Some of you know that I bought Steve Madden Intyce Boots, thanks to seeing these deliciously cute boots on Aubrey when we met up for sushi a while ago. They’re pretty expensive, but I figured for real leather, Steve Madden and the gorgeous colour cognac, they’d be worth it, armed with a small coupon.
I purchased first the 6s from shoes.com, then got worried after reading numerous reviews about how narrow they were and went ahead and bought the 6.5s. Sadly, this was after their 20%off coupon had expired which worked with Mr. Rebates, so I got the 6s first with the 20%off coupon + Mr.Rebates 12% off cashback, and the 6.5s with only a 20%off coupon using VISA. I was getting ready to return just the 6s when I came across the boots on endless.com for 20%off+10%off, at a starting price lower than shoes.com, which prompted me to decide to return both shoes.com orders.
Well, here comes the comical part. I received the endless.com boots yesterday, opened them up, and to my dismay, they looked awfully different to the ones I received from shoes.com:
Can you tell the difference?
I typically love boots made in Brazil, and I can tell by the workmanship of the stitches that it is better than the boots made in Mexico. But the fit and the color leaves something to be desired. Due to how supple and soft the leather and the lining were (almost suede like), it caused the ankle area to bunch a whole lot more, and my calves to look a lot more funny with the boots on (they look like they just flare out, and I have fairly normal calves).
Makes me wonder about all these reviews now over the web. I see some complaints about the boots being an avocado peel, not enough of the rich cognac color, or it being too slouchy, and it starts to make me wonder about “which” boot they received! I will say one thing though – had I received the boots first from Endless.com, not seeing them on Aubrey D, I wouldn’t even have thought about sizing them up to 6.5 because they weren’t really all that attractive! The 6.5s that were made in Brazil fit more snugly, like a size 6, but not as bad as the 6s that I ordered from shoes.com that were made in Mexico (where the toes hit the top of my boot). The 6.5s made in Mexico are definitely more roomy, but the perfect fit were the 6.5 pair made in Brazil. (Are you following along? I’m starting to get confused myself!)
The sole of these boots seem slightly thin, which makes me wonder if there might be enough padding on the sole. I think I might add a foot petal to the bottom to add some cushion to help the ball of my foot. Long story short, I’m going with the pair made in Mexico because the cognac color is what I expected them to be and they seem to hold their structure. They’re a bit more roomy than I’d like, but I much prefer them to the pair made in Brazil. So, while I like the softness of the suede lining, and I also prefer items made in Brazil, I will stick with the boots made in Mexco, despite the price and the fact that endless.com packaged the shoe box much better than shoes.com did. I keep my boots in their shoe boxes, so I prefer to store them in a box that’s not beat up.
All in all what do I take away from this funny situation? Unfortunately, some reviews online (without accompanying photos) may not always be reliable because items could be made in two different factories, producing what seems like two different products that are under the same name and model. This contributed to the somewhat disparaging reviews between shoes.com and endless.com.
What do you think of the boots? Has anything funny like this happened to you before?
Read Aubrey’s recent review of the boots here.
Sorry for my blabbing. I’m constantly trying to improve my writing and grammar 🙂 Back to the work grind tomorrow!
whoa – those are supposed to be the same boots? LOL they look like completely different boots to me! What a crazy story! I prefer the ones on the right for the colour and the fit. I think you should send the companies this blog post!
Haha, yes they are supposed to be the same boots! I wonder if this has happened to anyone else or maybe it happens more than we think. You think I should send this to Steve Madden or the companies I bought it from? So silly really.
Yes, I love the one on the right as well and intend to keeping it. Am going to send the ones of the left back today.
Thanks for commenting 😀
LOL! How crazy is that? I much prefer the Mexico pair as well – the color is so nice and rich. What an amazing discovery – you’re totally right, 1/2 the time the reviews are probably about 2 completely different products. Great post!
I took them out, and I was like “huh.. these don’t look the same”. Examined them, and I was like, I don’t think these are similar 😛 And that really explained the disparaging reviews.
Wow, the strappy sandals look so different online and then on your feet. I’ll probably go to Target to check them out in person. I may be good and refrain. I suspect they’ll still be there months from now, so I will use self control for this one 😛 Thanks though Lilly!
LOL Oh my lord… I got the ugly ones!! What the hell! Really glad you’re going with the ones made in Mexico (at least that’s what I think you said…) because the colour is so rich and it’s just a much more attractive shoe. Hell, I want THAT one. Gimmie! What’s with the damn slouchiness on my pair? Ugghh… I wasn’t sure if I was returning but I’m actually taping applying the return label to the box and typing with my toes atm.
Thank you for showing me the light. These are fug.
Oh, and I store all my shoes in the boxes too. Makes me feel like I’ve got more than I do… I totally face the description outward as if I have SOOOO many shoes I couldn’t possibly remember which is which. LOL
So you got the ones made in Brazil? Ugh, sorry Aubrey. They really are ugly, I have to admit. I put them on and went “wow, these really don’t look the same” – brown and crinkly, and saggy — yuck!. Shoes.com has the made in Mexico pairs if you’re interested. I would wait for a 20% off coupon that works with the 12%off cashback with Mr.Rebates though. But yeah, unbelievable eh?? I wonder if Steve Madden even realizes they’ve got this HUGE quality control issue… obviously not.
LOL okay, I’m glad I’m not the only one re storing in the boxes… except the fact that the mountain seems high, because of keeping those boxes.I was trying to find another way to organize them,but I’m not sure I like the idea of a shoe rack or shoe hangers – both seem like they take up so much room. Hahaha… re it’s as if you have sooo many shoes you can’t remember which is which :D. I used to keep my shoes (non boots) in the shoe boxes, but now I use a canvas shoe holder (that carries like 20 shoes or something).
whoa! I didn’t know about these issues. Goodness. Glad you went w/the ones from Mexico b/c they look like the real Intyce that I own, my roommates own, and so many of my friends own.