Skechers Felton-Albie Review

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Skechers has designed options for all ages and all walks of life. While they are often busy keeping up with trends, Skechers never forgets practicality. This Felton-Albie is the perfect work shoe. This Felton-Albie is equipped with slip-resistance, extra cushioning, and durability to boot, so it’s ready to take on anything. Perfect for a server looking to replace their old sneakers but the Felton-Albie would be ideal for a whole host of workers. Skechers provides for those in need of a reliable shoe. The Felton-Albie will exceed the expectations you have of a work-appropriate shoe if you give it a chance.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Slip Resistant
  • OSHA Compliant
  • Electrical Hazard Certified
  • Memory Foam Layer
  • Relaxed Fit
Cons
  • Not Super Breathable
  • Boring Appearance
Aesthetics

Aesthetics

So, while it is easy to admit, the Skechers Felton-Albie isn’t cutting edge fashion. The sneaker is pretty basic, in all black or all white, with the classic layered look to it. It’s multiple overlays aside, considering this is mainly a work shoe, the look is actually quite nice. Many work shoes can be just plain unwearable in their aesthetics. This is a simple and attractive black or white sneaker. Reviewers actually found the shoe to be kind of cute, with all the reviews surrounding its look to be positive. It may be because the whole chunky sneaker look is in but I also think it has a lot to do with Skechers knowing how to make a no-nonsense sneaker that was simple enough to work with a favorite of dress codes or uniforms. Not only does this have the specs necessary to be in a large array of work environments but it actually doesn’t look half bad with jeans or black dickies and a t-shirt. It is nice to have a shoe that doesn’t draw negative attention when trying to just be safe and follow procedure. This sneaker is totally wearable beyond work as well, which is awesome for a shoe of its kind.
Breathability

Breathability

The upper of the Felton-Albie actually is not leather, though it does appear to be. This may seem concerning when it comes to breathability, as a leather works so wonderfully as a naturally breathable material. The synthetic upper must do something right, however, because reviews found the shoe to be quite breathable, especially when compared to shoes of a similar make. On the tongue, the material is more like a mesh type of fabric, which lends itself to the airflow. Sitting low to not rub or bother the ankle, the Skechers Felton-Albie also won’t trap heat close to your foot, causing discomfort and overheating. Though it won’t blow you away with how cool it keeps you, its a nice alternative to more full-coverage work shoes that may have you getting far too hot in the first hour or so of wear. That makes them great for hot kitchen environments. Just because reviewers had a positive consensus on the overall breathability doesn’t mean they stand out as a breathable sneaker, though. These perform well in this area for what they are, but if you’re looking for something with a lot of air flow, a less durable, more mesh construction is probably going to be better for you.
Durability

Durability

Whenever you spot a shoe with a lot of overlays, chances are it is going to beat many of its competitors in durability. Though this whole shoe is built in a very hearty way, at first glance the sheer volume of doubled up material catches the eye. Having overlays helps to protect vulnerable areas from tearing or fraying. The stitching on the Skechers Felton-Albie is also reinforced, which is a lifesaver for any shoe you’re going to be wearing nearly full-time during the week, depending on your hours. On the toe and heel, there is, even more, guarding to protect against the usual wear and tear. For shoes that are built to last, the Skechers Felton-Albie is an amazing choice to start to wear while on-the-job. A thick heel creates a large barrier between foot and floor, and won’t deteriorate from wear. This isn’t going to be a shoe that ends up with holes in the soles anytime soon. For long-lasting comfort and long-lasting construction, the Skechers Felton-Albie can’t be beaten.
Flexibility

Flexibility

When you see shoes that are well-equipped for hard work, one thing to note is the outsole. Many shoes that are meant to be worn in work situations have a thick outsole that is solid from your heel to your toe. This is comfortable to wear but it lacks in flexibility, which is important for slip-resistant safety and flexibility. On the Felton-Albie by Skechers, the outsole is deeply indented between the heel and ball of the foot. That makes this shoe much more flexible and gives a much larger range of motion. Flexibility matters, especially in kitchen safety. When the shoe is flexible and able to move with the foot, it is better able to make full contact with the floor when quickly pivoting or walking fast. That kind of safety is really unbeatable when considering how many accidents can happen at work in environments that have wet floors. The flexibility of this shoe doesn’t at all compromise the stability, which is really impressive for a shoe of this kind. Skechers really knew exactly what a work shoe needed to do to impress in terms of performance. If you are looking for a shoe with a lot of support that isn’t totally stiff, the Felton-Albie is a stunning pick.
Key Features

Key Features

As mentioned, this shoe is really primarily for work. That means something that is crucial to be aware of, that the shoe is going to require some extra qualities that the average sneaker doesn’t have. From working in shoe stores, I can’t tell you how many times would come in asking if certain shoes were slip-resistant enough for work, or how good the traction was on any given pair. The fact of the matter is, some shoes are specially designed to be slip-resistant, such as this Felton-Albie, but that isn’t the only criteria workers are looking for. In addition to the slip-resistant soles of this pair of Skechers, it also is Electrical Hazard tested, meaning that it grounds certain levels of shock to not risk electrical accidents at work. Being a slip-resistant shoe is one thing, but living up to the promise of safety is another. The Skechers Felton-Albie is OSHA compliant, which is the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, so you know that it isn’t messing around. This shoe is really fantastic for work safety. Anyone who needs certain specifications such as these for a work shoe will be both pleasantly surprised and more than satisfied with this option by Skechers.
Price

