, finally needing replacement because I walked through the soles, to a boot that couldn't even make it a week! That's weak. Attempts to contact Born directly have thus far met with silence. Zappos, as always, has been wonderful.
Mar 9, 2011 by Matt H

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2 people found this review helpful
Chris A from New York
5Rated 5 stars
Overall:5Rated 5 starsComfort:4Rated 4 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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The picture makes these boots look a bit grey, but in person they are definitely much blacker. Also, the soles seem to slant a bit inside, but after putting in gel inserts, they feel extremely comfortable. I think these are some of the best boots I've ever worn. Comfortable and stylish for sure!
I'd also recommend:
Ugg
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  • Chris A - customer
  • from New York
  • July 11, 2011
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Boise, ID
5Rated 5 stars
Overall:5Rated 5 starsComfort:5Rated 5 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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Incredibly comfortable boots, but they do run big. I made the mistake of only ordering them 1/2 size small, and had to exchange them. I normally wear a 12, but will be getting a size 11.
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • from Boise, ID
  • March 21, 2011
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Shahab from Philadelphia
5Rated 5 stars
Overall:5Rated 5 starsComfort:5Rated 5 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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Very comfortable shoes. You feel like not wearing anything. But it is not heavy duty boot, rather more like gentle type.
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  • Shahab - customer
  • from Philadelphia
  • March 18, 2011
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Jeff B from Davis, California
5Rated 5 stars
Overall:5Rated 5 starsComfort:5Rated 5 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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Usually wear 11.5 D, but the 11 D fits perfect. This is a very comfortable casual dress boot. It looks great with boot-cut jeans that have some bell to them. Arch support and padded insole feel great. No break in time required.
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  • Jeff B - customer
  • from Davis, California
  • March 11, 2011
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Andy F from Pasadena, CA
5Rated 5 stars
Overall:5Rated 5 starsComfort:5Rated 5 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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I bought these boots about 1 year ago and am just now getting around to write a review. Pretty timely, huh? Nevertheless, these are terrific boots. They look great with jeans and chinos (Gavin fit from Banana Republic). They're certainly not dress boots, they're for casual attire as the black is more of a matte finish v. shine. For me the build quality has been everything I've expected from a Born shoe. They're durable and very comfortable (although full disclosure, I wear them about 2-3 times a week and never two days in a row as I always rotate my shoes). Finally, mark my words that Born shoes run at least 1/2 size too big (i.e., I wear a 10.5 and I ordered a 10 and they fit perfectly). And, of course, is there any better company than Zappos? Hmmm...nope. Wear them in good health!
I'd also recommend:
Rockport, Ecco
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  • Andy F - customer
  • from Pasadena, CA
  • March 5, 2011
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Curt K from New Jersey
5Rated 5 stars
Overall:5Rated 5 starsComfort:5Rated 5 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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Have been looking for an ankle boot for a long time. The first time I put these on, they felt wonderful. Great look and instantly comfortable. Would highly recommend!
I'd also recommend:
Cole Haan
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  • Curt K - customer
  • from New Jersey
  • November 19, 2010
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Oklahoma
5Rated 5 stars
Overall:5Rated 5 starsComfort:5Rated 5 starsStyle:4Rated 4 stars
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Great boots! Leather is good quality, and they seem to be very well built. Break-in was minimal. Two days after I got the boots, I walked all over New York City in the aftermath of a snowstorm. My feet felt great and the boots held up to the elements very well.
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • from Oklahoma
  • February 26, 2010
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Mike C from San Francisco, CA
5Rated 5 stars
Overall:5Rated 5 starsComfort:5Rated 5 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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The Hemlock is my second pair of Born shoes. I love this pair even better than my first. They’re amazingly comfortable--very supple and high quality upper leather with great stitching. The sole is sturdy, and the heel has a stacked hard leather insert like very expensive shoes. These are well worth the money, and I’d buy another pair in a heartbeat. I had originally purchased some Dr. Marten’s Rocco Chelsea boots, but these Hemlocks from Born are a lot more sophisticated looking while keeping the same casual feel.
I'd also recommend:
Dr. Marten for leather quality.
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  • Mike C - customer
  • from San Francisco, CA
  • February 1, 2010
