Donald J Pliner Shoes – What is the Quality?


Intro:The Donald J Pliner Brand

Donald J Pliner brand includes men and women’s casual and dress footwear, clothing  and accessories. We review Donald J. Pliner shoes to determine if they are worth top dollar. You can find the collection sold in various departmental stores and retail outlets nationwide. A visionary leader and designer, Donald J Pliner still designs his shoes himself. With the help of his artistic wife Lisa Pliner, they have been able to revolutionize what modern fashion should look like. Their products are mainly made in Italy and Spain and have since crossed over 1 million products shipped out of Italy alone.

DJP was established in 1989 and has established a solid reputation for innovation and style for both men and women. With the demand for more comfortable, flexible and light footwear ever increasing, Donald J Pliner has been able to match such demands with innovative materials and stretchable micro-fibers.

Headquaters: 74 5th Avenue, 25th Floor, New York, NY 10151, United States

Phone: 212-688-6900

Fax: 212-421-2900


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Important Dates in the History of Donald J Pliner Brand

1967: Donald opened his first retail outlet and within the first year hit over $1 milllion in sales.

1984: Donald was recruited by intersole to head Glace, a new line of Spanish-produced footwear This was again very successful as he directed the whole operation, including sales. Within 2 years the Glace collection was sold nationwide.

1987: Donald moved into producing fashion forward shoes for Erica. His involvement dramatically improved the sales of Erica nationwide.

1989: The brand Donald J Pliner was born with his personal line of footwear and accessories for women.

1994: Landmark innovation. With comfort as the watch word, Donald designed his first all-over elastic shoes.

1998: Company expansion. In 1998 Donald introduced footwear and accessories for men to his current collections. Today the men’s line include Chelsea boots, oxfords, slip-ons, loafers, sneakers as well as sandals.

2002: Landmark innovation. Donald re-launched the women’s handbag collections with the “couture” line made in Italy and the “Donald J Plinee “ line made in Asia.

 3 Top Rated Donald J Pliner Boots

Donald J Pliner BootsDonald J Pliner Men’s Barton Chelsea Boot

Barton boot by Donald J Pliner The Barton boot by Donald J Pliner will ensure you look dapper. It features a leather and synthetic upper, pullon construction, tonal stitching, dual gore elastic panels and a pull back for easy wearing. It is made in Italy and extremely lightweight. Square toe design, leather footbed while a leather and synthetic lining adds some sophistication to the boot. The Barton boot is an illustration of the logo of the  Donald Brand “ when the feet is comfortable so is the mind, body and soul.

Donald J Pliner Men’s Siro Ankle Bootie

Donald J Pliner Men's Siro-02 Ankle BootieYou will draw in a lot of compliments with the Siro Ankle boot by Donald J Pliner. They are made of 100% suede and will need extra care for them to last. The boot features a rubber sole and a complete rubber out sole for increased flexibility. The quality of this shoe is apparent the moment you own them. They are yet to have a negative review. Pictures in online stores don’t seem to do justice to these ankle boots as they look way classier than they do on pic.

Donald J Pliner Men’s Santino Ankle Boot

Donald J Pliner Men's Santino-Bv Ankle BootieUnlike the Siro that is made of suede the Santino boot is made of brushed suede. Brushed suede is easier to maintain than pure suede. Like the Barton boot the Santino boot by DJP has a rubber sole and a 100% rubber outsole. Most of the boots reviewed here are super comfortable because of their rubber detailing and micro fiber construction.

5 Donald J Pliner Oxford Shoes you should seriously consider

donald j pliner men's oxford shoesThe Habik2 Oxford

 Habik2 OxfordThe habik2 shoes are comfortable right out the box. If you are shopping for a Donald Pliner oxford for the first time  would highly recommended the hibik2. They fit perfectly well and can be worn with jeans and business casual attires. The rubber lug soles are stylishly designed to withstand and absorb shock. The shoes feature an antique calf/washed calf, leather upper, rubber treaded sole, broguing details, stitching details, cushioned footbed and a lace-up construction.

Men’s Sachar Oxford

Men's Sachar Oxford Our second recomendation is the Sachar oxford by Donald Pliner. It is alot more dressier than the Habik2 both not as versatile as the Habik. So far I have seen this pair in tan calf and black calf colors. The major features include a calf leather upper, leather lining , leathered sole, tapered toe design, broguing and lace-up construction. They are of course made in Italy and not China like some persons are speculating. You will find that the black calf colored version to be extremely versatile for most formal occasions.

Sergio-61 Monk Strap Flat

Sergio-61 Monk StrapThe Sergio-61 single monk strap flat oxford shoe is one of a kind. If you are a fan of the buckle monk strap shoes types you will be extremely interested in this pair. They are quite narrow and you might need to order a size down. Other than that the shoe fits just well and are a steal considering the price of approximately $100-$115. Mmade in Italy and from the finest leather materials this shoes feature leather upper, leather lining and a quality rubber outsole.

Donald Pliner Valerico Oxford

Donald J Pliner Men's Valerico OxfordThe Donald J Pliner Valerico makes this list because of its stylish design. For those who are not fanatical about broguing, you will like this. Its subtle leather lining are a touch of class adding sophistication that is second to none. Comes in five limited color types; Navy, Black calf, saddle calf, black and saddle.

