Anne Klein Aileen Review

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Anna Klein has been bringing customers stylish footwear for over forty years, offering great looking shoes for an affordable price. The company started as a sportswear manufacturer but soon after they began to expand to other products. Within ten years of the opening of the Anna Klein Company, they went international. She was the first fashion designer, after Coco Chanel, to incorporate men’s styles into their women’s designs.

Even though Anna Klein herself is no longer with us, the company still runs strong today. They pride themselves on celebrating the way women live. They know that daily life can be chaotic, beautiful, and complicated and your footwear of choice should be able to keep up with that lifestyle. They believe that there isn’t a right way to wear a pair of shoes, thinking that versatility is critical, giving you shoes that can be worn where you want them, how you want them.

The Aileen’s are just one more pair of their shoes that fit that description. They have a great price tag that many can afford, yet they have a great style and extraordinary comfort. These pumps feature a slip on design, a pointed toe and a couple of color options that will fit many consumers style needs and wants. Whether heading to the office or out for a date night with someone special, these pumps are going to be a perfect fit.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Affordable price tag

Phenomenal comfort level

Great durability

Decent flexibility

Supportive and Stable

Great style

Cons

The slingback strap is not adjustable

Runs slightly too small

Only two color options

Not available in wide widths

Heel

Heel

The Anne Klein Aileen pumps have a kitten heel that measures is at about 2 inches, giving you a little bit of height without it being overbearing. The elevation is based on a size 7.5 and can vary depending on the size that you get. The lack of height has its advantages, keeping them a little more comfortable as well as stable, giving you an all-around great walking experience.

A kitten heel is a cute little stiletto heel that usually measures between one to two inches high. There is a slight curve that sets the heel in from the back heel of the shoe. The look was made famous by actress Audrey Hepburn but make a resurgence with former First Ladies Michelle Obama and Hilary Clinton. Kitten heels are perfect for those looking for a cute pair of shoes to wear to the office, both looking great and practical. Another significant demographic for these types of heels are teenage girls who might not feel like they are ready for high heels, but still want the look and experience of wearing a pair of cute pumps.
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of these pumps is made out of a durable, yet flexible rubber that customers can appreciate. You might not think a lot about traction when it comes to your heels, but it can be rather significant. Thankfully, these slingbacks are going to be able to give you a decent amount of underfoot traction, helping you stay on your feet. Walking in heels doesn't have to be any more difficult than it has to be and adding some good traction to these is just another thing that makes them stand out above the rest.
Midsole

Midsole

The Anne Klein Aileen pumps dual foam layers making up the midsole which provides you with a fantastic amount of comfort to keep you feeling great all day long. This is also going to give you a decent amount of arch support while you are wearing them which will also increase your overall in-shoe experience.

Not only are they going to keep you comfortable but they are going to provide you with a decent amount of shock absorption. You might not think that is that big of a deal since they are heels and you most likely won't be doing a lot of running around in them, but you would be wrong. Ensuring you have some decent shock absorption is still essential, even if you are walking around. This is going to help take some of the impacts from your steps off your joints, helping to prevent some joint pain you could experience after some time.
Uppers

Uppers

The Anne Klein Aileen's have a slingback slip-on design with a pointed toe silhouette that is made out of genuine leather which is designed to give you a durable and sturdy feel while still allowing you to move and flex your feet with each of your steps. The leather extends from the upper and also covers the wrapped heel, giving you a more unified look throughout the whole shoe.

The lining inside of the uppers is made out of man-made material and offers a much appreciated breathable experience. You will be able to quickly get air flowing into your shoes while you're wearing them to keep your feet nice and fresh. This is especially important if you're wearing them on warmer days or you're wearing them for long periods at a time. Not only will they help prevent your feet from overheating, but it is also going to help limit moisture build up in your shoes from sweating which can lead to smelly feet and unhealthy in-shoe environment.

One thing that many customers would change about these shoes, however, is the slingback strap. Many people would have preferred it as an adjustable strap so they could customize the way they fit, giving them a better fitting shoe and a little more comfort overall.
Weight

Weight

The Anne Klein Aileen's are a lightweight pair of shoes, weighing in at only 7 ounces for a size 7.5 medium which is right in line with other similar slingbacks. This weight is for just one shoe, not the pair, and will vary depending on the size you get. The fact that they are not overly burdensome is a bonus because you are not going to have to feel like you are walking around all day feeling like you have additional weights on your feet.
Comfort

Comfort

A majority of the customers who have worn these pumps can agree that they offer superior comfort. They feature dual foam layers in the midsole to give you a considerable amount of cushioning underfoot as well as fantastic shock absorption and arch support.

