Best SAS Shoes Reviewed & Rated
Are you looking for that shoe that will conform to the contours of your foot? That won’t be uncomfortable for hours upon hours while the shoe is in use? Well, SAS or rather, San Antonio Shoemakers have that in mind with every pair of shoes that they make. Their shoes are known for giving the wearer a pleasurable experience, not only through the cushioning that can be found in the shoes’ design, but also through the individual technologies that are present.
With those beautiful remarks about SAS shoes being said, we have looked through all of the products to bring you the ones that are the most attractive.
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High Level of Support
1. Bout Time
High Level of Support
Not for Formal Occasions
Bout Time is an option that provides something that many working individuals need. These have a design that helps the wearer get from point A to point B (and beyond) without causing discomfort due to either lack of support or lack of cushioning. Available in brown and black leather, this is a great choice for anyone looking for their next pair of work footwear, seeing that it will look great with any business casual or everyday outfit.
As mentioned, the Bout Time has several features that are meant to increase its level of support. With things such as the dual-density insole and the moisture-wicking properties found within, the Bout Time is built to provide absolute comfort to your foot. It also has an EZ lacing system which, as the name suggests, makes the lacing and the removal of the design easy as can be. The inner portion of the shoe is equipped with a system that SAS has incorporated into many of their footwear designs; it has the incredible foot shape last technology which allows the design to adjust to the contours of the foot.
While priced on the higher side, the Bout Time is definitely backed by the various technologies that are present. The comfort provided by the design, as well as the support and moisture-wicking technologies, really makes the Bout Time worth the higher price tag.
Three-Point Adjustable Closure
Good Energy Rebound
Not Water Friendly
These sandals are the perfect pair of summer footwear for anyone who likes a cool, comfortable style. Available in several color options, from single colors to patterns, they are going to look great when the weather gets hot. In addition to the open style, the Relaxed features perforations that add to the airflow, allowing your feet to remain cool and dry even on the hottest of days.
The upper of the Relaxed is made with genuine leather that’s breathable and flexible, and that’s been padded in order to be soft to the touch. The three-point closure allows for maximum customization when it comes to fit, making this a great choice for anyone with wide feet, bunions or even sensitivity issues. The insole of the Relaxed is made so as to follow the contours of the foot, adapting to the arch and supporting it in the best way possible. Additionally, it aids the midsole in shock absorption, making it easier to walk great distances, providing good energy rebound with each step taken.
With a price that’s comparable to similar sandals by equally quality and comfort-oriented companies, the Relaxed is a great choice for casual summer wear that is adjustable and pleasant to wear, while looking nothing like your regular pair of orthotic footwear.
Premium Soft Leather
Shock-Absorbing Contoured Footbed
Flexible PU Outsole
Classic Moccasin Design
Not Enough Arch Support
Not for Wide Feet
The polished Metro loafer is what we all need when we want to look sophisticated and business-appropriate. This soft leather design has a moccasin silhouette and a metal bit across the front for a touch of interest. It goes well with more casual outfits, but also with a pantsuit or a pencil skirt, and it is undeniably comfortable, too, thanks to its supportive footbed and shock-absorbing insole.
The genuine leather Metro loafer is outfitted with TRIPAD Technology. This is a SAS-specific comfort system that supports the inside ball, the outside ball, and the heel of the foot, reducing the pressure put on these key areas. There is also a thick cushion for a footbed, contoured to the foot and wrapped in SuperSuede. Finally, the outsole of the Metro is made from polyurethane which is flexible and durable.
If you’re all about that classic style, and if you like to experiment with more menswear-inspired pieces, then the Metro loafer is a perfect option for that. It is not only made from high-quality materials, but it also comes with technologies designed to make your life easier. An elegant, well-rounded choice!
Three-Point Adjustable Straps
Lightweight Supersoft Sole
8 Color Options
Great Energy Rebound
If you want something to wear in the summer that will look stylish, and will even be appropriate for the office or on fancy occasions, then the Duo should be your top choice. It’s a beautiful sandal that is available in 8 versatile colors, meaning that you can get the one that fits your wardrobe the best. In addition to looking great, it also features all of the SAS technologies that make footwear by this brand so well-loved.
The best comfort feature in the Duo is located in its sole which is made with lightweight polyurethane that has a lot of air bubbles in it, enabling excellent cushioning without bulk. When walking, this allows the sole to compress, absorbing the shock that is otherwise put on your heel. As you take a step, the bubbles expand, giving you some extra energy to propel you forward. In addition to using leather in the upper, the Duo features suede lining both on the straps as well as on the footbed. Not only is this an incredibly soft material, but it is also a natural option that allows good airflow and breathability, eliminating the odor that may happen when you wear synthetic footwear.
