Tiger Claw Feiyue Martial Arts Shoes - White/Black
|Price:||$17.95 - $39.98|
- The #1 shoe choice for Shaolin monks and masters
- Simple, durable canvas lace-up top and a padded yet light sole.
- The tread is perfect for all martial arts styles
- Providing maximum traction for ultimate performance
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The Number 1 shoe choice for Shaolin monks and masters. Feiyue Martial Arts shoes have a simple, durable canvas lace-up top and a padded yet light sole. The tread is perfect for all styles, providing maximum traction for ultimate performance. All with a affordable price.
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The first pair of Feiyue shoes I ordered arrived in a random paper bag with some chinese print. My initial impression of the shoes were that they were cheap looking and sub par quality. Upon trying them on, despite ordering the correct size according to the site, they are about three full US sizes too small, and extremely narrow.
I requested a refund and to send the shoes back. The retailer asked that I instead take a small amount of money and "give the shoes to somebody else that can use them" as they were a new company and it would cost them too much to return the shoes. I reluctantly game them to a much younger friend and ordered another pair.
This time I ordered a three sizes larger shoe from a different retailer. The shoes arrived promptly and in different packaging (a printed black bag with a string closure). Inspection of the shoes revealed a significantly different looking shoe. Better quality, a stitched label on the tongue and a thicker canvas. THESE WERE THE SHOES I WAS EXPECTING!!!
Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it), the new shoes appeared to be sized correctly according to US sizing, which meant that I had unknowingly ordered my shoes three sizes too big this time! Although they were still narrow (I do have wide feet), they were far too long for me to wear. Instead, I will inevitably end up giving these shoes to someone else as well. All said I have spent close to $60 and I have nothing to show for it.
Conclusion: Based on the widely varying reviews about these shoes on this site, it appears that some customers are receiving knock-off Feiyues, as I did my on first order. This is a quality assurance issue, and it should be addressed by Amazon.
Anyway, now to the real problem. These are fakes, I noticed right away when I saw the difference in the letter "Y" on the shoe. I also know this because I talked to the actual company and she went through all of the signs to tell if they are genuine. Any of them that say "Tiger Claw" are not genuine Feiyue, they are copies and will not be same quality. I am not going to post all the signs on here but you can call the company Feiyue for yourself if you do not believe me : 855-286-6998. The said they know about the copy cats out there and are doing what they can but there are a lot of them. . . . . fyi Zelten is another one.
I was given two pair of Top One Feiyue shoes hand-carried from mainland China (still in the traditional Top One paper bag!) two summers ago. While the Tiger Claw variant looks similar, there are some very important differences that a buyer should be aware of. First, the bottoms of the Tiger Claw shoes are much more rounded than my Top One shoes. This compromises stability a great deal. Second, the Top One version has larger, flatter grommets where the shoes are laced, and the beige rubber is just a bit more carefully laid than on the Tiger Claw version. The Tiger Claw grommets are stamped "Top One", but are smaller than the real version, and more prone to ripping out of the canvas. Most importantly, the sizing is not the same between the two variants. I wear a 40 in Top One Feiyues, but a 40 in Tiger Claw was too small.
As for performance, I wore the Tiger Claw version for a week of heavy walking in Italy, and my feet were sore and swollen at the end of the trip. I took my Top One Feiyues on several comparable trips and never suffered foot pain or swelling. I'm a fit lady. My theory is that the foot pain is a result of the Tiger Claw shoe having a more rounded sole compared to the Top One Feiyue. While I appreciate the minimalist profile that Top One Feiyues provide in part to their somewhat rounded sole, stability is most definitely compromised in the Tiger Claw variant as a result of the significantly more rounded bottom.
All in all, I'm disappointed, but not terribly surprised. These resemble the Top One Feiyue, but fall short of performing like them. The sole pattern on bottom is nearly identical between the two versions. The logo and swoops on the side are very similar. The stamps on the insole are also very similar. In a country full of counterfeited products, the Tiger Claw shoe could have come from a closed Top One factory, because at first glance it's a very convincing copy. Thus, if you're just wearing these for casual wear, you should be fine. If you plan on putting these shoes through their paces in martial arts or any other athletic endeavor, I would suggest looking elsewhere for Top One Feiyue performance, because my genuine pair is an amazing shoe.