Customer reviews for Columbia Women’s Descender™ Shoe

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Columbia Women’s Descender™ Shoe

What goes up must come down, a task the multi-sport Descender is well suited for. Inspired by rock climbing but meant for all multi-sport activities, it’s designed as the ultimate walk-off shoe, perfect after the snug confines of a rock climbing or hiking boot.
Overall rating:
4.364 / 5
4.4
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5
(22 reviews) 22
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Rating breakdown 22 reviews
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4 Stars
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19 out of 22(86%)customers recommend this product.
Customer reviews for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
Review 1 for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
Overall Rating 
1 / 5
1 / 5

A very strange shoe

PostedDecember 15, 2013
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Anna3688
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Very Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Very Small
As soon as this shoe was on my foot I was ready to go online and review it. I am a size 11 in all shoes, I don't have trouble with shoe sizing ever. This is the smallest size 11 I've ever tried on, it felt like a size 10 or 9.5. I literally couldn't fit a socked-foot in it. Also the shoe dips very low around the ankle ball joint, so low that it exposes skin and sock around that area a lot, which would have been unflattering enough to make me send it back before the sizing issue. The black part of the bottom of the shoe is hard as a rock and there is absolutely no arch support. The materials are very beautiful, this shoe was just not for me. The Carson Pass II jacket on the other hand.....
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 2 for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Don't quit making the Descender shoes!!!

PostedSeptember 22, 2013
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Bluerebel
Location: Peal, Mississippi
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Small
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
These are the best, most comfortable shoes I have found. I bought 2 pair of them because it looked like you weren't going to carry them anymore!! BooHoo. Please keep them coming, they are the best!!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 3 for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
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3 / 5
3 / 5

Orange Sneakers

PostedAugust 30, 2013
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MathLady
Location: Queens, NY
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
Quality
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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3 / 5
3 / 5
They are a lot brighter than I expected, but I love orange and hot pink together. The only problem is that the left shoe hurts my hammer toe a lot. I had thought that since they were fabric that they would have enough "give".
I would recommend this product.
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Review 4 for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
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5 / 5
5 / 5

A nice surprise

PostedAugust 16, 2013
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Stillwater
Location: Stillwater, MN
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Very pleased with this shoe. If you have thick socks, you might want to go a 1/2 size up, but perfect for a regular sock.
Lightweight and looks even better than the pictures.
Nice to have a spring / summer / fall shoe that is lightweight, cute and functional.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 5 for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Great shoes

PostedAugust 3, 2013
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Elliebelle
Location: Chicago
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
Very comfortable, very light. My boyfriend bought them for me for walking in the city, but I wear just about all the time! I bought a second pair they are so comfy!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 6 for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
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5 / 5
5 / 5

favorite new shoe

PostedJune 9, 2013
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momtlc
Location: new orleans
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
So far I have three pairs. I love that they are lightweight and breathable. Better quality and fit than similar shoes. Now if they would just make a lavender and lime pair I 'd be set.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 7 for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Great shoe!

PostedMay 17, 2013
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Jade21
Location: Elk River, MN
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Great shoe. Very lightweight, yet good support and very comfortable! Absolutely love the shoe!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 8 for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Love this shoe!

PostedApril 30, 2013
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Jan1
Location: Sarasota, FL
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Small
Quality
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
This is my second pair of descenders. I've never had a more comfortable pair of shoes. Will buy a 3rd pair at some point!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 9 for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Great shoe

PostedApril 12, 2013
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ebrew
Location: Seattle, WA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
Quality
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I bought these about a year ago and still love them. Lightweight, great colors and comfortable. They feel great with socks or no socks. The Omni-Grip really does work. Be careful if you wear them on a treadmill, you might get stuck =]
I would recommend this product.
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Review 10 for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
Overall Rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5

Black marks everywhere!