The Duo is a pair of sandals that are priced incredibly low compared to other models in this guide. This makes it a great choice, especially if you haven’t tried out the footwear made by this company before, as it will give you a good idea of what to expect, without breaking the bank.
Adjustable Leather Strap
Runs Slightly Narrow
With the Roamer, you are not only getting a versatile option but a comfortable one as well. The design has added cushioning and extra support, both provided by the insole, as well as ample airflow provided by the upper. This moccasin style choice is great for those who like a no-fuss on and off experience thanks to the hook and loop closure strap on the top, which can be a really welcome edition for those who prefer laceless footwear.
Many designs are perforated, but they typically end up equating to a flimsy shoe that lacks structural support. With the Roamer, you receive everything you could need in terms of airflow, without giving up any of the necessary structure that keeps this option durable and long-lasting. The perforations in the design don’t take away from the look, and actually, add to the overall appearance. The cut of it, and the structural elements found within lead to a versatile and attractive design that will fit in at a variety of events.
This option works to provide you with a comfort that goes above and beyond while remaining understated and attractive. Overall, it is averagely priced, and you should find yourself extremely pleased with your purchase. The fact that it features a removable footbed in addition to everything else means that it’s a good choice for those looking for footwear which will fit their custom orthotics.
No Break-In Period
Good Arch Support
Room for Orthotics
Medicare Approved for Diabetics
Sizing Runs Large
Color White Is More Beige
It's hard to enjoy your free time if you have painful feet. This option will allow you to do all the things in life that you want to do and do it in comfort. The Freetime will truly keep your feet cool and dry as it is packed with technology that will ensure it. They will also help eliminate the odor that tends to build up over time with their Tri-pad cushion. In addition to all of this, they are great for those that suffer from diabetes, giving all-day comfort and support to the parts of the feet that need it the most - the instep, ball, and heel.
The bottom of the Freetime is made to wick moisture away from the foot. In addition, it gives you a cool surface underneath which ensures you stay comfortable even in hot conditions. Lastly, they use an anti-friction lining which stops a ton of heat build-up and gives added coolness and comfort. When it comes to true comfort, people suffering from diabetes need it the most. The fact that these have been approved by Medicare when it comes to meeting strict criteria regarding foot health can keep you confident that this is a pair that will feel good on your feet. The padded tongue and collar, lightweight synthetic sole, and breathable design all help these in their quest for superior comfort.
The Freetime is quite pricey and your budget may need adjustment to fit them into your collection. If you do decide to try them out, know you will be getting a top-quality, supremely comfortable, and reliable pair. They are certain to keep you out there and enjoying the world rather than sitting at home nursing sore feet.
Super Suede Footbed
Three Way Adjustable Straps
Straps Can Rub
This sandal from SAS not only beats the summertime heat with its open style design but will have you out and about in comfort. Like many other models, it features cushioning at three key points on the foot by the ball and heel to help support and cushion your footfalls. Softer Super Suede linings allow for a natural molding of the foot to the shoe over time, creating the perfect fit. And, with adjustable Velcro or buckle closures at three points, it has the ability for the best fit possible for your individual foot shape and comfort.
Uppers are crafted from leather, giving durability to the sandal to last over time, and come in a variety of different color options. Decorative stitching gives the Nudu a bit of craftsmanship flair, while a superior fit can be obtained through their three-way adjustable strap closures. These lie across the foot and by the ankle strap, creating an individualized fit. Super Suede linings unique to the brand create a softer feel and will mold to the shape of your foot, allowing for maximal cushioning and support.
At the base of the Nudu is a thicker sole, creating a shock-absorbing aspect to cushion your footfalls when out and about. A patterned tread helps optimize grip for more slippery or wet surfaces so you can keep your stride in confidence. With its wider toe box design, it’s suitable for several widths without being constrictive. With all the cushion, comfort and support this sandal has to offer, it’s well worth investing in for a fashionable summertime SAS shoe.
8. Side Gore
Easy On Easy Off
Removable CoolStep Footbed
- Sizing Runs Small
This slip-on has everything you need in the category of a comfortable walking shoe. The elastic inserted at the sides allows it to stretch as your feet swell throughout the day. This leads to better comfort overall for the wearer. It has a one-inch heel that helps absorb and distribute shock evenly to ensure your feet and body continue to feel great. The upper is made out of soft leather that’s a great choice for most weather conditions as it is both protective and breathable.
While tying footwear may not seem like a big deal, for many people it can be harder than expected. Arthritis or other ailments can make laces difficult and frustrating. The simple slide structure on the Side Gore keeps you moving comfortably without the trouble of laces. The fabric lining helps to wick sweat and moisture away from the feet. This reduces fungal and bacterial growth which is often the leading cause for bad odor. In addition, it helps to keep your feet cool and comfortable throughout your entire day.
