Arbor Venice Slip-On Review

About Arbor Footwear

For the Fall 2019 Arbor Collective launched a Mindfully Crafted Footwear collection. This new line is built around Arbors tradition to create mindfully crafted products using environmentally friendly materials. The durable and performance driven footwear collection is geared to take you from your daily life to your board sport destination.

Whether it be skateboarding, surfing or snowboarding Arbor’s Mindfully Crafted Footwear collection will get you to your destination in comfort and style.

With every purchase of Arbor footwear, a portion of the proceeds is donated towards our Returning Roots program, which assists in the preservation of the Koa forests in Hawaii.

Shoe reviewed: Venice slip-on
Color: Vintage Black/Off White
MSRP: $69

Tech Specs from Arbor Collective

  • Premium Suede and Canvas Upper
  • Vulcanized construction with Regrind Rubber
  • Premium Leather Lining
  • Responsive Polyurethane Sock Liners for Lasting Comfort and a Smooth Ride

Recommended for: This light weight slip-on is for anyone looking for a slightly dressed up casual style slip-on shoe that can be worn anywhere, it looks great with your favorite pair of jeans or slacks at the office, and will transition you to the streets in style.


I love slip-ons. That’s why I was really excited to check out the Arbor Venice in their new Mindfully Crafted Footwear collection. Right out of the box, I was impressed with the attention to detail in these slip-ons, the solid stitching on suede and canvas upper section and minimalistic “Arbor Venice” branded tongue made this a very appealing shoe. The premium leather lining and cushioned footbed add a classy touch to the internal structure of the shoe, while the vulcanized construction with Regrind Rubber (Made exclusively from the remnants of other products) lets you know it’s also true to it’s skate influenced roots.

The only minor downside I experienced was trying to slip the shoes on, the opening didn’t provide enough stretch for me to easily slip these on easily. Once these shoes are on they feel great and provide a level of cushioning and comfort I haven’t found in other slip-on shoes. I usually wear these in the office and they have provided all day comfort every time.

I’ve only pushed around on my longboard with the Venice. I’m sure you could skate in these, but I much prefer to use them as a casual shoe for the office or around town. It’s a great offering from Arbor and if you haven’t checked out the full line of footwear released this Fall you should check out the Venice and the full line up! Check out Dave’s review of the Foundation LX as well on our site.

Overall Impressions

For the first iteration of this shoe I am very impressed with the Venice by Arbor footwear. This slip-on has a slightly more formal look that I appreciate, it’s casual but not too casual. It took some time to break in (the foot opening needs to be revisited by Arbor) but it runs close to true to size, it’s durable, supportive, lightweight and very comfortable. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a casual shoe that can be worn at the office, streets, or a night on the town.


  • Comfortable
  • Quality Materials
  • Stylish
  • Environmentally friendly construction
  • Grippy Reground Rubber
  • Footbed provides all day comfort


  • The opening for the slip-on is still difficult to slip on, needs to be re-engineered.
Price:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Performance:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Design:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Overall:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

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