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my advice is to return to the former quality which was excellent but now is poor
on April 15, 2015
I've worn these Timberland boat shoes for 12 or 15 years. I have just ordered a pair from Amazon and there are notable differences and they are not upgrades, they are down grades. First they don't fit at all well or true to size. The problem is that the toe box is way oversized. I don't think this can be remedied by going down a size because that would make the shoe smaller overall, including length which is not the problem. The problem is sloppy fit. Second, there is a lot less leather in these than in my previous several pairs. The doubling of leather has been replaced by false stitching which appears to be there to sew two layers of leather together – but don't be fooled. They are single layer all over. In my previous pairs the lace was a genuine moccasin lace that went all the way around the shoe and then laced up through the two pairs of eyelets. In the new models the lace around the shoe is false. It dead-ends into the seam below the eyelets and won't do anything to make the fit snugger.
Overall the shoe has been dropped way down in quality and does not fit. I am sending these back and will not buy more.
If the Timberland Corporation is reading these reviews, my advice is to return to the former quality which was excellent but now is poor.