July 22, 2010

The truth about Jeffrey Cambell

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Jeffrey Campbell... I am going to be dead honest. My Jeffrey Cambell shoes aren’t as great as so many reviews claim.

Am I the only one on earth who thinks his Acne rip offs are just unacceptable?! I mean, you can be inspired by another label but I think stealing a design shouldn’t be paid off with the kind of praising and credits that he gets. Specially if this ‘Alexa wedge’ turned out like a Frankenstein version of Acne’s Atacomba wedges. Let’s not start about the Ann Demeulemeester, Chloe, Alexander Wang, Ashis and even Givenchy they have tried to impersonate. Although I don’t appreciate the brand anymore thanks to these kinds of bad rip offs, Jeffrey’s square wedges did grab my attention. They looked like a brick tied to a shoe, so simple and interesting.

Today the package was delivered. I calmly sign the paperwork that the mailman needs from me and wish him a good day. It takes only seconds but it feels like hours. I feel anxious to shut the door, run inside, slice open the box with the first sharp object I can get my hands on. I see some keys lying on the kitchen table and start poking the box with them. Effects are minimal. I need something better, I go for the biggest kitchen knife we own and slice through the tape that is holding the box together like butter.

Ahhh Another wonderful, fancier box in sight. It says Jeffery Campbell. I open it. A plastic stench comes out. I can smell (and see!) the glue that is keeping the wedges together. Oh the horror! Plastic.. Synthetic.. An image of a huge chinese factory with underpayed employees producing cheap shoes goes through my mind. I go back to the website I ordered them from and find out that it did specifically says “with leather insole”. Are you kidding me Mr. Jeffrey Cambell?! Only the insole is leather? I wish I had saved my 150 Euro’s for Acne wedges I am having sleepless nights over.

My lesson is learned. Cheap always turns out to be expensive. These won’t last long.

34 comments:

NINA said...

wauw!! die zijn echt super!! leuke foto ook hieronder ( de post hieronder) xo

Barbara said...

Oh too bad :(

Kristine said...

Aww =( I have a love hate relationship with Jeffrey Campbell. On the one hand, I have lucked out and bought styles that seem to last but then at the same time I see so many stories of shoes falling apart and it makes me not want to invest in a product like that! Definitely hard.

projectvee said...

sorry to hear that it's a disappointment :(
however, just wanted to say that those first 2 photos look really cool together!

minnja said...

great pics:)

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Joanna Ladrido said...

sad to hear that bad experience you had! u do look fierce and stylishg though!

xx
JL
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jamie-lee said...

that is so frustrating - it seems a lot of people are having trouble with jeffrey campbell these days :(

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Carmen said...

wat een super fotos!
vooral die eerste 2!

love it

xx
www.mydailyfashiondosis.blogspot.com

Gon said...

Thank you fo the sweet c Iv ;D! I'm glad you commented on my blog because now i got the chance to see yours and i'm totally in love with it! I mean, not only the way you write is interesting you also have tons of great pics and a flawless style!

xx,
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Morena said...

This is the first time i see your blog and i like it very much!! :)

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menina raposa said...

love the style & blog !
:( i never had prob with my JC wedges, and i love them! hope they last a lot time!
xx

saamielola said...

Ai pijnlijk. Wat ga je er nu mee doen? Verkopen?

Is This Real Life? said...

Ah your blog is beautiful, I love it!
awesome style too!
And yeah thhat quote on my blog was picasso, so beautiful and true i think.

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Suz said...

hmm.. wel een mooi verhaal. ook al klinkt dat stom, maar ik bedoel; je stijl is leuk en je argumenten zijn goed. qua mind ben ik het helemaal met je eens maar qua gevoel word ik stiekem toch wel blij van me een beetje fashionable te voelen door fashion forward schoenen, of het nou rip offs zijn of niet. al heb ik helemaal geen jeffrey campbells dus ik mag niets zeggen.

Fabulously Lazy said...

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ediot said...

ah im glad to hear some straigh forward well thought out criticism. i think they look good on you though- but i understand the disappointment.
it is strange how he is allowed to copy other designs- have there not been any consequenses for this yet?

xx ediot

Hilton said...

different, great pics....

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Thank you for your honesty - about time someone spoke out!!
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Angela said...

I've heard the same from Friends. The shoes are cheap. I don't personally own a pair of J.C. but I doubtfully don't have the desire. I'm so over the Lita craze, over it!

Weyn said...

This is hilarious because people from my country are actually knocking off Jeffrey Campbell shoes.

It's getting more like a complicated food chain.

Anna mortensen said...

Hey... witch Ann Demeulemeester, Chloe, Alexander Wang, Ashis and Givenchy shoes have they tried to impersonate? Hope ypu have time to tell... would just very much like to see the shoes they have tried to copy....Best regards

INDIGO NUDE said...

I had a Jeffrey Campbell shoe split in half! This was after the wedge of the other shoe of the pair began to separate. I simply couldn't believe it.

I've just discovered your blog, and I am completely hooked. It's so refreshing; I love your honest and genuine opinion, as well as your well established style.

Nicola L. Prokop said...

Ugh. I bought a pair of Jeffrey Campbell boots last year and wore them to death because they were just perfect. I bought a second pair to replace my first loves and the sole cracked completely in half on the second day out. Frustrating and disappointing.

Just found your blog a few days ago; I love the combination of substantial, interesting text with nice photos. Also, your grey/purple hair is absolutely fantastic!

Anonymous said...

do you know the model name of these shoes? i'm aware that the quality is awful, but i'm attempting to see if i can find a pair on clearance somewhere. thank you!

wastedtalent said...

its interesting to hear your opinion on the litas. No one rocks them where i live and i secretly want a pair or two or maybe a couple...but after hearing your review you leave me feeling weary. Sorry about your purchase - love that last line. PRICELESS

"My lesson is learned. Cheap always turns out to be expensive. These won’t last long."

Anonymous said...

well at least they last longer than f21!

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