Taos Star Review

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Whether you are on your feet all day at work, traveling or just want a casual, no-fuss shoe that goes with anything, the Taos Star is for you. A canvas shoe, that has excellent support and comfort to take you through the day, while looking cute and stylish, the Taos Star will not disappoint you.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Canvas upper
  • Supportive cushioning
  • Good flexibility
  • Arch and heel support
  • Classic canvas style
Cons
  • Narrow toe box
  • Lacks cushioning
Outsole

Outsole

The Taos Star features a lightweight, thin rubber outsole, much like many other canvas shoes on the market. The outsole, even though it is thin, provides a decent amount of traction, and according to many satisfied customers, its durability is also outstanding. Additionally, the thin outsole is very flexible, allowing its wearer to move and bend freely in the shoe, as it will follow, rather than obstruct the natural movement of the feet. That I why this shoe is ideal for everyday wear, running errands and some reviewers even wear it to work.

However, the Taos Star garnered its success primarily as an excellent shoe for traveling, especially if it involves a lot of sightseeing and walking around. One reviewer wore the Taos Star for two weeks straight while on vacation in Italy, and another customer took it to Egypt, and both of them continued wearing the shoe after the vacation with no visible signs of wear and tear.

Although a handful of people said that due to the thin nature of the outsole, they could feel the ground under their feet, such as pebbles and gravel, this did not seem to be too big of an issue. A couple of reviewers remarked that the shoe is not suitable for slippery surfaces, as the traction and grip are not enough to keep the wearer firmly on the ground.
Upper

Upper

The Taos Star is a canvas shoe with a kick. The upper is made of a durable textile material, that is lightweight and has excellent ventilation. It is also stiff enough to provide structure and stability for the wearer. To deliver a customizable fit, Taos included a standard lace-up closure, with slightly thicker laces that will not come undone easily, so the wearer can be confident that they will not trip and fall mid-walk. The collar and heel of the shoe are lightly padded to provide a comfortable fit around the ankles, as well as help support them.

In charge of ventilation and temperature regulation inside the shoe is the soft textile lining, which also makes it very comfortable. Last but not least, as all Taos shoes, the Taos Star also features a removable Curves and Pods Premium footbed for arch support, which canvas shoes ordinarily do not have. This footbed follows the curves of the feet, supporting the heel and arch, thus evening out the pressure on the underfoot and delivering a comfortable fit that lasts throughout the day. Not to mention its antimicrobial and moisture absorbing properties, which allow the wearer to go barefoot in this shoe and not have to worry about unpleasant odors or moisture buildup inside the shoe.
Breathability

Breathability

Since the Taos Star is meant for every day and long hour wear, breathability was a top priority. The textile upper is very breathable and allows the free circulation of air in and out of the shoe, keeping the feet dry and cool during use. Inside the shoe, a soft textile lining ensures a healthy in-shoe environment by regulating the temperature inside the foot chamber, avoiding overheating and hot spots.

Additionally, the Curves and Pods Premium footbed absorbs any excess moisture and has antimicrobial properties, keeping the feet nice and dry, and odor-free. Many users choose to wear the Taos Star without any socks since the shoe is well-protected against sweat and does not cause irritation or blisters since the lining and footbed are extremely comfortable and soft. The Taos Star is perfect for everyday wear, or long hours at the office since the wearer is protected against overheating and their feet will be able to breathe thanks to the canvas upper, that is very breathable in itself. It is also an excellent choice for traveling and walking long distances under the hot sun.
Comfort

Comfort

Since their debut, Taos footwear has been known for creating some of the most comfortable shoes on the market. The Taos Star is certainly one such shoe, some reviewers even went as far as calling it a lifesaver. It has a thin, lightweight rubber outsole, that is very flexible, making it very easy to move in since it will bend together with your feet. On that outsole rests a canvas upper, which is highly breathable, yet still supportive enough so that your feet will not slide around in the shoe. Additionally, the standard lace-up closure creates a customized, snug fit around the feet.

The collar has a light padding to keep the ankles comfortably supported, without creating blisters or irritation. Inside the foot chamber, there is a soft textile lining, which further improves the overall breathability of the shoe, as well as helps with temperature regulation to prevent overheating. What is so different about the Taos Star, as opposed to other canvas shoes, is, that it features a Curves and Pods Premium footbed, that has excellent arch and heel support, as well as cushioning for the underfoot, making it a delight to walk in.

In addition, the footbed has antimicrobial and moisture absorbing properties, to avoid moisture buildup and unpleasant odors inside the shoe, which can not only cause discomfort but can lead to some medical issues as well. And for those who need to wear specific orthotics due to foot issues, Taos also made the footbed removable, so that it can easily be replaced with other inserts. Many reviewers use the shoe for everyday use, due to its superb comfort and support, and some people, such as nurses, teachers and retail workers wear the Taos Star for work, since it can withstand long-hour wear and does not leave the feet tired or sore.

