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Buying New Zealand Made: Shoes! (McKinlays)

July 14th, 2010 2 comments

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.

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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.

Buying New Zealand Made: Slippers

June 23rd, 2010 2 comments

Sheepskin slippers from Golden Fleece via NatureShop
Since I’m completely useless at crafting a cohesive argument at the moment, you can read my totally scintillating story of my (New Zealand made) slippers. They were made by Golden Fleece New Zealand, and shipped to me by Nature Shop for the princely sum of $64.00 including shipping.

I ordered the slippers on a Saturday, which shipped on Monday morning from Tauranga, and they turned up early Tuesday morning.

In hindsight, I probably should have shelled out an extra $40 and picked up sheepskin boots, as without socks, I suffer greatly from cold ankle syndrome. Otherwise, they are quite toasty, despite being very light.

Golden fleece states on on their website that they manufacture “mens and womens slippers… ….using only the best quality sheepskin available”. I find that hard to believe. The slippers are not poorly made as such, but “best quality” is pushing it. Still, the construction is solid, and $64 for New Zealand made, carbon neutral footwear is a damn good deal.

And yes, I totally stole the image from the Nature Shop website.