Calvin Klein Conner Oxford Review

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Calvin Klein has been making exceptional quality products since 1968, becoming a global lifestyle brand that is a common household name these days. Klein and his business partner, Barry Schwartz, strives to bring customers a clean aesthetic as well as innovative designs. Their products are sold in over a hundred countries worldwide. They are a global powerhouse with no end in sight.

The Conner Oxford derby shoes are just another one of their long line of fabulous footwear. They have a refined style that consumers adore, featuring a pebbled upper with a cap toe and traditional lacing system, fitting right in at the office or most formal events. They, unfortunately, are not the most comfortable and have had some complaints about the lack of underfoot cushioning. The insole that is located inside of them cannot be replaced, so it makes adding one of your own no easy task. Overall, they are not a terrible pair of dress shoes, but there are some better options available.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Long-lasting durability

Sophisticated style

Available in black and brown

Good investment

Cons

Uncomfortable

Not available in wide sizes

No arch support

Stationary insole

Uppers

Uppers

The Derby shoes have a pebbled leather upper to give them a more unique look when compared to some of the other shoes on the market. The pebbled leather is just like your typical leather material, made out of animal hide, but in this case, it has some imperfections causing a raised effect, known as pebbles. It not only will look great, but it also has a highly durable and incredibly soft texture. You are not going to experience tears and rips in the uppers of the Oxfords.

The shoes can offer you a decent amount of ventilation into the foot chamber which will help keep your feet relatively fresh while you are wearing them. This is also going to help keep you slightly dry and work on eliminating some of the odor-causing bacteria that can develop if you are sitting in a wet pair of shoes for too long. The smooth sock liner is made out of synthetic materials that will allow the air to flow freely around your feet, keeping you comfortable all day long.
Midsole

Midsole

The Calvin Klein Conner Oxford's have a cushioned insole to help keep your feet comfortable and cozy while you are out and about. The one thing that some customers may not like about them is that the insole is stationary and cannot be removed or replaced. If you find that there is not enough padding underfoot for your liking, it will prove rather difficult to add an insert that will give you the cushioning you desire. Reviewers have stated that there is not a lot of padding in them which is rather disappointing.
Outsole

Outsole

The Conner's have an outsole that is made out of synthetic materials that are designed to be quite durable, so you are not going to have to worry too much about premature wear and tear with the shoes. They, of course, are not designed for a lot of physical activities, such as running or gym workouts, as they are dress shoes, so you the outsole is not going to be able to stand up to those kinds of activities. Additionally, they have sufficient traction thanks to the sticky outsole and tread pattern on the bottom, but again they are not going to provide you with what you will need if you take them off the beaten path. Stick to the sidewalks and office buildings, and you will be good to go with the Oxfords.

There is a short one inch stacked heel on the footwear, which is typical for this type of shoe. The stacked heel gives the illusion of layers of rubber stacked on top of each other; hence the name, to provide you with a more aesthetically pleasing look and a classic style.
Style

Style

The Calvin Klein Conner Oxford shoes have a more sophisticated style that fits in excellent at the office and some more formal events. They have a pebbled leather upper and stacked heel which is typical in this type of footwear. They feature a rounded cap toe and a traditional lace-up closure. They are available in two different color options so you can get a pair that will best fit your style needs. You can pick either dark brown or black, so even though there are only two options to choose from, there is still something for everyone. These derby shoes are not going to fit in too well in most casual settings, so it is best to keep them in the office or other formal occasions.
Durability

Durability

There appears to be a decent amount of longevity in these shoes. They have a leather upper that will not rip and tear easily, and the man-made sole will be able to handle your walking and not wear down too quickly. Of course, the life span of the Oxfords is highly dependant on how well they are taken care of and the activities you choose to participate while wearing them. They are designed for casual or professional use and should not be worn while exercising or traipsing through the mud, if you are wearing these shoes in places like that then you can expect them to become ruined quicker than intended. The same goes for how they are taken care of. They are leather, and as such should be cleaned and treated with something that is designed for that type of material, anything else can help speed up the wear and tear process. Overall, though, as long as they are taken care of properly, they will be part of your wardrobe for quite some time.
Value

Value

The Conners have a price tag that is not too bad when compared to some of the other similar products on the market; they are not cheap either. The difference between these ones and some of the others is that they are not going to wear down on you as they might. These are going to last you a while which means that they are going to be a decent investment and save you some money in the long run. You will spend that money once and then be done for a while. Customers have mentioned that they are a pretty decent value and would buy another pair when the time comes.
Fit

Fit

They way your shoes fit is directly related to your comfort level. You will to want to make sure that whatever footwear you decide to purchase that they fit your feet properly; otherwise you may experience discomfort and pain. The Calvin Klein's are no exception, and they should fit your feet snuggle enough so you will not wobble and slide around in the foot chamber, but you do not want them to be too tight that they are cutting into your feet and squishing your toes. Consumers have mentioned that they fit true to size so it should not be too difficult to determine what you should be ordering. If you do not know or need a little help, there are always size charts available to look at, giving you a hand at picking what you should order.

The derby shoes are available in men's sizes seven through thirteen with half sizes available through size twelve. They are, unfortunately, not sold in wide widths so if that is something that you will require then these are not going to be the right pair for you, and you may want to consider a different option that will better suit your needs.
Comfort

Comfort

Unfortunately, the Conners seem to be lacking when it comes to the comfort level. They don't have a lot of cushioning in the midsole, so if you are going to be on your feet for long periods, then you are going to experience some discomfort. The bad news is that the insole is not removable so you will not easily be able to take it out and place in something that has more padding in it, you are stuck with what they offer right out of the box.

The positive side of this is that the leather uppers are soft and flexible so you will have a decent amount of comfort in that area of the shoe. You will have the ability to move your feet around freely and unrestricted with each step that you take. They hug your feet and give you a nice and secure feeling that consumers can appreciate.
Weight

Weight

When being stuck in a pair of shoes for long periods, you want to try to make sure they aren't going to be overly burdensome on your feet. The Calvin Klein Conner Oxford's are not the lightest footwear out there, but that is to be expected with this type of shoe. They weigh in at one pound, and this is for a single shoe that is a size 9.5 medium. The weight will vary depending on the size you are wearing. Since they are designed for the office or more formal events, the weight does not seem to be too much of a problem, and there are no customers complaints about how heavy they feel on their feet.
Support

Support

The Conners offer you a decent amount of support. They hug your feet nicely, of course assuming you are wearing the correct size. The lace-up closure helps keep them safe and secure on your feet. You will not experience wobbling around inside the foot chamber which can lead to falling and injuring yourself or someone else. They are going to be able to stay in place without a problem.

As for arch support, the lack of a lot of padding underfoot means that there is not a great deal of cushioning under your arches, much to the dismay of many consumers. You cannot even place in any additional inserts thanks to the stationary insole. All and all, customers are disappointed with the lack of support under their arches.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Overall, the Calvin Klein Conner Oxfords are not a terrible shoe. Yes, they have their downfalls, they are not the most comfortable, and they do not come in wide sizes, but they also have their good qualities. They are highly durable and will not need to be replaced for a while, making them a good investment. They are available in both black and brown, providing you a majority of your style needs. If you want a great looking pair of derby shoes with a sophisticated style and long life span, then these are going to be the perfect option for you.