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Rockport: Bring back the quality you were kown for ...these are better right now
on November 18, 2015
Tread could be more aggressive for winter. These are pretty smooth, but they are more dense -and last longer- than Rockport's current cheap junk. Years ago, Rockport used to be the best in quality, materials, and fit. Rockports still rule in fit, but they are junk. ECCO are now the top choice for folks in uniforms. But they are not really cheap ...and the quality is just OK. ECCO are better than the competitors, for now. Rockport has sold out its name for more profit: Cheap, foam-like soles and tread that wears through in a matter of weeks. Crappy, faux leather and plastic on the insides (Rockports).
The ECCO leather is soft and thin, marginally better materials/finish inside: Fairly comfortable at first, but the tradeoff is that it stretches out over time and gives less overall support than thicker leather. A good looking, if expensive-for-what-you-get shoe.
[My use is as a semi-pro work uniform shoe: A practical thrasher that sees high mileage and damage to the uppers in a matter of weeks. I buy higher quality -US made if possible- brands for other occasions].