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Refuse to be Usual 7 Heart Buckle Shoe Review 
31st-Aug-2010 09:49 pm

I really wanted a pair of normal-ish shoes that were not actually a boot or a rocking horse shoe, so I decided to go with these. I placed my order on 8-13-10. It says that it can take up to 10 days for the item to ship. I received positive feedback on 8-23-10 from Refuse to be Usual stating that my shoes had shipped the same day. They also provided a tracking number. I received the shoes on 8-31.

The shoes were packed in a box and each shoe was in its own individual bag and had paper inside them to help them keep their shape.

I ordered the shoes in size 8-8 1/2. I normally wear a size smaller but the sizing chart the seller used seemed to put me at this size. I'm glad I got the size I did though, despite them being a hair too big. They are not uncomfortable in the least bit and there is a nice amount of wiggle room for my toes. The shoes zip up in the back so you only have to go through the trouble of adjusting all the straps once, which is nice. The shoes are well made. They actually have a little bit of a grip on the bottom, so it will be easier to wear these than some other shoes by Montreal.

My only minor complaints are the bows up top seem to be slightly off to the side when I wear them. It's not at all noticable if it's not pointed out to you. More annoying though, is that the bows on the toes are slightly lopsided. I'm not really sure lopsided is the right word for it, but the bows both seem to curl up on one side, while they sit flat on the other side.

Overall, I am happy with these shoes. I do think that I should have gotten them much sooner since I did pay for EMS, but it does specifically state in their TOS that is can take up to 10 days to ship. Once it left their hands, it's obviously not their fault that it seemed to stay stuck in customs for like 4 days, but I honestly didn't think it would take them a full 10 days to actually ship them. I definitely wouldn't hesitate to buy from RTBU again. They did keep me updated throughout the process and I did like that they provided tracking without me having to ask for it. All in all, it was a pleasant experience.

If you enjoyed this review, I invite you to check out my blog, where I have other reviews and plan on doing more reviews. I also recap events I attend and discuss other lolita things. Please check it out!

1st-Sep-2010 02:05 am (UTC)
I can't tell where you bought those from. Those look like they could work for something I'm working on. Any chance you could link?
1st-Sep-2010 02:08 am (UTC)
1st-Sep-2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Thanks. It looks like I'm once again stuck without luck finding something in my size. I really appreciate you sharing the link though. The shoes look really great.
1st-Sep-2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Thank you and your welcome! Aww that's lame about the sizing though...
1st-Sep-2010 02:27 am (UTC)
Well, I'm a brolita, so it is to be expected I guess.
1st-Sep-2010 02:30 am (UTC)
I suppose so... If you ever decided to give it a go, their sizes do seem to run large... I've got semi-small feet though so I can't say for sure... I suppose it could always be worse though... I've got a friend who wear an American men's 15. He can't even find men's shoes so it's probably a good thing he's not into lolita or he'd be going barefoot.
1st-Sep-2010 02:41 am (UTC)
That's very, very tempting. So very tempting.

Actually, I just checked the details of one of their items and they do list the cm measurements. I'll simply have to measure my feet and check. Thank you again, so very much!
1st-Sep-2010 02:45 am (UTC)
Glad I could sort of help XD Good luck!
2nd-Sep-2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
they look nice. Maybe you could sort out the bow problem by sort of fiddling with them or trying to push the fold of the bow the other way, if you know what I mean.
2nd-Sep-2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
I've fiddled with them a little bit. They seem pretty set in their ways XD but I haven't given up on them yet!
2nd-Sep-2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
How are they calf-wise? Loose, tight, close fitting? They actually have them in my shoe size, but calves are were I often have problems with shoes.
2nd-Sep-2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
My calves are about 14 inches (just over) at the largest part and I have the shoes on the tightest hole without any discomfort. I would guess that they would at least fit up to 16inches or so on the larger holes. I'll measure them as soon as I get home ^ ^
2nd-Sep-2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
also, they don't actually make it up to the larger part of my calves. I'll measure my lower calf too for you ^ ^
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