Steve Madden Dangler Review

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What is a slip-on shoe you might ask? Well, Wikipedia describes them simply as typically low, lace-less shoes. In some areas of the world, they’re called loafers and even slippers.

The slip-on shoes were first introduced as casual wear shoes. But later on, their popularity grew to the point that they were only worn with high-end lounge suits. Back in the middle of the 18th century England, the members of the gentry and the British royal family were the ones that mostly wore slip-on shoes. The famous Wildsmith slip-on shoe was even designed specifically for King George VI. He was apparently very fond of this style of shoes.

In the 1930s the Penny loafer was created by G.H. Bass and quickly became a must-have item among prep school students. In fact, the name Penny loafer got its name because the students would keep pennies in the saddle slot in order to make pay-phone calls. Hence, the name was derived from the currency. Penny – loafers. In the early ’50s, Gucci made them more sophisticated and returned them in the formalwear bracket, but nowadays they’re one of the most versatile shoes in existence.

However, let’s take a closer look at the Steve Madden Dangler slip-on shoe.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Easy slip-on design

Soft fabric and synthetic lining

Lightly padded footbed

Tassel ornament

Cons

No vegan version

Expensive

Outsole

Outsole

While most shoes do have a rubber outsole, the Steve Madden Dangler has a synthetic one. The man-made outsole is highly durable and adaptable to withstand a lot of friction to plenty of surface areas. The outsole is wear resistant, which makes the shoes durable, it’s made from recycled materials and it makes the shoe more flexible. The flexibility of the model is also due to the fact that the outsole is very thin, but the synthetic outsole does play a huge part in the overall quality of the shoe.
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Steve Madden Dangler has a light padding which helps a lot with the comfort, and although it would be ideal for that padding to be more pronounced, it’s always to have some padding than none at all. The comfort is present in this model, thanks to the padding but if you’re in need of more padding you can always add a sock liner of your choosing, and enhance the comfort even more.
Upper

Upper

The upper of the shoe is always the first thing that catches the eye and this upper does not disappoint. It’s beautiful, elegant and practical. The slip-on design is done nicely so the shoes are very easy to put on. And speaking of the upper, it’s a woven fabric upper with leather piping that you see on the surface. The two color woven fabric is done in a crisscross pattern, which is not only visually stunning it’s also complementary to the shoe itself, and the tassels at the vamp just put a finishing touch.

The black leather tassels add a nice elegant feel to the shoe and complete the whole look of the shoe. The shaft of the shoe measures approximately low-top from the arch and the interior of the shoe is lined with a soft yet durable synthetic fabric as well.
Comfort

Comfort

The shoe’s heel and the slight padding in the midsole really take a swing at the comfort levels in this shoe. And although the padding isn’t satisfactory enough in order to support the arches, it’s still present enough to give the shoes a dose of comfort.
Support

Support

Plenty of elements compose the support of the shoe. The support is really a team effort here in this model, and it starts from the synthetic man-made outsole. The padding in the midsole really helps, and the fabric upper with leather piping hugs the feet from above and takes good care of them. And last but not least, the synthetic lining creates a nice soothing effect and helps with the moisture wicking properties of the slip-on.
Durability

Durability

The durability is present in the Steve Madden Dangler shoes, but not in all areas of the shoes. The synthetic outsole is known to be one of the most durable parts of the shoe, and it’s been praised by plenty of the satisfied customers on Steve Madden’s official website. Sadly the woven fabric upper with leather piping was singled out as one of the least durable parts of the shoe, and plenty of the customers on the review board complained that not only it gets damaged fairly quickly, the woven fabric’s design makes them very hard to repair.
Flexibility

Flexibility

A good thing about that woven fabric upper is the fact that it’s highly flexible. And we do mean very flexible. The slip-on design doesn’t have any buckles, ornaments or any other intricate fastening system that could compromise the flexibility. No, it’s just a simple textile upper on a shoe that’s been made even prettier with a simple yet elegant leather tassel. And that’s pretty much it. But the flexibility isn’t limited solely to the upper. The thin synthetic outsole contributes to the flexibility portion of this review and the fact that the slight padding isn’t all that grant really amps up this section of the shoe.
Stability

