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Great shoes - sizing variable
on January 12, 2016
I used to buy Rockports in the '80s when they were made in the USA. Later, as they outsourced their manufacturing to various overseas locations, I found that both the quality and fit of their product varied a lot. I quit buying them and went on a shoe journey that ended with Mephisto walkers being my "go-to" shoe. Expensive, but the only modern equivalent of the old Rockports, IMO.
Fast forward to 2015. Rockports are still made in various outsource locations. However, they seem to have corrected the quality issues I noted before. Also, with Amazon's free return shipping policy, I am able to get around the inconsistent sizing issue, which still exists. That said, once I find a pair that fits, the new Lockport shoes are great for me.
These lace-up, waterproof cap-toes are the perfect shoe for me to wear to work in the 2016 "el Nino" rain in California. I was able to find a pair that fit me well with one cycle of return (the first pair was too big). They look good and have held up well in the use I've given them. I recommend these shoes if you need a bit of inclement weather support in your daily dress shoe. Make sure you look at the fit recommendations on Amazon and perhaps you can avoid the one fitting cycle I had. On sale, these were about $60, which is an outstanding shoe value. They are normally over $100 locally. Of course, even that is a bargain compared to my previous $275 Mephistos! In fact, a Mephisto re-sole is $140, so that is also more than a new pair of these.
I now have a small fleet of Rockports of various styles and recommend them highly. Just know that each style has its own sizing issues.