Rockport Kiribati Review

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Rockport has been making excellent quality footwear for years, starting up in Marlborough, Massachusetts in 1971 by Saul Katz and his son, Bruce. The father and son duo grew their company successfully, and when they finally sold it in the mid-80s, they had not gone even one year without turning a profit.

Rockport has drawn on generations of experience to be able to merge the comfort you would receive from an athletic shoe with the classic and professional look of a dress or casual footwear, bringing you, the customer, a great looking pair of shoes with the comfort you would expect from a pair of sneakers. They over 45 years of experience they have in over 60 countries, this company has done a lot for the shoe industry and has more than proven that they can keep their customers happy.

The Kiribati heeled loafers are just another in their long line of amazing products. They offer a great deal of comfort, mostly thanks to the extra deep cushioning in the heel, ensuring you will stay comfortable all day long while still looking great. The calfskin uppers are constructed to be durable as well as look classic and professional. Coming in two shades of brown and black there is sure to be a pair that will suit everyone’s business needs. Whether looking for something to wear to the office or just shopping around for a pair of casual shoes, these might be the best match for you.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Modest, but feminine, aesthetic

Made with genuine calfskin leather

Fabulously comfortable

Great for professional women

Treaded sole for slip-protection

Cons

Outdated design

 

Uppers

Uppers

The uppers of the Rockport Kiribati heels are made out of genuine calfskin leather which helps give the shoes a much softer feeling against your skin, as well as a providing you with a much more durable product. The calfskin is a much finer grain than the other leathers, and as such it can withstand a lot more force, allowing it to be more robust than some of the other materials out there.

The soft material gives you a decent amount of flexibility, allowing you to move and bend your feet without fear of restrictions. The flexibility adds to the overall comfort level of your shoes and gives you a more pleasant walking experience.
Midsole

Midsole

The Kiribati's feature a footbed that is made out of Polyurethane, giving you far more cushioning than you might expect in a pair of heels like these. The extra padding is going to help prevent against foot fatigue, ensuring that your feet will thank you at the end of a long day.

The sole is designed to give you, even more, cushioning in the heel, ensuring that you have phenomenal comfort all day long. The extra deep heel padding will provide you with a little additional support under your feet and take a little bit of the pressure off of your heels which is very much appreciated, especially by those who are walking or standing for extended periods.
Outsole

Outsole

The Kiribati loafers feature a square, stacked heel that sits at about 2.5 inches tall, giving them a little extra height while still be an acceptable pair of office shoes. The thicker heel is excellent for those who work a lot of on their feet as it will give you a broader base to stand on, drastically increasing the stability of the shoes. You will not have to worry about walking around outside while you are wearing these, no need to worry about your heels sinking into the soft ground or getting stuck in a crack.

The outsole itself is made out of rubber to help increase the overall durability of the slip-ons. The rubber in conjunction with the tread pattern on the bottom of the forefront works together to give you surprising traction, especially for this type of shoe. You should have no problems at all being able to stay on your feet while you are out and about.
Style

Style

The Rockport Kiribati's have the great classic look of a pair of loafers, with the added touch of a 2.5-inch block heel. They are the perfect combination of professional, stylish, and functional. The block heel gives the illusion of different layers of wood stacked on top of each other, adding to the aesthetics of the heels.

The calfskin uppers come in a couple of different colors that you choose from, ensuring you can find something that will fit best with your work attire. They can be purchased in dark chocolate, black, or mocha. Some people have opted to buy more than one pair, just so they could have them in both black and brown, ensuring they have a pair of every outfit.