Price

Everyone loves Skechers because they recognize hot trends within the industry and make them super accessible. What they do for the fashion world, they are doing to the functioning world with the Felton-Albie. Work shoes are so often upwards of 100 dollars. Work-ready sneakers can be a total nightmare to find and afford. Starting a new job is exciting, then finding out you have to shell out money in the triple digits to get a shoe you need for it is so incredibly frustrating. This Felton-Albie by Skechers is not going to break the bank. Following with their practical pricing, this sneaker is honestly shockingly affordable for being a performance option. Though these aren’t for running a marathon, they are typically a style intended for wear at least five days a week for the people who purchase them. This Felton-Albie apparently lasts a whole year, even with heavy wear, according to reviewers. However, with the price, you could justify a much less long-lasting shoe. One of the best things about this Skechers is that even if it weren’t as great in the categories it is outstanding in, it would still be a pretty wonderful option. This affordable price is just the cherry on top.
Shock Absorption

Shock Absorption

A sneaker that is specific to shock-absorption without being a running shoe is pretty exciting! A thick and very supportive midsole helps to absorb shock with every step. Their midsole is the main player in the energy-return of the Felton-Albie, but it has additional features that definitely give it a boost. On top of the midsole is a comfort insole, that is then topped with memory foam. Have you ever felt a bed with a memory foam topper? Well, imagine that but for your feet! The layers of material between ground and foot make this shoe incredibly easy on your knees and ankles. Every step will feel like a dream, even after a long shift or lunch rush. It is really important to Skechers to have shoes that do what they say they will, and this is a phenomenal choice when it comes to absorbing harsh energy from the ground when walking and rushing around.
Size

Size

Referring to this Felton-Albie as a “relaxed fit”, Skechers realizes that many sneaker options just don’t have the level of comfort people want when they are looking for a work shoe. This Skechers is cut wider which has two main benefits. One is that when your toes have room to spread in a shoe, you actually have improved balance and more comfortable wear due to allowing them to move freely when you walk. In addition to the mechanics of a non-restrictive shoe, a wider cut also allows for foot swelling throughout the day. If you’ve ever worked a double or woken up right before a long shift, you know your feet can swell throughout the day and get pretty uncomfortable if you’re not wearing shoes with a little extra room to accommodate the added girth. This relaxed-fit Skechers won’t feel like a straight jacket on your feet after a grueling day. It is really important for foot health to allow for extra room in your shoes when you’re on your feet all day. Skechers obviously realizes that importance. Many people found this shoe to be true to size, though some mentioned sizing a half-size up due to a short toe box. In addition to the more comfortable cut, this shoe comes in wide for those who still need more room in their sneakers.
Support

Support

Any shoe you’re going to be wearing for a long period of time has to be supportive. Without great support, there really is no point to all the other wonderful features. This Felton-Albie is actually fantastic for supporting the foot all day. The heel has a lot to do with its level of arch support. A slight heel of one-and-a-quarter-inches boosts the heel of the foot and stretches the arch a bit to give the proper distribution of weight and pressure on the rest of the foot. A too flat shoe can really strain the foot when wearing it. The midsole works overtime to absorb impact and shock. On top of the midsole is an ultra-soft cushion to cradle your foot even after a brutal shift. On top of that is even more great memory foam. As if the footbed wasn’t enough to convince you of this Felton-Albie’s performance, the tongue and collar are well-padded to give a little added oomph for the wearer. Enveloping your entire foot in sheer bliss every time you wear them. It is pretty hard to beat such an outstanding work sneaker.
Traction

Traction

Not only is the traction fantastic for all surfaces but it is ready to take on spills too. Water resistance is, of course, a total must for so many work sneakers, for those needing them for hospitals, restaurants, kitchens, or garden centers. Water resistance isn’t always enough though. This Skechers Felton-Albie also has slip-proofing for oil spills as well. Oil is pretty hard to avoid slipping on, regardless of the level of traction, so an outsole specifically designed to take on multiple different spills can be a real game-changer. Chevron-patterned traction works to prevent against taking a tumble even in truly hazardous conditions! What more can you want from a work sneaker, really? Small lines around the edges of the outsoles help to enhance traction on pivot points when navigating a busy area as well. The Felton-Albie is the total package!
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Being in the market for new work shoes can be a total chore. It can be quite miserable looking for something that fits a job’s specific requirements while also looking not too shabby. Clean lines make this shoe attractive, and reinforced stitching in addition to extensive overlays make it long-lasting. While it isn’t the cutest option on the market, and it can’t compete in breathability with some mesh athletic options, it is a knockout in the category of workplace shoes.