Jafa Shoes & Boots – Vibrant Style, Handmade in Israel


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Naot, you’ve convinced us that Israel knows its comfortable footwear, now here comes the US debut of Jafa Shoes to convert the doubters. Folks, this is a brand to watch. Here’s the lowdown on Jafa Shoes:

  • Handcrafted with personal attention to detail in Tel-Aviv and the historic city of Jaffa.
  • The designers use haute couture Leathers; buttery smooth and beautifully nuanced.
  • Jafa specializes in a good fit and all-day comfort. Roomy toe box, good arch support, cushioning soles.

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I reached out to Karen Crivelli, the president of Jaffa, when Aliza’s boot crossed my Facebook account one morning. I like what she said about the company in a recent email:

Our boots and Shoes are handmade in Israel. No kidding… I’ve been to the factory many times and it still amazes me that it’s almost like stepping back in time. Our soles are the most comfortable that exist and the quality is first class. Nothing is outsourced, which makes it even better.

Karen sent me the Aliza boot in gray to review (top photo). My husband thinks they’re eccentric, but that’s exactly why I like them. They’re an unexpected ending to a fairly basic outfit. I plan to use them withthinnerjeans, tights and skirts, tunics and leggings this fall. If I worked outside the home, I could manage all day comfortably without having to take them on the way home. My feet feel loved in the Jafa Aliza boot. Here’s why:

  • Leather is soft when rubbed against your face. Like the soft edge of a child’s blanket.
  • The toe box is roomy and structured, bunions and hammer toes don’t bother me.
  • The insole is cushioned but offers support.
  • The sole, oh my soul, will protect your heels and pressure points from the pain of the paveMent.
  • Surprisingly light. Looking at the boot in the photos, I thought it might feel clumsy, but it doesn’t.
  • The buttons have elastic bands between them that allow for a bit of stretch when walking. This also helps if you have wider Ankles or high insteps and need to give up a bit in your shoe.
  • The fit is perfect. Sometimes I’m a 9.5, often a 10 and the 40 fits me well, nice and comfortable.

Jafa is a small company now (that will change) so they are not yet Available in stores like Zappos. But I suspect some of you will love the style and want to try on a pair. Check out the Jafa store locator or shop for Jafa on Amazon, Peltz Shoes, eBay and the Saager Shoe Shop. Have a question about Jafa? Like us on Facebook and leave a comMent; His customer communication is top notch.

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