When you’re looking for a pair of classic footwear, there are a few cardinal rules to follow. First off, make sure your look is actually classic; no bells and whistles, buckles or spikes – these kicks are here to outlast the trends.
Second is to make sure your footwear can last through the wear. For me, that typically means staying away from the cheaper manufacturing countries like China or similar locations. These boots were made in Italy, so I figured they would hold together.
Third is to make sure you’ve got a good fit on your hands – err – feet. If the boots don’t fit you perfectly within a week of wear, you’ve struck out. These boots seemed to hit the mark on the first two rules, and didn’t make it past the second day of wear, because the cheap zipper split on the second day I wore these L.K. Bennett Tala boots.
I was surprised, not only because the brand is a historic British one built on quality, but because the footwear was Italian made, and still seemed to hit a common manufacturer’s defect. At $595 US retail per pair (plus currency conversion and import fees around $175, since I’m in Canada), it was disheartening, to say the least.
Thank sweet baby Jesus that Shopbop has an excellent return policy and waived my return shipping fee after I notified them of the defect, or I’d be out over six bills, and would’ve had to eat an international courier fee, as well.
C’est la vie – all I have to say is don’t bother with L.K. Bennett.