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A very average shoe
on 19 September 2015
I normally buy Merrells shoes, but thought that I’d give Skechers a go, never having bought them before.
Out of the box, the quality doesn’t look 100% but hey at £40, cheap shoes. I bought the grey shoes, but the ‘grey’ is more of a greeny grey, not like the pic in the ad, but that doesn’t bother me that much to want to return them.
Anyway to put these Skechers on I had to shoe horn them on as the opening in the shoe for your foot is quite small, but once on they’re a nice snug fit and grip the foot nicely.
A trainer type sole gives good grip on the ground as you’re walking, and together with the snug fit around the foot means the shoes “hold on” to your feet and don’t slip about walking on any uneven surface, giving good stability.
However, the inner sole is the so called “memory foam” and which I think is a bit of a gimmick. It’s very thin and you can actually feel the patterning on the outer sole underneath as you walk, From my experience memory foam usually compresses completely after a short period of use, and doesn’t “rebound” therefore it becomes hard and uncomfortable. Have to see how these memory foam shoes work out.
Having used these shoes on an average walk now, I can say that they’re reasonably comfortable but not the best.
If you want real comfort and a nice fitting, good looking shoe - although you’ll pay a bit more, get Merrells. My first Merrells are still looking good and going strong after six years of regular use (yes, six years!).
Incidentally I have no connection to the manufacturer Merrel, but once I find a good quality and reliable product I’m brand loyal until they let me down, and Merrells are good (and they don’t use “memory foam”), their quality has been consistent since I bought my first pair.
So to sum up in my opinion, these Skechers shoes: Quality 80%. Ease of fitting 65%. Comfort in use 65%. Stability when walking 95%. Durability? Only time will tell, but for me the benchmark are Merrells.