Top positive review
Good looking shoe that will not last
on October 4, 2015
This is a good looking shoe that will do nicely with a suit, or business casual. The dark brown color is perfect to stay current but not be trendy by being too light in color. The cap toe look is sleek and not overdone. The heel is a little on the wide side but looks ok. The sole silhouette is nice in that it does extend out just a bit. These elements make the shoe look sturdy. But...this is not high quality upper "leather" and the sole is synthetic. The leather on this pair looked a bit shiny and I will have them polished to mat it down a bit. I was not expecting to buy anything close to the Alden and Allen Edmond shoes I own, but these Steve Madden's do look great for a fraction of their cost.
However, I know from experience these shoes will not last, and maybe they're not supposed to since I bought this exact pair on clearance for $40 from Macy's in January this year. They lasted exactly 9-months before the right heel cracked in half where it meets the sole. I wore this shoe every other day, never in the rain and always used shoe trees. To make matters worse I was quoted anywhere from $50 to $65 from neighborhood shoe repair shops to have them resoled with new heels! I bought the shoe for $67.99 on Amazon this time and now sadly know and fully expect this shoe will barely get me through the spring of 2016. Such is the fact for buying shoes made in China.