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
North Carolina
5Rated 5 stars
Overall:5Rated 5 starsComfort:5Rated 5 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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Super comfort - I bought these boots for my husband, as he owns a few Born shoes that he loves because of how comfortable they are. I wanted to give these boots a try and they didn't fail me. He was pleasantly surprised and now he wears them all the time. Additionally, I am glad I purchased them from Zappos as they also delivered a top-notch service!
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • from North Carolina
  • March 2, 2009
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
California
5Rated 5 stars
Overall:5Rated 5 starsComfort:5Rated 5 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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Great Boot! Very comfortable, perfect with jeans. I would buy them again.
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • from California
  • November 29, 2007
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Omaha, NE
4Rated 4 stars
Overall:4Rated 4 starsComfort:4Rated 4 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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Great look and feel. Perfect for contractors like me who need a boot for jeans in the field and slacks in the office. They could use a little more arch support and aren't tight on the ankles, but nothing is perfect!
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • from Omaha, NE
  • May 9, 2011
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
4Rated 4 stars
Overall:4Rated 4 starsComfort:5Rated 5 starsStyle:4Rated 4 stars
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Not bad. Comfortable after a short break in. Perfect for jeans but just a little casual for dress pants on Corp casual day.
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • April 17, 2011
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Brendan from Chicago, Il
4Rated 4 stars
Overall:4Rated 4 starsComfort:4Rated 4 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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Very stylish set of boots that can pass as loafers. The weathered look adds some flair to the boots while still keeping them classy.
I'd also recommend:
Merrell, Keen
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  • Brendan - customer
  • from Chicago, Il
  • February 10, 2011
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Madhu T from Chicago
4Rated 4 stars
Overall:4Rated 4 starsComfort:5Rated 5 starsStyle:4Rated 4 stars
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Just got the boots. Nice fit; No issues of the upper digging in to the toe area that I found with Ecco Berlin GTX. Minimal play at the heel. Will wait to see how it performs, but so far, so good!
I'd also recommend:
Dunham
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  • Madhu T - customer
  • from Chicago
  • December 27, 2010
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Jerry W from Philadelphia
3Rated 3 stars
Overall:3Rated 3 starsComfort:3Rated 3 starsStyle:3Rated 3 stars
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Good fit, no arch support. Pricey for a shoe made in China. Quality and stitching is so-so.
I'd also recommend:
Allen Edmunds
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  • Jerry W - customer
  • from Philadelphia
  • April 12, 2011
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
Jonathan M from White Plains, NY
3Rated 3 stars
Overall:3Rated 3 starsComfort:2Rated 2 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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The service at Zappos is great. I thought the boots I ordered were too tight, so I ordered the next size up, compared them, and returned the pair I didn’t want, all for free. The boots themselves were a little disappointing. The quality just isn’t there: they feel "cheap," and they leak like an old boat. If you walk through the slightest slush or puddle, you’ll have wet feet. The loop you use to pull them on broke the third time I used it. Great company, can’t recommend the "Born Hemlock" boot.
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  • Jonathan M - customer
  • from White Plains, NY
  • February 28, 2010
2 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review helpful
2Rated 2 stars
Overall:2Rated 2 starsComfort:5Rated 5 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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These were great, but the quality has diminished to unacceptable. I originally bought a pair of these a couple of years ago and loved them. I wore them almost every day for two years, and basically walked through the sole. I decided to buy the same style to replace my previous boots. The new boots arrived and were noticeably less substantial, e.g., the loops used to pull on the boots felt much thinner. Alas, I was proven correct. Within a few weeks, the loop broke. I called Zappos (excellent as always) and they sent me a replacement pair. The loop on these lasted almost a week before breaking, and has now come off altogether. Other parts of the boot are also failing. It's a shame. Born either sent a bad lot to Zappos or their manufacturing has deteriorated. This went from a boot that took everything I gave it for two years, finally needing replacement because I walked through the soles, to a boot that couldn't even make it a week! That's weak. Attempts to contact Born directly have thus far met with silence. Zappos, as always, has been wonderful.
Fit Survey
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Felt true to size

