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Good shoe, better than Vans, but not as good as the Santa Cruz
on February 8, 2014
I've had a pair of these shoes (black) for a year now, and I've worn them pretty much everyday. They have held up remarkably well. There's little to no discoloration. The sole still has most of the treads intact. Nothing has come apart. The only part of the shoe that is noticeably aged is the decorative stitching - on my pair, they have started to get a little tattered or even torn.
Compared to a pair of similarly priced Vans Slip-Ons, the ankle/heel of the Vans are more comfortable due to extra padding, but the insole of the Walu is much better. There's enough support, but also enough give to the insole that it makes walking very easy. Truth be told, I'll take a good insole over a good heel any day. The Walus also breathe very well, more so than the Vans. I couldn't wear the Vans for more than a day or two in a row before I had to air them out. The Walus I wear everyday, for hours at a time, and I've never had any odor problems and rarely any sweat problems (except on exceptionally hot California days).
Compared to Crocs Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz has more arch support than the Walu, which is really my only complaint about the Walu. The Walu simply looks better than the Santa Cruz, in terms of color and design. I also feel it is marginally constructed better, but that may just be due to the limitations of the Santa Cruz's rather weird design. The insole of the Santa Cruz and the aesthetics of the Walu would be the perfect shoe, in my opinion. Unfortunately, it's a trade-off. But overall, it's still a very good shoe, and a good value considering how long a pair can last.