Thursday, May 27, 2010

[Poll] Return to Sender ??

Last week, I bought these Ash Cuffed Leather Ono boots during Neiman Marcus' First Call sale.  They are now sold out, and while I have the option to return, there is no option to exchange... so I'm in need of some reader support...
Ash Cuffed Leather Ono Boot - sold out

The boots themselves I'm in love with.  The leather is amazing, the construction, the heel height, etc.... however, since they are pull on style boots (i.e. no zipper) they are bit hard to get off. 

... and by "bit", I mean I was afraid I needed scissors to cut myself free the first time I put them on. Truth.


  
So the weekend passes and I decided to try again.  This time wearing my J.Crew Ankle Skinnies (or the ones that don't have to be cuffed under -did you ever notice I do that to my too long JBrands??) and my thinnest socks...

My foot got in a bit easier and the fit in the foot bed is fine (as in not cramped), however I still need to roll around on the ground pulling like a mad woman to get them off.   I asked Amber if she experienced a similar, erm.. problem, with her similar Ash Olivia boots.  She told me when they arrived, Nordstrom customer service included a kind note suggesting to wear a bag on her foot to get them on (bahah!).  She said she decided to exchange them and added a whole size.

Since this isn't an option, I'm wondering what you readers would do....


Here they are in the worst lighting I could possibly ever take pictures in....

My arguments for "keep" are:
  • I'll be wearing them in cooler weather, hopefully meaning my feet will not be swelling in a hot-flash-of-freak-out when trying to remove them...
  • I'll stock up on the silkiest socks I can find... (or possibly plastic bags??)
  • Maybe tights are the way to go?  :::adds to list below 'silky socks':::
  • Maybe the removal process will become easier as they get broken in?
or for $182, it's not worth the 'struggle' or trend, now go buy those Hudson jeans for about the same price that you don't really need, but TOTALLY want....

Please help!! What would you guys do?  (...anyone have personal experiences to share, will they loosen with wear, please give me feedback!!)



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23 comments:

  1. I hate when something I order online comes in and I love it but it just doesn't fit well or look right:( The boots themselves are gorgeous. Would it help to get some boot/shoe stretchers and try to stretch them out a bit? I've had this done at a local shoe shop for some too tight leather pumps and it helped quite a bit. If you think you'll find yourself not wanting to wear them/deal with the hassle of getting them on or off, I'd exchange them though.

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  2. I had a pair of boots way back when that were tight and pullup style, so I had the same removal issues as you do. Though they looked and felt great, I honestly didn't end up wearing them more than twice before deciding to get rid of them because they were such a hassle to take off.

    What's the return policy on those boots? Can you hold on to them for a few weeks before returning/exchanging to see how you feel?

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  3. Suzanne - I'm not sure if stretching would fix the problem since the footbed is fine in width. The problem area is right below the ankle and btwn the heel, maybe they can just stretch that area (I don't want to stretch the shaft because it already is a little loose around my calves.... It's just that spot of getting my heel loose and out of the boot (if that makes sense)....

    Lisa - the return policy is 30days from the time purchase (which was last monday). I definitely would never wear them shopping or anywhere I would have to change or take them off, so I'm taking that into consideration.. Thanks for your feedback, I appreciate your honesty and experience...

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  4. They ARE very cute boots...but this problem would be a deal breaker for me. I mean, what if even you go to a friend/family house where they kindly request you remove shoes...do you really want to be struggling like a mad woman, rolling around on someone else's carpet trying to get them off?

    I'd exchange - but not for the jeans...clearly you have MORE than enough jeans as is. lol

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  5. Wow, that's tough because they are SO cute on you. I think if it were me I would probably return them only because you aren't going to wear them if they aren't easy to get on/off. :(

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  6. Hi, I've never posted before, but love your blog!
    I think they're too cute to return and that you might regret not having them later. I definitely think they'll get easier to get off after you break them in a bit. Until then, just plan in advance where you're wearing them (i.e., no shopping!).

