Steve Madden Tempo Review

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Steve Madden is known for designing and producing great looking and edgy shoes that draw their inspiration from high fashion and rock ‘n’ roll. Creating innovative and trend-forward clothes, shoes, and accessories for men, women, and children for just under 30 years. The Steve Madden Tempo mule is just one more in their long line of great looking products. They might not be the most comfortable shoes in the world and they do not have a lot of support but the one thing the really have to go for them is they look amazing.

Customers can all agree that they are stunning and eye-catching with their open back design and beautiful flashy studs. Whether you are attending a casual party, running errands, going to school, or heading into the office you are going to fit right in with these shoes. They can be paired with almost any kind of clothing, from blue jeans and dress slacks to skirts and dresses. They reasonable price tag and long life span make these a great investment. The Steve Madden Tempo slippers are going to be a much-welcomed addition to anyone’s closet.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Moderate price tag
  • Stylish design
  • Flashy embellished¬†uppers
  • Multiple color options
  • Slipper design
  • Half inch heel
  • Long-lasting durability
Cons
  • Not the most comfortable
  • Lack of arch support
  • Can cause irritating blisters
  • No underfoot cushioning
  • Runs a little small
Style

Style

Customers love the look and style of the Steve Madden Tempo mules. They are super stylish and customers appreciate that they can wear them with a wide variety of outfits and for many occasions. Whether you are going out for a night on the town, heading to work, running errands, or heading to a formal event these great shoes are going to fit right it. Coming in a couple color options you are sure to find something that best suits your own style and personality. You will be able to purchase these in tan suede, raffia, mustard suede, or black. No matter what color you choose to go with, these slippers feature dainty polished studs along the uppers to give you a little bit of extra flashy and eye-catching style that most customers adore.

The sleek mules have a backless slipper silhouette with a rounded toe. Finishing off the look in a half inch heel to give you just a little bit of extra height, even if it not a whole lot. This leisurely-chic shoe will be a welcomed and much-loved addition to anyone's wardrobe.
Comfort

Comfort

If you are going to be wearing a pair of shoes frequently or for long periods of time you are going to want to make sure that they are going to be comfortable so your feet will not hate you by the end of the day. That being said, these mules offer you a moderate comfort level. Many customers praised the comfort level of these, loving the slipper design.

There are a fair amount of reviewers, however, who had some negative things to say about comfort level. Some people thought that there was not enough cushioning in the sole, more specifically in the heel, and it made it rather uncomfortable while they were walking. Another couple of users said that they would rub and chafe causing uncomfortable blisters on their feet and toe. If you get the correct size in these shoes it should prevent some of the rubbings, but it might not stop it altogether.
Uppers

Uppers

The uppers of the Steve Madden Tempo mules are made out of textile or suede. The tan and mustard are made out of suede whereas the raffia and black are made out of textile materials. Whichever one you choose to go with they are designed with good quality materials so you should not have to worry about the tearing or ripping apart at the seems. Additionally, the uppers have flashy embellishments that will catch anyone's eye while you are out and about.

They do have a synthetic interior lining that is supposed to be soft and increase the comfort level of the shoes and for the most part, they do. There are a few out there who are unhappy with the liner and have stated that it rubs and irritates their toes and causing blisters.
Weight

Weight

When it comes to your footwear of choice you are going to want something that does not weigh a whole lot. The general rule is the lighter the better, you do not want to have to worry about your shoes holding you back or weighing you down, especially if you are on your feet all day. Sometimes you have to have a little extra weight added so you can get the support and protection that you need, but that is not the case with these mules. Since they are casual shoes you do not need to add much to them to weigh them down. They have no back to them and very little materials so that is going to ensure they are lightweight and comfortable on your feet all day long. There is, unfortunately, not any information on the exact weight of these shoes but customers can agree that they feel weightless while they are on the go.
Sole

Sole

These shoes have a synthetic sole with a little bit of cushioning to them to give you some comfort while you are on the go. Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot of underfoot padding and some customers complained that it was too uncomfortable to wear all day. Due to the lack of cushioning there is also barely any arch support in the midsole either. Unfortunately, because of the slipper design of the shoes, you cannot add additional inserts or insoles for extra cushioning or arch support.

