Steve Madden Raffia Review
If you are interested in looking dapper this spring, summer, and fall, then you may want to take a look at these polished cognac leather loafers. From the Men’s line of the Steve Madden footwear company comes the Raffia Loafer. They have a convenient slip-on design for quick and easy donning and doffing. The sturdy sole exudes masculinity, while a couple of trendy tassels at the top of the foot and decorative textured, woven upper add a touch of fancy flair.
These loafers are offered in sizes seven through twelve, including half sizes. After twelve, sizes thirteen and fourteen are available, but there is not a half size option for twelve, thirteen, or fourteen. There are also no sizes in which a wide option is offered. These loafers do not contain a lining. The outsole is made of synthetic leather and has a slightly raised heel appearance. This style is timeless and will never go out of fashion, so no matter your age or typical fashion sense, you are free to sport these loafers with nothing but confidence.
- Great airflow
- Contours to foot
- Barefoot friendly
- Flexible synthetic sole
- Versatile, sleek look
- Slightly high price
- No wide/narrow options
Steve Madden founded his company in 1990, in Brooklyn New York, where he started out making his trend-setting shoes one pair at a time. It did not take long for the young female women that were attracted to funky, chic, and competitively priced footwear to notice Steve Madden’s focus on modern designs. The “dressy sneaker” trend was produced by the Steve Madden company. And the company continues to man the forefront of trends. The company manufactures and markets shoes and fashion accessories for men, women, and children. The company includes the brands Steve Madden, Steven by Steve Madden, Madden Girl, Freebird by Steven, Betsey, Stevies, Betseyville, Johnson, Report, Report Signature, Wild Pair, Big Buddha, Mad Love, and Cejon. There are around one hundred and twenty Steven Madden stores in the United States and two hundred and fifty more in over sixty-five other countries.
It is a rather breathable material, and it insulates heat, which helps to regulate temperature. It is also capable of absorbing moisture and expelling it as vapor, keeping your feet dry. Leather can conform to the shape of your foot in a way that no other shoe material is able to. A few drawbacks to leather uppers include a higher price tag, heavier weight, higher chance of getting hot, and vulnerability to water damage if not properly treated. Keep in mind that leather comes from animal hides and will, therefore, bear slight imperfections.
Shoes with lining tend to cause your feet to slip when you’re walking in them without socks. People have found that they sweat significantly less when they don’t wear socks in their shoes, depending on how breathable the upper material is. In this case, you’ve got a breathable upper to work with. Since the upper is leather, and it is not lined, it will wick moisture even better. It is not a secret that leather is very good at wicking up moisture and expelling it as vapor. The downside to shoes without lining is that they will invariably have a shorter lifespan than that of a standard leather lined shoe. Unlined shoes are more susceptible to losing their shape faster as well.
There are also synthetic options such as polyurethane or PVC compounds. No matter the material, shoes are designed to be durable, but will always wear out eventually. The sole on the Raffia Leather from Steve Madden is made from synthetic material. Some advantages of this material are that it is flexible and more comfortable right off the bat, leaving for minimal break-in time. It is also a sturdy material that can provide additional comfort for some people. Synthetic material has more shock absorption than leather, so you don’t feel every little pebble you’re stepping on. A synthetic sole will not have the ability to mold to your foot, so it could become uncomfortable over time for some people. Everyone’s feet are different. Consider what you need out of the sole of your footwear before purchasing.
A huge benefit of having shoes with great airflow is health. I’m talking about foot health. When your feet sweat profusely and there is nowhere for that sweat to go, there will be a breeding ground created for bacteria. The bacteria is what then causes a cheesy smell on your feet/in your shoes. If you are someone who is typically under a lot of stress, has to be on your feet for an extended amount of time, or have a medical condition called hyperhidrosis, then you need to be looking specifically for breathable footwear. The Raffia Loafer could be a perfect fit for you.
You can definitely wear these loafers with a pair of dress slacks, but you can also wear them with your sweatpants to go for a stroll to the mailbox and back home. You can wear them around the house as slippers or day shoes. They’re suitable for a walk around the park or to sit at a table at your company meeting. Wear them out to dinner and a movie. Wherever you go, whatever you’re doing, you can wear the Raffia Loafer and enjoy a comfortable, breathable day and look good while doing it.
There is no cushioning in the footbed of this loafer, and the sole is rather thin. Therefore, it would be advisable to look into purchasing a pair of insoles to go with these loafers. There are no adjustment options, however, leather has the ability to conform to the shape of your foot. This could provide you with a more comfortable, secure fit over time. If you have wide, narrow, or swelling feet, you may want to consider another option, simply because there are no wide options available and you will not be able to adjust the tightness of the loafer.
Some people even say that they prefer to wear unlined shoes without socks because it is more comfortable. It’s worth a shot if you haven’t experienced the freedom before. To allow yourself even more comfort, you may want to consider investing in a set of cushioned insoles for your loafers. You may also want to look into how to care for leather so that you can extend the life of your loafers as much as possible. These loafers not only look super sophisticated, but they are extremely versatile and appropriate for all ages.