Donald J Pliner Men’s Double Monk strap Ziggy

Donald J Pliner Men's Ziggy One thing i like about this double monk strap is the uniquely polished leather upper. It’s a square cap toe shoe with wingtip detailings. For extra comfort there is a generous cushioned leather insole.  It also features a stacked heel, leather and synthetic sole and a nice leather lining.


3 Donald J Pliner Sneakers you should consider buying now

Donald J Pliner Men’s Lenio-94 Fashion Sneaker

Donald J Pliner Men's Lenio-94 Fashion Sneaker100% crocodile printed leather with full leather lining and a rubber sole. This high top sneaker is made in Italy adorned with up to 10 metal eyelets and relaxed laces. You can trust that a genuine Italian shoe should at least deliver on quality. This high-top sneaker by Donald J. Pliner is a reflection of the high quality craftsmanship of Italians. They are very soft and comfortable to wear all day long. They do look rocky on the outside but are incredibly gentle on the inside.

Donald J Pliner Men’s Addo Fashion Sneaker

Donald J Pliner Men's Addo Fashion SneakerHit the road with this low top sneaker by Donald J. Pliner that features 7 metal eyelets with an upper made of burnished calf skin leather. Calf skin leather are of a higher quality than regular cowhide so what you get from this sneaker is a high end leather material that is smooth to touch and durable. It also features a lightweight eva outsole and a removable footbed.

Donald J Pliner Men’s Colmannofw Fashion Sneaker

Donald J Pliner Men's Colmannofw Fashion SneakerThis is another signature product from Donald J. Pliner, they are made so well and very stylish. Honestly most sneaker lovers will like them. They are not pricey and very comfortable. This is the go to sneaker if you want quality on a budget. The uppers are made of pearlized calfskin and the lining and sock are also crafted with calfskin.

These 4 Donald J Pliner Slip-on Shoes/Loafers are the best money can buy NOW!!

Dacio Suede Slip-On Loafer

Donald J Pliner Men's Dacio Suede Slip-On LoaferYou will instantly become a fan of J. Pliner if you make the Dacio slip on loafer your first shoe. Look distinctively classy with the highly stylish Daico that is moc-toe design with contrasting stitching and a nicely crafted medallion at the throat. Honestly, people notice these shoes , you won’t regret getting them in brown and black. Highly recommended!!

Men’s Naper-23 Loafer

Men's Naper-23 LoaferThe men’s Naper-23 loafer is a velvety textured loafer that is highly flexible. The moc-toe loafer features a leather upper, leather and rubber sole with subtle stitch detailing. It’s a casual penny loafer that with fit into most denim and chino dress combinations.

Donald J Pliner Men’s Vergil Loafer

Donald J Pliner Men's Vergil LoaferSlip on the Vergil loafer when time is of the essence. The men’s Vergil loafer are in a class of their own and mainly come in two contrasting color combination. Relax, take your time and enjoy the comfort of the Vergil loafer. They feature a washed suede upper for extra casual styling. To provide support and durability the loafers are made of flexible treading, rubber sole pads and heel guard. Cushioned footbed grace the interior offering the smooth comfort your foot needs. Choose from the five different color tone combination or get them all. You will be glad you did.

Men’s Doven Slip-On Loafer

Donald J Pliner Men's Doven Slip-On LoaferThe most striking feature of the Doven by J. Pliner is the decorative strap across the vamp and a little crested logo of the brand just at the throat. The moc-toe styled loafer has contrasting stitching that adds deep detailing to the shoes making them eye catching and pretty.

Frequently Asked Questions about Donald J. Pliner Shoes

Are Donald J Pliner shoes any good?

Yes they are very good pair of shoes to own. High quality and from the finest materials out there(calfskin). The in-depth detailing and craftsmanship put into each pair makes them stand out of other brands of comparable price.

What is the quality of Jack Donald J Pliner?

They are made of high quality materials. In a scale of 1 -10 the brand should be somewhere around 6.8 – 7.4. Off course, that’s my own rating and does not express the experience of others.

Are Donald J Pliner shoes durable?

They are highly durable mid-priced shoes. The durability means the price to wear ratio makes them extremely cheap shoes to own in the long run.

What is the price range of a good Donald J Pliner shoe?

I have seen sneakers cost as low as $60 but a quality Donald J. Pliner shoe will set you back approximately $150 – $300.

Are Donald J Pliner shoes Comfortable?

Most of them are comfortable. The brand uses state of the art micro-fibers to construct the insoles and flexible rubber outsoles for shock absorption.

Where can I buy Donald Pliner shoes?

Various online and departmental stores are stocked with these shoes. A good place to start your online search with be retail giants like Amazon or Zappos.

How do Donald J Pliner boots fit?

Most of them are true to size. Just order your size and you are good to good. There is a brief break in period and it is advised that you get a shoe that fits properly.


  1. i recently ordered a pair of TRAVIS Perforated Nubuck Leather Sneakers. Wore them less than half a dozen times and stitching came undone around the tongue area on both sides. They could not repair or refund, instead gave me a gift card. Also the shoes run wide. I wear 11 medium and the width around the tongue was very loose. Looked funny with shorts and no socks. First time I tried Donald/Pliner. and last. Back to my fav Cole Haan shoes!!


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