Nu Shooz

"Milan patinated gold box" shoes by Loding, France - 150 euros plus delivery

If you’ve lived in China for any length of time, you’ll know you can get mediocre shoes for a high price, or terrible shoes for a low price, but it’s impossible to get decent shoes for a reasonable price. Purely by accident I came across this website when looking at a friend’s photostream on Flickr and of course, it got my attention immediately. Just a few clicks later and I’d placed an order for two pairs, just to see what they were like.

And just 6 days later, a package arrived at the office here in Shanghai from France with my new shoes. This is the first time I’ve ever ordered shoes online. Sizing is always risky. But whaddya know, they fit perfectly and I couldn’t be happier. For me they hit that sweet spot of price vs quality ratio. Sure you can pay more for more, or less for less. But these are just right.

Shoes never seem to last long in Shanghai, I guess partly due to the torrential rains we get here at various times of the year, combined with the poorly designed roads which means there are always huge puddles that you can’t avoid walking through. And of course, the crazy washing lady doesn’t help either! Which means I’ll probably be buying more shoes from here very soon.

So now, who can tell me the title of the massive 1986 hit by American husband and wife group “Nu Shooz”?

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25 Responses to Nu Shooz

  1. CP says:

    I can’t tell you the title of the 1986, but this is as good an opportunity as any to make a reference the great 1990s UK drama ‘Crocodile Shoes’ starring Jimmy Nail. Actually, that one wasn’t very good, but his previous effort ‘Spender’ was great.

  2. WoAi says:

    @CP – Neither of those came close to the wonderful ‘Auf Wiedersehen, Pet’.

  3. CP says:

    @WoAi – um… I was slightly too young for that one, but agree, Jimmy Nail has been on the wane ever since. Wonder what he’s doing now.

  4. WoAi says:

    @CP – I’m not kidding it’s a classic TV series with a great ensemble cast that includes among others a very young Kevin Whately (Lewis) and Timothy Spall who I hope needs no introduction.

  5. CP says:

    @WoAi – Yes I saw bits of it, but not the full series. Nice shoes btw!

  6. WoAi says:

    @CP – Thanks. And Thanks to Dutch Tom!

  7. Rich says:

    Very nice. Price isn’t always an indication of quality and I’m guessing that buying from an online retailer should, in theory, allow for some savings. Hope they wear well and if they do, and you decide to get more, that the company are still around.

  8. T. says:

    Which Nu Shooz hit did you mean? I Can’t Wait or Point of No Return?

  9. WoAi says:

    @Rich – I think the company was founded in 1998 so they’ve been around a while. I paid about more for some shoes in Jones and these are in a different class. Very pleased.

    @T – You have a ridiculous amount of useless information rattling around in your head, you freak! It’s ‘I Can’t Wait’. I was nuts for that song back in the day.

  10. Swiss James says:

    Looking forward to seeing these shoes, and wondering why you drew those dots on a couple of french baguettes in the photo?

  11. WoAi says:

    @James – Ah yes, sorry I mistakenly posted a photo of my lunch. A baguette, with extra cheese!

  12. Rich says:

    I was in Jones the other day. Very surprised to see that they now stock Sweeneys. I’ll be looking for those in the sale, I think.

  13. Bittermelon says:

    Pair that with the ear flap animal print hat and the razor blade, and you’d be the toast of the town (more so than you already are).

  14. Stimpy says:

    The big question is this- what colour is the suit you plan to wear these shoes with? Any answer other than brown is the wrong answer in my opinion.

  15. Bittermelon says:

    I vote for grey pinstripe.

  16. WoAi says:

    @Rich – Better hide them so nobody can buy them before the sale!

    @Bittermelon – Love your outfit suggestion I may try it at home and see how it looks first. Sometimes these kinds of combinations sound better than they look!

    @Stimpy – Tanned shoes go well with navy (not black) suits. The brown brings out the blue. It’s pretty basic GQ stuff. I do not possess a brown suit.

  17. Rich says:

    No one should ever possess a brown suit.

  18. Swiss James says:

    Brown suits are back in, I read a whole article about it in a Singaporean men’s magazine!

  19. BT says:

    Deeply practical question: did you get wholloped for tax when they arrived? I mean, they wanted to tax me when I had a cash card returned to me. On the value of the content of my bank account.

    Great idea if they didn’t.

  20. WoAi says:

    @Stimpy – How about you show us how it’s done by sharing a photo of you in a brown suit!

    @Rich – I think possession is okay as long as they don’t wear it!

    @Swiss – I think you’re one of the few people who could get away with a brown suit. As long as it’s not this kind of brown!

    @BT – No. No tax. I’ve never in 12 years had anything taxed from overseas. I often order Cuban cigars from Switzerland as well without any problems. I really hope you’re joking about the cash card! You will NEVER find a pair of shoes in Shanghai of that quality for anywhere near that kind of price. It was a friend in Beijing that discovered this company so I knew it would be fine. See anything you fancy? We could double up on the delivery fees next time!

  21. Rich says:

    @swiss – lol, thats funny. Singaporean men’s fashion magazine, hahaha

  22. CP says:

    This is probably a good idea. I recently bought two pairs of shoes from a well-known British retailer: the heel has already fallen off one (that has never happened to me before), and the lace broke on the other within a month. Quality control is clearly a dying art.

  23. Swiss James says:

    CP- sorry to hear about your experiences, Primark used to be such a reputable brand too.

  24. CP says:

    @Swiss – Indeed, I remember the good old days of W. G. Prymarke & Sons (Gentlemen’s Outfitters), how standards have slipped.

    Anyway, where’s WoAi gone? Looking at his Twitter feed, it seems we’re due a fascinating blog post on …er… toothbrushes shortly.

  25. Swiss James says:

    Perhaps he’s waiting for a new iPhone to come out. Do you wear poppies in Beijing CP?

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