Steve Madden Ludo Review

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Steve Madden is a fashion company that designs not only shoes, but also other fashion accessories for men, women, and children. They got their start when Mr. Madden’s passion had him selling shoes out of the trunk of his car in 1990. Between now and then he has gone from selling from his vehicles to becoming an iconic brand in the footwear industry, having about 120 stores in the United States alone, as well as 250 stores in over 65 countries. He takes his inspiration from rock n’ roll and his New York roots, giving his customers unique and creative designs that they love.

The Ludo’s have a sophisticated style and comfortable fit to ensure that you will feel great and look even better while you are wearing them. The loafers fit in better at more formal events or your days in the office, looking great with a suit and tie or paired with some slacks and a polo shirt. The long life span and affordable price tag ensure that you are going to get a fantastic investment when purchasing the shoes, making them ideal for those who hate shopping for their footwear. You can buy one pair and be done for quite a while since they won’t fall apart prematurely. Unfortunately for many customers, there are no other color options to choose from, but many are content with what they do have offered to them. Overall, they are a pretty good pair of loafers that customers love.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Sophisticated style

Comfortable feel

Long-lasting durability

Affordable price tag

Flexible and supportive

Cons

Heavier than average

No color options

Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Steve Madden Ludo's is made out of synthetic rubber that is designed to be rather durable so you will not have to worry too much about them wearing down on your too quickly after you get them. They feature a short stacked heel, giving the illusion of layers of wood stacked on top of one another for an aesthetically pleasing look. The man-made materials in the heel can hold a little bit of a grip, giving you some traction while you are wearing them, although maybe not as much as you would like to see. That being said, as these are reserved for more formal events, you should not encounter a situation where you are going to require high traction on your footwear. If you do happen to meet a slick spot, proceed with caution, and you should be just fine.
Midsole

Midsole

There is not a lot of available information on what precisely the midsole is made out of; however, we do know that they have a padded footbed that is designed to provide you with comfort throughout the day. The might not have the most cushioning underfoot, and may not even be the most comfortable pair of shoes in your closet, but there appears to be an adequate amount of padding there that customers are satisfied with what they get. Of course, you can opt to get place an insole in them to give you more cushioning and support, but that is generally unnecessary.
Upper

Upper

The Steve Madden Ludo dress shoes have an upper that is constructed out of smooth leather to ensure you get a flexible and soft feeling while you are wearing them. They have a cap toe and a monk strap that is adjustable to give you a more personalized fit for added comfort and support. The leather is durable enough that you should have no problems with them tearing or ripping apart at the seams while you are walking, which is always a plus with your footwear of choice.

On the inside of the shoes, there is a smooth fabric lining that is designed to give you a pleasant feeling against your skin if you choose to skip out on the socks. This will help prevent unwanted rubbing and irritating chafing that can lead to blisters and discomfort. The lining also helps keep your shoes well ventilated, allowing air to flow into the foot chamber and circulate around your feet, keeping you cool throughout the day, no need to have your feet overheat on you. Since the air can easily flow into them, you can also rest assured that your sweat will be able to conveniently evaporate and escape, keeping your feet healthier and dry, it can even help eliminate some odor since you won't be sitting in soggy socks throughout the day.
Comfort

Comfort

Customers can expect to get a decent amount of pleasure from these dress shoes. They have a padded footbed to give them some much needed underfoot cushioning, giving them a pleasant experience throughout the day. It can be frustrating walking around all day feeling like you are walking on bricks, you will not have the feeling with these as the cushioning will give you something soft and comfortable to walk on. Not only will you get a decent amount of underfoot comfort, but the upper is designed out of flexible and soft leather, giving you a more natural feeling while you are walking, so you are not being restricted at all. The shoes hug your feet and give you a secure and supportive sense without being too tight and painful. Overall, customers can appreciate the comfort level of the shoes and enjoy the day without fear of their feet killing them at the end of it.
Fit

Fit

When you are placing your order for a pair of shoes online, it can sometimes be a bit tricky getting the correct size. You are going to want to make sure that you are getting the perfect fit the first time you order so you won't have to go through the hassle of returning them and getting another, better fitting pair. Yes, there are resources online to help you choose what is best for you, including sizing charts, so you might want to consider taking a look at one of those if you are unsure what is going to work the best for you and your feet. That being said, choosing your size for the Steve Madden Ludo's should be relatively simple, as they appear to be running true to size so you can just get what you usually would and you should have no problems with them.

