NOTE: As of July 2017 this review is void. I put out an updated review of Beckett Simonon that you should read HERE.
I remember when I first heard about Beckett Simonon in late 2012. So I went to their website, browsed the selection and almost bought a pair of shoes. The only problem was that they were all sold out and I did not feel like waiting for them to restock. Nonetheless, I still thought to myself that it was only a matter of time until someone started a direct to consumer shoe company, mind you, this was a year before Jack Erwin launched.
Since then I have been keeping tabs on Beckett Simonon so when I received an email from their PR people I figured it was time for a review. Fortunately, Beckett Simonon agreed and was nice enough to send me a pair of the Bailey Chukka Boots (link) in burnished tan and a Potenza Weekender Bag in tan.
But before we get into the details let’s she a little light on Beckett Simonon’s short history. It launched in late 2012 and is the brain child of Andres Nino and Nicholas Hurtado. Both gentlemen wanted to provide consumers with well made, attractive footwear at a solid price. Which ideally would help fill one of the many voids in the men’s shoe market. Originally all sourcing was done in South America, however, currently it is split between South America and India.
Anyway, without further delay, let’s get into the products. First, let’s talk about the Bailey Chukka boot.
Now, let’s talk about the Potenza Weekender. Which is perhaps one of the best values in #menswear right now.
Clearly, I have different opinions of Beckett Simonon’s shoes than I do of its bag. I am luke warm on the shoes; part because of personal taste and part because of quality control issues. But still, for around $100 (some are $139.99) the shoes are still a solid buy on the quality front. But this is only IF, and that is a big if, you like how the shoes look. I think all of the Good Year welted shoes are a bit clunky looking; but some people think that is all the rage these days. But then we have the Potenza Weekender bag. Which I can’t really say it better than that this is one of the nicest leather goods you can buy for under $300 (and frankly, it could sell for a good bit more); the quality is solid and the style is elegant, masculine and classic. Although I expect to use the shoes for years to come, I hope to have the bag for decades to come.
Where is the suit from?
The suit is from MyTailor/Hemrajani Bros.
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I purchased a pair of Beckett Simonon shoes. Took quite awhile for them to show up, but nice for the money. Ordered two more pairs. Got one pair within a couple week. I did not like the fit so returned them over a month ago, no credit, no communication and still haven’t gotten the second pair. Poor customer service in my opinion. Not worth the hassle.
Thanks for sharing your experience.
I second Tim’s response. I tried getting a refund, but still haven’t heard from them. Horrible customer service! I don’t think anyone works their e-mails anymore, and there’s no other way to contact them. Buyer beware.
Did you eventually get a refund? If yes, how did you manage to do it?
Brian & Tim,
That sucks to hear. I am trying to get a call with their founders, if I do, I will certainly bring your stories up.
I too have experienced a lack of responsiveness on Beckett Simonon’s part. I pre ordered two pairs of shoes back in April and they have not shown up. I sent multiple emails to the service email address and no reply. Please keep us posted if you do make contact.
No question this is the worst internet-based sales company ever. I ordered and paid for the shoes on May 16. Its now August 25 and no sign of them. Worst, they just will not reply to any e-mail enquiries. It’s like no one is there. I tried to contact N. Hurtado – one of the founders – no reply from him either. Just a really really bad experience. Avoid at all costs.
Thank you for sharing. Sorry you have not had a better experience with the brand.
I’m also filing a complaint here, trying to make sure no one ever works with company again. I preordered their Potenza bag and after a month of delays began asking for a refund. Instead of complying and giving me a refund, they later send me an automated message saying the bag is now on its way, after I made it abundantly clear I’m no longer interested. I still haven’t had an actual response from a human being working at the company.
I genuinely wonder if they even check their email. This is easily one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had with a company. Utter incompetence. How these guys have been afloat for 2 years is beyond me.
Another most horrific experience here. It is without a doubt, the absolute worst customer service I’ve ever been exposed to. Everything that can possibly go wrong does, not once but twice. No communications, as someone said, like they just flat out don’t respond to emails, months and months waiting for shoes, wrong shoes sent, returns not addressed or acknowledged, told me later I never ordered.
Service is so bad I would rather buy locally for twice the price and not have to deal with their utter ineptitude.
The Beckett Simonon shoes are not worth the money. They look cheap and do not wear well at all. I bought a pair of the Brown Monk Straps and the quality is so bad I’m embarrassed to wear them anywhere. The straps were scored badly the very first time I had to thread them through the atrociously cheap buckles. Do not waste your money, save the extra hundred and buy some Cole Haan’s or Johnston Murphy’s…at least they are reputable an have decent customer service.
Interestingly, I posted a review of the shoes on the BS website and it has never shown up. The only reviews they post are from people that are gushing over them with comments like: “Best Shoes I own”….I find that very hard to believe unless they were previously barefoot.
Well it looks like I am the latest victim of these scam artist. I order a pair of shoes on 10.06.2014. After several emails about pre-order and custom problems and even an offer for a 25% discount and/or a refund. And finally a promise than my order will be shipped this week. I got nothing!
What a bunch of jerks!
I would like to offer my apologies for my previous comments to this vendor as they have delivered my product today am I am pleased with it.
Best of luck!
Hmm, one can only imagine what you were given to retract those words.
I have owned a pair for a couple years, also burnished brown. When I first received them, they actually really looked nice and even had a few guys compliment them and ask about them. The fit ran a little large but I was able to wear them. I don’t wear them often, maybe once every few weeks or once a month.
I ultimately had similar issues as mentioned in your article with the burnishing. Literally 2 weeks ago, I took them to my shoe shine guy (who knows a shoe’s maker just by looking at it on your feet) and he seemed to be staring at them confused. He asked the brand and before o could tell him, he said, “I’m not sure I can help these. The material is more like a vinyl than a leather.” Then he proceeds to show me how bad they really are in various spots. The cheap eyelets have worn away the staining on the tongue to expose the black “vinyl” material in multiple places. The toes are scarred and not really reparable.
He polished them as best he could and told me to stick with my usual Allen Edmonds and to never buy the Beckett Semonons again.
Made my purchase in October of 2016. Now it’s Feb 2017 . No Shoe. Finally got someone on the line. Claims shoe has been made still no date on when I’ll get my pair . Customer service ssucks, will not recommend anyone to use this service
That is unfortunate to hear. I received a great pair of brogues from them a few months ago. Updated review to come. If you ever receive your shoes, please feel free to let us know how they are here in the comments.
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