Verdict from 35 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Comfort: Vionic Penelope's overall construction has impressed most wearers with its comfortable fit and feel.
  • Support: Some individuals, including a pregnant woman and some with plantar fasciitis, applaud the shoe for its support, enabling them to be on their feet all day.
  • Well-made: Walking enthusiasts find this pair to have excellent quality materials and craftsmanship.
  • Design: The shoe is revered for its slip-on aesthetic. Some have described it as "simple with a nice touch of elegance."
  • Toe room: Some reviewers express appreciation over the pair's adequate space for toe splay.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Foot issue difficulties: A person with high instep claims that due to her foot condition putting on was near impossible.
  • Warm: One reviewer observed that her feet started getting hot in warm weather.

Bottom line

Vionic adds to their stylish walking shoe collection via the Penelope. It offers the convenience and classic looks of slip-on shoes but adds a layer of style through textures and nifty colorways. Simply put, it is a casual-oriented walking shoe that will keep you feeling like you can walk for miles and stand for hours.

Tip: see the best walking shoes.

Vionic Penelope: A classic that delivers

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is a saying that perfectly fits the Vionic Penelope. It takes the time-tested slip-on silhouette for its convenience and versatile design while providing efficient support and comfort for the purpose it was engineered for: walking.

What you might love in the Penelope

  • Casual slip-on look
  • Versatility
  • Convenience in putting on and taking off
  • Upper material options: nubuck or leather
  • Heel design options: embossed croc print or leopard patches
  • Podiatrist-approved biomechanical footbed that provides excellent support
  • Orthotic-friendly

Nice to know

  • Vionic advises new owners to wear their newly purchased shoes for a few hours to break in and get the ultimate comfort within 1 to 2 weeks.
  • To keep the leather upper's pristine condition, wipe and clean as needed.
  • Choose cleaners without acid or detergent.
  • Keep leather away from heat and do not tumble dry.


How Vionic Penelope ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 1% walking shoes
All walking shoes
Bottom 3% Vionic walking shoes
All Vionic walking shoes
Bottom 1% men walking shoes
All men walking shoes


The current trend of Vionic Penelope.
Compare to another shoe: