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While the styling on the Merge shoe is current, the quality is questionable. In the last few years, Kenneth Cole began manufacturing shoes in China. Consequently, the quality quality of materials and construction have degraded.
When worn periodically (evenings/weekends), these shoes should last 12 to 18 months. When worn on a daily basis, I doubt they will longer than 6 months. Eventually, the inexpensive leather cracks and the sole wears.
However, I just purchased my second pair of these shoes. They are a bit expensive for low quality shoes, but I need the extended size and appreciate the styling.
UPDATE: Well, the leather split on these shoes like they did on my first pair. The Kenneth Cole shoes coming from China are garbage in my opinion. Since I paid full retail for these, I sent them back and Amazon customer service worked with me to find a replacement.
I own a few other pairs of Ken Cole shoes, the price was right on these so I bought two pairs, one brown and one black. Size runs a bit large, I take between a 12 and 13 in dress shoes -- I bought size 12, these fit like a 12.5 or 13 -- I like them a little big, with room in the toe, so these are just right for me. I haven't had any issues with the leather cracking like some other reviewers, but I've only had these about a month and they've broken in nicely and are very comfortable. I'll update my review if I have any problems, but I'm really happy with these shoes so far.
Bought the black version of this shoe at macy's like year ago and was really happy with it. Bought this one online for approx $100 and the quality is terrible. The Gel cushioning inside the shoes came part after wearing the shoes 5 or 6 times. This shoe leaves stains on my socks, either the quality of the shoe went down or this a fake pair of shoes. i am not buying this shoes anymore.
I received this pair of shoes and ended up giving them to my 19 year old son. They are just OK and not what you would expect from Kenneth Cole New York. Its almost like a step down or like a Kenneth Cole Reaction. I knew the price was to good to be true. Spend $30 - $50 and be happy with another pair of shoes. At least that's what I did :)
i've owned several pairs of KC NY shoes, they all look and wear well. good value if you can get them on sale and noticeably better quality than the KC unlisted or reaction brands. Fit as expected. I take an 8.5 in dress shoes, and a 9 in nikes.
I was lucky enough to find these shoes in the Amazon Marketplace for half the price listed. I was kinda worried based on some of the reviews here but decided to take a chance, especially since they were on sale.
I have no complaints so far. I've owned at least two pairs of Kenneth Cole shoes before and these are by far the best so far. They're extremely comfortable and very easy to put on. I think a mistake I made before was buying an exact fit. These are slightly larger (size 12, usually I wear size 11.5).