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March 21, 2011

Will the Real Steve Madden Intcye Boots Please Stand Up? ………Oh Wait.

Filed under: Life,Reviews — Grace @ 7:20 am
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Some of you know that I bought Steve Madden Intyce Boots, thanks to seeing these deliciously cute boots on Aubrey when we met up for sushi a while ago. They’re pretty expensive, but I figured for real leather, Steve Madden and the gorgeous colour cognac, they’d be worth it, armed with a small coupon.

I purchased first the 6s from, then got worried after reading numerous reviews about how narrow they were and went ahead and bought the 6.5s. Sadly, this was after their 20%off coupon had expired which worked with Mr. Rebates, so I got the 6s first with the 20%off coupon + Mr.Rebates 12% off cashback, and the 6.5s with only a 20%off coupon using VISA. I was getting ready to return just the 6s when I came across the boots on for 20%off+10%off, at a starting price lower than, which prompted me to decide to return both orders.

Well, here comes the comical part. I received the boots yesterday, opened them up, and to my dismay, they looked awfully different to the ones I received from

Can you tell the difference?

Steve Madden Intyce Boots in Cognac
Made In
brazil_intyce_tag mexico_intyce_tag
brazil_intyce_lining2 mexico_intyce_lining
endless_intyce2 shoes-com_intyce_both
brazil_intyce_heel mexico_intyce_heel

I typically love boots made in Brazil, and I can tell by the workmanship of the stitches that it is better than the boots made in Mexico. But the fit and the color leaves something to be desired. Due to how supple and soft the leather and the lining were (almost suede like), it caused the ankle area to bunch a whole lot more, and my calves to look a lot more funny with the boots on (they look like they just flare out, and I have fairly normal calves).

Makes me wonder about all these reviews now over the web. I see some complaints about the boots being an avocado peel, not enough of the rich cognac color, or it being too slouchy, and it starts to make me wonder about “which” boot they received! I will say one thing though – had I received the boots first from, not seeing them on Aubrey D, I wouldn’t even have thought about sizing them up to 6.5 because they weren’t really all that attractive! The 6.5s that were made in Brazil fit more snugly, like a size 6, but not as bad as the 6s that I ordered from that were made in Mexico (where the toes hit the top of my boot). The 6.5s made in Mexico are definitely more roomy, but the perfect fit were the 6.5 pair made in Brazil. (Are you following along? I’m starting to get confused myself!)

The sole of these boots seem slightly thin, which makes me wonder if there might be enough padding on the sole. I think I might add a foot petal to the bottom to add some cushion to help the ball of my foot. Long story short, I’m going with the pair made in Mexico because the cognac color is what I expected them to be and they seem to hold their structure. They’re a bit more roomy than I’d like, but I much prefer them to the pair made in Brazil. So, while I like the softness of the suede lining, and I also prefer items made in Brazil, I will stick with the boots made in Mexco, despite the price and the fact that packaged the shoe box much better than did. I keep my boots in their shoe boxes, so I prefer to store them in a box that’s not beat up.

All in all what do I take away from this funny situation? Unfortunately, some reviews online (without accompanying photos) may not always be reliable because items could be made in two different factories, producing what seems like two different products that are under the same name and model. This contributed to the somewhat disparaging reviews between and

What do you think of the boots? Has anything funny like this happened to you before?

Read Aubrey’s recent review of the boots here.

Sorry for my blabbing. I’m constantly trying to improve my writing and grammar 🙂 Back to the work grind tomorrow!




  1. whoa – those are supposed to be the same boots? LOL they look like completely different boots to me! What a crazy story! I prefer the ones on the right for the colour and the fit. I think you should send the companies this blog post!

    Comment by Curls and Pearls — March 21, 2011 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

    • Haha, yes they are supposed to be the same boots! I wonder if this has happened to anyone else or maybe it happens more than we think. You think I should send this to Steve Madden or the companies I bought it from? So silly really.

      Yes, I love the one on the right as well and intend to keeping it. Am going to send the ones of the left back today.

      Thanks for commenting 😀

      Comment by Grace — March 23, 2011 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

  2. LOL! How crazy is that? I much prefer the Mexico pair as well – the color is so nice and rich. What an amazing discovery – you’re totally right, 1/2 the time the reviews are probably about 2 completely different products. Great post!

