Sam Edelman Loraine Review

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The Sam Edelman Loraine loafers are a great looking pair of shoes that would be a welcomed addition to anyone’s wardrobe. They come in a plethora of colors and styles that can fit right in for almost any occasion. Whether you are looking for a pair of shoes to wear to the office or something to wear to a wedding these are going to be the perfect go-to shoe. They do have a slightly higher price tag than many would like to pay but they are worth the money as they are not going to suffer from durability issues like some other loafers on the market today. Keep in mind that these shoes run a little big and will stretch a bit after time so plan your sizing accordingly. If you are in the market for an all around great pair of shoes then you have come to the right place, the Sam Edelman Loraine’s will take care of you.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Comfortable feel
  • Lightweight¬†design
  • Fun color options
  • Great looking loafer
Cons
  • Needs breaking in
  • High price tag
  • Stretches over time
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Sam Edelman Loraine loafers is made out of synthetic, man-made materials but that does not mean that they will not hold up over time. They are designed to be durable and give you a decent amount of traction. As long as you stick to relatively flat surfaces you should not have a problem staying on your feet while you are wearing them. You probably should not venture out into the woods or walk along a gravel road with them on, your feet will not appreciate it and you will risk damaging the shoes.

There is a very small block heel attached to these shoes, as is typical with loafers. It measures in at about half an inch so it is not a lot but it gives you a little extra height and adds to the already great look of them.
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Sam Edelman Loraine loafers has a lightly padded footbed for some underfoot cushioning to them that most customers can appreciate. Some reviewers said that the cushioning is minimal but it is enough if you are wearing them for shorter periods of time or you are not going to be on your feet all day. If you are going to be on your feet for extended periods of time then you might want to consider purchasing some additional insoles to add to these to give you some additional cushioning for all-day comfort.

Another thing to note about the midsole of these shoes is that some customers mentioned they are flat and do not offer any kind of arch support so if that is something that you require from a pair of loafers then you might want to consider a different pair, or again, purchase additional gel inserts to give you the extra support.
Upper

Upper

The materials of the uppers vary depending on the style of the shoes you decide to purchase. You can get them in materials such as calf leather, suede, velvet, linen, jacquard, and snake leather. Available in a plethora of prints and colors, the uppers of the Sam Edelman Loraine loafers will have something that anyone can enjoy. Whatever the materials are of the pair or pairs, you decide to go with you can be sure that they are going to be great quality and constructed exceptionally well so you will not have to worry about them tearing or wearing down on you. One thing to note about the uppers, however, is they tend to stretch after some time so if they are a bit snug at first they should be fine after you wear them a couple of times.

No matter what color or print you decide to purchase, one thing that you can count on with these loafers is the metal hardware that dons the vamp of them. Either gold or silver, depending on the style, the sleek hardware is a staple with these loafers.
Fit

Fit

When it comes to your shoes you are going to want to make sure that you get the correct size. If you do not then you run the risk of them being too tight and uncomfortable, causing rubbing and nasty blisters. On the other hand, if they are too big you might walk right out of them which can potentially cause you to fall and injure yourself or somebody else.

Customers have mentioned that in the case of the Sam Edelman Loraine loafers they are running a bit large and they suggest purchasing a half size smaller than you normally would. Additionally, these loafers are also running a bit narrow so you might want to plan accordingly when deciding on the size you will need. If you are unsure of what size you should purchase then it is advisable that you consult Sam Edelman's sizing chart to ensure you get the correct size the first time you order them.

Something else that you should keep in mind with these shoes is that they might seem a tad snug when you first put them on, making you think you should not have ordered a half size down, however, they are going to stretch out a little after you wear them a couple times so do not worry, they will fit you perfectly after they are broken in a bit.
Style

Style

One thing that customers absolutely adore about the Sam Edelman Loraine loafers is the look and style of them. They come in so many different colors and prints, in many different materials and textures. There is bound to be something out there for everyone and for every occasion. You are sure to find something that will best suit your personality and personal style. Coming in solid colors, animal prints, plaid patterns, glitters and sparkles, snakeskin, metallics, and other fun designs there is sure to be something that you will love.

