Report Alexa Review

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Report is a casual-cool lifestyle brand with a reputation for bringing rock and roll footwear styles for the undercover sneakerhead in all of us. Shoes that represent exactly what you love aren’t often readily available when you want femininity with an edge that isn’t complete torture to wear. Forget the painful platforms and pinching slip-on options, instead, opt for this Alexa for an easy pick that will lift up any outfit’s overall style. Though not a shoe you can run a marathon in, it has its place in a contemporary wardrobe looking to include more accessory options that stray from the old classics. If you keep up with trends and shoe styles but want to find an option to fulfill your fashion needs without completely going broke, Report makes shoes like Alexa just for you.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Dual Side Zippers
  • Padded Insole
  • Great Traction
  • Easy Care
  • Laser Cut Detail
Cons
  • Requires Breaking In
  • No Arch Support
Airflow

Airflow

Report’s Alexa has laser-cut designs in the upper that serve to give this fashion slip-on a functional boost. These openings create an airflow inside the shoe, making this a great spring and summer option to keep your feet cool. Around the heel and toe, the more intricate design stops and makes way for perforation, a similarly breezy choice. Due to the upper being a synthetic faux-suede, this type of shoe can get a bit uncomfortable, and honestly almost impossible to wear sans socks. The design of the Alexa opens it up to be a much more wearable slip-on. During the fall months, slip on a cool ankle sock and the style will translate even for colder weather. Versatility in how you wear this little slip-on is one of my favorite features. Definitely, a nice option if you change your style up frequently from day-to-day!
Support

Support

Like most other slip-on footwear, save for Dr. Scholls options, or Vionic, this Report has little arch support built in. A recurring problem in slip-on shoes of this nature, unless explicitly created as a comfort or support shoe, there just isn’t really a place for notable arch support. This can definitely cause discomfort, and won’t be a workable option for those requiring substantial support. Beware of shoes like this if you have high arches or even flat feet, as it will exacerbate the condition of, and pain associated with, both. Due to this particular shoe not having removable insoles, you have to settle for what they have which is practically non-existent. I suppose one could find arch pads or ball of foot pads that may fit without lifting the foot up and out, and it could be a solution, but still not the ideal one for anyone struggling with pre-existing foot problems.
Brand

Brand

Report is a brand from Seattle that claims high-quality looks for fashion-savvy people. In reality, they are a trend-chasing brand that puts out a lot of styles in short time frames. Steve Madden has the same kind of business model. There is nothing at all wrong with providing slightly more affordable shoes for the masses, as long as the consumer realizes that they won’t necessarily be getting a handmade masterpiece or a thoroughly quality-assured item. The downfall of Report as a brand claims to pull from their consumer’s styles and global trends, but they do so by looking to current trendsetters in the shoe industry and modeling shoes very similar to the ones already out there without always taking the time to make a consistently reliable shoe.
Comfort

Comfort

Now, all elements of this slip-on may not be a complete dream, but they do pay some attention to comfort, at least for people with problem-free feet. If you don’t struggle with arch issues, this will be a pretty comfortable shoe to wear for the most part. There is gentle padding on the insole and it is a bit contoured to the foot, so it won’t feel pinched around the padding. Smooth lining ensures no out of place rubbing on the body of the foot, which can make a shoe unwearable. This won’t be sufficient as an all-day shoe if you’re a city commuter or are on your feet a lot, like in retail. For office jobs or light wear for a night out, these are absolutely wearable and add a bit of style to your normal casual outfit. Laid-back styles like this are perfect for work wear if you have a business casual office job, or work at a fashion-forward company.
Price

Price

While I may have spoken a bit about Report’s business practices, the way they operate doesn’t come without its benefits. Though the shoe is made of artificial materials without special features or dedicated attention to comfort for all, specifically, it looks like a much more expensive shoe. The cost is wildly low for something this on-trend, and the price allows you to pick this pair up even if you only plan to rock it for a single season. Report's Alexa is worth it even for the short term. With clothing getting so expensive today, trying out different looks can be a risk because they often end up short-lived, or we decide our tastes aren’t those of the current hivemind. For testing out your limitations and lusts in current fashion, Report is an awesome choice that boasts sweet contemporary looks like this smart Alexa slip-on.
Size

