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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible build quality - Avoid!, 8 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Hi-Tec Men's Auckland WP Hiking Shoe (Shoes)
It's rare for me to quote my ex mother-in-law as we didn't often see eye to eye. But she was fond of saying "you buy cheap you buy twice" and in the case of these shoes she would have been spot on. I bought a pair of these a little under three months ago. I had a new dog and wanted some dog walking shoes that would be comfortable, provide good grip and be waterproof but without breaking the bank. When these first arrived I was impressed with them and on trying them out they ticked all the relevant boxes for me.

However, after less than 13 weeks wear the stitching on the suede panels on the uppers on both shoes has broken. I can now poke my fingers through and feel my feet inside, and rain and puddles can get through too. On inspecting them I reckon I've got a couple more weeks at most before they've come apart to the point at which they become unwearable. Let me emphasise this after 13 weeks, not hill walking in the Peak District but dog walking in London - hardly an arduous test for something that purports to be a walking shoe.

If they were an unbranded pair that I'd bought for £10 off a street market I'd still be a bit cheesed off but it would be more excusable. But for an established British "known name" company to be marketing something of this outrageously poor quality is simply inexcusable.

If you're thinking of buying these then take my advice and don't. Instead do what I should have done in the first place, and will have to do now, and spend more and buy something good quality that will do the job it claims to do.
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