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The tag said "Instant Comfort." Turns out it's NOT hype!
on September 10, 2014
This was my first pair of Sketchers. I usually stick to New Balance sneakers (assorted types and styles), with the occasional 'boat shoe' thrown in for flash. These "Relaxed Fit" oxfords caught my eye as I really liked the gray ones, but I did read the Amazon reviews very carefully.
The most common complaint was that they ran large. Maybe that's the 'relaxed fit' phenomenon. I never, ever, buy 'relaxed fit' jean (or slacks), as I'm reasonably slim for my height, weight and age. I checked the sizing link, read the chart, got a ruler, placed it against the end of a bookcase (nice flat edge) and stood on it. My heel-to-toe length was within a 16th of an inch of 10 1/2 inches, so I went with the 9 1/2, per the chart. With New Balance, I always go with a 10 medium (although my flat feel are a little narrower than medium) with perfect results. Given the comments that they run large, I took a chance on the 9 1/2, knowing I could return them if they were too short.
Two days later (thanks to Amazon Prime), they arrived. They really did look as nice as their picture on the Amazon page. I was impressed that they came with 2 pair of laces: one pair was beige to match the rubber sole and synthetic outsole just above it, and the second pair were grey, to go with the gray suede uppers (I went with the gray laces).
As I mentioned in the review title, the attached tag advertised "Instant Comfort." I pulled out the plastic shoe forms, laced the Sketchers up with the gray laces, and tried them on. They fit. Perfectly! My toes had enough room, they fit snuggly, without being tight, and the 'memory foam' insole was cushiony. Buying 1/2 size down from my normal size worked.
The next morning I tried them out on my normal 1 mile hike to Starbucks with my wife. They felt great. There was absolutely no breaking in required. They really were instantly comfortable. Of course, they felt just as good on the mile walk back home.
I am simply delighted with this purchase. There are no negatives to report at all. I love the color. The second pair of alternate color laces is a real plus. They fit, literally, like a glove. My flat feet love them.
Kudos to Sketchers for making such great shoes, and to Amazon for putting them in a Lightning Deal special.
This really is a 5 star product.