Whether wearing them in an office setting or heading out to casual get together, these loafers are going to make a great addition to your wardrobe, and you will look great in them.
Weight

Weight

Ensuring that your footwear of choice is as flexible as possible can be vital to keeping you comfortable throughout the day. You want to ensure that your shoes are not holding you back, causing you to drag your feet, restricting your movements. This is especially true for those who are standing or walking all day for work. Thankfully, the heels have an incredible amount of flex to them, mostly thanks to the calfskin uppers, but the rubber sole also can bend and move smoothly, without hindrance. Your shoes are going to flex with the natural movements of your feet, preventing some pain or discomfort that you could experience from a stiffer type of dress shoe.
Durability

Durability

The Rockport Kiribati heeled loafers have a pretty steep price tag on them, but that does not seem to stop customers from purchasing them. There is a perfectly good reason for that; they are worth it. They might appear like they are expensive at first, but if you think about it, you will actually be saving yourself some money in the long run. Why is that? Because they are exceptionally durable. You will have to buy one pair, and one pair only (unless you want a variety of colors), and that single pair of shoes will last you for quite some time — no need to worry about replacing them until a long way down the road.

The calfskin leather that makes up the uppers has more fine fibers which create a stronger bond than you would get from regular leather, which is pretty strong on its own. This is going to make sure that you are not going to accidentally tear or rip the materials, causing them to be unwearable. In addition to the uppers, the sole is pretty tough. The rubber is durable and is not going to wear down quickly at all. Furthermore, the stacked heel is squared and wide, giving you a stable base, so it is less likely that you will snap the heel off while you are out and about.
Comfort

Comfort

Comfort is crucial. You do not want to put your feet into something that is going to cause you discomfort and even pain throughout the day. Yes, there are some instances where women will suffer through the pain of an uncomfortable pair of shoes because they look good, but that does not have to happen with these heels. They are going to provide you with exceptional comfort, so much so that your feet will thank you for it at the end of a long day.

The midsole features a polyurethane footbed and includes a heel cushion that runs extra deep, providing you with phenomenal cushioning that your feet will sink in to. These loafers are going to give you the perfect blend of style and comfort, making them a great addition to your work clothing.
Fit

Fit

When you go to order your heels, you want to make sure that you are getting the correct size for a perfect fit. These loafers should fit your feet snuggly while still giving you a little bit of wiggle room. You want to try to find that ideal balance between secure and comfortable.

The Rockport Kiribati heels are running reasonably true to size so that should help you out a lot when choosing which size to order. If you happen to find yourself between sizes, then it is recommended that you go up to the next size, this will relieve the risk of getting an ill-fitting pair of shoes that will cause you some discomfort in the long run.

One thing that many customers can appreciate the sizing of these shoes is that they are available to purchase in both medium and wide sizes, as well as half sizes. There is sure to be something out there that will fit every foot, making them a fan favorite.
Support

Support

The heels might be slip-ons, but that does not mean that they are not going to keep your feet locked securely in place while you are wearing them. As long as you get a properly fitting pair, they will fit snuggly and hug your feet, keeping them locked in tight. You will not have to worry too much about walking right out of your shoes.

The cushioned midsole is going to provide you with a decent amount of arch support as well. There are no customer complaints about the underfoot padding; however, if you find yourself needing some more support under your arches, you can always choose to pick up an additional insert so you get the padding that you need where you need it the most.


Stability

Stability

Thanks to the thick stacked heel on these loafers, there is a decent amount of stability to them so you should have no problems staying upright and on your feet while you are out and about. The wide heel gives you a more stable base to stand on, spreading out your weight distribution, ensuring you have an easier time walking in these shoes than if you were wearing thinner, stiletto heels.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

When looking for a good pair of shoes to wear to the office, you might want to consider these loafers. They are incredibly comfortable, which is much appreciated, especially considering they have a 2.5-inch heel on them. They have deep heel cushioning in the sole to ensure that your feet are staying happy all day long — no need to walk around with aches and pains if they can be avoided. The sturdy calfskin uppers and even more robust rubber soles ensure that these shoes are going to be able to stand up to a lot, making them well worth the high price tag. Whether shopping for office attire or merely looking for something for more casual wear, the Rockport Kiribati heeled loafers might be the perfect fit for you.