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  7. I think they are too cute!! I guess that the removal factor could be enough to drive you crazy and not wear them, but I love the look! Just get a buddy to help pull them off :)

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  8. yikes, what a situation. they are hot boots, don't get me wrong, but the struggle to get them off would definitely deter me from wearing them often. I'd return them and either see if you can find a similar pair you love, or just go ahead and get your jeans. what can I say, I'm an enabler.

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  9. I like them on you-- they look great. I suppose taking them on and off isnt really a big deal, since that should only happen in the comforts of your home (and who cares if the sofa thinks youre crazy?). But, if you're hesitating, you should listen to your gut. Yipes, toughie! :-P

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  10. they are very cute on you. But I'd return. they will frustrate you to no end probably to the point where you'll stop wearing them. Maybe you'll happen upon a pair in a bigger size if they are really meant to be.

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  11. The boots look ridiculously cute on you! I have an amazing pair of boots that I love which are also very hard to remove, but I still wear them! They are much easier to remove now since I've first worn them, or maybe I'm just used to it. And since they are leather they stretched out a bit after wearing them. So if you love them that much I wouldn't return them. Its a small price to pay for such cute boots!

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  12. Those boots are hot and I can see why you are having such a delimna.
    I have a pair of boots that are hard to get out of and takes a bit of twisting, so I understand the predicament you are in. I would suggest buying a long shoe horn first and see if that helps you out (you might be able to find one in Target), if it doesn't help then I would return them. With fall coming up in a matter of months, there will be plenty of cute, new boots on the scene. Or you can just keep a watchful eye out for that boot in a size up.

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  13. Holy crap. I think they are way too hot to get rid of. Suffer for fashion gurl ;)

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  14. There is a silicone spray called Fiebing's Boot Slip-On. You spray it inside tight boots so you can slip your foot in/out more easily. I buy it at a western store but you can probably get it at a shoe repair shop. Here's the website too: http://www.fiebing.com/Boot_Care.aspx.

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  15. Those boots are hot, but I would return. Can you ask/beg customer service to let you exchange them? I hope you can bc they are HOT!

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  16. i really love them! can you try the ice trick?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB-5gq2JOj4&playnext_from=TL&videos=rgi_vPndYcM

    check out that video- it might help

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  17. Well, in my experience, when I tend to keep things that don't fit right, I never wear them :( I say return 'em...and hold onto that credit for awhile. I'm sure NM will be having another sale or one of those midday dash thingies and you might be able to find another pair that fits better.

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  18. I love them on you. I vote keep! But I'm one to suffer for fashion. Lol.

    And as far as the Hudsons, don't pay full price! Have you tried Nordstrom Rack for them?

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  19. They sound like a pain in the ass! and when something isn't just easy to wear I tend not to wear it. I may be biased though because I hate that style of boot. It reminds me of something very crude I won't say.... lol.

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  20. I agree w/both sides of the coin. PITA if you really need to get them off and cannot w/out the assistance of another live human being. And at the same time, you only need to take them off once/day. Do you get "the feeling?" If so, consider keeping. I would talk to a shoe repair shop and ask if they can widen that part of the boot just a bit. Or they may know of a trick. I would call your local Nordstrom if you have one and find out what shoe repair they use. Then ask that company. Good luck :-)

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  21. Those boots are gorgeous! I had the same problem with a boot. Does it seem like there should have been a zipper in the ankle area? Try the plastic bag trick. Put a grocery bag on your foot. If the boot comes on and off with ease, then you just need a little stretching just in the ankle area (not the shaft). I had this done for about $15. Saks has a contract shoe cobbler, ask if they would do it for free. (Nordies stretched a boot for me right on site, but that's Nordies.) It may take a week or so. Or just go into the store and ask them to search their system for a bigger size. There may have been others with the same problem so maybe the next size up would pop up in their system.

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  22. I have boots like that. It's funny because whenever I wear them I have to make sure I won't be going over to someone's house that would appreciate me taking off my shoes as to not soil their carpets. I don't want to sit there for an hour at the front door pulling. I feel your pain

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  23. Those boots are so beautiful. Hard choice, but I might send them back. I have trouble finding boots that fit my calves at all, so I have been known to keep a tighter boot myself, but only if I paid little for them.

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