AMAZON.COM: SHOES FROM CHINA
Nowadays almost all shoes are made in China.
That includes well-known
brands that have moved their factories to China, as well as new Chinese
companies that ship to you directly from China. Sometimes when you receive
a shoe you have ordered from Amazon and you open the package, you are
overcome by noxious gases that burn your eyes and cause dizziness and
nausea; search Google “chinese
” for more information on this topic. Here's
a more specific search
relating to shoes on Amazon.
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I am very upset that this is happening because I love beautiful shoes and I enjoy modeling and promoting them, but I do not
want to promote any product that can make people sick. Several times since
2010 I have ordered high heels to model for the website and had to
throw them away. There is no way to know in advance if a product falls into
this category unless there are reviews that say so. The well-known
traditional companies that outsource their manufacturing to China usually
exercise sufficient quality control that the products won't poison you.
Lesser-known companies might exercise little or no control.
The US government apparently does not inspect imported products for
toxicity. Nobody is going to protect us from the ever-increasing
deterioriation in quality and safety unless we do it ourselves. If you
order a shoe or any other product from Amazon and it produces fumes that make
you sick, PLEASE POST
A REVIEW giving it ONE STAR (there is no way to give it zero stars)
and explain your reasons. Only in this way will these companies start
improving their manufacturing practices. Manufacturers HATE bad reviews on
In general, shoes that are shipped by Amazon.com
itself are safe.
Shoes that are sold and shipped by third parties through Amazon are
safe. The ones to watch out for are shoes that ship
directly from China
. On the shoe's product page, click on "View
shipping rates and policies
". This might tell where it is shipping
from. If not, check the delivery time; if it says "17-28 business
" then the product is almost certainly shipping from China. On the
other hand if you come to a page that says
"What can we help you with?"
, Amazon has no shipping information
available. In that case, you have to actually order the shoe to find out
how long shipping will take. If you do this and Amazon tells you that
delivery will take 3 to 6 weeks, it's almost certainly coming from China,
and you have the ability to cancel the order at that point.
In my experience, Chinese shoes have three levels of toxicity:
Near-lethal. This happened to a friend once with a very good-looking
Harshiono (in case the link fails, click
here to see a screen shot). In this case the smell of formaldehyde,
toluene, hexane, benzene, and/or other neurotoxins was so strong that it
permeated the whole house: walls, floor, furniture, rugs, everything. It
makes you nauseous and dizzy, burns your eyes, gives you a sore throat and a
headache and possibly muscle spasms, and you become uncoordinated and
disoriented. If you experience something like this upon receiving a shoe or
other product from China, get it out of your house immediately:
discard it and all packaging material, preferably sealed inside lots of
plastic bags. The longer you leave it in your house, the more likely it
will cause permanent nerve damage. Don't bother trying to send it back for
a refund, it's not worth the additional exposure. Then go back Amazon, find
the product page for the shoe, and write a review. Meanwhile, open
all your windows and air out your house for as long as it takes, which might
be days or weeks or even months.
A friend who had a similar experience with shopping cart made in
China, where the wheels spewed out toxic fumes so bad that the closet where
the cart was stored was itself spewing the same fumes, even long after the
cart was discarded. No amount of airing out diminished the fumes, nor could
massive amounts of activated charcoal absorb them. Finally he was able to
suppress them by painting the closet interior with
Safecoat Hard Seal, a product specifically designed to seal in toxic
fumes from today's toxic imported products. In this case it took 7 coats
before the fumes were fully contained. (Evidently nowadays all
shopping carts have the same problem.)
Moderate-to-strong unpleasant chemical odor, like mothballs or
insecticide or chemical solvent or creosote or diesel fuel, etc. First get
the packing material out of your house. Then put the shoes someplace away
from people for a few days to air out and see if the odor goes away. If
not, return them or throw them out; this was the case with a shoe
from Loslandifen. The fumes were not as severe as the Harshiono fumes, but they
were very unpleasant and no amount of airing out would make them stop, so I
had to throw them out. On the other hand, if the toxic odor goes away after
airing out, it probably came from the packing material and the shoes
themselves are safe to use. Most of the shoes I've ordered that were
shipped from China fall into this category; brands such as Fashionkey
Similarly for Chinese shoes such as Ollio
that are imported by Amazon or other American companies and shipped from USA
Little or no odor after unpacking (even if the packing material had a
toxic smell). The only brand I have encountered so far in this category is ZriEy,
but I can't be sure if all their shoes are as nontoxic as the ones I
ordered. Nevertheless, I ordered six pairs from ZriEy and all of them were
OK after a little airing out. See photos in gallery.
Nowadays, I'm sad to say, most of the high-heeled fashion shoes that Amazon
sells are UGLY. And increasingly, the few good-looking shoes that you find
there and that are reasonably priced are likely to be shipping from China.
Increasingly so, in fact: every month when I look for new shoes I see more
and more and more Chinese companies. So if you see a shoe that appeals to
you, before you order it:
- Check to see if it ships from China, as I explain above. If so...
- Read the reviews. In the reviews section, there is a search box;
use it to search for words like "smell", "odor", and "toxic". If a shoe
doesn't have any reviews, you're taking a chance if you order it. Another
idea is to enter a question in the Customer Questions & Answers section
of the shoe's product page, like "Does this shoe ship from China?"... "How
does it smell?"
- If, despite these precautions, you receive a toxic shoe, be sure to
write a review on Amazon. On the other hand, if you receive a Chinese
shoe that does not have a toxic odor, write a review that says so, so
that others will know it is safe to order.
If everybody who orders shoes from Amazon writes a review stating
where they were shipped from, how they smelled, and their overall quality,
people will stop ordering toxic shoes and maybe the Chinese factories
will stop making them. Meanwhile, I am certain that anybody who receives a
product like this will never order anything else from the same company
Most recent update:
6 December 2016