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McCarren & Sons: Gilt's $435 fake leather shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Stavros, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. Stavros

    Stavros Senior member

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    The boots I recently purchased (sold for $260 until a couple days ago, now selling for $199):

    https://www.gilt.com/look/?s_id=846...391b6b_1386533552539_1021573599&size_id=10015

    They looked okay and I was looking for a winter suede boot. Material mentioned as "suede". Unfortunately, it's not. They have a strong plastic smell and the leather backing is cloth (unmistakable signs of fake suede). The lining is fake leather as well. They are extremely lightweight and the finishing is sloppy. No labels on materials (uppers/lining/sole), as is usually the case with "quality" shoes.

    I asked GIlt about it. They said they will have to ask the maker. Turns out, Gilt IS the brand owner of McCarren & Sons: http://www.markhound.com/trademark/search/EXL73B6nE

    Several days later, no response. I returned them, of course. Gilt declined to refund and only gave me Gilt credit. Predatory policy, for which I might speak to my credit card company.

    Needless to say, I'm not ordering from Gilt again.



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    Last edited: Dec 18, 2013


  2. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Lesson learned I hope. Thank you for sharing.
     


  3. justsayno

    justsayno Senior member

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    Gilt is the trademark holder of the brand but not the maker. A factory in Italy made these shoes based on the specifications the build order that Gilt provided.

     


  4. Stavros

    Stavros Senior member

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    Correct--edited the original post. It's still ridiculous for them to say "We'll have to ask the manufacturer", when Gilt THEMSELVES have commissioned the shoes.
     


  5. yahzman

    yahzman New Member

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    Guy's I suggest to look at other options for McCarren shoes from Gilt especially in the price range.
    Bought the leather brogue boots for well over $300 on sale and they're paper thin leather, The sole is extremely light and I wonder of the shoes quality and long term life span. For $350 one can do a lot better. And if you;re an international customer like me, they can't be returned. Look good online, but it's all smoke and mirrors. Don't waste you hard earned cash!
     


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