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Nice looking, lightweight shoe. Runs 1/2 size small. Durability more like a slipper.
on December 3, 2013
I ordered a pair of these Rockport Rocsports Lite2 to replace a great pair of Patagonia slip-ons I've been using as house shoes and for light outdoors trips. The Patagonias are a similar moccasin style and a bit heavier, and the soles have worn out after a couple of years.
First off, these run a half-size small, no question. I have never in my life needed a 10.5, but the 10s I ordered were obviously too small just looking at them, and were way too tight and short. This is a mistake by Rockport that it should correct.
Amazon's exchange system worked perfectly, and I now have the 10.5s (black nubuck). They are quite comfortable and look great. I particularly like the insoles, which come with their own branding information regarding their weight distributing and anti-bacterial properties. They are fairly thin, but do really make for a comfortable, not overly-padded footbed.
These are extremely light shoes, easily on par with a typical slipper, which is a good thing for in the house. But the lightweight constructions may not bode well for use as an all around shoe. The soles in particular, made of a high-tech, dense foam material, feel good and have solid traction, but do not seem designed for use as an everyday shoe.
I plan to use mine mostly in the house, but just two quick trips involving going from the car through a parking lot and back have abraded the soft, foam-type soles a bit.
The bottom line is that I like these shoes and will enjoy them in and around the house. They look terrific, are super light, and I love the look of the black nubuck with the small red detailing.
I am docking Rockport a couple of stars for 1) the blatant mislabeling of the size; 2) the apparent lack of suitability as an all-around shoe, despite being marketed as such, and 3) the high price. I'll pay $100 for a good shoe, and these ARE good shoes, but given the light duty construction, they should be sold as a slipper with light duty outdoor abilities, and for about half the price.