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Taos Footwear Review

About Taos Footwear

I’m at the point in my life where comfort is a non-negotiable. I often wonder how I ever settled for uncomfortable shoes in the past, and while I still prioritize style, I’ve learned that I can have both.

Taos Footwear designs comfortable and stylish footwear for women with an artistic flair for a casual lifestyle. The brand has an impressive 275k social community and I spotted the name in headlines on USA Today and The Huffington Post.

There’s clearly a buzz about this brand, but is it worth your attention too? In this Taos Footwear review, I’ll help you find that out by looking into its best-sellers, feedback, promotions, and more.

Taos Footwear Review

Overview of Taos Footwear

Taos was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Gardena California. It began with a simple idea that could make a big impact: to create “stylish and comfortable footwear without compromise.”

The brand is influenced by the city it’s named after, Taos, New Mexico. The founders admired the serenity and the casual lifestyle of Taos. I enjoyed the signature artistic touches in their shoes that reflect this meaningful heritage, including natural stones, metal ornaments, and ornate embroidery. 

Taos instills their values into the footwear and for them, comfort comes first (with style a close second). They start with their signature footbeds which are anatomically designed, supportive and comfortable. There are also comfort technologies like the Curves & Pods design integrated into the shoes: an orthotic-friendly removable footbed that adapts to the physiology of the foot and provides shock absorption with each step.

The shoes are also complemented by Cool Recovery Foam, which is a memory footbed with gel for enduring comfort. Taos footwear is made in China, Portugal and Spain. 

Taos Footwear Review

Looking for the highlights? You’ll catch them up next in this Taos Footwear review.

Pros

  • Wide variety of women’s sneakers, sandals & boots
  • Supportive & comfortable
  • Stylish looks
  • Incredible value
  • Durable & built to last
  • Great customer feedback 

Cons

  • Limited options for men
  • Does not ship outside of the contiguous US
Taos Footwear Review

Taos sells footwear for women and men that adapts to their lifestyle including sneakers, mary janes, boots, and sandals. Unfortunately, Taos has a limited selection available for men, so in this review, I’ll showcase a selection of popular Taos products for women. Let’s get started.

Trulie Sandal

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Taos Trulie Sandal

The Trulie Sandal has a Southern European style and comes in 9 attractive colors. My favorite? I think the tan multi color gives them a fun, summery look that’s perfect for festival season.

These Taos sandals are handcrafted in Spain, and the colors are meant to reflect the sea, sky and earth. I picture wearing these exotic sandals through the city streets of Madrid, while roaming the Pyrenees, or along the coast of Málaga. I’ve got some serious wanderlust going on right now.

The handcrafted woven hook and loop straps of the Trulie Sandal give them a custom designed and elegant look. They’re pleasantly lightweight, with a padded cork footbed lined in comfy suede. These sandals are a gorgeous for everyday wear and pull through on comfort as well. The Trulie costs $160.

Party 2 Sandal

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Taos Party 2 Sandal

The Party 2 Sandal will jazz up your style with multi-color rhinestone embellishments and a metallic pewter sheen. I think these sandals make a subtle style statement and would look beautiful with a white summer dress, or elevate a casual look with jeans.

The two hook and loop straps on these Taos sandals provide a secure fit, and your feet will be comfortable even when walking all day with their polyurethane footbed with arch and metatarsal support. The Party 2 Sandal isn’t available on Taos’ website, but you may be able to find it through partner retailers.

Carousel 2 Sandal

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Taos Carousel 2 Sandal

The Carousel 2 Sandal is perfect for a night on the town with its alluring snakeskin pattern. It’s available in killer styles like black snake, leather, or patent, and bone patent, as well as other shades that are disappointingly unavailable. 

This lightweight wedge sandal is sexy and classy at the same time. As usual, Taos didn’t forget about comfort. The Carousel 2 Sandal is equipped with a padded cork footbed lined with soft suede and the premium leather is sourced from Portugal.

You can pack these for a trip to Rome or wear them on your next date for some extra confidence. Though the Carousel 2 has been discontinued on Taos’ site, I have some good news: the Carousel 3 is here and it’s a stunner. Enjoy its modern neutral options and increased arch support.

