Maybe I am missing something here but if I pay this much for a pair of flats I expect to be wowed. I expect to be able to walk in them all day. If these were cheaper I probably would have rated them a little higher, but for the price, these are not worth the money. Here is why: As far as comfort, yes, these are better than your average flats. However, since they are priced well above your average flats, there is a huge deduction in rating. Comfort is a three to me, because for this price, I should not feel the zipper. Does it rub? No. Does it fit the description another reviewer gave as a "medieval torture device?" No. But, you can feel it. And it is kind of annoying. It is like a hard lump. As for the footbed, it looks lovely. It has those nice little pillows. It is very flexible, but it is not worth the money. You can get similar shoes for considerably less. For this much money, I should be walking on memory foam. I have slippers that put these to shame. If only I could wear them outside. I do not care if this amount is like nothing for you. That is not the point. The point is, for this much money, they could do much better, and I am a firm believer in getting what you pay for. I will pay for a brand name if it has got quality to back it up. These sadly do not. That's not to say they are not quality, they are. They just are not worth this price. And as someone who has a few pairs of cowboy boots that cost a small fortune, I do know what I am talking about here. I do dig the style. And these are very well made. The suede is gorgeous, and that is going to make it very hard to send these back (I am still undecided as to whether or not I will). The comfort, though, that is an issue. I know flats are not the most comfortable shoes in the world, but these boast many promising qualities in comfort that fall short. I guess the jury is still out. Beautiful shoes, just not the package deal.
May 18, 2013 by Kayla
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Overall2Rated 2 stars
Comfort1Rated 1 stars
Style4Rated 4 stars
I wanted to love these shoes. There are so many things to love about them: the color, shape, foot bed comfort, ankle support. But the back zipper is like a medieval torture device that rubs up against the skin back of the heel. I was in horrible pain after one wearing. Easily fixed with a piece of soft suede that would simply "flap" over the zipper on the inside. Had to send them back.
So, once again Gentle Souls nails the 'comfort/style' thing. Ballet flats often slip off my narrow heels, making it hard work to keep them on. The soft, comfy elastic straps take care of this, making them a dream to wear. One thing to note though, for the price, the zipper up the back of the heel, should be a metal one like the other similar styles from this company. The nylon zipper does perform well, but like I said, for the price... Part of the appeal of the shoes from this company is the little design details, and a metal zipper would have been better. Still, they're a 'thumbs-up'.
Love this shoe. I have a wide foot and this shoe fits me well and is quite comfy. I have a difficult time wearing ballet flats because they need to be wide enough for my foot but then my heel comes out of the shoe. The strap is both cute and keeps the shoe on my foot. It is adorable with skirts, dresses and pants and it is easy to put on and take off without having to touch the zipper in back. I am extremely happy with this purchase!
So, so comfortable. I usually find most ballet flat type shoes to be barely tolerable (I wear them to work and stuff like that, but I would never wear them on days I plan to do a lot of walking). These however... I could walk for hours in these. I don't even get blisters (I am crazy prone to blisters on my toes and heels, but with the super soft leather lining these have, I'm totally fine). They're also super cute, although I would prefer a single ankle strap to the cross over thing, but that might be part of what makes them so comfortable.
I am on a Gentle Souls kick lately - everything I've ordered has fit like a charm, including this darling little ballet-like flat. I ordered the black floral, which is quite versatile & has a tiny bit of rusty metallic peeking through the design, just darling. I love how the shoe zips up the back, and the strap adds a different edge and very stylish and holds your foot in place. best of all, this shoe is padded and wildly, madly comfortable. I am thrilled beyond words. Love! If you can get this in your size, do not hesitate. These are worth every penny.
I love these shoes! They are so comfortable-- all the Gentle Souls shoes I've tried are actually extremely comfortable. And I get compliments on these whenever I wear them. The only issue is that they run a little short; I generally take a size 7, but I had to return the 7's for a 7 1/2, which fit great!
Love these shoes...have them in Black and Grey. Tons of compliments and if you need more support, you can do what I did...put in another half arch support. I also used a good quality weatherproofing spray (good for suede) that I purchased in a shoe repair store. They aren't cheap, but shoes with real support, for people with flat feet like myself, it's money well spent!
