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4.0 out of 5 stars 30-40 Year veteran, August 26, 2008
My new Topsiders have a better initial fit than all my previous pairs. I guess being produced in China has slightly changed the dimensions, in my case to the better.

This pair is the two-toned version (brown & black) which are best for traveling as they will go with any color clothing. They used to have another travel advantage as after 9/11 they were the only pair of shoes you didn't have to remove at airport security. The TSA folks knew they had no arch support and wouldn't set off the metal detectors. Unfortunately, during the last year the TSA now insist all shoes go through the x-ray machine.

I have owned many pair in the past several decades including the Gold Cup (which are the most comfortable with the best support - although a bit pricey) and this is the first pair that make my feet black when not wearing socks. Evidently, the dye they are now using is not colorfast. They have not been wet or worn on the water yet, they have only been worn in an urban environment. Hopefully, with age they will stop bleeding.

Otherwise, if they can correct the dye problem, they appear to be well constructed even though they are now made in China.
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Initial post: Apr 6, 2011 2:50:48 AM PDT
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Posted on Apr 5, 2013 3:28:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 5, 2013 3:34:15 AM PDT
Will only purchase made in USA shoes. Great dissapointment that they are now made in China and with cheap material . No where near the quality of the past. Materials and dye that bleed and may have lead in in them . I will pay for USA quality which equals USA job creation!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2013 3:34:49 AM PDT
Amen!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2013 9:27:08 AM PDT
I agree it's too bad the jobs are going to China.

However, I have 3 pairs of these that were made in China that I've worn a couple times a week each since sometime before 2003. Still original soles and insoles, still absolutely no broken stitching or torn leather.

In my opinion, your remarks about China have little to do with the product being reviewed. JMHO.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2014 11:01:30 AM PST
Nightsurfer says:
I would ask is the worker China producing a poor product or is the company that is outsourcing the manufacture of the shoe doing a poor job of quality control? I have purchased products made in the U.S.A. that disappoint me.
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