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Buying New Zealand Made: Shoes! (McKinlays)

July 14th, 2010

I popped into the The Last Footwear store (41 Cuba Street, Wellington) this weekend with an eye to seeing if they had any New Zealand made mens shoes. I was led directly to a range of McKinlays shoes, and ended up purchasing a pair of ‘Cargills’ for the sum of $249.


Previously, I have purchased Hush Puppies for my formal shoes, and found the quality to vary wildly between excellent and downright shoddy. So, in a complete lack of fairness, I’m giving the McKinlays exactly one chance to show themselves to be better. The leather and general all round construction is somewhat heavier than I’m used to, being more on par with a pair of safety boots than office shoes, so I have high hopes.

The downside of this heavier construction is that the shoes will need wearing in before they can be called “comfortable”. I’m hoping the corresponding advantage is that I have found a pair of shoes that will handle my endless traipsing around Wellington for more than a year before deteriorating past the point of public acceptability . The retail assistant had told me tales of shoes from the same company that had lasted ten years, and promised me that when the soles had worn out, I could return them to the store and have them resoled by the factory, for much less than a new pair. I hope these shoes turn out to be equally as sturdy.

I shall report more in six months or so once they have a bit more wear on them.

  1. nohuay
    May 13th, 2012 at 10:08 | #1

    How about an update of you review of this pair of shoes now that you have experienced them for a while?


  2. Edward
    May 13th, 2012 at 14:50 | #2

    It’s ironic you should ask this! When I moved to Australia, I did a mass culling of all my shoes, including the pair above, preferring to keep my boots (Haast‘s, also made by McKinlays), and a pair of shiny british made brogues. I now regret this greatly. The brogues have nearly died, and I’m going to have to buy a some low quality junky shoes for work until I go back to New Zealand in July to fit some McKinlays on my feet (probably Nathans).

    Why? Well, leather stretches a little bit, and I lost quite a bit of weight. As much as I loved them, they were frankly just a bit to big for unless I wore two pairs of socks, so they went to an appreciative recipient, but not before I bought the boots.

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