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Five star potential, but a design flaw on the sole makes it a miserable walking experience
on May 25, 2014
I have somewhat wide feet and have grown accustomed to buying New Balance 99x series over the years in 10.5 2E sizes. I was looking for a pair of sandals that would have a similar size accomodation and thought I would try out these Rockport sandals.
They fit great, they're pretty comfortable, and I like the appearance. However, on the inside of the sole around the arch, they have stitched together different materials, leaving a raised, stitched ridge that quickly begins to gnaw and rub at the tender bits of your foot.
After an hour of normal every day walking, I had to take them off and put on real shoes, or blisters would have surely developed. I can't imagine what thought process went into having the surface of the sole be two materials resulting in an uncomfortable ridge, but it was a terrible one.
The only way I can wear these is by cutting out some moleskin strips or sport tape.... or wearing socks. Maybe most of the other reviewers have hardened feet, but I can put 70-80 miles a week in my new balances no problem. Sandals should be about sockless comfort, and the manufacturer should strongly consider making the surface of the sole one piece to prevent this abrasion of foot on sole.