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Tsubo Review - Where Style Meets Comfort

By Jackie Bookman

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At the Tsubo Event


I love to walk, and I love fashionable shoes. It’s hard to find shoes that are comfortable when worn over a long period of time yet look great, but Tsubo fits the bill for both.

When I say I walk, I mean I walk A LOT. The one time I carried a pedometer around, I never clocked less than three miles. A comfortable shoe is a must for me. Many shoe brands are comfortable, but they “look” like comfortable shoes. A little frumpy, a little plain. So when Tsubo offered the opportunity to try out their new fall collection, I leapt (literally) at the chance.


Most Tsubo Shoes have Leather Uppers and Rubber Soles


Tsubo is a Japanese word that means “a point on the face or body to which pressure or other stimulation is applied during treatment,” or pressure point. Tsubo shoe soles have “’cushion oval bubbles’ strategically placed on the sole of the shoe at various pressure points of the foot, for the highest amount of comfort.” They have rubber soles as well, for longer wear and additional support. The uppers are typically a high-quality leather.

Tsubo “creates for the design-conscious, comfort-driven individual who will settle for nothing less than the highest quality materials, substantial comfort construction and extra style points that come from choosing this brand.”

The opposite of a marriage of convenience, Tsubo merges two ideals.


Guests Trying on Shoes at the Tsubo event


I picked out the shoes to sample at a wonderful event Tsubo put together at Heritage Littles. They had catered food from Antique Taco, and an interactive photo booth with SmileBooth


The Kynlee Boot in Black, Olivine and Mink


There were a number of different styles, all unique in their design. They ranged from flats to boots. One style I particularly liked was the Kynlee boot. It has a long, lean line, and the colors are versatile for fall: mink, olivine or black. A medial zipper makes it easy to get on and off.  


The Rylee Shoe in Dark Navy and Black


Another style I liked was the Rylee shoe. It is an adorable tailored laceless oxford. An elasticized gore allows for easy on and off. A mix of glossy patent and full grained leathers and cap toe give it a luxurious yet fun look. They were very cute, and I almost choose these shoes. 


The Leonie Bootie in Black and Mink


I ended up selecting the Leonine Bootie—in between a boot and a shoe—I loved both the look and the feel. It was extremely comfortable and could be worn from fall through spring. The top is tumbled oiled leather and distressed suede. Pull tabs make them easy to put on. The iconic Tsubo asymmetrical detailing brings major style cred. The single density contoured polyurethane footbed, rubber outsole and Dri-Lex® lining give it major comfort cred.


To get an idea of how they would hold up, in look and feel over a period of time, I wore them non-stop for five days following the event--work, errands, to the store, pretty much everywhere--I found them extremely comfortable, with no “breaking-in” period needed. They did not pinch or rub, either initially or over time. I received a number of compliments as well. Pretty much, I love these shoes. I would buy another model without hesistation.


Tsubo shoes are widely available. Among other places, they can be purchased at:


TsuboTsubo Website

Tsubo Storefinder (to find a store nearby): Storefinder 

Nordstrom's: Tsubo Shoes at Nordstrom's


Published on Oct 23, 2013

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