For starters, these flats have all man-made materials, and are made in China. Predictable, and reasonable for the price. When I looked at them again at home, I was able to examine the quality more clearly and realized that the shoes had a few flaws:
The man-made upper seemed to have some color inconsistency already, even though I hadn't worn them, and after rubbing them a bit and looking more closely, I could tell that the shoes would easily stain and gain more dark spots. If I wore these, I'd have to be careful not to wear them on rainy days or even when the ground was a little wet or dirty.
One thing I will say about the shoes is that I do like the sole. It seems strong and flexible, and has the ridges to gain traction and prevent slipping. These make the shoe feel very comfortable, and made it difficult to let go of these flats.
In the end, I did convince myself to return this pair. After all, I don't particular need brown flats in my shoe collection. I'm not very familiar with Target shoes, so I'm not sure how well they will last. Many reviews online seem to say target shoes are worth it for the price, but I find this particular shoe questionable because of the workmanship. The material seems to stain easily and might not maintain its original color after a sudden downpour or puddles on sidewalks. I'm also concerned it could potentially detach from the upper part, like what happened to my old cheap silver flats I purchased a few years ago.
For those of you curious, this is what happened to my flats from when I was younger, purchased at Deb:
A poor example, but my last flats, the Rue21 Gracelyn flat that I wear far too often (for instance, here) have lasted me a year and 3 months now. They were $25, but they were on sale and with a coupon/ free shipping at DSW, so they ended up being much better quality for the price.
Honestly, I possibly would have kept these anyways, if I hadn't discovered the Vince Camuto leopard flats that I managed to pay only $23 for(plus shipping, gr). I have little will-power, but finally convinced myself to return them by reminding myself I hadn't been looking for plain brown flats anyways, and didn't have any specific pairings in mind for them. The Vince Camuto shoes post is here.
What do you think? Is the low, low price of the Ona flats worth their Target quality? I haven't had much experience with Target shoes and am curious since they're quite popular. Let me know if you would recommend them! (:
**update** Target recently came out with different color Ona flats here! I tried on the wine color in stores and found it was probably more durable than the synthetic leather ones. I don't know if I would buy them at retail price, but if they go on sale, it'd be something to consider.