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Felt true to width

Poor SupportGreat Support

Moderate arch support

  • Matt H - customer
  • March 9, 2011
2 people found this review helpful
1 person found this review helpful
Danny from Chicago
5Rated 5 stars
Overall:5Rated 5 starsComfort:5Rated 5 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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Very happy with my purchase of this boot. I bought the black and they are much darker than they look in the images. They have a nice matte finish and look great with a pair of jeans.
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  • Danny - customer
  • from Chicago
  • March 8, 2012
1 person found this review helpful
1 person found this review helpful
5Rated 5 stars
Overall:5Rated 5 starsComfort:5Rated 5 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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Great looking, fits true to size, not the best for big high volume feet, but good for normal or even smaller feet.
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • December 17, 2009
1 person found this review helpful
1 person found this review helpful
Seattle
5Rated 5 stars
Overall:5Rated 5 starsComfort:5Rated 5 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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I\x5c\x5c\x5c'd bought the other Born Harrison boot just like this one. It was such a perfect fit, I decided to try the Hemlock. I\x5c\x5c\x5c'm very pleased. It fit a little tight at first, which is surprising because I have fairly narrow feet, but it stretched just a bit to fit just right. I had to try an 11 since they run a little big (I normally wear an 11.5 US). But that did the trick. Great shoes!
  • Zappos Reviewer
  • from Seattle
  • October 27, 2009
1 person found this review helpful
1 person found this review helpful
Brad M from New Hope, PA
5Rated 5 stars
Overall:5Rated 5 starsComfort:5Rated 5 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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This is a great boot that is true to size. It only took a day to break them in. They are a little tight across the top of the foot, but that relaxed very quick. This is a nice looking product!
  • Brad M - customer
  • from New Hope, PA
  • October 7, 2009
1 person found this review helpful
1 person found this review helpful
Lance from Burleson, Texas
5Rated 5 stars
Overall:5Rated 5 starsComfort:5Rated 5 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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Work on concrete floor all day and constantly running around. Very comfortable shoes from day one. Did not have to break in the shoes one bit, yet another awesome product from Born, believe it's my seventh pair of Born, and the best ones yet.
  • Lance - customer
  • from Burleson, Texas
  • August 9, 2009
1 person found this review helpful
1 person found this review helpful
Paul from San Diego, California
5Rated 5 stars
Overall:5Rated 5 starsComfort:5Rated 5 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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Coolest boots I've ever owned - These boots are AWESOME! Look great with jeans. Very, very comfortable. Padded inside. They were a little tight at first, but loosened up very quickly. I'll probably buy another pair when these ware out.
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  • Paul - customer
  • from San Diego, California
  • March 16, 2009
1 person found this review helpful
1 person found this review helpful
Connecticut
5Rated 5 stars
Overall:5Rated 5 starsComfort:5Rated 5 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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Great Boots - these boots are extremely comfortable.
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  • Zappos Reviewer
  • from Connecticut
  • November 13, 2007
1 person found this review helpful
1 person found this review helpful
EJ S from New York City, NY
4Rated 4 stars
Overall:4Rated 4 starsComfort:3Rated 3 starsStyle:5Rated 5 stars
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These shoes look great, comfort level is average. I am hoping they mold to my feel well after some regular use. I recommend them for a night when you want to look good, but will not have to walk a lot until you finally get to break them in.
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  • EJ S - customer
  • from New York City, NY
  • August 31, 2011
1 person found this review helpful
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