Rated 4 out of 5 by cwideman I liked it
I usually buy a pair of summer flats each year and was getting tired of having them wear out right after I break them in. I bought these flats hoping that LL Bean is as good as their word and 1 week on it's pretty nice.
The earlier reviews about the back cutting into one's heels are true, however my feet are rather duck-foot-shaped, so I always go through a painful process every summer involving bandaids and sports tape on most of my toes and heels.
So I was pleasantly surprised when I wore these with bandaids on the backs of my heels and did some proper walking in them and that was literally all I needed to break them in (no other blisters or scrapes involved!).
The heel is pretty sturdy and the sole is quite cushioned for a flat- I can walk heel-to-toe in these, and not so much the 'toe first ballet dancer' step I fall in to when your heels hit the pavement enough.
I've put some fabric waterproofer on these in prep for the spring, and after walking through some light rain, I feel quite prepared for the warmer weather.
Now the tricky part will be if LL Bean can last the summer without wearing through the sole.
April 4, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by OnlineTchr Run small
I really like these shoes in the black, though it is really more of a charcoal color. They can be either casual with jeans or dressy with skirts. I wear a size 9, so I ordered up to 9-1/2 medium based on other reviews and they fit just fine. Even though I have bunions, the shoes are comfortable. The heel is just a bit loose causing the heel to slide a bit. I will add some heel grips to keep that from happening because otherwise the shoes are great. I see that there are some other colors--navy with polkadots, floral, and pink, but those colors are not versatile enough for me, they can only be worn with a few things. I wish there were more colors in this texture.
April 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kellsaria Perfect fit!
These shoes were a perfect fit from the second I slipped them on. The color is a nice dark gray/black wool that will go with anything. The leather interior has a small arch support which is rare for a flat. I plan on getting the floral pair next. Excellent choice!
March 21, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Alicat3245 Cute shoes, but runs small
First off let me say that I own this shoe already in leather. I love it. Decided to buy another pair in black. The shoe is great, but unfortunately it runs a bit small (even though I ordered the same size I already own). I decided not to exchange for half size larger as I was afraid it would slip off my foot. If you can get the right sizing you'll find it's a comfortable, casual shoe.
January 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by annieb93 Just what I was looking for!
I've been searching for the perfect pair of "smoking flat" style shoes, and alas, I have found them. They are so well made-- the sole, the leather interior, the outside fabric, etc-- without being too bulky. These look adorable with skinny jeans and dresses, and the black color looks great with anything without being too matchy matchy.
You really don't have to compromise comfort for style here either. The shape of the shoe conforms perfectly to the foot, and the leather inside is so comfy and feels luxurious.
My only complaint is that they are a little short. Usually I'm between a 7 or 7 1/2, and I should've gone with the 7 1/2 instead of the 7. Especially if you plan on wearing these with socks or liners, you might want to consider going up a half size so that your big toe doesn't hit the top of the shoe so much.
Besides that, thanks for the great shoe LLBEAN!
October 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Adril Mostly great!
Love these because they're super versatile, seem to be well constructed and they're really cute. The one thing I'm not loving is that the back part goes up kind of high on the heel and it keeps cutting my heel. I'm going to keep them, though, and just get those little pads you can put at the top of the back of the shoe to prevent that. With no socks on, they're a slight bit roomy.
September 27, 2013