The mules feature a small stacked block heel to give you a little bit of extra height while you are wearing them. It measures in at only about a half inch, depending on the size of the shoe. The heel is not only going to add to the aesthetics but it will also help the durability of the shoes.
Support

Support

When it comes to your shoes you want to make sure that you have a decent amount of support for what you are doing while you are wearing them. The Steve Madden Tempos are a more casual shoe and as such you will not be doing physical activities or anything too strenuous while wearing them, therefore, you should not need a whole lot of support. You will get some with these but probably not a whole lot. Since they have an open back design there is not really a lot to keep your feet locked into the shoe. You have a better chance of slipping and sliding around inside of the mules and could potentially fall and hurt yourself or someone else. You should use caution when you are wearing these. The uppers should fit you snugly and they will do a little to help them stay put but there is a good possibility that you will walk right out of them.

As mentioned above there is not a lot going on with cushioning in the soles of these shoes. Because of the lack of padding, there is no real arch support so if you have particularly high arches or you are in the market for something with some good support then you might want to consider a different option as these will not give you what you need.
Durability

Durability

If you are in the market for a great pair of shoes you are going to want to make sure that you find something that is going to have a relatively long lifespan. You should keep in mind that when purchasing your footwear you are making an investment, you might have to spend a little more money than you may want to spend but as long as you buy a good quality item you will save money in the long run because you will not have pay to replace the shoes. That being said, the Steve Madden Tempo are moderately priced and seem to be rather durable, making them a great investment.

They are made out of good quality materials and they are constructed well so they are not going to suffer from premature wear and tear. You will not have to worry about the uppers getting holes in them or them ripping apart from the sole. Additionally, the synthetic sole will be able to take the abuse of your daily activities and not wear down anytime soon. Customers can appreciate how long these shoes are going to last them.
Breathability

Breathability

Being able to wear a pair of shoes all day long and not have to worry about your feet overheating and feeling like they can't breath can be extremely uncomfortable and irritating. It is a good thing that you will not have to experience that with that with these slippers. The uppers are made out of materials that are going to allow some air to flow in, helping ensure that your feet can stay cool, especially on warmer days. The good ventilation is also going to help keep your feet relatively dry. When your feet sweat the airflow will help the sweat evaporate quickly and escape the shoe so you do not end up with smelly and wet feet.

You only have to worry about the breathability in the front end of the shoe, however. Since the back end is completely open you will always have continuous access to the open air to help cool you down.
Fit

Fit

The way your shoes fit is one of the most important things about them. You are always going to want to make sure that you get the correct size with anything you put on your feet. If you get too small of a size you run the risk of them being too tight and squish your toes or causing rubbing and blisters. On the other hand, if you get them too big they can lose their supportive features and you run the risk of falling and getting hurt or possibly hurting someone else. The Steve Madden Tempo mules are no exception, you want to make sure that you get a perfect size.

Customers have mentioned that these shoes are running a bit on the small size so it is recommended that you purchase them in about a half size bigger than you would normally. However, when it comes to the width it is true to size and does not run too narrow or wide. If you are unsure what size of the slippers you should order you can always consult a sizing chart to help take the guesswork out of it.
Flexibility

Flexibility

If you are out running errands or sitting at work you are going to want to make sure that you are going to be able to move your feet. Even though you have shoes on your feet it should not mean that you cant have the freedom to move as naturally as possible. The great thing about these shoes is that they are going to offer you a decent amount of flexibility so you will have the ability to move around unrestricted. The sole bends easily and moves with your feet while you are on the go. The upper is made of softer and flexible materials that will allow you some wiggle room. Your feel with appreciate this freedom, especially after a long day.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

There are a lot of mixed reviews on these mules so it is going to really depend on what you are looking for in a pair of shoes. If you are in the market for something unique and stylish that looks great with just about anything for almost any occasion then these are going to be awesome for you and fit right in. However, if you are looking for comfort and support then these might not be the best choice and you might want to look into something else.