Most of the Born and b.o.c. shoes are still leather. All the other shoes I've checked in the store looked like they lived up to the quality I expect from the brand, but I've found a few more "man made materials" shoes online with little price difference from their leather brand mates. The once trustworthy brand might be slipping.
I've watched this happen to Naturalizer's shoes over the last few years. I wore an old pair of Naturalizer sandals for five years before retiring them, but I wore out a more recent pair in just a few months. Also, they offer fewer sizes and widths. They remain a favorite of mine for comfy and cute shoes, but I can no longer count on every size 11 dress shoe and size 10 1/2 sandal to fit. In fact, I've been mostly disappointed by their offerings four seasons in a row.
Some of my other once dependable brands have sacrificed quality. My leather Thinsulate gloves, which I used to buy every year, haven't been cut properly for three years. I will probably go into mourning when my last remaining pair wears out. Victoria's Secret has started making pricey bras that don't last any longer than the ones I buy from Target. And Target offers more sizes!
Speaking of Target, I'm bummed by the downgrade a lot of their clothing has received recently. Too many things are cut inconsistently and falling apart before they even leave the store. Materials are also thinner and cheaper while the prices remain the same or get higher.
I love the new designer offerings from Payless, but I can't wear them because Payless eliminated my size 10 1/2 shoes (with Naturalizer fazing the same size out I'm left to hoping size 11 shoes run small). Now where can I buy cheap trendy shoes and super affordable bridesmaid heels?
These and many more are all brands and stores I love and rely on. I don't want to stop buying their products. That means I have to find new stuff. That isn't easy. Right now, I'm coping by clinging to the good products they do make and writing letters telling each company how much I love the brand and hate where it's headed. Of course, my letters are never answered by anyone other than the auto-reply bot. Have you noticed any brands slipping? What are we to do?
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