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Skechers Diameter Blake Men's Shoes Fashion Sneakers Oxfords Size 9
Size Name: 9 D(M) USColor Name: SandChange
Price:$29.99 - $86.70
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This is my second pair of Skechers. My last pair were a dressier brown with faux-wear patterns on the toes, but after two years, they developed a bizarre, super-loud squeak in the left rear sole that made it embarrassing to walk around in public. Never had that happen to any other pair of shoes I've ever owned. Nothing on the bottom to indicate a crack or something stuck in the grooves. Other than the squeak, I loved them, and since they didn't make that style anymore (and the closest one in appearance had received bad reviews of its tongue falling out!), I ended up choosing these Blake Oxfords instead. There's no doubt Skechers makes great-looking shoes, but the company seem to have some quality control problems depending on the style (check out reviews for a broad sampling of their shoes and you'll see what I mean).

These Blake Oxfords are good-looking, dressy sneakers. I ordered mine in black, because the brown and white versions are way more expensive, and black is fine by me. The black version with its gray stripe and pleasantly different greenish-brown laces is quite striking and I've gotten a lot of compliments on these shoes. I ordered a size 9.5 and they were comfortably snug everywhere but the heels, particularly the left. It took a few weeks to stretch them out. They are fine for walking around, but I don't think I'd want to do much running in them.

The biggest problem with these shoes is that the treads are a weird (some might call it "cute"), gravel-type pattern that sometimes make obnoxious "grippy" noises on certain surfaces (like stairs), but regardless, the spaces are way too wide and *love* to trap debris in the nooks and crannies. If you walk across wet grass or dirt even once, you have to clean the bottoms of your shoes in the bathtub. A welcome mat or scraping them off on a step won't even help much. Wet sand, mud, walking through the forest, forget about it, and don't get me started about dog poop! Even walking down the street or across a parking lot will cause them to pick up anything and everything and jam the disgusting mess into the bottom of these shoes!

Basically, whoever designed the "cute" treads is a moron obsessed with form over function, and you will have to waste a lot of time cleaning the bottoms out (especially if you live in the Pacific Northwest, which is full of wet plant debris). I hardly ever had to do this with other shoes I've owned. While I love the look of the shoes and they are comfortable and snug (four stars for that), the near-daily tread cleaning (or worrying about what surfaces I can safely walk over without having to clean the shoes) means I would never buy this style again (1 star for the treads). They're good-looking shoes, no doubt about that, but I would not buy another pair in this style again and frankly, the tread design make me question ever buying another pair of Skechers again. That averages my review out to 3 stars.

UPDATE (Jan. 27, 2014): Almost one year later, and these shoes are still holding up quite well, so they're durable. I've learned to avoid stepping in stuff that will cling to the bottom of the shoes (which is just about everything), but even being careful, the bottoms are always crusted with some level of debris--just not clogged and having to be cleaned daily like before.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2014
Size Name: 13 D(M) USColor Name: BrownVerified Purchase
Context:
I've owned 3 pairs of these shoes.

Pros:
The shoes are very comfortable, and look very nice. They can pass for "dressier" shoes while travelling.

Cons:
Each pair that I've had has fallen apart in the back. My most recent pair started to fall apart after 2 months of wearing, which was rather disappointing. I was more hopeful that if I took better care of them, they would last longer; it didn't matter. I was able to superglue the shoe back together.

Overall:
The look of the shoes is nice, but the construction quality isn't worth the $50 price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2014
Size Name: 9.5 D(M) USColor Name: BrownVerified Purchase
I've owned a pair of these shoes for about 4 months now. When I first received them they were pretty uncomfortable, but after breaking them in, they feel much better. The break-in period was a bit longer than most other shoes I've worn.

That being said, after those 4 months of moderate use, I've discovered that the sole is starting to peel away from the leather near the toe and my right show is showing cracks in the leather where the leather bends when I walk.

Perhaps for very light use, these would work better, but wearing them daily and walking a couple miles a day has shown me that I should have gone another route.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2013
Size Name: 9.5 D(M) USColor Name: White/BlackVerified Purchase
I bought these to replace a discontinued model of sketchers. They are similar, but not quite as comfortable. The other ones were a little bit wider in the front of the foot. These ones feel just a little to tight. The quality is good, so I'm sure they will last long enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2012
Im not the type person to buy cheap looking shoes or wear a pair that kill my feet..Plus i will never pay 100 bucks for a pair of shoes either...With that said these are the perfect pair for me as far as stylish , comfort, and price..If im running or any activity i will wear my tenny shoes but for just everyday wear these skechers totally do it for me "
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on December 15, 2014
Size Name: 9.5 D(M) USColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
Confortable and durable, not pretty but gets you to places in one piece.
might be a bit too soft for a shoe to use for outdoor, I only recommend for office and modern slavery, if you work on the free outdoor: near construction sites or hot paved roads, I would advice a harder sole with thermal isolation.
You dont want to be on the caribbean sun with these fellas on.

I use it everyday without hassle, which makes me remember:
I miss the outdoor :(...
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on December 6, 2014
Size Name: 7 D(M) USColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
Pro:
I liked most everything about this shoe. It looks great, it fits true to size (I'm a male size 7 hard to find) and it generally is pretty comfortable.

Con:
To back peddle a little bit. The cushion in the shoe is completely flat with no arch support and is sewn into the bottom of the shoe. Personally it took me a little to get use to the (kind of) memory foam cushion, as I normally like to put more supportive orthotics in my shoes.
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on February 9, 2015
I love these shoes as far as style and comfort goes. I have had at least 3 or 4 pair of similar shoes from Skechers that have all held up well. The quality on these was unfortunately deficient. The top shoe lace hole, which is leather tore within a few months of wear. The semicircular leather patch on the rear near the heel tore away both from the sole and the adjoining leather panel.
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on March 4, 2015
Have owned these shoes for only a few months and they're already splitting at seams. I can confirm with other reviews that they do pick up quite a bit of debris. I have about a 4 minute walk to work from home, which I do 4 times a day... admittedly it does involve going up steep natural terrain, maybe that played into the wear of the shoes - but still, I expected them to last longer.
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on November 27, 2014
Size Name: 9 D(M) USColor Name: BrownVerified Purchase
I bought a pair of these same shoes for my son when his regular shoes were wearing out. He absolutely loves them and says the comfort can't be beat due to the insole and the way they fit. This new pair will be a birthday gift to assure he will have a pair for a good while. Good price, excellent product, sharp appearance. Will recommend to anyone.
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