In addition to all of the fun colors and designs, all of the Loraine's will come with a metallic clasp along the vamp of the shoes, in either silver or gold depending on the style, to give you a little bling to your loafers. Finishing off the look in a small heel and a rounded toe.
Durability

Durability

When it comes to the durability of your shoes you are going to want to make sure that you get something that is going to last you. You do not want to spend your money on a pair of shoes only to have them fall apart prematurely and you will not have to worry about that with the Sam Edelman Loraine loafers. Yes, there are a few customers who had bad experiences with these shoes and had some durability issues, but that is more the exception and not the rule. The majority of reviewers had no problems with premature wear and tear and their loafers lasted them a long time.

That being said, these shoes will stretch out over time. If you do not account for the stretch when you purchase these then they will become too large after a while and they might not be able to be worn after a while. It is important to keep this stretch in mind when you order these shoes.
Comfort

Comfort

Customers have mentioned that the Sam Edelman Loraine loafers are quite comfortable. They do have a little padding in them, but not a whole lot. If you are wearing them to an office setting or you are only going to be on your feet for short periods of time then these are going to have enough padding for you. However, if you are going to be on your feet all day these might not be the right choice for you, unless you decide to purchase an additional insole to give you more cushioning under your feet to keep you cozy and comfy all day long. As mentioned above, the insoles that are in these shoes are flat and have no arch support so that can contribute to your comfort level when wearing these.

When it comes to the rest of the shoe they have a decent amount of comfort to them. They do have a breaking in period so they might not be the comfiest right out of the box. They will stretch out and loosen up after a little time and once they do your feet will love you. Many customers reported that unlike many other shoes they have tried these are not going to rub against their skin uncomfortably and they do not tend to cause them blisters which are greatly appreciated.
Support

Support

When it comes to shoes you should make sure that you get a pair that is going to give you the right amount of support for what you are wearing them for. Since the Sam Edelman Loraine loafers are more of a business casual shoe you should not be wearing them for strenuous or physical activities and therefore should not need as much support as you might need in some other shoes. That being said, they do offer a decent amount of support. The vamp is designed to fit you snuggly and the heel will help lock your feet into the shoes so you can ensure your feet stay in them and will not slide right out of your shoe, causing you to slip and fall.

As mentioned above, however, they do not offer any kind of arch support so if you have high arches these might not be the best shoe for you. You can always purchase gel inserts to help with additional arch support but right out of the box there are not going to do much for you.
Weight

Weight

You are going to want to find a pair of shoes that weigh as little as possible. There is no need to feel like you have any additional weight attached to your feet to weigh you down and hold you back. Since the Sam Edelman Loraine loafers are a casual and business shoe there is no need for anything extra that might add weight to them. They weigh in at about 10 ounces for a size 9.5 medium which is about average when compared to other similar products. Customers can appreciate the lightweight feel while they are out and about in these shoes.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Flexibility is an important feature when it comes to your footwear of choice. You want to make sure that you get something that is going to allow you to move your feet as naturally as possible while still giving you the support and protection you require from a pair of shoes. The great thing about the Sam Edelman Loraine loafers is they know how to tow that fine line of balance between support and flexibility. As mentioned above they are going to give you adequate support and keep your feet locked in, but they are also going to allow you flex and bend your feet while you are on the go without restricting your movements and holding you back. Please note that the first day or two that you wear them you might feel like you are being held back but once the shoes are broken in and stretch out a bit they will feel much better and you will be able to move your feet unrestricted.

Bottom Line

If you are in the market for a great looking pair of loafers that have a look and style for just about any occasion then you have come to the right place. The Sam Edelman Loraine loafers come in a plethora of styles, colors, prints, and textures that there is bound to be something that will best suit your wants and needs. Customers adore these great shoes not only for their great look but for their fantastic durability and decent comfort level. Once these shoes are broken in they fit great and feel wonderful on your feet. Remember, these shoes run a little big so plan accordingly. They might have a slightly steep price tag but many reviewers said that they were well worth the money they paid for them and have opted to purchase more than one pair so they can have them in multiple styles. They really are an all around great pair of loafers that would make a great addition to any closet.