    Comment by Lilly — March 21, 2011 @ 11:40 pm | Reply

    • I took them out, and I was like “huh.. these don’t look the same”. Examined them, and I was like, I don’t think these are similar 😛 And that really explained the disparaging reviews.

      Wow, the strappy sandals look so different online and then on your feet. I’ll probably go to Target to check them out in person. I may be good and refrain. I suspect they’ll still be there months from now, so I will use self control for this one 😛 Thanks though Lilly!

      Comment by Grace — March 23, 2011 @ 3:43 pm | Reply

  3. Oh, and one more thing – I was just shopping on (I know, BAD!) and discovered that the black strappy ankle boots that I reviewed a few posts ago ARE available online (in case you are interested). Here is the link:

    Comment by Lilly — March 21, 2011 @ 11:58 pm | Reply

  4. LOL Oh my lord… I got the ugly ones!! What the hell! Really glad you’re going with the ones made in Mexico (at least that’s what I think you said…) because the colour is so rich and it’s just a much more attractive shoe. Hell, I want THAT one. Gimmie! What’s with the damn slouchiness on my pair? Ugghh… I wasn’t sure if I was returning but I’m actually taping applying the return label to the box and typing with my toes atm.

    Thank you for showing me the light. These are fug.

    Oh, and I store all my shoes in the boxes too. Makes me feel like I’ve got more than I do… I totally face the description outward as if I have SOOOO many shoes I couldn’t possibly remember which is which. LOL

    Comment by Aubrey — March 24, 2011 @ 1:54 am | Reply

    • So you got the ones made in Brazil? Ugh, sorry Aubrey. They really are ugly, I have to admit. I put them on and went “wow, these really don’t look the same” – brown and crinkly, and saggy — yuck!. has the made in Mexico pairs if you’re interested. I would wait for a 20% off coupon that works with the 12%off cashback with Mr.Rebates though. But yeah, unbelievable eh?? I wonder if Steve Madden even realizes they’ve got this HUGE quality control issue… obviously not.

      Pretty awful!

      LOL okay, I’m glad I’m not the only one re storing in the boxes… except the fact that the mountain seems high, because of keeping those boxes.I was trying to find another way to organize them,but I’m not sure I like the idea of a shoe rack or shoe hangers – both seem like they take up so much room. Hahaha… re it’s as if you have sooo many shoes you can’t remember which is which :D. I used to keep my shoes (non boots) in the shoe boxes, but now I use a canvas shoe holder (that carries like 20 shoes or something).

      Comment by Grace — March 26, 2011 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

  5. whoa! I didn’t know about these issues. Goodness. Glad you went w/the ones from Mexico b/c they look like the real Intyce that I own, my roommates own, and so many of my friends own.

    Comment by AubreyOhDang — March 28, 2011 @ 6:20 pm | Reply

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  7. Hi, I actually have never read your blog but was researching on google because I just recently purchased Steve Madden Troopa combat boot from Macys HOWEVER they too are NOT the same as in pictures of the same color or look like my friends “same” troopa boot! The zippers are cut off center in some parts, the stiching is sloppy, and the inside leather and brand label are do not look “right’. In addition the inside leather tongue are not cut the same and even have a factory number marked over the leather on the inside. 😦 My boots are made in Mexico, and my friends are mostly made in China. I know they aren’t actual fakes but seriously SM?! Quality control STILL lacking! Macy’s wouldn’t return since on sale and for some stupid reason, figures why!

    But these boots are gorgeous!!! Not happy with SM but couldn’t give up they’re shoes! I know from now on to research which manufacturer is best for the individual boot… thanks for the post!

    Comment by Madeline — November 18, 2012 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

  8. do you think the one made in mexico is fake? I mean it’s still the prettier version, but i ordered mine from steve and they were the made in brazil ones…thanks for the post it was really helpful!

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  12. I’m pretty sure those boots you got from mexico are fake. I have intyce boots and I see them in stores every year. They’re made in brazil and look like the ones you bought made in brazil. The ones made in mexico look like knock offs.

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