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Reebok Men's Classic Leather Black
on August 31, 2013
(Used to be) great shoes, I've worn the same Reebok Classic Leather shoe for years. When I went to buy another pair I could not find these particular Reeboks them in the stores. I ordered from Amazon. I was disappointed with what Reebok has done to the shoe. It looks nearly exactly the same, but the sole is thinner, so they got cheap on themselves, the Reebok company. The previous sole on their Classic Leather Reeboks is quite thick and offers considerable support. Reebok also does not include an insole anymore, which was a thick and very good cushion. The shoe does not feel as supportive as it once did. Before Reebok got stingy with their great shoe, the previous Reeboks felt like firm but incredibly comfortable slippers, just amazing support and comfort, I could stand all day in them which I often did and never ever got sore feet, legs or back, something that used to occur regularly with many average, no cushion shoes out there on the market. Perhaps if I go seek a good insole, it may improve the feel and support of the shoe, but that's a bother, and an expense if one is concerned about getting a really good insole. I don't know if one can order that particular insole from Reebok or not, and it irritates me that I would even have to do that. The shoe is now made in different countries (but not in the U.S.) and there is a slight size differentiation in the shoe. I've always worn 11 1/2 in this shoe but when I received the 11 1/2 it was slightly too small and I had to send the shoes back. Even if it fit properly, I still would have sent them back. Who makes these greedy decisions? Is it some foolish, miserly calculation in the boardroom: Let's see, if we reduce the thickness of the sole on our great shoe, say, 1/4 inch, says Reebok CEO, look at all the money we'd save on rubber with a million million shoes. Then eliminate the insole, we'd save even more. That kind of cold calculation tells me Reebok takes little pride in their product, and their only consideration is the bottom line. Were they making a hefty profit on their classic shoe before they got cheap with it? Of course they were. But with corporate global capitalism the way it is now, greed just encourages greed. It's just never enough, these profits made. It's a sick obsession, and seemingly their only obsession, to see how much profit they can squeeze out of each shoe. Sad, soulless (no pun intended) and unnecessary.