Another Turtle Dove joins the fight to be the best. Helen produced her 4th version and we quickly ordered a pair. Better boost, better pattern, better shoes?
Better boost is the highlight of this shoe. Unlike the previous version, this boost is the right color, right size and feels more like a soft boost material. It’s not perfect and the nipple placement could be improved, this boost is fabulous.
Helen claims to have improved her pattern. I think it’s better. Pattern is the most subjective feature of any replica and everyone has an opinion on it. I like this pattern, but I like the Repnation and David’s pattern as well. I think they all have their advantages.
She took another step in the right direction with the patches. They are made from a better suede material that feels like a more high quality leather. It’s still not the best out there, but it’s close enough to put this shoe on par with the other top tier replicas.
One thing you can do to get my attention with any Turtle Dove replica, is get the sole color right. The soles should be very white. These are whiter than the 3rd version and that makes me really happy. The sock liner appears to be improved as well, but only a minor adjustment was made there.
The heel tab has been improved as well. Again, a material upgrade to a higher quality material. These look more polished and much cleaner than the last shoe from Helen. A welcome change.
An area where I think she took a step back is the toe box. The stitching doesn’t curve as much as it should/could or even as much as it did on the 3rd version. With that said, the 3rd version didn’t have a great curve either, and the 4th version is worse.
Helen has raised the bar when it comes to boost. That’s a good thing for customers. Overall, these are nice shoes. They still fit like Helen’s (too big) and the toe stitching could use some help, but every supplier has their issues and as long as they keep reiterating on their design, we’ll eventually get to a shoe that looks and feels as good as it should. At $200 a pair, I hope that’s sooner than later, for my wallet’s sake.