PostedMarch 21, 2013
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hummer
Location: Connecticut
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
Quality
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2 / 5
2 / 5
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1 / 5
1 / 5
These shoes leave excessive amount of black marks on the floor. I do zumba in these shoes and evey step shows on the floors I had to stop wearing them. I thought it would stop eventually but the shoe is just wearing down instead. Never had a shoe do this to this extent. Very disappointed.
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 11 for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Homerun!!!

PostedJanuary 25, 2013
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thecrazyscotsman
Location: Boise, Id
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Homerun!!! My daughter is very active. She is involved with Girl Scouts, Girls on The Run, and basketball. These have become her go to shoes since the day she got them.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 12 for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
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4 / 5
4 / 5

super comfy

PostedJanuary 2, 2013
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Rae13
Location: SD
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Small
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Very comfortable and lite. I went up a 1/2 size. Love the colors!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 13 for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Finally, a shoe for me!

PostedNovember 24, 2012
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walkaboutmom
Location: Long Island, New York
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
Quality
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
After searching for a functional yet appealing lightweight shoe, I'm glad to say YES I found one!!
working in healthcare(nursing) and loving to dance/workout my feet and legs appreciate a great shoe and at my age:55; I need one! This shoe is very comfortable with my high arch, fitting snuggly where it needs to while allowing my foot to naturally expand. The shoe offers a great fit, easy to enter and remove, the laces are very comfortable to tighten and the shoe bed provides great support for eveyday use as well as when taking my brisk morning walks.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 14 for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Really fantastic overall

PostedSeptember 21, 2012
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Dors08
Location: Plymouth, MN
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
When I received my new hiking shoes in the mail, I was a little nervous because ordering shoes online can sometimes end up disappointing. I was excited to open the box and see how great they look, and how well-constructed they are. I tried them on and was even more happy to find they were true to size and fit perfectly. I have worn them for hiking as well as for running....I am throwing out my old running shoes so I can use my Descenders instead. Color, materials, fit and construction have all exceeded my expectations.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 15 for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Descender

PostedSeptember 10, 2012
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toothless
Location: Arkansas
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Small
Quality
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
These are great shoes. I love the pink! I find that Columbia shoes run about 1/2 small. If in doubt, order up. My only complaint is that I can't wear my insoles in them (Superfeet). They make a funny clicking noise that is too hard to ignore. Otherwise they are great.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 16 for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Shoes are great!

PostedMay 16, 2012
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Bethy
Location: Portland Oregon
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:Yes
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User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
Quality
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I love the fit, look and feel. Extremely comfortable and looks great too!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 17 for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Women's Descender

PostedMay 6, 2012
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Karlis
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
Quality
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I bought these shoes for my first hike ever. !! We hiked for 8 hours and they worked and fit perfectly. I did order 1/2 size larger due to other reviews and I was totally happy with them. !!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 18 for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
Overall Rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5

Sole Fell Apart Within a Week of Wearing

PostedMarch 16, 2012
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Mel33
Location: Kearney, NE
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
Quality
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1 / 5
1 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
The grip strips on the sole of my shoe started peeling off withing less than a week of wearing. I have only worn them to work and school where I walk lightly six hours. Otherwise they are very light weight, comfortable, and cute shoe that I have received many compliments on. I just think they should have held up better if they are designed for outdoor and active use. I was just walking.
Activities: Other
Conditions: Other
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 19 for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Great for walking around

PostedFebruary 15, 2012
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coolkid
Location: Sacramento, CA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
This shoe fits snugly and having a narrow low volume foot -- it fits like a glove and is true to size. The sole traction is fairly minimal, not a big deal but I have noticed the slippery factor. I haven't run in them so can't comment on cushion for anything other than long walks on pavement and they worked great!
Activities: Other
Conditions: City
I would recommend this product.
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Review 20 for Women’s Descender™ Shoe
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

LOVE EM

PostedOctober 11, 2011
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Abeyta
Location: Northern Arizona
They are the most comfortable shoes I own!
I would recommend this product.
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