So comfy and elegant with jeans, pants, or leggings and a tunic. I get compliments from strangers on how great these look. Good shoes for travel as you can slip them off quickly in the security line. I am an older mom and they are ageless, classic shoes. My 18 year old daughter got a pair in grey and loves them, too.
I held out on buying these for a long time because of the price - I finally caved and bought them in the gray suede. I have an extremely difficult time finding shoes that fit - I have bunionettes (tailors bunions) and most flats hit in just the wrong spot and rub the bunion or put pressure on it. I thought that the wide toe box in these shoes would prevent that, but unfortunately, the way they're cut won't work for my foot and the top of the shoe cut right across the top of my bunion, which is definitely uncomfortable. Additionally, the toe of the shoe seemed a bit puckered - for such an expensive shoe I'd expect better quality. Overall they are very cute, and I think that if you don't have problem feet like mine or need arch support they'd be comfortable. I could even fit my orthotics in the shoe, which was impressive. It's just not the shoe for me. The search continues!
I really wanted this shoe to fit, because it looks great. But I am really a 10 1/2, a size that is hard to find, and going up or down really didn't work. I wanted the leather version, but I suspect that the softer, suede version would have worked in the smaller size. The footbed feels wonderful, and as long as the shoe is available in your size, I am confident you would be very happy walking in this shoe.
I really wanted to like these shoes. They are really cute for "comfort" shoes and I had hoped they could be my daily walking shoe for a trip to Europe this summer. I'm in my 20s, but I broke my foot a few months ago and need to wear more supportive and comfortable shoes now; finding stylish comfort shoes is a challenge. Unfortunately, they were not as comfortable as they appear. They felt a bit long (I usually wear 7.5, but a 7 worked better in these). The width was fine and not too wide, as I'd feared. The ankle straps fit comfortably when I first tried them on, which was a concern, since I have very skinny ankles. However, after only an hour of wearing them around the house, the straps had loosened considerably- they looked bad and felt weird. The zipper didn't bother me at all, though. I also have very high arches and the arch support in these shoes is practically non-existent. It's slightly better than a typical flat, but there was still a significant gap between the shoe and the arches of my foot, so I couldn't feel a thing. The soles are slightly thicker than typical flats, but did not offer as much support and cushioning as I'd hoped; they're still quite thin. Sadly, I'll be returning these and continuing my search.
I purchased these for a recent trip over seas. I was concerned about the straps around the ankles after being on my feet all day, but there were no indications. I have received lots of compliments. I wore them to go site seeing and absolutely loved them! I would highly suggest them.
Since I am the guy who has five pairs of Gabbys I clearly love these flats. They are not quite as comfortable as the Gabby but they are really much cuter. Every time I wear them someone asks me where I got them. I am 72 and refuse to wear normal comfort shoes. I love these as they are in style today, tomorrow and for years. They are kind of ballet slipper like a very classy look with the totally unbeatable comfort of Gentle Souls. I bought three pairs in case they discontinue them. I expect to wear these for the rest of my life. It is really a terrific look.
This is a super cute shoe. The contrast in color between the strap and shoe is much less on the actual shoe than shown in the photo, and I'm a little disappointed, but I still like the shoe and I'm keeping it.
These are beautifully made shoes that can't be appreciated by picture. They are soft and comfortable with a well padded insole of soft leather. Can wear with skirts, jeans, just about everything. A great go-to flat.
These shoes are super comfy and look great, and they run true to size (I have wide feet, so they could be a bit troublesome for those with a more narrow foot). My right shoe is making a strange clicking sound when I walk, but hopefully as I break them in that'll stop. Worth the price!
Great shoes! Very comfortable and fit true to size. I was a bit disappointed as I thought the straps were grey but in the pair I received the straps are black...and that's OK too. I wondered if it was just the photo and the light that make the straps look grey. I have a wider foot and high arches and this shoe gives good support. I ordered them for style but its a good shoe for support as well. Lots of compliments. And, as always Zappos is the best!