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Lots of $$$, Zero delivery
on August 1, 2010
I am always puzzled at the fan service paid to Oakley; they charge a very high amount for their products, which in the experience of this buyer, either don't do what they are advertised to do, or break after less than one year. And, seeing as how Oakley PRIDES themselves on being the top choice for athletes and "Special Forces around the world", I'm not sure how they keep getting away with it. Prestige is a powerful thing, I suppose.
First off - comfort. These boots are comfortable, for the first two weeks. After that, the inner lining of the boot, which is nothing more than upholstered padding, is worn off by contact with the foot. And this was just from me walking around campus.
Second - the fit. I ordered a size down, and there was still nearly two inches of space for my foot to slide around in.
Third - the "waterproofing". Don't be fooled, "waterproof" material and "seam-sealed" construction will give you a waterproof boot; unfortunately, these boots are lacking the latter. So, the waterproof material of the boot beads and channels water into the seam of the tongue that is not sealed, and places it directly on your foot. I stepped in water 3-4" deep, and it ran into the shoe like I was wearing a pair of crocs. I find it weird that none of the other reviewers mention this, but they are probably still too busy staring at the "O" symbol to ever fathom that something could be wrong.
Finally - The price. I don't really need to extrapolate, if you are going to sell something for this much money, it better perform. I highly doubt SF teams are deploying wearing these, and if they are, they are having to buy new boots after each rotation, and wrap them in duct tape when encountering water over 10 mm high.
Seriously, go buy some Danners or Timberlands, and get what you pay for, instead of feeding the money machine that is Oakley.