Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Taos Retro Star footwear are so much better than slippers when it comes to pure comfort, many customers say.
  • The shoes have a casual, sporty style that brings in tons of compliments, plenty of users have noted.
  • A lot of testers love the exceptionally supportive footbeds of Taos Retro Star sneakers.
  • A good number of people have mentioned liking these sneakers so much that they have bought three or more pairs in different colors.
  • The quality of these kicks from the Taos brand is top-notch, according to several reports from consumers.
  • Planning your ootd is easy with Taos Retro Star sneakers because they match well with almost any casual clothing.
  • A couple of testers are pleased with the soles on these kicks, which they say is quite grippy.
  • The shoes provide a good fit width-wise, some say.
  • A few individuals have expressed delight over the many colorways available for the shoes.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Taos Retro Star shoes run small, several buyers have noted.
  • The sneakers are kind of heavy, two people have observed.
  • Some have noted that the leather variation of the shoes are a bit stiff at first and needs a few wears to loosen up.

Bottom line

Taos Retro Stars are the shoes to wear when you just want to lie back and relax. These are so comfy you can wear them with or without socks and outside or at home. The suede uppers are buttery soft, while the ones in leather will loosen up sufficiently after a few wears for an even better fit. 

The footbeds contour to the shape of the feet and provide ample support for the arches. Soles offer good traction and resist slippage on slippery floors. 

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Good to know

Sizes for the women’s Taos Retro Star shoes range from 6 to 12. The shoes provide an excellent fit when it comes to width, but the length runs small. A half size up adjustment is necessary. The same is also suggested for purchasers with wide feet. 

A six-pair eyelet lacing system utilizes flat laces to provide fit customization. The uppers are made of either suede or leather. The suede editions are comfortable out of the box. However, the leather variations need to be broken in a bit for comfort. 

These shoes contain ample arch support courtesy of the very cushioned removable insoles. 

Retro Stars are comfy kicks with an edge. The shoes contain a sporty, casual look that is elevated by the premium suede/leather uppers. The colored pinstripe foxings add a bit of balance and contrast to what would otherwise be stark white midsoles. Uppers are either tonal or two-toned.

The low top-profiled shoes are best when paired with leggings, capris, and jeans. Top off with a simple shirt and a pretty denim jacket, and you’re all set.

Taos Retro Stars come in red, white, black, dark olive, khaki, tan, sage, blue, ice, and more colors. 

A lot of people have been raving about the comfort of these kicks, from regular people who just like the cushioning to people with plantar fascitis or who are struggling after feet surgery. They all love the Active Curves and Pods removable footbeds. And with good reason. 

Curves and Pods footbeds offer metatarsal, heel, and arch support. They alleviate pressure on the balls of the feet, provide stability and balance, and conform to the arches. The bottoms are riddled with pods that absorb shock for better cushioning.

The footbeds are treated with SILVADUR Antimicrobial treatment, which delivers silver ions whenever organisms land on the footbed. These ions are on continual release to kill those microbes to prevent odor. 

In 2005, the Taos company was launched to bring comfort sandals to the market. In later years, the brand’s inventory would expand to include oxfords, flats, sneakers, and more. 

Taos footwears are distinct because of how deeply the company’s New Mexico artisan heritage dominate the designs. Touches of nature and metalworks are infused into each of the brand’s products.

The company has been steadily growing in the decade since its launch and is fast becoming a by-word in households all over the U.S. and beyond. In recent years, it has been posting double-digit growth in sales, which are largely helped by the launch of the Active collection.

This Active line blew through retailers in 2017 and is known for the tagline, “Comfort built from the inside out.” Curves and Pods footbeds lead the shoes in this collection, while rich earth tones define the designs. Retro Stars are Active shoes that follow the uncompromising comfort and distinctive styling of the range.

  • Taos Retro Star shoe prices vary according to the colorway. 
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.