The leather uppers with the soft synthetic inner liner feel great along your skin, helping to prevent any kind of irritating rubbing and chafing which can lead to blisters and other uncomfortable sores.
Durability

Durability

When you are looking at the Anne Klein Aileen's, and you notice the affordable price tag you might blow past it, thinking that they must be cheap and will fall apart quickly. That is not something that you will experience with these pumps, however. They may have a low price sticker, but they are not cheaply made. The leather uppers are not going to rip or tear easily nor will the fall apart at the seams without a lot of force. The cute little kitten heel is also pretty sturdy, not snapping off easily as some other heels might. The low cost and high lifespan make them a fantastic investment that will make your wallet happy.
Support

Support

When you are wearing a properly fitting pair of Anne Klein Aileen pumps, then you should have no problem receiving a decent amount of support. Your feet will sit snuggly inside of the shoes, not leaving too much extra room that can be used to slip and fall if you're not careful. For most customers, there are no problems with getting a secure it. That being said, some people do not get that supportive feeling they might expect, mostly due to the slingback strap. Since the strap is not adjustable, there are always a few customers who do not get that perfect fit they desire.
Stability

Stability

The Anne Klein Aileen pumps offer a surprising amount of balance, considering they are heels. They have about a two-inch thin stiletto heel, but the curve in them and the short length keeps them fairly stable and giving you a decent base to stand on.

If you're attending an outdoor event or you feel like you are not getting enough stability, you can always choose to pair them with a pair of heel stoppers. They will give your heel a wider base to stand on, adding to the overall stability. They are also going to help prevent you from sinking into the soft ground if you're walking in the grass at an outdoor event, and it can also help prevent you from getting your thin heel stuck in a grate or crack in a sidewalk. For the most part, customers will not need this added accessory, but it is nice to know that it is an option if you need it.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Ensuring that your footwear can move and bend with your feet is not something that you might think about when you're shopping around, but is essential to your overall comfort. You want to make sure that your shoes aren't going to restrict your movements. Thankfully, the Anne Klein Aileen's features iFlex technology to give you phenomenal flexibility which moves seamlessly with the natural movements of your feet with each step that you take.
Fit

Fit

Sometimes it can be somewhat difficult to choose the perfect size of shoes when you are ordering something online. You want to try to find a pair that will fit you snuggly enough that you're not sliding around inside of them, but at the same time, you don't want them too tight that they will cut into your feet causing you pain or discomfort. Without being able to try shoes on in a store, it can be difficult, and you are left to rely on size charts to determine the correct size you will need.

Unfortunately, the Anne Klein Aileen heels are running just ever so slightly on the small side and since the slingback strap cannot be adjusted some reviewers suggested jumping up about a half size to accommodate for this discrepancy.

Another thing that some consumers were not too happy about was the fact that they are not available in wide widths. If you have wide feet, then these slingbacks are not going to be the best choice for you as they are not going to fit comfortably.
Style

Style

The Anne Klein Aileen heels have a slip on slingback design with a pointed toe. Much to the dismay of many customers, they are only available in two different color options, just black and natural (tan). These options will cater to a majority of customers style needs, but many yearn for more of a variety.

They do have a very versatile design. They are going to look great in an office setting but will also fit right in at a dinner date with someone special. These pumps also make a great first pair of heels for teens out there who might not be comfortable in higher heels yet. No matter what you are doing or what the occasion, these slingbacks are going to look great.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you're looking for a great pair of good looking heels, then you might want to consider the Anne Klein Aileen pumps. The classic style looks beautiful with just about any outfit for almost any occasion. Whether you're going to you're a teenage girl attending your first school dance or a grown woman looking for a pair of office shoes these are going to be a perfect choice. Unfortunately, there are only two colors available, but it seems to be enough to cater to a lot of customers style needs. The best feature of the slingbacks, however, is the extreme comfort level you'll get with them thanks to the dual foam layers that give excellent cushioning and excellent arch support. They have a low cost but high durability making them a worthy investment. Overall customers seem to be very pleased with these shoes and would recommend them to their friends and family.