Steve Madden Graft Loafer Review

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Steve Madden started his shoe brand in 1990 and since has turned it into an iconic footwear brands. Starting in Queens, New York, Madden merged his experience in the industry with creative and innovative designs, revolutionizing the shoe industry. He takes his inspiration from his New York City roots and rock and roll look, and he strives to give both men and women excellent quality footwear that they can use to express their individuality. His products can be found all over the world and are not limited to shoes, and he has expanded into both handbags and accessories as well.

The Grafts loafers are one of Madden’s many shoes that give you a great style and comfortable feel. They have the classic silhouette of a traditional pair of loafers with a stylish spin. The two-toned upper helps them stand out among the rest, with the vertical black stripe up the cognac uppers and metal embellishments on the vamp. The short stacked heel adds to the classic loafer style. Whether heading to the office, going to a business meeting, or attending a more formal event, these slippers are going to fit right in. The moderate price tag might seem higher than you will want to pay, but it falls right in line with similar products, and the longevity makes them a suitable investment as you will save money in the long run. The durable shoes ensure you will not have to replace them for a while. Overall, they are a great pair of footwear that many customers can appreciate.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Long lifespan
All-day comfort
Classic loafer design
Two-toned color scheme
Great looking shoe

Cons

Only one color option
Moderate price tag

Outsole

Outsole

The Graft's have a robust man-made outsole that is designed to be quite durable, so you aren't going to have to overthink about them wearing down on you prematurely. They feature a short stacked heel, as is typical for most similar products. The stacked heel gives the appearance of layers of wood, or in this case, synthetic rubber, stacked on each other to provide them with the classic look that is aesthetically pleasing.

The synthetic materials of the sole will help give you a little bit of traction while you're walking, but there isn't much of a tread pattern on the sole to help you keep an excellent grip. You should be careful if you encounter a slick spot as these slippers might not do a decent job at keeping you on your feet. You will run the risk of slipping and falling which could cause unnecessary injury or discomfort.
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the loafers features a cushioned footbed to provide you with comfort all day long. Your feet can appreciate the pleasant underfoot experience they will receive from walking around all day in these slippers. If you receive the shoes and find that there is just not enough cushioning for your liking and you want a little extra, then you can always choose to purchase an additional insole or insert to give you the padding and support that you want, where you want it.
Uppers

Uppers

The Steve Madden Graft loafers feature a soft leather upper for optimal comfort and durability. They have a dual-toned vamp as well as a little metal embellishment on the forefront. The slippers are designed with a slip-on design, as most loafers are, that hug your feet snuggly and give you a secure and supportive feeling while you're walking around in them.

The inside of the uppers have a smooth synthetic lining in them that feels great along your feet if you are choosing to wear these sockless. The lining allows for a decent amount of breathability, allowing air to smoothly flow into the foot chamber and keep you cooled down throughout the day. This is especially important if you are out and about on warmer days as it can help prevent you from getting too hot inside your shoes. Not only will the ventilation help cool you down, but it will also help keep your feet dry and reduce some odor you might experience from sweating too much in your footwear.
Weight

Weight

The Steve Madden's are a bit on the heavy side when compared to other similar products on the market. They weight in at a whopping 15 ounces. This measurement is for a size 11.5 medium and for a single shoe, not the pair. Keep in mind that the weight will vary depending on the size you choose to purchase.

Even though they are heavier than other loafers, it does not appear to be much of a burden while you are wearing them. As they are more of a business shoe and are generally worn to the office or other formal and work-related events, you will barely notice the additional weight added to your feet while you are wearing them. Customers have had no problems with the way they feel on their feet. They will not hold you back or slow you down while you are walking in them.
Comfort

Comfort

When your feet are going to be trapped in a pair of shoes all day you are going to want them to feel as comfortable as possible. The good news is that the Steve Madden Graft loafers are going to provide you with the comfort that you desire. They feature a padded midsole that allows your feet to sink in a little with each of your steps, giving you a decent underfoot experience while you are wearing them. The uppers are made out of soft leather which hugs your feet snuggly but still allows for enough wiggle room that they are not going to dig into your skin or cause irritating rubbing or blisters. The smooth lining inside the uppers feels great along your skin for those who choose not to wear socks with their shoes. Overall, customers will be able to appreciate the comfort level of the shoes and your feet will love you for them after a long day at the office.
Durability

