I have been trudging across the West Country in an extremely comfortable pair of Lady Rimini walking shoes by Grisport for the last 8 months. This was after a wrong turn with a pair of shoes that were wrecking my feet and my health!
I have to be honest. I am not into technical outdoor wear. I’ll spend on a decent pair of low walking shoes that get me about town and across the hills and trails I enjoy, with my feet intact.
I turned to Grisport after my husband insisted that his rather clunky pair of men’s Grisport Modena shoes (see review) were the best thing that ever happened to his feet! He is now fanatical about these premium Italian walking shoes and insisted that I should try them.
…so this is a 100% unfiltered review of the Lady Rimini shoes I’ve come to love, which covers all you need to know before buying a pair of Grisport ladies’ walking shoes. I’ve included just about everything but the smell!
About Grisport walking shoes
Grisport was founded in the 1970s by Italian bro Graziano & Mario Grigolato who created handmade leather walking shoes in their Castelcucco home in the Dolomite Mountains. From its inception, comfort has been at the heart of what Grisport does with the reputation of the company built up via small production runs sold to the Italian market.
Moda in Italia
Over decades, the reputation and product range has grown with Grisport producing over 5,000 different shoe models in a state-of-the-art shoe factory. Grisport Italian shoes are not licensed or outsourced to anyone else. When you buy their walking shoes, you are buying 100% authentic Italian craftsmanship.
Grisport Lady Rimini Walking Shoes
The Lady Rimini is a smart and comfortable pair of walking shoes. They are low profile and lightweight enough to wear around town but also have an impact-absorbing ‘triple-density’ midsole that will literally have your back in more varied terrain. The industry standard Vibram sole adds welcomed weatherproofing and longevity to the sole and the smart blue suede uppers are refreshingly stylish.
A closer look at the Grisport Lady Rimini
Here is a breakdown of the key features of this cute women’s walking shoe:
- Closure: lace-up with speed lacing which means you can slip these shoes on and off easily.
- Uppers: Suede and cordura fabric ant combined with GORE-TEX upper material
- Inner material: Textile with a waterproof and breathable membrane
- Padded collar and tongue
- Anti-Scuff Toe Cap
- Vibram rubber sole
- Weight: 680g per pair
- Available sizes: 36 to 42
The Lady Rimini is one of the lightest walking shoes on the market with a total weight of 680 grams. This is one of the best things about these shoes. Though they are supportive, they don’t weight you down, which makes all the difference after a long walk!
These are some blue suede shoes you won’t mind someone stepping on!
The suede uppers are soft and comfortable. When I got these shoes, my feet really needed support, and I worried that the suede would be too soft to keep them “contained”. The contribution of the speed lacing pleasantly surprised me, as it really held my feet to the shoe so I could walk naturally.
The blue colour has held up and stayed clean with little more than a light brush.I have trekked these shoes through:
- Sandy beaches
- Puddles and streams
and as you can see, they still look fairly decent. I didn’t protect the suede before wearing the shoes, but I am sure that a Scotchgard spray would keep them looking great.
Sizing and fit
I am a larger lady, who is on the upper end of a size 8 and have found that these shoes fit perfectly. I think that they will be fine for normal to slightly wide feet. When purchasing European sizing (42) shoes can run a little small, but these are true to size. They also do half sizes in this style.
Here are some of the little details I appreciate about the Lady Rimini shoe:
- An intuitive pulling tab on the back of the shaft helps me get my shoes on easily.
- A cozy, supportive tongue that opens up the shoe when you fold it back.
- By folding away the tongue, the shaft opens and my foot can enter easily.
- A generous length of quality laces. Do you double-lace like me? If not, you may find these a little too long!
- The black codura toe cap is genius and keeps the shoes looking smart long term.
The first thing to say is that these are not the shoes for taking on the Tors of Dartmoor – the uppers simply do not have the strength. They are more suitable for trails or coastal paths, or tramping around town. But the support is great, it has a decent shank, and it is very flexible with decent lateral support.
Top marks for the Vibram sole
The sole is very low maintenance and almost cleans itself. It has a good grip that enables you to tread confidently on a variety of surfaces, including mud. Dirt rarely sticks to these shoes.
Pros and cons of the Grisport Lady Rimini Walking Shoes
If you are weighing up the Lady Rimini as your next walking shoe, here is a roundup of the pros and cons:
Pros of the Grisport Lady Rimini Walking Shoes
- Lightweight + flexible: These shoes are a perfect partner for city breaks or other holidays where you don’t want to be weighed down.
- Looks great: These are such cute, non-clunky walking shoes, you can wear them every day and in all seasons.
- Stain-repellent: The blue suede does not pick up dirt or mud.
- Good grip: You can walk confidently because the grip is good!
Cons of the Grisport Lady Rimini Walking Shoes
Could do with more support for the upper foot: It may be me, but after being burnt twice by crippling R****** shoes, I crave supportive footwear.
Not for all terrain: These are not for completing the 5 Peaks challenge, nor are they meant to be.
May come up large: The sizing is excellent, but depending on your feet, you may need to go down a half size,
Where can I buy the Grisport Lady Rimini Walking Shoes?
Here are your buying options for the Grisport Lady Rimini Walking Shoes:
These are beautifully made shoes I love wearing every day. I can rely on them in anything the Devon weather throws at me. They will see you right in town and country and on a hot summer’s day I appreciate the breathability of these shoes.