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Nice Bostonian/Clark Hybrid
on May 30, 2013
I wanted to leave a few comments regarding these shoes. I purchased the brown pair and they fit really well. I usually wear a 10.5 (D) in Sperry Topsider and these shoes were a perfect fit. The color is a deep chocolate brown (like a chocolate bar). They are a little on the wide side though, but this might be more that I need to get used to them. I have been wearing Sperry's for the past three years so this is a definite change. The sole of the shoes is definitely the same gel sole that is found on most Clark shoes. They are comfortable, but there doesn't seem to be much cushion or arch support.
11/2013 UPDATE: just wear them for a week and they turn into wonderful little cloud puffs on your feet! So comfortable!. So expect (initially) to be a little soar after being on your feet all day. I would say that has been the biggest drawback so far. But again, I may just need to break them in. I think I will provide an update in a few weeks on how they fit. Other than that the construction of the shoes seem durable and the leather is very soft. You can walk in them right out of the box. Are they worth the money? I say yes. They are very classy looking but with a casual flair - so they're not over-the-top ostentatious like the Bostonian Alito Oxfords.
I have had the tan pair of shoes for quite a while now, and I absolutely love them! I have only one complaint, the soft sole. It wears so quickly. I usually swap between these and a pair of just-as-comfortable Sperry Mako's (actually I can't tell a difference between the two shoes! They are equally comfortable!) However, there are a couple of things that I do to them to keep them in tip-top shape, first I keep them the shoe stretchers in them when not use. Second, I keep them shined with some Kiwi Brown shoe polish (about a shine once a week), and finally, I always alternate between shoes. I noticed the price of these have dropped exponentially. That was upsetting after shelling out almost $80 for them initially, but what can I say? I will probably purchase another pair soon just to keep as a back-up or alternate. I really love these shoes. If you're on the fence about them, don't be. They are of great quality, and, man do they look good with any style.
I purchased these shoes two years ago and they are still in great shape. Since it appears that Bostonian has discontinued them, I have been very careful about how I treat them. I wore these shoes for about a year every day, kept shoe stretchers in them at night, and polished them weekly. They are still in great shape. I am so impressed with these shoes. To slow down aging, I have recently began switching daily between pairs of shoes. However, the rubber sole has held up great over these last two years years. I am really happy with my purchase. I keep coming back to see if they have been restocked, because I would buy another pair in a heartbeat!
Still going strong. I wear them every day and keep the shoe polish on them monthly. IF ANYONE COMES ACROSS THESE OXFORDS IN RETAIL PLEASE DROP ME A LINE! I want to know where so I can purchase another pair. These have been the very best shoe I have ever worn. Does anyone know if they can be resoled? I have not looked into it yet, but when I do, I will provide further feedback. Hopefully, for all those who have purchased them, they are still going strong for you too!