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Most durable shoe I have ever owned
on May 19, 2011
First let me say, I did not purchase these shoes from Amazon, I got them at Macy's but this is definitely the shoe and I would be doing a disservice to Clarks to not review them.
I am about to retire my Clarks to a landfill with a salute for the years of service they have given me. I am a waiter, and I got these shoes about 4-5 years ago. I work 4-5 nights a week, constantly on my feet, constantly moving, in harsh conditions for a shoe. I probably would not even take notice of how durable these shoes have been if I had not noticed so many of my coworkers going through multiple pairs of shoes in the mean time. My coworkers say, "it's the traction on the stairs that just eats shoes" and I show them the soles of my Clarks and they show little wear. To further elaborate how durable these shoes are, midway through the service of these shoes, I severely sprained my ankle. I did not go to the doctor but bought a brace and continued to limp around work. I SHOULD have seen a doctor, but my medical mis-adventure is not the point. I limped for MONTHS. I crammed this chunky ankle brace wrapped around my fat foot into these boats for MONTHS. Did all that abuse and uneven walking impact these shoes? Yes, my left shoe showed a bit of heavy wear in the leather around the upper heel, and it looks exactly the same 2 years after not wearing the brace any longer. I bought Dr. Scholls gel inserts for these shoes, and the have completely worn out. I broke a lace on the right shoe, and the replacement lace has worn out before the original lace on the left.
Now I'm not gonna say it's all good. I gotta say when I first got these shoes they were NOT comfortable. It felt like I was walking on concrete, hence the gel inserts. Even with the inserts they were uncomfortable, for quite some time. I guess eventually I either became accustomed to how they felt or I truly broke them in because at some point they just became an extension of my body, and then a bragging right.
Another thing, they never stunk! It may seem strange that I would note that, but I have been stricken with the occasional case of athletes foot, and I have also been the owner of some awesomely stinky shoes and these are not a pair that ever began to smell. I could kick them off at a friends house and be at ease.
So the structural failure that has brought twilight to this hard working pair of shoes was a tear in the leather upper where it is stitched to the sole. I believe if I had given these shoes ANY maintenance there would be many more miles left in them. Coincidentally I am changing restaurants that prefer a sneaker, and though I am still wearing these shoes for their last few shifts, the timing of their demise could not be more perfect. I will not be purchasing another pair as I do not need this style, but I certainly would recommend them.
These shoes were never my favorite shoes, never my most comfy shoes, not my oldest shoes, but they are well deservedly my most appreciated shoes. I bought them for work and I worked them. I'm tempted to do that thing that kids do when the tie the laces together and throw them over some high wires so they will be around for longer, but I won't. They have served their purpose and now it's time for them to rest.