About 6 months ago, I bought a pair of black Vans model t430 is what they say on the paper attached to the back of the tongue (funny thing under the laces). I've loved Vans for a good while, even though I'm not a skater, just because I happen to have wide feet, and their shape fits them the best. However, I'm not happy with this pair. After only 6 months, the sole on the left one is falling almost all the way off, and all I've done with them is walk around and help my teacher in his garden once in a while. I'm pretty dissapointed. I think they were around 70 bucks with tax or something. Good shoes, especially ones that are marketed as so called "skate shoes", are supposed to last through any wear and tear for at least a year. Now for the next couple of weeks I have to literally walk around in fear of tripping up on my own shoes I bought, and looking lame because they're all torn up and falling apart. Thanks a lot Vans. I also see they're made in China. Not a good sign. Wasn't this an American company? Is it making you guys more money to mass produce lesser quality shoes in China to sell back to us? It's certainly not helping you make 'em like you used to. I remember when my cousin Mikey first heard of you guys and special ordered a few of the old school converse styled ones you used to make. He was a skater at the time, and he beat the living crap out of those and they lasted. You guys might want to go back to building them here where your from, the way you did back then, if you want to still be known as a good shoe company. I was warned about this to by a friend of mine, who said I should buy DC shoes instead, because they're made better. I should have taken the extra trip on the bus it would've taken to follow that advice. I will next time. Weren't you guys an indie company that focused on quality and reputation once a upon a time? Now you guys make all kinds of things besides shoes, advertise everywhere, and even do concert tours. I just want to let you guys know that as a skate shoe company, all this makes you look like a sell out. Yeah that's right, I said it, and I said it while I'm still wearing the crappy shoes you shoes you sold me that are now falling apart, what are you going to do about it? If any of you guys that are on the website yell at me for saying this, don't yell at me, yell at them. Tell them they were supposed to be a shoe company that made good shoes. Tell them they should build them in America, and for God's sake, hire a bunch of American kids around here who all need jobs in this bad economy, who'll work hard enough to help make sure they go back to making good shoes instead of cutting corners so they can do all kinds of things that have nothing to do what they were when they started. I'm not writting this out of hatred, don't get me wrong. As I said in the beginning and in the middle, I started out as a fan of vans, so as a customer it breaks my heart to have to give this report, but that's not my fault. A shoe company is supposed to do one thing and that's it, make good shoes. If they don't, I'll gladly walk as far as I have to to get them from somebody else. I'll try not to trip on the sole of the Vans I'm wearing that are now falling off after only 6 months, pathetic.
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