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Were great...for about 6 months
on July 15, 2012
After a one-week or so break-in period, these shoes fit great. I wear a wide, and they were just right. However, after a few months, some of the stitching started to come unraveled. That wasn't a huge deal - they were still staying together fine. Then a few months later, a split started in the leather on one of the toes. I thought maybe the leather was drying out, but it still felt supple. Then, a few days later I realized the split was actually the top "layer" of leather coming off, and it continued in other areas of both shoes. I'm not sure how this leather is different from other types, but there are basically two layers of leather, and the top one flakes and peels away from the bottom layer. Then, a few weeks after the leather started peeling apart, I noticed that the soles were starting to separate from the rest of the shoe, and within a week one of the soles had separated a full 3 inches back from the toe. I probably could have pulled the entire sole off with my bare hand, but instead I glued it back on with some epoxy. The other shoe did the same thing, but only peeled back about an inch from the toe. If not for the peeling leather issue, I'd glue the soles back on and keep wearing them, but they're starting to look terrible with all the peeling leather. By the way, I know about moisturizing leather with mink oil and what not, but that isn't the issue. I had some old Docs that I would oil up every couple weeks, and after they got worn out I stopped oiling them and just wore them around the yard. The leather eventually cracked in a few places, but not like this. There is a difference between dried out, cracked leather and just poor-quality leather peeling off in pieces. Also, I was not hard on these shoes. They were just worn to work and around the house.
At any rate, if you're looking for some nice shoes to wear for 6 months or so, these are great. If you're looking for something of better quality, look elsewhere.