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Report after a hard 100 miles on cobblestones and pavement
on March 27, 2015
I bought these for a walking trip through Amsterdam and Oslo. I Walked over 100 miles in 10 days, averaging a realistic 10 miles primarily on pavement or cobblestones. Before the trip I replaced the insoles with some aftermarket ones (just in case, not because the OEM ones weren't good). The stock ones popped out easily. These shoes allowed me to have a dual use shoe (business causual / blue jean casual) so only one pair of shoes for my trip. They also don't have any metal that would trigger airline metal detectors in Europe. Many of my co-workers couldn't begin to hang with the amount of miles I travelled, and I did so with NO foot pain - which I have suffered from with other shoes. The rubber sole provides excellent cushion, particularly on the front of my foot where many dress shoes drop the ball.
The reviews online were good and pinpointed some issues, however for me the issues fixed themselves with wear.
I did experience that they were initially a little tight across the top (as some have noted). After 10 miles, they 'broke in' and felt perfect.
They did go through a period in the first 10 miles where they did squeak, but this was relatively short lived and they are now silent.
Traction has been good, although initially they felt somewhat slick on the bottom. With some scuffing and wear over the first 10 miles, the tread now has more grip and I don't notice any slippage between me and the ground.
Interestingly after about mile 50, and after some rain, they loosed up to the point that I needed to wear thicker socks so they did not slip around on my foot. After they dried, they have returned to a good fit, although a hair loose. I could not have gone a size smaller initially, so I am living with a fit that is very slightly loose.
At this point, the leather has held up well still looking nearly new and the toe box is extremely roomy and comfortable. They really do hold up well to scuffing etc. The shoes themselves are some of the most comfortable I own and look reasonably good (they likely will not be your best looking pair of shoes you own). I do find this to be a causal rather than dressy shoe, as it doesn't have a buckle and it has a less stylish wide toebox.
All in all, they fit their intended purpose for me perfectly and allowed me to walk a very long way (10 miles a day) on cobblestones without foot pain, which I have found is VERY rare in a shoe that will work as a business casual shoe.