I bought these shoes because I liked the design. I like the design so much that this is the second pair I have bought. The first pair disintegrated about 3 years after I bought them. So I bought the second pair DESPITE the performance shortcomings.
The soles are made of the type of material that slips easily in the wet: wet rock is challenging, wet footpaths not so much.
The sole is thin: very thin. This is the first area of the shoe to fail - on the sole joint just below the ankle bone.
The rand is fine, but breaks (cracks, tears) on a line level with the base of the toes.
The breathable upper does what it says on the tin. But it lets water in. (That's fine by me)
So I like how they look but not how they perform.
And in relation to the price, I'm cross with myself for buying a second pair. So roughly 80 quid over three years: 25 quid per year, or 12 quid per foot per year, a quid a month per foot.
Looking at all my other trainers, this shoe offers very poor value for money. But I like them - how sad is that?
(EDIT Feb 2013)
The new pair has already failed: the fabric has ripped roughly in line with the bottom of the laces. This will be the last time I buy these shoes. Pity.