People with back issues, plantar fasciitis and arthritis also appreciated the comfort this shoe delivered. While some found the fit a bit narrow, they still commanded the shoe’s comfort, since the fit can easily be fixed by sizing up. Some breaking in will also be necessary, according to a handful of reviewers, but after that,the shoe becomes very comfortable.
Durability

Durability

One area where people had mixed opinions concerned the durability of the Taos Star. Namely, since this shoe is a canvas shoe with a thin rubber outsole, some people experienced premature wear and tear with it. According to them, the upper would start to come undone where it is glued to the sole, or holes would appear in the canvas material. The outsole also wore off pretty quickly, according to some reviewers. While this was a problem for some, most reviewers did not seem to have issues like that at all.

One customer took her Taos Star on a two-week vacation to Egypt, where she walked around a lot, even in sand, and continued to wear it after the vacation as well, without any signs of wear and tear. Some people complained, that upon receiving the shoes, there were visible signs of defects, such as the color of the upper bleeding unto the sole and laces, and one customer had the price tag stapled to the sole. This, however, can be attributed to the seller, as many sites sell knock-offs. It is advisable, if you can, to purchase your Taos Star in a retail store or directly from Taos for guaranteed quality.
Flexibility

Flexibility

The Taos Star offers a good amount of flexibility to its wearers. Thanks to the thin rubber outsole, this shoe will bend and flex with your feet, no matter the activity. It can be worn on a daily basis, for walking, standing for long hours at work, and some people even wear it to the gym for light exercises. A PE teacher even wears them to class and could not be more satisfied. The removable footbed is also quite flexible, yet firmly cushions the feet, which customers appreciated. The only remark was, that the canvas upper was a bit too stiff and required some breaking in to become comfortable and flexible enough.
Style

Style

When it comes to style, the Taos Star is on the top of the list. Sporting a similar design to Converse or Keds, but with the added bonus of all-day comfort and support, the Taos Star really stands out. It features a simple, yet timeless canvas upper, which is easy to style since it goes with pretty much anything. It can be dressed up for a business casual look or dressed down for hanging out with friends, going shopping or traveling. The canvas material comes in many different colors, from the basic black and white to more eccentric color ways, like burgundy or deep green, even floral prints. It is suitable to all age groups and different styles, Taos made sure there is something for everyone.
Support

Support

Taos takes support quite seriously, which is why all of their shoes feature supportive elements. This is the case with the Taos Star as well. Namely, it has a Curves and Pods Premium removable footbed, which is very flexible, as well as provides supportive cushioning to the arch and heel of the foot. It also goes up a little on the sides of the feet, for even more support and stability. Many reviewers who suffer from plantar fasciitis, arthritis, knee or back pain, or had foot surgeries, praise the Taos Star for its impressive support and cushioning.

People who work long hours and have to be on their feet a lot, like nurses or retail workers, also love the Taos Star’s support and comfort, which does not tire their feet out or make them sore after a long day of work. Some users, however, did not like that the ball of the feet did not feature any cushion since they could feel every pebble and rock they stepped on. The canvas upper is just stiff enough to provide adequate support, without irritating the feet. With the laces, you can create your own personalized fit to suit your needs. The collar also has padding for ankle support.
Weight

Weight

Being a canvas shoe, the Taos Star is on the lighter side of the spectrum, thanks to all the lightweight materials it is made of, like the textile upper or the thin rubber outsole. Since it was designed to wear on a daily basis and for long hours, it had to be as light as possible, in order to avoid fatigue and pain. This shoe is suitable for people who work long hours on their feet, for walking, which is why this is the favorite traveling shoe in the U.S., or for people who struggle with various foot issues.
Width

Width

Even though the Taos Star comes in medium and wide widths as well, some customers found them too narrow, even after sizing up half, or in some cases a full size. One customer found the length good, but the toe box narrow after sizing up, while another customer said that with sizing up, her heel kept sliding out of the shoe. On the other hand, many are satisfied with the fit of the shoe, saying it fits true to size. The best thing to do is, to either go to a retail store and try them on in person or order a half or a full size up for the best fit.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you like the look of Converse or Keds but want support and cushioning, the Taos Star is the shoe for you. Featuring a classic canvas upper, that is lightweight and very breathable, a thin rubber outsole to provide traction and flexibility, as well as Taos’ Curves and Pods Premium footbed, this shoe will give you all day comfort and support.

The footbed has antimicrobial and moisture absorbing qualities, not to mention that it is removable, so personalized orthotics can be inserted in its place. It also comes in many different colors and prints, making it perfect for every style and age group. Many people are fans of Taos’ footwear, especially the Taos Star since they can wear it all day long and will not end up with sore feet at the end of the day. However, it should be noted that the sizing is a bit off, so it is recommended to size up, or go to a retail store for the best fit. Overall, the Taos Star received excellent reviews and seems to be worth the investment.