Durability

When you are looking for a pair of dress shoes or something to wear into the office, you want to try to get something that will last you as long as possible. Shopping for shoes can sometimes be a hassle so you want to ensure that you are only going to have to do it as little as possible so you want to find something that is durable and will not need to be replaced prematurely. Thankfully, these loafers will do that for you. They are designed to stay intact for a decent amount of time, allowing you to buy one pair of shoes that will serve their purpose for a reasonable amount of time before needing to be replaced.
Value

Value

Looking at the price tag of the Steve Madden Graft's you might think that they are a bit high, but in reality, they are about average for this type of shoe. Of course, there are your cheaper and more affordable ones out there, but they do not typically last as long as these ones will. On the other side of that, there are higher end slippers out there that are far better quality than the Steve Madden's. They are very middle of the line when it comes to price. That being said, since they are durable and will not need to be replaced for a while, you are going to be saving some money in the long run, making these a pretty suitable investment. Customers believe that they will get their monies worth out of the footwear and are happy with their purchases.
Style

Style

Steve Madden brings you the classic look of a fabulous pair of loafers but adds a little extra flare which helps them stand out just a little from the rest. They have a two-toned vamp, with the majority of the shoe being cognac in color and a black stripe going up the front of the slippers. They have a metal bit loafer detail, a silver metal clip holding together a small piece of black leather.

The loafers are mostly reserved for the office, fitting in nicely with dress slacks or a suit; however, they are going to look at home at a more quasi-formal event as well. Whether heading to the office, attending a business meeting, or going to a wedding, these slip-ons will be a great pair to most outfits, giving you a professional look.
Fit

Fit

They way your loafers fit your feet is essential to your overall comfort level. If you are stuck with an ill-fitting pair of footwear, then you run the risk of being stuck in something that causes you some significant discomfort and even pain. You want to make sure that your shoes fit your feet snuggly, so you get a secure and locked-in feeling, but at the same time, you want to try to ensure that they are not digging into your feet and squishing your toes. It is a fine line sometimes, but once you find that perfect fit your feet will love you for it. The good news is that the Steve Madden Graft's are running true to size so that will help take some of the guesswork out of the equation when determining what you should order. It can be frustrating when you receive your order if you end up with a pair of shoes that do not fit you properly. To try to prevent his from happening you can always take a gander at a sizing chart, eliminating the risk of getting something that does not fit properly.
Size

Size

These loafers are available is a variety of sizes to help accommodate many foot sizes so men all over the globe can enjoy these great looking shoes. You can purchase them in sizes seven through fourteen, however, only sizes seven to eleven are available in half sizes, with the rest just coming in whole. Unfortunately for many consumers, they do not come in wide width, so if your feet are slightly wider than average these slippers might not be the best fit for your feet, and you will want to consider a different option.
Support

Support

When being stuck in a pair of shoes all day long, you want to try to find a pair that will give you adequate support. You will get that from the Grafts. They have a snug fitting upper that hugs your feet, locking you into place. This, of course, is all dependant on you getting the correct size because if not you run the risk of walking right out of your shoes. Assuming they fit you properly, though, you won't have any issues sliding around inside the foot chamber or walking out of the loafers when you are wearing them.

There is an adequate amount of underfoot cushioning in the midsole and therefore can provide you with moderate arch support. If you have slightly high arches, however, you might want to consider a more suitable insole or possible a different pair of shoes altogether. For the vast majority of consumers, the support is good enough, and there are no complaints in that department.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Whether you are buying for a pair of dress shoe to wear to a wedding or a pair of loafers to don while at the office, you might want to consider the Steve Madden Grafts. They have the classic look of a traditional loafer with a few changes to the overall style. You will still get the small stacked heel that is present in most loafers, but they have a two-toned vamp, featuring a black vertical strip up the cognac upper. The shoes have a metal ornament across the top of your foot as well, giving them just a little extra style. They have an average price tag, but the longevity of the slippers makes them a good investment, they will actually save you some money in the long run. A cushioned midsole and soft leather upper ensures that your feet will stay comfortable throughout the day, giving you an all-around pleasant experience while you are heading to the office.