Star Sneaker

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Taos Star Sneaker

I want to make one thing clear in this Taos Footwear review: A sleek, minimalist white sneaker is a versatile must-have. It wasn’t really a surprise when I discovered the Star Sneaker is one of the brand’s most popular shoes.

I love the cute Taos logo on the upper, it’s a nice touch to break up the all white. If you’re more into colored sneaks, this style comes in 20 different colors and patterns.

Based on the highly positive customer reviews, these Taos sneakers will probably become your go-to’s. The Star Sneaker is a comfortable and fresh take on a classic, with Taos’ Curves & Pods polyurethane removable footbed. The Star Sneaker is priced at $100$110, which is pretty standard for high quality sneakers. 

Top Star Sneaker

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Taos Top Star Sneaker

The Top Star Sneaker is a high-top version of the Star Sneaker. It’s got an urban skater look that I’m really into that I think would look killer with skinny jeans. It’s got the same Curves & Pods polyurethane removable footbed as the originals, so these sneaks are built for walking (or chilling).

Sadly, the Top Star Sneaker has been discontinued, but a handful of other stylish kicks have been added in its place. I recommend checking out the Moc Star. It has the same cool-girl vibe. 

Crave Boot

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Taos Crave Boot

I came across this unique bestseller for this Taos Footwear review. The Crave Boot used to feature an attractive plaid design, but you’ll now find it in black and white options only. Personally, I’m partial to simple color choices, it makes things easier for everyone.

I also think the side heel strap, leather stitching, and lace up details really work for these heeled combat-style boots.

The Crave Boot has a faux fur and leather lining, so they’ll keep you toasty and warm in the fall and winter, perfect for casual layered outfits. The low wedge-style heel adds some subtle height and won’t put as much pressure on your heel as a thinner one. The lacing and the inside zipper of this boot give it a great fit, making it easy to slip them on and off. I know the boot struggle all too well, so details like this matter to me.

Based on the website reviews, it seems like these Taos boots are worth the $200$230 price—I’ll verify this in the next section of the Taos Footwear review, where we look into reviews outside the website.  

Taos Footwear Reviews: What Do Customers Think?

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For this part of my Taos Footwear review, I took a deep dive into what the quality, comfort, and durability of the brand’s shoes are like according to customers. I’ll give you a peek at the ratings for some of its best-sellers first them jump into the comments.

  • Star: 4.9/5 stars, 2,624 reviews
  • Star Burst: 4.9/5 stars, 727 reviews
  • Gift 2 Sandals: 4.9/5 stars, 2,091 reviews
  • Trulie Sandals: 5/5 stars, 42 revews
  • Crave Boot: 4.9/5 stars, 2,076 reviews

One Taos Footwear review for the Star read, “I have lots of problems with my feet. These are the most comfortable shoes I have ever bought. Well worth the money. True to size. Love the color. Love the look!

My next stop? Zappos. Once there, I really got a sense of customer satisfaction. Checking out the Moc Star sneakers, I found a 4/5 star score average from 802 shoppers. There were a ton of positive reviews there, but this one was my favorite:

I have married this shoe and had its babies. We are happy beyond our wildest dreams. From the second I slipped it on I knew. “You. You are the perfect sneaker-type shoe. I feel peace. Joy. Nothing but comfort.” This shoe changed my life.

It really shows me just how comfortable the Star is and other shoppers agree. Overall, customers were extremely happy with their Taos shoes. They felt the shoes were stylish and so comfortable they could walk around town all day long. Are Taos shoes good for plantar fasciitis? Not surprisingly, several customers who have this issue confirmed that the shoes they bought helped with this condition.

Praise was pretty much the same on Amazon for the Star Sneaker, which has a 4.2/5 rating out of 2,038 reviews (65% rated them as 5/5). But while most people loved Taos’ shoes, not everyone had the same experience.

On the other hand, some customers complained of blisters, that the arch support was exaggerated and not comfortable, and that the soles wore out after a few months. A handful of customers also had some issues with Taos’ return process. 

Though I thought these issues were worth mentioning, keep in mind that it’s a very slim percentage of folks who feel this way. I found much more positive feedback than I did negative.

Is Taos Footwear Worth It?