When you receive them, you want to make sure that they hug your feet in a pleasant and snug feeling, but you do not want them to be too tight on you. At the same time, you want some wiggle room for your toes, but not so much so that your slipping and sliding around the foot chamber. You want to find that thin line that sits right in the middle of snug and tight, loose and too loose. They do feature an adjustable monk buckle strap, so that is going to assist you in getting a more personalized fit for a beautiful feeling.
Support

Support

Support can be an essential part of keeping you comfortable and safe while you are out and about. The slip-ons can give you a decent amount of support, mostly thanks to the adjustable monk buckle located on the uppers. This is going to help give you a secure fit that works best for your feet, making sure that you are staying locked into place. No need to worry about you walking right out of your shoes, or sliding around inside the foot chamber. You will remain safe and secure inside your shoes, of course, that is all dependant on you getting the correct size. If they are too big, most of the supportive features go right out the window, and you run the risk of falling and getting hurt.

Thanks to the cushioned footbed, these dress shoes can offer you some moderate arch support. If you have flat feet or you have high arches, then they might not be the perfect fit for you, but they can provide you with some which work well for a majority of consumers.
Weight

Weight

The Steve Madden Ludo's are a bit on the heavy side when comparing them to other similar products. They weight in at 15.2 ounces for a size seven medium. This weight is only of a single shoe and does not account for the pair of them. Additionally, it should be noted that the measurement will vary depending on the size, as a larger sized shoe will weight more than that of smaller sizes. They don't tend to be too, and customers do not appear to have any problems with the high weight of them. Just because they are a bit on the bulky side does not mean that you have to feel like you are being dragged down by what you decide to wear on your feet. They weight more than average, but they are not overly burdensome to the point where they are uncomfortable.
Durability

Durability

If you are trying to find a great pair of loafers to wear to your next event, you might want to try to find a pair that will be highly durable, so you do not have to go through the hassle of having to buy a new pair to replace them when or if they fall apart. The great news about these shoes is that you should not have to worry about the longevity of them. They are constructed out of high-quality materials that are not prone to wear and tear. For those who hate shoe shopping, these become a great option because you can buy one pair and it will last you quite a while, alleviating the need for buying new ones so soon.
Value

Value

When checking out the price of the loafers you will notice that they might seem a bit high, but in actuality when compared to other high-end items that are similar, they are on the affordable end of the spectrum. Not only does that have a moderate cost, but they also have a long lifespan, meaning that you will have made a good investment, saving you a significant amount of money in the long run. Consumers will be happy that they chose the Steve Madden Ludo's.
Flexibility

Flexibility

If you are going to be stuck in a pair of loafers all day long, you are going to want to try to find a pair that are going to give you a decent amount of flexibility. You do not want to feel like the natural movements of your feet are being restricted while you are taking a step. Thankfully, the Ludo's won't give you that feeling, giving you a relatively soft feel to keep you comfortable and unrestricted throughout the day or evening. This is something that your feet are sure to thank you for at the end of a long hard day on your feet.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Do you want to find a nice looking pair of loafers that are comfortable as well as stylish? Are you in the market for something that is going to last you a long time so you won't have to go shoe shopping again for a while? Do you want a pair of supportive shoes to help you prevent injury and discomfort? The Steve Madden Ludo's are going to give you all of this and more. They might seem, at first glance, to have a high price tag, but don't be fooled. They are very affordable when you compare them to other products that are similar. In fact, they are actually going to save you some money in the long run as you will not have to spend any more money than you have to, to replace the shoes. All and all, they are a pretty decent pair of shoes that customers can appreciate and would be a welcomed addition to your loafer collection.