Stability

Slip-On shoes are not known to be one of the most stable shoes, but there are some exceptions. The reason for the instability is the fact that there is no fastening system and nothing but the upper’s fabric to hold on the foot. No laces, no buckles and no other type of closure. It’s just your foot up against the woven fabric. But that doesn’t mean that any other parts of the shoe don’t contribute to the stability. The synthetic outsole plays a huge part in the shoe’s stability and so does the slightly padded upper.
Airflow

Airflow

When it comes to the airflow, the woven fabric in the upper is probably your best ally. Even with the synthetic lining on the inner part of the shoe, the woven upper really does wonders for the airflow. The fabric allows air to circulate in and out of the shoe, which helps your feet to remain odor and moisture free.
Fit

Fit

The term fits like a glove, really fits perfectly in the description of these shoes. They really fit like a glove. The feeling of comfort can be felt when you put on the shoes for the first time, and the perfect fit allows that comfort to stay for a long period of time after that. The synthetic lining in the inside of the shoe provides a sense of enjoyment, and the fit allows the shoes to be worn without socks at any time. The lining is there to protect the toes from rubbing, pinching and general discomfort so; you best believe that the fit is top notch here. Steve Madden doesn’t leave anything to chance. Especially the fit of the shoes.
Color

Color

Unfortunately, the Steve Madden Dangler model by Steve Madden doesn’t come in a variety of color options. The black and white combo in the woven material is the only option that you can choose from and that’s pretty much it. The lack of variety really reflects the model negatively, as even one more additional option would mean so much in terms of diversity. But this is the only option available, and if you’re thinking of purchasing it, better make the most of it.
Brand

Brand

Founded in 1990, Steve Madden actually started the company with an 1100 dollars investment and big dreams. If that isn’t the American dream than what is? At the very beginning, he sold the shoes from his car, and now 29 years later the company has over 250 stores around the world and over 1.5 billion dollars in revenue. Steve Madden’s shoes are the epitome of American simplicity and individuality. Steve Madden’s design stays current with trends but every single pair has that effortless style and a timeless feature that helped sustain the brand for almost 3 decades.
Price

Price

The Steve Madden Dangler slip-on shoes have a price tag of 100 dollars. The model is by most standards on the pricier side, but that price tag is usually reserved for shoes that are made out of natural leather. Fabric and synthetic made shoes tend to be less expensive, but if you’re willing to give 100 dollars at least you’ll be paying for the fine craftsmanship that was put in the making of the shoes. It’s exquisite that’s for sure. If the choice of materials isn’t that impressive and luxurious, the fine craftsmanship sure is.
Style

Style

A great thing about the modern day slip on shoes is the fact that they’re so versatile. You’ll be able to wear the Steve Madden Dangler in just about any occasion, but if the colors and the fine pattern in the woven upper suggest anything, they’re more on the dressier side. You can easily dress the shoes up or down, depending on the occasion that they’re suited for, and you will look dashing with just about anything.

A nice suit will really pop with the black and white pattern, and if you’re looking for a more casual way of wearing them, great jeans will do the trick. Use your imagination, and let the interesting pattern bring a touch of color to the bottom of your body. Play with the shoes and use them to express your style and individuality in the best possible way.
Bottom line

Bottom line

Having a slip-on shoe is a must-have item for just about any shoe closet. Having a woven fabric upper with a synthetic outsole and slightly padded midsole that has the Steve Madden label, is basically a human right. Although available in only color option (the black and white combo), the Steve Madden Dangler is a shoe that will make any outfit more interesting. Even if you have a pair of boring jeans, the addition of the Steve Madden Dangler will make a stylish improvement that will get you plenty of compliments from every direction. Seriously.

The woven upper, the leather tassel, the slip-on design, the man-made outsole all contribute to the comfort, availability, and versatility in the wearing of the shoes. You’ll be keeping the shoes in a rotation for plenty of occasions without even noticing. One of the few setbacks about these shoes is the fact that the woven textile upper damages fairly quickly, and let’s not forget about the fact that the padding in the midsole could be much more noticeable. There is slight padding in the outsole, but given the fact that these shoes are mainly worn barefoot, that padding could be bigger in order to feel the effect of that midsole. However, the shoes have a synthetic lining and a nice fit thanks to the simple slip-on silhouette and you’ll be wearing them quite a lot.