Taos Footwear Review

In this Taos Footwear review, it really comes down to one big question: Are Taos good shoes? I came out of my analysis with a big yes. Sure, there are some negative reviews, but the huge majority of customers were satisfied, and take it from someone who looks at ratings all day every day—no company ever has a perfect score. 

Not only are Taos shoes stylish and unique, but comfort comes first. The technology behind your shoe will make these the perfect pair to wear out on your day to day or while exploring a new place on your travels. I suggest you get a pair and see for yourself.

Taos Footwear Promotions & Discounts 

I scoured Taos’ website for this Taos shoes review, and found a few ways the brand helps you save. Take a look:

  • Awesome Sale section with up to 40% off
  • Rewards Program: shop to earn point & redeem discounts
  • Refer a friend & get a $20 Tao discount code
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Where to Buy Taos Footwear

I looked into where you can purchase Taos footwear and found that the two simplest places are TaosFootwear.com and Taos Footwear Amazon. You can also purchase Taos from Quark Shoes, Zappos, Walmart, and Soft Moc. 

FAQ

Taos Footwear Sizing

I’m aiming for clarity in this Taos Footwear review, so I’ve included a complete list of sizes to help you find the right fit.

USEU
5-5.536
6-6.537
7-7.538
8-8.539
9-9.540
10-10.541
11-11.542
12-12.543

Taos Footwear Shipping Policy

The Taos website has a map of the US coded by colors, and a corresponding chart that shows delivery times to determine how far off your package is. Taos offers free FedEx Ground Shipping for orders over $75. This method takes about 2-7 business days depending on the where you live.

Note that when you make an order after 12:30 PST, it’ll be shipped the following business day and the same goes for orders made on the weekend. I read that the day that you place your order doesn’t count as a day in transit, so wait until your shipping confirmation email arrives and begin the countdown.

Presently, Tao ships to a total of 48 states (Alaska and Hawaii are not available).

If you want to receive your order a little faster, you can choose FedEx 2 day or FedEx standard overnight delivery. An expedited parcel ships within 24-48 hours. Want to check up on where your package is? Use the tracking link in your shipping confirmation email.

Taos Footwear Return Policy

Taos Footwear returns require a label so that the company can track your order and issue you a refund. Taos does not offer free shipping on returns and they ask that shoes be tried on indoors. Refunds are only applicable to unworn shoes in their original packaging, within 30 days of purchase. Active footbeds are not returnable. 

After receiving your return, Taos will take several business days to process your refund. When they do, you’ll receive an email notification. I’ve outlined the steps below to start the return process:

  • Access the Returns Center on the website
  • Enter your email address
  • Follow the instructions through the returns process and receive your prepaid return label
  • Attach the prepaid label to your shipping container and a packing list so that your order is identifiable

Contact Taos Footwear

If you have questions beyond what I included in this Taos Footwear review, you can contact the team via: 

Customer service hours are Monday-Friday 8AM-5:30PM PST.


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taos bar locations
Asked by ann bober (1 year ago) Reply

Can you please tell me how to access a list of your Taos Bars? Thank you.

Answered by Rachel ziering (11 months ago) Reply

are they good for restaurant work. I mean will I slip and fall? Are they Fr
I one enough

Terrible experience
Asked by Sandra Kohm (1 year ago) Reply

The shoes were uncomfortable and made my feet feel like they were in concrete. Returning them via the “Happy Returns” program was as unhappy experience as I have had returning anything that was supposed to be free. I did not have my QR code, just the original box with the original labels, yet I was either forced to go home and find the QR code on my computer or choke up $20 for return shipping. I did the latter out of personal convenience and my growing sense of rage as I stood at the FedEx counter. That, in addition to a long delay in receiving the shoes to begin with, made it an altogether bad experience. No thanks, Taos. Never again.

Answered by Anne (10 months ago) Reply

Sandra is correct in her review and to add to their UN-Happy Return policy, consumers can ONLY use one of their listed FEDEX return stores. 2500 sites may seem like a alot, but across the US get ready for a 40+ mile drive unless you are right in a city. They also don’t take calls on their support 800 number. You can only leave a message. The support emails simply replies with auto-emails. It took me numerous times to finally get the QR code. Their online portal to handle returns wasn’t working. Yes, had to drive 40 miles to make the return. Very inconvenient to deal with. I will not be buying their product again.

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