Monday, November 16, 2009

Milanoo BTSSB Boot Review, Review, and Mashimaro-Girl Review!

I have been shopping for shoes the past couple of months since I have limited my budget on Lolita clothes. I actually recently invested in a serger and moved and it doesn't allow for me to spend as much on clothes.

Here are the shoes I have bought the past couple of months online:

The first pair are the boots from Milanoo, the two pairs of boots beside it are from, the two pairs of shoes below he Milanoo boots Secretshop IW-replica shoes received from Mashimaro-Girl and Secretshop teaparty shoes from the Sales Comm, the 3 pairs beside the SS shoes are also from


I actually purchased these before the torrential flood of bad reviews from them on October 22nd. They are the Btssb replica boots in matte white. I had taken advantage of their October FREE SHIPPING EVENT (which ironically is happening AGAIN this month). Although, they had taken off the shoes from their website due to 'supplier issues' I was able to order from them via saved history from browsing their site weeks before. Shockingly, it went through their Checkouts.

The shoes were $84.99USD ($94 CAD) but once you signed up they sent you a voucher for a discount of $9 USD or equivalent OFF your purchase. Free shipping and a $9 voucher sounded nice so I bought them and it total cost me $75.99USD ($83 CAD). But, once the bad reviews started pouring in I got worried and contacted them. The first email said they were having supplier issues, I emailed them back about the timeframe, then the second email from them for some reason came with a reply that I'd receive them on NOV. 6th as promised in my Invoice (different person)... Then, NOV rolled around and there was no tracking number or anything. By then I contacted them and they left me HANGING for 2 hours in their Livechat program and it took them that long just to answer if my item was shipped. They said they shipped it on NOV 3rd via EMS but when I checked my tracking number it said NOV 6th and I had not received it until today. IMO it took a little longer then I had expected for EMS.

When I received it they had shipped the boots in a goddamn BAG:

From this bag I noticed small HOLES:

Then after opening it that the only packaging they had used for protecting the shoes was a Milanoo eco-bag made from heat-bonded polyester and a slightly crumpled sheet of tissue paper:

There was NOT a trace of CARDBOARD, any padding, or were any of the shoes stuffed with paper on the insides to protect them from becoming damaged or crumpled. Because of this, they came slightly damaged:

No, doubt the damages were caused from them flopping around and being folded during shipment in a bag.

Aside from that, the shoes themselves were OKAY quality. The detailing was nice but maybe a little off:

The shoes themselves are made from pleather and tend to wrinkle easily. I had chosen size 37 (since my experience from ordering Chinese-made shoes tend to show that that was my most accurate measurement) and they fit well almost snug. There is NO GRIP on the shoes though, just some measly tape to protect them but are not to be worn with them on. The sewing was OKAY but as you can see where the velcro is that holds the top portion in place the stitching is slightly slanted and there was fraying also on that part. For both shoes, the lining had deep wrinkles that could not be seen from the outside. One thing that pissed me off was that the supplier had chosen to use a light GRAY zipper as opposed to a white one.The dent was barely visible once I poked at it from the inside but as you can see it's a permanent thing.

Shoes: 4/5
Communication: 3/5 - Fast email replies but leaving me hanging on Livechat for a single easy question was bad, confusing Engrish and information, making false promises and not updating me until I asked for it.
Shipping & Packaging: 2/5 Shipping boots in a bag with little protection, thus, causing damages was really an fail.
Overall: 3/5 I would not buy from them again especially since the bad reviews and the confusing experience I had with Milanoo. I'll stick to Secretshop and those that deal with SS shoes.


I know a few of you had been asking about for a while. I actually got the courage to order from them a month back. The quality is again OKAY. Not the best, good enough to sell for Fashion-based stores where the girls who buy them only buy them and wear them a small amount of time. In terms of accuracy to their photos, while most of their products look like the photos they put on their website I can tell that they most likely ripped those photos off of Korean or Japanese sites. The products themselves are replicas.

How do I know this? I saw a Korean girl wearing the real leather version of the black boots I ordered from in person while working one day. Sad.

Shipping from them was via EMS and it was a LOT faster then Milanoo (and hellishly more expensive because they measure in grams). The packaging was a lot better but the box they had was flimsy and there were 3 puncture marks when it arrived. The shoes were bagged and had padding on the insides to prevent damage. However, the boots were folded in half to save space and this caused permanent wrinkling on the body of the shoes. However, keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Next time, I'd rather order from a Korean or Japanese wholesaler.

These shoes were perfect, light-weight, well-made, the flowers were removable, the shoes comfortable IF ONLY THEY FIT ME.

These shoes looked fine at first until you noticed details (see below), bad gluing, lack of padding, and sticky ankle straps from residual glue during manufacturing.

