15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Congratulations Steve Madden: You saved 15 cents but lost a customer!,
This review is from: Steve Madden Men's Novo Driving Shoe (Apparel)
I just don't understand the business logic of manufacturers sometimes. Is it really worth it to save maybe $1 a unit and end up with a vastly inferior product?
I bought these shoes at Macy's and they looked amazing. They are a good combination of casual/dress that you can wear them just about anywhere.
The problem with these shoes showed up about 2 months later. Apparently to save 15 cents in rubber per shoe, Steve Madden decided it would be a brilliant idea to use a perforated sole and cover the bottom with a thin layer of rubber. This gives the impression that you have 1/3" of rubber between your foot and the ground, but actually its 1/3" of rubber with a bunch of holes on it covered by a few mm of rubber. Unfortunately for you, that means that after a month or two this thin layer wears off and you start getting holes in the bottom of your shoes!
Is rubber really that expensive? I'm paying $60-$80 for these shoes. Seriously, spend $1/unit to make the soles more robust, charge me $5/unit more, and end up with a much better product and $4 more profit.
If you're interested in this style of Casual/Dress shoes I'd suggest you check out some Sketchers. Not traditionally what you think of when you think of these kinds of shoes, but I've had a very similar pair of Sketchers in white that look great for about 2 years now, and they're still going strong.
No more Steve Madden for me!