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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2007
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I purchased both the brown and black pairs. The shoes fit and look great. However, a chemical used to treat the external surface of the shoe has a strong "burnt rubber" odor. So strong in fact that my co-workers have asked: "Whats that smell?" I've tried 4 times so far to wash the shoes with saddle soap to no affect. Spare yourself the embarrasment and pass on these.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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The boot is good quality for the money. The fitting is accurate, and the boot is comfortable.

My one complaint is that they smell awful. The manufacturer bags each boot within the box and there is a very strong oil odor on the boots. It is so bad my wife makes me keep them in the garage rather than the closet. Out and about the smell is not noticeable, but in an enclosed closet the smell certainly is bothersome.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2008
The boot is made very well and looks good. The only problem is the smell that they give off. It's a strong chemical smell. I wouldn't recomend the bots if they will be worn in enclosed areas such as offices. This works for goint ot the mall and things like that wher the air is flowing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2010
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I have bought a lot of shoes in Amazon, from several brands, mostly Kenneth Cole. This Zengara shoes are one of the best I've ever bought. THe sizing is true, the boots are like the picture (which means very nice) and about the smell... for me they smell like new shoes, it is not unpleasant. Is just the nice smell of new shoes. I will definitely buy another pair of Zengara shoes again. Nice boots!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2009
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Needed the black pair for a dinner party came just in time by the way love the individual bags they came in as far as the smell that's just new shoe smell don't get caught up in the hype. Great shoes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2012
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Hey Guys,

Searching for a stylish, affordable oxford-style dress boot? This looks like a great choice. For the price - you can't beat it. This video review is sort of an "unboxing" style review. Haven't been able to wear it, as it just arrived in the mail, but as I state in the video I will try to add additional comments to this review below in the coming days and weeks. I'm a photographer and videographer, student and hold another job in retail. These boots to me seemed like a logical choice between needing a flexible dress shoe and a casual work shoe. They appear to be exactly that. Hope you're going to enjoy them as much as I believe I will.

Thanks,
Daniel

Update #1 May 4, 2012:

I've worn these boots just about every other day for the last month since I posted the video review. There is NO bad smell or aroma to these boots. I wore them as a photographer to a wedding, I've worn them in my 9 hour-a-day retail job, I've worn them out shopping and having fun with friends. These Zengara boots are great boots! They've held up very well with minor creases. I've also made it a point to tug on the leather latches on the backside to test their strength when putting the boots on without a shoe-horn. They've held up very well. They show no signs of ripping off at all. I think these boots have been getting a bad rap for no reason. You can't beat the price, the style or the comfort. Get these boots! I will try to update again in another month of two just to give better credence. Thanks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2011
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These look good out of the box...I'm a little apprehensive about how they'll hold up over the next 6-12 months. They also seem to run a little big. On the whole I'm happy with the initial purchase because they were very cheap and like I said they look good right now...time will tell how they hold up. For the price I paid if they don't make it one year then I suppose you get what you pay for.

Update 03/06/11 - these things didn't make it 2 months. The "leather" upper on these boots is already wearing off to reveal some fabric and stitching. I do not recommend...I'm already looking for other ones to replace them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2012
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Had the shoes from 2008 i bought from a local retail store oved the shoes wore them forever ever and they when it was time for a new pair i looked and looked
Found them on Amazon.com and what do you know the same pair and brand i've worn all this time was i glad to have found thses you know that feeling like you lost something and you just cant seem to figure out that place you put something?
Well hands down this was Five stars across the board shoes last Super brand and a great price to Boot! get it Boot.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2012
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I purchased these despite the complaints of the smell. The shoe is great for the money and is of decent quality. Mine smell as pungently as about half the shoes I have ever purchased. Either I got lucky or the claims of an unbearable stench are a bit exaggerated.

I would make the purchase again. For the price if they last half a year I will have gotten my moneys worth. I don't often have a need for a casual black shoe so the low cost fit the bill.
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on July 18, 2011
Size Name: 7.5 D(M) USColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
I have purchased these boots numerous times and will continue to - I love them that much.
Yes, they have bit of an oil smell when new. Nothing huge or terrible and it goes away in a few days - I'm not sure why some ppl make such a big deal about this.
And, as others have pointed out, they also tend to tear where the elastic side panel is sewn in. This has happened on the last 3 pairs I've owned and always after about 4 months. That said, these boots fit right, look great, are very comfortable, require little to no break in time and they're versatile too; perfect for casual nights w/ jeans or with dress pants for work or more formal nights out. I give them 4 stars only due to the tendency to tear after only a few months use, else they'd be 5 stars all the way. I will buy them again.

Update 03/2012 - I'm on my 5th or 6th pair of these now and wanted to post an update. On the last 2 pairs I've purchased, the pull on tab on the heel broke off in less than 2 weeks. It seems the construction quality of these boots has gone downhill over the last year or so. I'll continue to buy them, but that's me - others may not be so kind.

Update: 11/2012 - I'm now on my 8th pair of these. I avoid pulling on the tabs so I have not broken those in awhile now. The boots overall go about 6 months before the insoles begin to fall apart. So, if you make it past month 4 with the tabs and elastic areas not ripping, be aware that the inside - especially in the heel area - will fall apart next. The uppers on these boots wear very well, but the other parts just do not have the quality materials and construction of more expensive brands. That said, they look, wear and feel great and I continue to buy them for this reason. At this price, I'm not too concerned about the 6 month throw away time. Others may not be as forgiving, but I just hand these off to GoodWill and get a new pair.
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