Size

Another issue that arises with the Report Alexa is that the sizing is not particularly consistent. Some reviewers stated that the shoe ran very narrow and bothered their toes. Other reviewers thought it ran much smaller than the size listed and they had to exchange. A few other reviewers had said it was excessively roomy and too big for them. This is problematic for online ordering, considering most people don’t want to deal with the hassle of returns. A solution to this would be to go and find an in-person retailer that sells Report to try them on for sizing and see where your foot falls on their scale, however, this adds another step as well. To add to the confusion, some say it is completely true to size, so I feel this might be information best found out for yourself due to the consensus being wildly different from source to source.
Heel

Heel

These are a flat shoe which lends to its easy wear and versatility. Report’s Alexa is effortless to walk in regardless of your capacity to walk in more difficult silhouettes. A fault with this slip-on is its inner heel though. Quite a few reviewers said the Alexa rubbed them uncomfortably at the back of their heel. The padded collar may hit people wrong at their heel as everyone's ankles and feet are shaped differently. This can be easily amended with either heel pads that attach inside the shoe, higher rise socks, or a blister pad. Once the shoe is broken in, it won’t likely be a continuous problem, as most reviewers found this shoe to be quite comfortable to wear otherwise. The shoe can be broken in using blister pads for the first few times you wear the Alexa if you are concerned. If any shoe is uncomfortable when you put it on off the bat though, it probably isn’t the right one for you.
Longevity

Longevity

The outer materials of this shoe are very sturdy. The upper is soft and synthetic but holds up well to dirt and grime. These Alexas will stay looking like new with regular maintenance. Luckily, they are incredibly easy to clean and take care of. For white soles like this, keeping a magic eraser handy is always ideal! For the upper, just a gentle brush, like a soft toothbrush, to brush away dirt does wonder for its appearance. The materials were said by reviewers to be very abrasion resistant and scuff resistant. The inside of the shoe does have a few problems in terms of longevity, however. The insole is glued down in the Alexa, not removable, but some said it started to come away from the midsole a bit which could cause problems for the wearer eventually.
Outsole

Outsole

One amazing aspect of Report’s Alexa is their awesome soles. Extremely durable for the value of this slip-on, their soles will stand up to some pretty intense abuse and do so beautifully. Their sole has two pads of a slightly textured, felt-like material. It doesn’t look like much, and these have great ground feel for walking city streets. Report’s Alexa will give you very secure traction on smooth surfaces and quite a bit of protection against slippage and scuff on rough surfaces as well. They are ultra-flexible and hug the ground with every step. Flat soles like this are often too stiff to make up for the minimalism of the slip-on style. That doesn’t even come into play with the Alexa, as they move easily with your foot, due to the fact their zippers give them a better and closer fit.
Upper

Upper

Obviously, the star of the show is the dazzling upper. The laser-cut design is fashion forward while still subtle, the oblong shapes are in a complementary pattern that slims the foot without elongating it. Their dual zippers on either side of the Alexa are not only a design element, but they are fully functional. Slip-ons can fall victim to the problems of a too loose upper due to taking the shoe on and off and it naturally stretching to accommodate the foot. Higher insteps or wide feet especially can really affect the way a shoe fits after some time has passed. This Alexa having functional zippers prevents the worst of that from happening. Dreamy suede and perforation are two hot trends of the casual slip-on fad and they come together in a way that isn’t too much or tacky. Overall, the Alexa just looks lovely and is a cut above the usual type of slip-on that you have the opportunity to see.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Report’s Alexa is basically a glimpse into more designer wear at a much more accessible price. For those looking for a shoe that works for casual wear while keeping up with the usual changes in the seasonal trends, Report continues to make the perfect low commitment for them. This may not be the perfect slip-on and that’s okay. The value and style make up for it not being a top-of-the-line option. These can still be an ideal option for you, depending on what you need from the shoes you buy.