It's been awhile since I've posted the last challenge.
See here: Dr. Pepper Taste Test Challenge
This time we pit the following 3 shoes AND 3 online shoe retailers together in the ultimate cage death match challenge! This should be a good experience since I have never ordered shoes off the internet, let alone ordered from these retailers nor ordered any pair of these brands. I'll be judging all aspects from start to finish and report my findings. Enjoy!
Introducing first... from Shoebuy.com
In size 11 @ $80.29 (w/ discounts - 25% off) with free UPS Ground shipping...
Born Tribune Black
Entering the cage next... from Zappos.com
In size 11 @ $152.95 (regular price) with free UPS Overnight shipping...
Mephisto Allrounder Black Vingage/Mesh
And finally... from Shoes.com
In size 11 @ $289.99 (on sale - 12% off) with free UPS Ground shipping...
Mephisto Habbo Black Sportbuck
Tale of the Tape:
Clearly the Born Tribune has the advantage. 50% cheaper than the Mephisto Allrounder and nearly 3 and a half times cheaper than the Mephiso Habbo.
Shoebuy.com is the winner here. I used promo code 368378246 for 15% off and then an additional 10% off first time purchase. It knocked off $25 on the price of the Born Tribunes. Shoes.com comes in second because the Mephisto Habbos were purchased during their monthly Saturday sale. Discounted 12% and a savings of $40. Zappos.com has no discounts but offers free overnight shipping (valued around $20).
All come in size 11's. It will be interesting to see if they fit! Part of the challenge is returns (if necessary).
All are black. I buy black shoes 95% of the time, just a personal preference and wish more shoe manufacturers offered more.
All pretty much even with a slight edge to the Born Tribune as it's a bit dressier.
No problems with ordering from any site. All have basically the same store setup. No winner.
Zappos.com has the unhesitant advantage with free overnight shipping. It will be interesting between the other two using the same shipping (UPS Ground) to see which gets here first.
Rules of the Bout:
12 rounds of foot-wearing action, 3 contenders, 1 death match cage
Let's get reeeeeeeeeeaddyyyy to walk-uhhhhh!"
DING! DING! DING!
05/12/07 3:30pm - Received order confirmations from all 3 retailers.
05/12/07 10:30pm - Zappos.com email notification. Packed and ready to ship out on Monday... will arrive Tuesday.
05/13/07 1:30am - Zappos.com email notification. Provided with UPS tracking number.
05/13/07 10:00pm - Shoes.com email notification. Provided with UPS tracking number. Packed and ready to ship out on Monday... will arrive on Friday 18th.
05/14/07 5:00pm - Mephisto Allrounders from Zappos.com have arrived
05/14/07 6:30pm - Shoebuy.com email notification. Provided with UPS tracking number... will arrive on Monday 21st.
05/16/07 4:00pm - Mephisto Habbos from Shoebuy.com have arrived
Results - Shoes
Initial thoughts: Lightweight, thin outside wall construction. Visually outside the shoe is more darker than the picture. Construction and quality seem to be good. The fit is near perfect. My first walk in these felt like I wasn't wearing any thing around the top and sides of my feet. On the bottom however, it feels like walking on bubble-wrap cushions - especially on a hard surface. It has one round quarter-sized shock absorber in the heel. I'm very impressed with this pair!
1st full day test: No problems of any kind to report. No soreness or aching feet at the end of the day. My feet feel happy. The roundish outsides of the sole and rubber raised bump design made the balance at a slight disadvantage for daily work wear. Very sporty feel to them without being a sports shoe.
Initial thoughts: These shoes have a more sturdy, heavier feel to them than the Allrounders. Quality is excellent. The fit is very good. Sturdy, dress shoe-like backing. The ring lace-up provides more control of the tightness on the tie. And requires more attention and time put on your feet. The flat style, slightly-arched sole has an egg-sized shock absorber at the heel and three air bags in the front at the major points of pressure. Walking on carpet felt good but walking on a hard surface feels wonderful. The air bags in the front provide awesome comfort when stepping and it massages the toes. Aesthetically, I do not see these being worn outside a work envoirnment. However, I think these will become a real workhorse for me since I work in retail and comfort is #1.
1st full day test:
Results - Shoe Retailer
Shipping: I've never, ever experienced faster shipping from any online retailer, period. Let alone at no additional cost. I missed the cutoff time on Saturday but they got them out that day. Packed very well with air bags, no contents moving around. Shoes had full paper in the toes and additional cardboard model to keep the shape of the heel.
Customer service: I can't attest too much since I had no problems and will not have to return for an exchange or refund. However, for a company that provides you with tracking information AFTER they have long already sent out your product is a good indication of customer satisfaction in my opinion.
Shipping: Although my order was supposed to arrive on Friday, they arrived two days early. Just as good as UPS 2nd day delivery, although I suspect this has alot to do with the close proximity of their location and mine (MO->TX). Outside box was a little bit dinged on the corners. Packed adequately with air bags. No traditional paper inside, nor additional cardboard heel support.
Customer service: I can't speak too much since I had no problems and will not have to return for an exchange or refund. However, if necessary, my confidence in doing so would be high.