I have reviewed several pairs of Therafit shoes over the past two years and it has always been a wonderful experience, so I was happy when they announced their new Spring collection and I was given the opportunity to try a pair in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. I chose the Gigi in the taupe color.
I really like the look of the shoe. The taupe is a great Spring basic that will go with your favorite jeans and flowery skirts. The fabric it’s made from has a series of vent holes that is geometric in design, but it gave me an impression reminiscent of flowers. The general style is a very classic slip-on, but with the comfort benefits of a Therafit shoe. I was a bit surprised by how thick the material of the shoe is. For a Spring shoe, I guess I expected something a bit lighter.
Like the other Therafit shoes, Gigi also has the signature Personal Comfort Adapters. These adapters are three pegs in the sole of the shoe that allow you to adjust for your preferred impact resistance. Until you try it for yourself, it’s really hard to truly explain what a difference it can make to have this option. It is so great to be able to make a shoe fit the activities and surfaces that will be a part of your day. And, it’s so easy to change the adapters that I keep the spares in my pocket or bag to change as needed. This part of the shoe was as great on the Gigi as all the other pairs I’ve reviewed.
Though I loved the overall look of the shoes, I was not as impressed with the fit as I usually am. The thickness of the shoe made them quite warm… especially when I wore them with socks. I also found them quite tight and without a lot of give when I wore socks. They are definitely a sock meant to be worn barefoot or with very thin socks. I got the same size I usually wear in Therafit shoes, so this seems more like a design issue than a fit issue. I also found that the band across the top dug into my foot when I was wearing them. The more I walked, the more painful this became. You can see in the picture above how there is a seam below the band. I think this is what was actually causing the issue.
I really wanted to love these, but I was a bit disappointed this time. I do wonder if the problem would have still been there if I went a size larger.
I really love that they include a storage tote with all of their shoes. The tote protects the shoes and preserves the life of them… all while reducing odor. It’s always a great touch. If you’re not into storing your shoes in totes, you get a great shopping tote instead.
Pros: Great stylish design. Great basic color choices. Adjustable comfort.
Cons: Band across fit or seam below caused discomfort. Material is thick for a spring shoe.
Therafit has created fashionable, comfortable shoes – perfect for all hours of a woman’s day. Co-developed by Dr. Lisa Masterson, of the Emmy award-winning series, ‘The Doctors’, Therafit believes in empowering women to embrace wellness in all aspects of their lives. Endorsed by the National Posture Institute, their patented technology provides cushioning and support helping to reduce the aches and pains that come from the stress of everyday activities. Therafit Shoe worked very closely with Cornell University Professor Dr. Richard Lennihan, an avid runner and pioneering vascular surgeon, to create the unique patented technology used in every one of their products. Utilizing the patented Personalized Comfort System (PCS), each shoe lets you adjust the impact protection and cushion level to fit your personal needs. You decide what works best for you.
Therafit’s Gigi adds some bling to the classic loafer. Featuring sparkle mesh uppers with leather trim, this classic sport casual has an elastic gore that ensures an easy fit and comfortable wear. Along with Therafit’s superior arch support, deep heel cups & removable insoles that lift & support your foot. Bring a sparkle to your walk, with the Gigi. ($95.00)