Buyer Beware: Jeffrey Campbell Brit Review
I cannot tell you how disappointed I am with the Jeffrey Campbell Brit boots. You'll recall that earlier this year, I was dying for my own pair the moment I laid eyes on them at a friend's apartment. I even went so far as to dedicate an entire post, detailing my love for the laid-back style and comfort of the boots. Unfortunately, style and comfort do not overshadow QUALITY, and after just under 2 months of on-and-off wear, here are some images of my Brits:
My primary concern with the construction of the boots is the fact that body of the leather that meets the sole is lifting. In fact, it started lifting just 2 weeks after I received them. And no, unlike other bloggers, I did not receive these boots for free. I shelled out the $230.00 USD for them. $230.00 USD for visibly glued together seams and annoyingly slouchy leather. And the icing on the cake? Made in China, though shopbop has the boots listed as "imported." I guess even shopbop acknowledges the stigma.
I reached out to Jeffrey Campbell shoes via twitter TWICE about my decomposing boots but they failed to respond. Not surprised considering that I was sharing a frustration with their product, rather than sharing photographs of me frolicking in some field like a friggin' jobless nymph with no discernible appetite for food, but a look that Erin Wasson would love WHILE wearing a FRESH PAIR OF JEFFREY CAMPBELL shoes. Thankfully, I have a blog that I can properly rage on about crap quality and my refusal to further subscribe to crap quality.
So, if you're looking to burn $200+ USD (or the comparable amount in your respective currency) on a pair of stylish, comfort and quality boots, please see the Frye Engineer Boots:
I've had those Frye Engineer Boots for approximately the same amount of time as the Brits but have worn them significantly more. I've probably clocked (at least) 40 miles in them already and compare the soles between the Brits and the Engineers -- no contest. I almost never wear my Brits anymore; I'm afraid they'll melt right off of my feet!
What say you -- do you own the Brits? The Engineers? Both? Speak! I want to hear your thoughts.