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The Orson Loafer
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The Orson Loafer
The Orson Loafer
Product Details
All-the-time loafers in soft leather. With a sleek almond toe and a notched vamp, these slip-on shoes are the coolest way to get you places. Please note: When you select your size, "H" equals a half size.  
  • For the best fit, we recommend going down a 1/2 size.
  • Leather upper and lining.
  • 4/5" heel.
  • Man-made sole.
  • Import.
Free shipping exclusively for Madewell Insiders
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The Orson Loafer

The Orson Loafer is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 51.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I finally received my shoe today after months of hunting it down - for a moment they were sold out then a few came back on stock. I bought size 9 thinking it would be okay since I usually wear a size 8h and have a wider width. I ended up returning it because it was way too big. I was sad but determined to find a pair that fits.. and finally after waiting around for another week, size 8 came back on I quickly grabbed it. I have to say it fits like a glove. I love how the leather is soft so it's not going to be hard breaking it in. It's perfect! I got mine in the saddle color and I love it. This will definitely be a go to work shoes. If you are like me and usually wear 8h and have a wider width, an 8 will fit you perfectly! BTW, customer service was the best I've ever received.
Date published: 2016-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the LITERAL best these loafers are the mac daddy of footwear. been hunting for 2 years for a loafer that transitions seamlessly from work to dinner to drinks, and the orson stopped me in my tracks when I saw it on the floorset in the Madewell by my house. I tried it on in the printed version as well, but ended up settling on the english saddle. pointed, but not too pointed, perfect arch support and buttery soft leather. I can tell I'll be wearing these for years. pro tip - my normal size is a 7.5, and I had to go all the way down to a 6.5. they run huge. size down!!
Date published: 2016-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this loafer This is the B E S T loafer out there. I'm sad it's sold out, and do hope it comes back. I'd buy every color. Do have the saddle and black right now. Just absolutely love this shoe.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of a kind I didn't buy these shoes the first time I saw them because of the price, but that was a mistake. I looked everywhere but couldn't find a pair that was anything like them, so I was really excited when a couple sizes came back online. I normally wear a size 9*, but the only sizes available were 8.5 and 9.5. After I read all the reviews I went with the 8.5, which unfortunately were very tight at first. I've spent a couple days wearing them around the house with big socks and they're almost broken in/stretched out enough. But, all in all, definitely worth it. These shoes are so classy and there's really nothing else like them out there. (Please make more, Madewell!) *This is my first Madewell shoe, so maybe I don't actually know my Madewell size. I still wish I could have gotten a size 9 in this shoe. But if you do know your Madewell size go with the half size down as recommended.
Date published: 2016-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Half size up Take the next half-size up, runs smaller than usual madewells
Date published: 2016-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Needs breaking in, but then great I took everyone's advice and got a 6.5 instead of my usual 7. The first time I wore them I got the worst blisters of my life--but after that wear, the leather stretched and now they fit wonderfully. A 7 certainly would've ended up too big. They're super cute and I get lots of compliments. They're a bit pointier than I expected but look good. I got them in brown, and unfortunately the toes got scuffed right away--but that might just be me.
Date published: 2016-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic and Comfortable I purchased this shoe in English Saddle a half size down like the reviews recommended. I wear between an 8 and 8.5 but usually an 8. Unfortunately the 7.5 was out of stock, so I purchased the 8 with the hope that they would only be slightly large and still wearable. They were! I tried them on at various times over a few days before deciding to keep them, and I'm glad I did because they are classic and great for walking long distances. No blisters! However, the second day I wore them out I scuffed the toe of the left shoe. I made the really bad decision to use the Internet's advice and use toothpaste to remove the scuff. DO NOT USE TOOTHPASTE ON THESE SHOES. After it was clear that the toothpaste did not work, I rushed to a local cobbler who essentially told me I screwed up big time, but would wash both shoes and do his best to get rid of the spot and match the color. I haven't picked them up yet, but I love these shoes and paid good money for them, so I hope they are salvageable.
Date published: 2016-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these loafers I can't believe I waited so long to get these loafers. I got the the saddle first and I loved them so much I had to get the black. I am a 7.5 but I sized down to a 6.5 and they are perfect.
Date published: 2016-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shoe I was hoping this shoe would be comfortable because I am tired of wearing 'ugly' comfort shoes -- and it did not disappoint. Very comfortable right out of the box.
Date published: 2016-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic updated loafer I kept looking at the Orson loafer and when it went on sale I bought the black and saddle color. It is just my style -- an updated classic. Clean lines and not fussy. It will stand the test of time and go with pants, shorts, dresses and jeans. It does run about a full size large. I wear 8.5 to 9 in a pointy shoe and the size 8 fits perfect. I sprayed the loafers with a silicone protector to keep them looking new. Love them!
Date published: 2016-03-31
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