Nine West Observe Review

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Nine West first opened their doors about 35 years ago, opening their first store 35 years ago, bring the world their great fashion footwear products. They are now located in 57 countries and over 800 locations, and they don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.

The Nine West Observe flats are part of their great looking footwear collection that women adore. They have a half d’Orsay cut out design on the side and an almond toe to finish off the look. They are available in a wide variety of colors so you are sure to find something that will suit your style needs. The versatile design allows them to transition smoothly between your day job and your nightlife. Customers love that they can have one pair of shoes to fit most of their stylish needs. They have an affordable price tag and a decent amount of durability so you won’t have to worry about them falling apart prematurely. These flats are going to look great with just about anything and fit in great with most activities; they will be a much-welcomed addition to your shoe closet.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

A plethora of color options

Decent durability

Affordable price tag

Great looking design

Very versatile

Cons

Slightly on the heavy side

Not always the most comfortable

Sizing is inconsistent

Outsole

Outsole

The outsole is made out of synthetic materials that are constructed to be able to withstand a decent amount of abuse from your repeated stepping. They are considered to be a ballet flat, but it should be noted that they do have a micro wedged heel that measures in at around 3/4 of an inch for a size 8.5 and can vary depending on the size of the shoe. The heel is so small that it is almost non-existent; customers barely even notice it.

The sticky materials that make up the sole combined with some tread lines on the bottom will help prevent you from slipping while you are out and about. They are not going to provide you with a whole lot of traction, but as long as you are sticking to relatively flat surfaces and try to avoid the ice, then you should be in the clear. Of course, you should still use caution when you are encountering any surfaces that may be slick
Midsole

Midsole

These ballet flats feature a lightly padded insole to give you some added comfort throughout the day. They are not going to provide you with the cushioning that your feet will sink into, but what they do have is enough for most consumers. Many reviewers believe that they offer a decent amount of comfort for a pair of flats, but if you are going to be doing a lot of walking in them then they might not have enough underfoot cushioning. Additionally, there are a few reviewers who stated the padding was lacking under the arches, not giving you enough support under them.
Uppers

Uppers

The soft faux leather uppers have an almond toe and half of a d'Orsay silhouette to give them a chic look that will look great wherever you are. The faux leather is soft and comfortable, hugging your feet in a sock-like fit to keep your feet happy throughout the workday. You are not going to have to deal with any irritating rubbing or chafing, as the soft materials and snug fit work together to prevent that and reduce the risk of getting nasty blisters. They are also pretty well ventilated, letting in a decent amount of airflow to help keep your feet from overheating throughout the day. The air will easily flow into the shoes, cooling you down as well as keeping your shoes dry and promoting a healthier in-shoe environment for your feet.

Some customers didn't like the look of the faux leather uppers, stating that is made the shoe look and feel cheaply made. This doesn't appear to be a popular opinion, but it is worth noting.
Comfort

Comfort

Consumers can agree that these have a phenomenal amount of comfortability to them. They have a lightly padded insole, as mentioned above, to give you a pleasant underfoot experience. Additionally, the soft faux leather upper hugs your feet comfortably, keeping you happy all day long. You aren't going to have to think about blisters and irritation from the shoes rubbing along your skin, nor will you have to worry about overheating or sweating too much in your shoes. Everything about them is designed to keep you comfy and cozy for the duration of your day.

There were a few people who stated that even though they were perfect for wearing to the office, they are not the best feeling if you are going to be doing a lot of walking while in them. After a bit of time, one reviewer mentioned that her ankles would start to ache if she was on her feet for too long while wearing them. There are a couple of other isolated incidents of customers have poor experiences when it comes to comfort; however, most of them have not shared these experiences and believe them to be a very comfortable pair of dress flats.
Style

Style

These flats have a classic look that can blend in well whether you are at the office or out for a night on the town. They have an almond toe and about 3/4 inch wedge heel with a half d'Orsay silhouette. This is just another way of saying that one side of the shoe has a cut out in the middle that reveals the arch of your foot. Customers love this look and feel that it gives them a particular type of elegance to them that they cannot get from some other brands.

