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Natha Studio - Where Made?

post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
Saw a great looking pair of black boots at Nordstrom's Rack with Natha Studio label. I'm not familiar with the brand. Found lots of ads on the web but not much info. Didn't see anything whatsoever in the shoes or on box divulging the country where they were manufactured; does anyone know? Perhaps all made in Italy? I think one website mentions a Latin American country. China is kind of a turnoff to me for many things, unless it's an item China has traditionally been known for. If it makes a difference the shoes look like what some websites refer as "motorcycle boots."
Has anyone had experience with this brand as to quality?
post #2 of 30
I see that brand all the time at DSW in the clearance bin for dirt cheap. I have no idea where they are made but my impression of them were not positive.
post #3 of 30
I owned one pair of Natha Studio shoes, and they were one of the worst I have ever owned. Very poorly made.
post #4 of 30
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Okay, I'm finding Natha Studio shoes at DSW, as you said. Funny thing that I'm mainly seeing NS shoes on the web at DSW with a small number on eBay. Who else sells them? Anyway, I see, unfortunately, they are indeed said to be "made in China" (like 80%, it seems, men's shoes at DSW). Any other experience with this brand? One of the web forums has some people who thought they were pretty good. These so-called motorcycle boots are pretty darned good looking, though the cycler image is not exactly what's been my ideal.... Actually, they look something like jodhpur boots.
post #5 of 30
If they are cheap and look good, and assuming you are only going for looks, why not? Just dont expect to get yrs and yrs of use out of them. I used to troll DSW from time to time before I discovered this forum. I bought a pair of Steve Madden boots for $20 from the clearance bin. I thought I scored the deal of a lifetime. After literally wearing them 5 times, they started falling apart. Bottom line is you get what you pay for.
post #6 of 30
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I've been pretty undecided about this or any pair of boots, so I sort of decided if they are "made in China" I won't get them. Then I saw at DSW all the Natha line had that tag so I basically ruled them out. As for "cheap," yes - they're at a discount each place I've seen them in personally or advertised, but the original price is sort of middle-of-the-road. Anyway, I didn't buy them (so far). Looking at resale shops too and haven't found anything that interesting. Maybe it's just my new interest but are boots for guys more popular than, say, two or three years ago? I've been basically ignoring them in the stores and ads for many years.
post #7 of 30
I had one pair of Natha Studio dress shoes in my pre SF days. They were utter garbage. The leather was cracking after 6 months (although I didn't take the best care of them) and the sole split at the waist after 9 months. Tossed them and found SF for recommendations on shoes that wouldn't break in less than a year.
post #8 of 30
Thread Starter 
Every reference I've found to Natha Studio, as a brand, connects with DSW. And I have seen the brand and purchased its shoes at Nordstrom's Rack. But I can't find Natha Studio even in a business directory dealing exclusively with brand names and their parent companies.
What would that mean if a brand is only seen at DSW and Nordstorm's Rack? EBay has a few pairs listed, as well, but who knows where the individuals got them....
post #9 of 30
They are garbage. Move on.
post #10 of 30
Thread Starter 
I've now purchased them and hope to enjoy them.
post #11 of 30
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They are garbage. Move on.

This is true.

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I've now purchased them and hope to enjoy them.

I hope they last longer than mine...
post #12 of 30
Any article of clothing with "Studio" in the name cannot be good.
post #13 of 30
Thread Starter 
Why not?
post #14 of 30
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Why not?
I meant it more as a jest, but FWIW Studio is the lowest of the Ferragamo lines and Studium is the lowest of the Testoni lines.
post #15 of 30
Thread Starter 
Oh.... Interesting. Does seem a bit unusual. The two companies you mention are rather high up; perhaps that's what that unknown identity who came up with "Natha Studio " had in mind.
When I was a kid our day camp group and a public school class, took a field trip to the Fanny Farmer factory that was headquartered in Rochester, NY. In fact the owner's son was in my grade. Each year the lady who gave the tour said "We call ourselves 'Fanny Farmer Studio'; we consider our place too nice to be called a factory...."
Your remark just reminded me.
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