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Quality so poor, it's hard to believe
on March 18, 2012
First, to provide some perspective with regard to how hard I might be on shoes, I am 50 years old, work in an office, and Fitbit tells me I walk an average of 4300 steps a day. That equates to a "sedentary" lifestyle. I have shoes that are older than my teen son.
I bought these shoes as the latest in a long line of "everyday work black shoes". Out of the box, the shoe's appearance was acceptable - the toe taper was a bit broad - more "Skechers" than "Cole-Hahn", and the leather appearance was somewhat coarse and porous. Those minor appearance issues notwithstanding, I was looking for durability over all, so the shoes went into 3-day-a-week service.
After a couple of weeks, I noticed some flaky residue inside the shoe, when I removed them after a day's activity. The same thing occurred the next night. I realized that the "flakes" were from the leather interior of the shoe's upper - it was decaying in some way and rubbing off while I walked. Obviously, this led me to wonder exactly what kind of leather is used in the shoe, and how it was cured.
After about a month, it also became clear that the shoes' leather was stretching. I would tie the shoes tightly in the morning, and by mid-day they'd become almost loose on my feet. Eventually, this effect did slow down.
I am now in my 2nd month of owning these shoes. The upper has now begun to pull away from the sole, on the inside of the ball of the foot where the show would naturally flex. Time to retire the shoes, after 2 months? I expect that I should contact Kenneth Cole, or the retailer, but frankly I'll never put another set of Kenneth Cole shoes on my feet.