These flats transition beautifully between your work day and your evening wear, giving them a versatile design that can go great with just about anything. Whether you are pairing them with a pencil skirt, dress slacks, skinny jeans, or a sundress, you will look great with these fantastic looking shoes.

They are available in a plethora of colors which makes many people very happy as you will be able to find something that is going to best suit your style and needs. Many have opted to purchase more than one pair so they could have multiple options available in their closets. You can buy them in light natural, dark garnet, french navy, Roccia (snake print), steel, blue, black, green (turquoise), dark grey suede, or red. No matter what pair you decide to go with, you can rest easy knowing that you will look great in them.
Durability

Durability

When you see a great looking pair of shoes with such a reasonable price tag, the first thing you might think is that they are cheap and will fall apart on your right off the bat. Thankfully, that isn't a problem you will have to deal with. Yes, they have an affordable looking price tag, but they are by no means cheap. No, they are not going to last as long as some other high-end flats, but they will survive for a decent amount of time before they need to be replaced.
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Nine West Observe flats offer you a great deal of flexibility when you are walking. It is essential to find a pair of shoes that are not going to restrict the movements of your steps, so it is nice to know that these are going to bend and move in all the right places to flow with the natural changes of your feet. The outsole is designed to be sturdy and durable, yet still, be able to bend and flex with your movements. The soft faux leather uppers and cut out on the side also help increase the level of flexibility, moving with your feet when you're on the go.
Support

Support

Support is a crucial element to your footwear; you want to make sure whatever it is that you are putting on your feet is going to provide you with an adequate amount of support for the task at hand. As these are more of an office or casual shoe, you will not need as much support as you might from a pair of running sneakers or hiking boots. That being said, they can still offer you a decent amount, enough to keep you locked in safe and sound inside of your shoes.

As long as you get a pair that fits you properly, they will be nice and snug on your feet. The vamp will hug the tops of your feet keeping them in place, while the back of the shoe works to keep your heels locked down. You should have no problems staying in your shoes while you are walking around in them.

As for arch support, there is a little bit of padding in the insole of the flats, but some customers have stated that there is not a lot of cushioning under the arches. If you have higher than average arches and require a lot of support in that area, then the Saige's might not be the best option for you right out of the box. You can always consider purchasing additional inserts to give you the proper padding, but most customers do not like having to that.
Fit

Fit

When it comes to the way, these shoes fit customers seem to be all over the place. There are some that have stated that they are running true to size; however, there are quite a few that have also indicated they are little larger than they expected and would recommend going down about a half size to accommodate for this inconsistency. Some people have also stated that they feel a bit on the narrow side and the tapered almond toe design doesn't leave them a whole lot of wiggle room in that area. Overall, customers are not too happy with the way they fit their feet; however, once the correct size is obtained they seem to be quite pleased, it can just be a bit of a hassle to achieve the perfect size for a comfortable fit.
Weight

Weight

This is a lightweight shoe that will not feel like you are walking around with additional weights on your feet. They weigh in at about 7 ounces which is slightly higher than some of the other similar shoes on the market but still a low enough number to classify them as lightweight. Please note that this weight is for a women's size 8.5 medium and is for only one shoe, not the pair. The weight will fluctuate depending on the size you wear.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you can find a pair of shoes that can seamlessly transition from the office to your night out, then you have hit the jackpot. That is just what you will get with the Nine West Observe flats. They have the professionalism that you need for your day job but the street edge that you want in an evening shoe. Most customers believe that they offer a decent amount of comfort, although there are some out there who would disagree. The low price point and decent durability make these flats an excellent investment; many consumers will even opt to buy more than one pair, so they have them in multiple colors. No matter what you are doing or what you are wearing, these shoes will fit right in and be a perfect addition to your attire.