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Third of web clothes and shoes fail tests

TESTS on batches of clothing and shoes on sale from leading shopping websites revealed that a third failed to meet standards, city market watchdogs said yesterday.

Goods that were not up to standard were found on sale on sites including and

The Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau checked 38 batches of shoes sold on five websites, and discovered half to be substandard.

Problems ranged from shoes peeling apart to the strength of crucial footwear parts.

Three out of six samples from were found to have flaws — the highest number among the websites tested, the bureau said.

Nine footwear batches failed on the quality of the shanks — a part of the supportive structure between the insole and outsole.

These are an important safety index for shoes and if poorly made can lead to sprains and falls, with high heels especially vulnerable, bureau officials said.

A batch of men’s sports shoes bearing the brand Lotto and sold by were found to peel apart easily.

And eight batches of shoes failed as they were not marked with Chinese shoe sizes according to regulations.

A total of 28 percent of 60 batches of clothing sold on eight websites had quality problems, including poor color fastness, fiber content and labeling.

The precise names and producers of four batches of garments sold on were missing, while the fiber content marked on three batches of underwear bearing the brand Victoria’s Secret and sold at did not match a genuine garment also tested, officials said.

Underwear sold at was also found to have poor color fastness, said inspectors.

Dye in clothing with poor fastness bleeds into the skin and can be harmful, experts warn.

The bureau has ordered the websites involved to stop selling substandard products and handle consumer complaints properly.

Website operators promised to remove substandard products and offer refunds. They said they would also make improvements in ensuring quality. 

The bureau advised consumers to check the reputation of producers and materials, ask for an invoice and avoid products that seem too cheap.



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