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Attractive and fairly comfortable, but of terrible quality
on April 26, 2012
Giving these shoes 3 stars was tough ... I wish I had the option of two and a half starts, because these shoes get a 5 on style/looks/comfort as well as the leather quality and wear resistance of the top portions of the shoes. However they get a 0 on quality of the heel and sole.
About me and my shoe wear;
For the past 10 years my go to shoe has been a black, square toed loafer. I have 2-3 pairs at a time and I've gone through probably 20 pairs of Kenneth Cole (always buy KC New York, not KC Reaction ... it's the equivalent of Banana Republic vs. Old Navy ... same company, distinctly different fit/finish/style/quality). Generally 1 of my 2-3 pairs gets significantly more use as I normally have 1 dress pair that I wear to work 3-4 days a week and the other pairs are more casual that I'll wear to work one day and usually once or twice over the weekend. A quality pair of Kenneth Cole New York shoes goes for $100-150 through Amazon and they've never done me wrong. One day I came across the Boss Black Chesterfield while searching online and I liked it enough to go try a pair on at Nordstrom to see if it was worth the $200 price tag. I loved the look, fit, and feel, so I bought a pair and they became my "daily driver" so to speak ... so take that into account when reading my review, because they do get a lot of use.
- The shoes look fantastic, fitting nicely between most shoes that are either too squared off and too pointy.
- The leather has a smooth finish, as I prefer from a dressier loafer and they have little to no visible grain.
- They are quite comfortable compared to similar leather soled loafers and I've got a ton of compliments.
- The leather sides and top of the shoe have worn incredibly little since purchase, especially considering the infrequency at which I lazily polish them. The upper portion of the back where your heel typically wears the finish off a lesser quality shoe is still nice and black and has only slightly dulled from a full year's worth of 4-5 days weekly use. Even the insole has held up impeccably well.
- Plus ... who doesn't love the embossed "Boss" logo on the tongue that says, "Hey look, I have nicer shoes than you do."
Unfortunately, the cons absolutely kill this shoe for me ... to the point where I'll never buy a pair of Hugo Boss shoes again.
- Within only a month, albeit of frequent use, the heel on one shoe started to peel apart. Yes, I could just get some shoe-goo and seal it back up, but I paid $200 for these shoes ... I shouldn't have to do that so quick.
- Within 2 to 3 months of use, the bottom portion of the leather sole had worn to the point of exposing the stitching underneath the surface ... a year later, they are all but gone, so clearly the sole also has glue holding it in place
- Within 2 to 3 months of use, the incredibly thin sole had worn through at the balls of my feet on the big toe side. I attached some pictures to this listing, so see for yourself. At that point, short of resoling a pair of nearly new $200 shoes, these were annexed to being a dry-weather only shoe, otherwise my feet got soaked.
- Shortly after 3 months of use, the sole was worn so thin across the balls of me feet for all toes that I could push my fingers on the bottom of the shoe and it would flex in about 1/4" and I could clearly feel it on my feet. At that point, even the most minor pebble on the street would hurt my feet and I was forced to get them re-soled.
Were it not for the issues with the heel and soles, I'd be sticking with this shoe and others from Hugo Boss in the future. Given the price, the build quality of the bottom of the shoes is absolutely terrible and I'll never buy from them again. I'm going back to Kenneth Cole and would strongly suggest you do the same... unless you plan on wearing these shoes 3-4 time a year.