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Deceptive business practices have
lowered my rating of an otherwise quality product.
My wife wanted boots for Christmas and pointed me to a pair of Lucchese's. Having them around I grew to like them decided to get a pair myself. I do not know much about cowboy boots but I did make an effort to learn a little before making my purchase. I visited boot stores and pored over the internet.
Different product lines I understand. CLASSICS: The hand made line. SINCE 1883 lesser but good. According to the FAQ section on the Lucchese website, the answer to the question are the boots US made: "All Lucchese Classics and Lucchese Since 1883 Brown boots are made 100% in the USA. Our factory is in El Paso, TX. Lucchese 2000, cowboy/cowgirl and 1883 brands now fall under the Lucchese since 1883 Brown product line." That's the whole quote.
Do you see any mention of a SINCE 1883 RED LINE? Me neither. Honestly, absent a mention of any other line, I took "1883 Brown boots" to refer to the color of the boots.
Fast forward, I find a pair that i like called RANCH HANDS which are prominently displayed as MADE IN USA. I search the internet For 1883 RANCH HANDS and I see a couple of models. The prices on the internet are within 10% of one another across all 1883 Ranch Hand links found and to my uneducated eye, the "made in USA" question is settled by the Lucchese website.
My boots arrive. They are as comfortable and good looking a pair of boots as I could have asked for. The are also stamped MADE IN MEXICO! There is no mention of a RED LINE on the Lucchese website. There was no reason for me the question the difference between a model number beginning with an N as opposed to an M. Well, let me tell you, if want USA take the Ns.
Generally, I am not one to care about made in USA. However, it was meaningful to me for some reason in the case of cowboy boots. Particularly since I did not cheap out and frankly, might have paid the additional had the information been made clearer.
This is wrong and Lucchese needs to clear this up for the public.
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