Not too long ago...couple of months perhaps....these were the shoes in question. I am glad the size 8 had QC issues or else I wouldve bought the wrong size.
I think it's unfortunate what happened to Mr. Moo.
However I would think if quality was extremely poor overall there would be more stories coming to light.
I'm sure even shoes manufactured by Edward Green and John Lobb sometimes aren't perfect and slip by quality control from time to time.
What's more unfortunate is how the situation afterwards aparently was handled.
However one or even two incedents of this kind of thing doesn't always ruin a brand.
I completely agree. An Epaulet pair of Carminas, whether it be stock or MTO, will run ~$200 more than a similar style purchased directly. I'll gladly put forth that extra money to (1) get the model/design that I like, (2) get wonderful customer service, and (3) support growing local businesses. Given how helpful and attentive Mike and his associates are, I have no qualms with them taking a healthy cut, especially since they're equally glad to give back in the form of free shoe trees and shipping.
And for what it's worth, Skoaktiebolaget has been damn good throughout their first MTO, too.