The superior comfort and versatility of the Side Gore do warrant a higher cost. When you look at all of the features that are built in to keep you supported and comfortable, you can see the value of this design skyrocket. While some budgets may need to wiggle to fit them in, they will be a great option for everyone.
- Excellent Detailing
- Easy On Easy Off
- Superior Shock Absorption
- No Break-In Period
- Sizing Runs Small
The Dream slip-on is genuinely a dream while wearing. The design has a construction that genuinely allows the wearer to achieve what individuals would call comfort; the materials, as well as the comfort provided by the upper work to give the wearer what they would need in order to really enjoy this model.
The sole of the Dream comes with a one-inch heel. This helps to absorb shock easier and keep you in ultimate comfort. The sole also provides great traction and grip to keep you firmly on your feet regardless of the terrain. The cushioning for this option is not only seen in the insole. The outsole, as well as the upper, provide you with superior comfort. All of the cushioning is strategically positioned to allow good flexibility and superior feel.
For the features and comfort provided, the Dream is definitely something to consider. It has a price that falls on the lower end of the spectrum, especially when considered alongside the other models on this list. Let's not forget to mention that the comfort that the Dream delivers is something that simply isn’t found in various other designs.
This funky pair of ankle boots from SAS not only brings comfort and fashion together in a neat little package, but the richness of smooth soft leather as well. The brand’s comfort technology, SAS Tripad, help cushion in three key points of the foot for less fatigued or sore feet. Along with other key comfort and support features, this pair has a side zip for easy access on and off. Ankle length boot height makes them ideal for several styles of dress, from casual to work attires. It’s also available in several color options which make them easy to pair with your wardrobe.
Talk about cushion and comfort! SAS Tripad technology provides cushioning at the ball of the foot in two key spots, along with heel cushioning. This helps to support the foot when you find yourself on your feet more than seated during the day to reduce foot fatigue, and lessen aches and pains. The footbed is removable, but with the wonderful amount of foam to cushion your steps, likely you won’t need to do so!
Leather uppers have a rich softer appearance, but maintain durability, while a side zip helps with easy access in and out of the Jade. Rounded toes allow for a roomier fit, while the brands' unique outsole helps with shock absorption through the use of small bubble-like construction features to pad each step you take. Lightweight, versatile, and quite fashionable, this pair is made for any occasion. With the variety of hues available, you’re likely to make it one of your go-to pairs!
Criteria Used for Evaluation
The majority of shoes on this list are what one would most likely call “Orthopedic” shoes. For this reason, it is imperative to judge these shoes on their ability to provide wearer’s with ample comfort for the various parts of their feet; from the arch to the room available for toe splay, each and every one of these shoes will provide wearer’s with something that they’d need in order to get through the day.
For instance, take the various slip-ons that are on this list. Each and every one of them has copious amounts of comfort providing features, features that wearers wouldn’t be able to go without had they not been incorporated into the shoe’s design.
Each and every one of these shoes is highly padded; they must be. From the entrance of the shoe to the sole unit, they all have ample coverage for various parts of the wearer’s foot. Again, for an orthopedic shoe, it is of the utmost importance that this feature is incorporated into the design; they must provide the wearer with comfort while in use, and the padding that is found in the design really helps with that. The insole’s that are found in these shoes, for instance, provide wearer’s with a bit of the padding that they’d need to really be able to make it through the day.
If a SAS shoe scores high on this criterion, you can be sure it will keep your feet happy, dry and supported all day and night long!
Many shoes nowadays have a rather hard time providing the foot with both a high level of stability as well as a decent level of flexibility. These are just two things that seem to find a hard time being present in a shoe’s design at the same time. Many of the designs that make this list have features (such as the materials that they are made of) that allow them to have both a decent level of flexibility while not reducing the movement that is felt by the shoe. This is something that Sas just manages to incorporate into their shoe designs rather easily.
Another support providing feature that a shoe must be judged on is its ability to reduce the buildup of moisture during its time being used. This means that we must ask the questions, “Do they provide enough airflow?” and “Do they work to reduce smells that stem from the shoe’s design?”.
If so, then that’s another check that is added to that particular shoe’s value. Many of the shoes on this list do not have immediately noticeable breathability features incorporated into their designs, but they still work to give wearer’s what they’d need in order to really enjoy the shoe for extended periods of time and do not have to repeatedly clean out the inside of the shoe. It’s both a discomfort preventer and a time saver.
