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Too Stiff. Heel Pad too Low. Not for Everyone...
on April 24, 2013
Nice looking shoe (exactly as pictured).
Substantial tread and sole.
Weatherproof, yet stylish, a good combo.
Accepts orthotic inserts (in principle)...can affect fit (see cons below).
Extremely stiff upper.
Forefoot / Toe flexing is harsh...discomfort during break-in (like folding plastic).
Heel pads sit too low (note the model name: "LOW Oxford").
With standard, thin inserts the heel pad height is annoying.
With proper inserts (like Powerstep or Polysorb) heel sits far too low.
Shoe can cause discomfort and blisters on the heel.
Needs an extra lace grommet, similar to running shoes, to mitigate heel design flaw.
I'd recommend trying on this shoe in a store before buying. It is a great deal, and if it fits well and you don't mind discomfort during break-in, great. However, if you plan to use proper inserts, at a minimum you would be wise to try this shoe on with the inserts in-situ and do some serious testing before purchase. Cheers.