These boots at first glance looked nice but they wrinkle pretty fast and terribly. Some minor defects such as around the buckle area the straps edges are cut instead of being sewn and the lack of padding made it really hard to break into and uncomfortable. But, they do look nice.

These shoes were probably the worst out of the batch: residual glue on the front, sides, and around the ankle strap. Hard soles that aren't exactly forgiving especially with a serious lack of padding. The ankle strap was sticky and hard to move around because of the glue... and if you look closely at the right shoe the black cutout is off.

Shoes: 3.5/5 The cost is cheap but the shipping is its equivalent.
Communication: 5/5 Their Livechat was pretty decent.
Shipping & Packaging: 3.5/5 EMS ended up costing what the shoes cost, folding the boots was a NO-NO, and the box was pretty flimsy.


Mashimaro-Girl was easy to place an order with. Their service is prompt however, I encountered problems when the shoes were not shipped on their deadline. Instead, I had to contact them a week later after finding out from a Qcute post that all suppliers of SS shoes were having supplier issues with the buckles. It's a little sad when you have to find out from competition that there were supplier issues. The shoes arrived around 2 weeks later after the first deadline.

They are perfect fit! Compared to the SS Teaparty shoes I bought off the Sales_Comm that were M 23-23.5 in Japanese size which were for some reason a tad bigger.

Shoes: 5/5
Communication: 4.5/5
Shipping & Packaging: 5/5

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sweep that fringe, yo!

I bought more things recently. Bad, me!

- Emily Temple Cute tote bag
- Lashblast Lengthening Mascara
- Floppy Vintage-looking black wool hat from XX1
- Nouveau-vintage feel cream cardigan w/ screenprinted collar

I have also decided to also start sweeping my bangs to right side of my face:

Makes me look more scene-kid then I would like but it seems that after months of sweeping my fringe bangs I have messed up my hair line. Weird, huh?

I shall take pictures of my purchases when I finally receive my Lolita boots from Milanoo. They are finally in Canada after 5 days somewhere in the world.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Shopping Realities.

Saving money is like a life-long tragedy for me.

Honestly, I used to be able to do it prior to caring about my appearance and what I own. But as soon as one of my friends taught me how to spend and have fun. That is all I am used to now. I like throwing $150+ on trips down Queen St. West in the fashion district. Buying all sorts of fabrics and notions that make me happy and my fabric boxes filled to the brim.

However, recently I have been noticing that some of the things I buy are just NOT worth it in the end. For someone who does Environmental Studies I am a magnet of trash and waste. It almost seems like I don't care. Which isn't true. I just don't think about it on a conscious level.

I can think of the waste I have created:
  • The Geo circle lenses I recently purchased were FAIL. One eye is perfect the other isn't. What makes it worst is because Geo has a fixed axis on their toric lenses of 180*. My left eye has an axis of 10*. FAILLLLLL.
  • My order. Not everything, just the wedges (they don't fit - too big) and the 6" PVC heels because I won't get that much usage out of them. Then again...they were not built for walking. Hahaha.
  • The Drugstore black eyeliner I bought from Shoppers that came with a ginormous smudger but couldn't stay on for more then 5 hours. I also bought slate grey in the same brand. In order to escape the smudge I also bought another black eyeliner that gave me better results. In the end more money to nothing.
I recently also bought $65 worth of 3.5 yards medium-weight pink wool simply because after a couple hours of searching I finally found PINK WOOL. How amazing is that. I juuuust had to buy it. Only to regret it later because I had used that week's grocery funds. Not a waste. Yet.

However, not all is lost. There are purchases I made recently that have been great. My SecretShop Innocent World replica shoes are made from AWESOME.

My flats, and two pairs of boots are also AWESOME. I have been wearing the black ones for some time and treating them like crap and they are still holding up. Only drawback is that they pointed toes sometimes hurt my toes after 6+ hours of clomping in them.

Oh, and I also invested in a pair of white Lolita boots:

They are from and they were finally shipped today after a week or so of delay. Bad customer service but the discount was $9 off and free shipping. Couldn't resist a the calling of a much coveted pair of white boots. I wanted black too...but my pocketbook sagged inwardly at the thought.

However, I also got a new Lolita coat! I am still working on the hems, adding lace, and fixing the buttons. But it was made from the scrap black wool I had leftover from a caplet project last year. My mom modified the pattern of an H&M coat I had bought and returned (it was $126 +tax):

She made the pattern so I would be able to use it again and again. I intend to retrieve the pattern from her new condo this Friday and being some modifications and use my pink wool. I shall post pictures of the coat once I am done! I can't believe how much we saved using scrap material for the otuershell and the bodice + sleeve lining. In total, the coat cost around $60 instead of $126 + tax.

Nice. And environmentally friendly, too.