Many orthopedic shoes are not known for being both on the comfortable side of things and for providing the foot with a certain level of class; San Antonio Shoemakers manages to do just that with several of the designs in the repertoire. Many of their slip-ons feature a classic design that allows them to be worn for various occasions and to consistently provide wearer’s with a sense of style with whatever (with reason) that they have on.
While style is often a matter of personal taste, we've checked thousands of online reviews to see what people are saying about each of the products on our list. Some things, such as sleek design, seamless construction and overall weight and shape of the shoe, were common likes or dislikes among buyers of each product.
To evaluate style, we considered everything from the design, color, shape, weight, lines and overall construction of the shoe in question. While no one wants to wear uncomfortable shoes, they also don’t want a comfortable shoe with a bad design. We’ve selected all of the products on our top 10 to be not only stylish but also comfortable, true-to-size, supportive and durable.
We all know how hard it can be to find the perfect pair of shoes that we not only love, but that also fit snugly and comfortably. With so many styles, brands, colors and models, how can one compare hundreds of supposed “size 10s”?
To assess for trueness-to-size, we considered the opinions of thousands of wearers from across the globe to find out the answer to the ultimate question: do these 10s fit like a 10? While some things can give you a hint as to whether they will fit true, small or large; like brand name, shoe type and the year of production; we believe that the opinion of buyers cannot be wrong. If they say the shoe doesn’t fit the way it’s supposed to, then you won’t find it in our 10-best list.
You will find that a pair of shoes or boots or sandals that score high on this metric tend to experience a trueness-to-size that was verified by our large community of sampled buyers. Just don’t forget to take into account the factors above to also make sure your favorite pair will fit you perfectly.
The midsole is designed to provide cushioning and shock absorption to the shoe, nestling the foot in comfort. Whereas running shoes tend to have thick midsoles, flats and thinner shoes not designed for high-impact activities often have thinner midsoles.
The reason for this is simple: you need more shock absorption and vibration dampening during high-intensity movements or activities to maintain comfort and prevent foot injury than you otherwise would with a regular shoe, flat or sandal. Midsoles are often made from EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate), a synthetic plastic also used to make insertable orthotics. A firmer type of EVA for the midsole will make the shoe heavier, but more durable; whereas a softer type of EVA, like those found in running shoes, improve shock absorption, but wear much quickly.
Podiatrists tend to prefer firmer midsoles for those suffering from orthopedic conditions, such as plantar fasciitis. A higher score on the “midsole” criteria means that the midsole is of a firmer nature. Whether or not this is beneficial for you depends on your foot type and orthopedic issues!
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Caring for leather shoes can keep them from cracking, splitting, and extend the life of the shoe. A shoe protectant helps leather ward off water stains or damage from the elements.
Leather shoe polish can help repair any scuff in color to the materials, while leather conditioner helps to keep the leather supple and prevent creases or cracks from damaging the shoe.
While it's always great to have basic colors in your footwear, getting a pair with brighter colors can really make an outfit pop! Try out brighter blues or reds, as these colors can go with many neutrals as well as similar hue tones, like pinks and purples.
Other Factors to Consider
There you have it – our top ten favorite SAS shoes, all reviewed for their strong points. With technologically advanced features such as the Tripad cushioning, CoolStep footbed, special last that allows the shoe to mold to the wearer’s foot, etc. it comes as no surprise that these are some of the most comfortable pairs of footwear available for purchase at the moment.
As we have seen, SAS has some rather fine shoes in their collection. From the top of this list, all the way down to the bottom, each and every one of these shoes has something about them that gives wearer’s what they would need in order to enjoy wearing them. Keep in mind though, that the shoes on this list tend to stray to the orthopedic side of the market; this is why comfort providing features are so prevalent in the list and style is not.
If you wish to find out more about what makes SAS shoes special, as well as if you want to know what to look for when choosing a pair from this maker, make sure to read the Criteria for Evaluation and FAQ sections, both of which are sure to help you make the best possible purchase.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Does this brand repair, refurbish, resole or dye footwear?
At this time, SAS doesn’t handle any shoe repairs. If one needs a shoe to be refurbished, it’s best that they go to a cobbler or something of the like.
q: My lacing continues to come undone. Help!
If the lacing on your shoes is becoming an issue, it probably means that you need to try a different method of tying them. This guide has detailed instructions on how one can go about tying their shoes so that they won’t/ are unlikely to come untied in the future.
q: Is the color I see on the website the actual color of the design?
Generally, yes the colors that are on the site, and any site that the shoes are sold on, are the ones that the actual shoe will come in. Now, keep in mind, that not all cameras are created equal and that a bit of distortion is bound to come into the picture if a subpar camera is used.
q: What does “SAS” stand for?
SAS is an acronym for San Antonio Shoemakers.
q: What’s the proper way to pronounce it?
It’s pronounced as es – Ay – es