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Rated 5 out of 5 by Mac45 Dearborn Dandy
Accurate fit, handsome looking shoe, once "broken in" supple leather makes for good comfort when wearing, dependable black oxford brogue styling, great value at discounted price point.
Rated 5 out of 5 by DG007 Solid.
These shoes are a must-buy AT THE SALE PRICE if you're in the market for above-average leather lace-up oxfords. Very nice, precise brogue detailing, good quality leather, solid overall construction. It is "Made in China," since it apparently is not in the same class as Varvatos' other shoe models in the $500+ range, so beware of that. But you WOULD NOT KNOW. At the regular price, yes I would move on the Allen Edmonds or other more serious shoes in the $300+ range (since you're spending nearly that for these). Like my other dress oxfords, these too run a bit large, so I went down to a 9.5 when normally I wear 10s for Nike, etc. Dress shoes often require a lower size since they are more exact and devoid of fluff and padding. They seem a millimeter or so wide for my normal feet, yet the shoe closes appropriately around the top of my foot/ankle. No wiggle, but no tightness either. Very comfortable in my opinion. I could have possibly gotten away with a snug 9 and remained happy. It's simply preference. These shoes look, and smell fantastic.
Rated 4 out of 5 by a17jara Awesome distressed cap toe shoes
I was initially worried about ordering these shoes because of the prior reviews, but I am very satisfied with my purchase.
When they first came in I tried them on and was shocked by how big the shoe ran (full size too big). The next day I decided to return them to my local Nordstorm's to see if they could order me a smaller size because I did not want to go through the trouble of mailing the shoes back. The customer service was awesome, ordered my new size and my order was at my front door 4 days later at no extra cost.
Since then, I have worn them them to work five days strait without any problems; and I do lots of walking. The shoes break in pretty quick and feel very comfortable. You will get lots of compliments with these.
Kudos to Nordstrom's.
Rated 1 out of 5 by deeselcyde Horrible quality control
Don't let this review fool you....These are great shoes, it took about 5 days worth to break them in. They were super comfortable and looked great. Very classic looking cap-toe style. They looked good with almost any pant style. They have one major flaw! For some reason the sole stitching on the bottom of the show (right shoe, right outer row of stitching, right near the middle of the sole) would start coming undone. I thought it might have been a defect so Nordstrom sent them in for repair and they came back fine....3 hours of use later, the same thing happened. I took them back and got a new pair.....within 7-10 hours of use on the new pair, the same thing happened in the same spot....THIS SHOULD NOT HAPPEN ON A $300 PAIR OF SHOES. This is my first attempt at nice expensive dress shoes and from this experience will never buy John Varvatos again. Will give Allen Edmonds a try.
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