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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2012
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Ok, if you like these kind of shoes, they are cute. They fit decently and are reasonably comfortable. But they have a strong odor that smells to me like gasoline. When I opened up the box, the gasoline smell seriously slapped up my nose. I thought that after a couple of days the smell would go away. It is perhaps less strong, unless I have somewhat become habituated to the smell, but the shoes still really stink. I got in the car wearing them and they made the inside of my car smell like gasoline. They are up in the bathroom right now and the bathroom smells like gasoline. Seriously.

When I did a Google search there are some listings about plastic products from China (like these shoes) being really smelly, especially since around 2005. The thought is that something about their manufacturing processes changed around then. One commenter wondered if the outgassing from these products is toxic. There doesn't seem to be a definitive answer for that. Another poster suggested putting baking soda in the shoes or wrapping them up in newspaper.

The bottom line is this: only get these shoes if you are willing to have and wear shoes that have a persistent gasoline smell from an unknown chemical or chemicals.

I would hope this shoe manufacturer could do better than to produce such stinky shoes!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2012
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These shoes are super unique and just as cute as they could be (I got the yellow), however there are some minor negatives as others have pointed out. (1) The inside liner isn't attached well and wrinkles up as you insert and remove your foot. (2) The white pictured in reality is more of a creamy beige in real life. (3) These shoes smell TERRIBLE...kind of like moth balls. and finally (4) I normally wear a size 8 in trainers and 7.5 in dress shoes, but I can insert my thumb and more in the space behind my ankle...so if you have narrow feet you may want to size down.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2012
Size Name: 7 B(M) USColor Name: Black/WhiteVerified Purchase
Very nice looking wingtip shoes, but have a horrible smell to them. I have frequently sprayed them with perfume, which has reduced the bad smell. However, they still stink. Too bad, the shoes look great. Will not buy them again.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2013
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I owned these shoes for 2 years, and just bought a new pair, so I've seen them through their life cycle. A cute, comfortable pair of shoes, but they are not made to last. Hence, the low price.

Yes, straight out of the box they have a strong, chemical smell. This dissipated after the first week or two, and was only noticeable if you bent down and smelled them. The shoes are very nice-looking and quite comfortable. The "leather" outer part of the shoe is quite durable, and looks the same now as when I bought them. However, the inside and outside soles have deteriorated. First, the thin inner sole started peeling when I would put my feet in. Eventually I wore them down to where it wasn't comfortable, and at that point I put insoles in the shoe. The outer soles are made of a hard material, so you get that click clack when you walk down the hall, but they are not durable as a softer rubber might be. They wore away after two years, eventually exposing the shoe nails on the bottom, which made me start skidding in them. Yet, I kept wearing them - because they're so cute!

I considered having them fixed, but since they are so inexpensive to begin with, I just decided to buy a new pair.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2012
Size Name: 9 B(M) USColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
I had to return these shoes because they run extremely small. The material did not feel like it would last a month and I had to look for other options. Its really too bad because they were really cute shoes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2013
Size Name: 8 B(M) USColor Name: BrownVerified Purchase
I would have given theses a 5 star but they look great unfortunately they do smell. It's not the worst thing you have ever smelled but they do tend to smell less over time and wear.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2014
Size Name: 8.5 B(M) USColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
I usually wear an 8. I had to get an 8.5 in these shoes. They run small to me. Thanks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2014
Size Name: 9 B(M) USColor Name: BrownVerified Purchase
Loved the shoes but my only negative is that the leather smells like gasoline and I'm not sure how to get rid of that smell.
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on February 21, 2015
Size Name: 7 B(M) USColor Name: Tan/NaturalVerified Purchase
These shoes are so cute, but they stink to high heaven. I didn't check to see where they were made, but I'll bet it was China. They have a toxic chemical smell. I will try to clean them to get rid of the aroma of "off-gassing" but I don't hold out a lot of hope that they can be saved. If I can't get rid of the smell, I'll throw them away rather than give them to Goodwill, because who would want them? What a shame, what a waste. I can see why they're being sold online rather than in a store,. No one would buy them if they could smell them first. Next time I'll read the fine print to see where things are manufactured. Amazon, your reputation is at stake!
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on March 20, 2015
Size Name: 7.5 B(M) USColor Name: TanVerified Purchase
These shoes are so cute and the price was great but....they had the OVERPOWERING smell of varnish and glue, like so strong that they had to stay on my patio for a week to air out. The first time I wore them I couldn't be in a confined space (such as in the car) without getting a headache, I haven't ever experienced anything like it. Bizarre and not an exaggeration . But that being said now that the smell died down they are super cute.
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