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Give them a miss!
on 18 January 2013
These are quite a comfortable boot, but they're not entirely 'weathertite' as the name suggests and as experienced by others too, the lace arrangement is poor and they do not grip very well I've found.
After a couple of months use, just at the weekends and not excessive, one of the laces broke whilst pulling them up. I suspect this is due to unnatural fraying from a roughly produced eyelet, but the laces are not exactly beefy.
I have found that on even slightly wet, hard, polished surfaces they are leathal which of course you might expect - what isn't?! However; Tarmac, the concrete of paving slabs and even the rougher cast concrete, of the type of block paving you find in most modern pedestrian areas, they can't grip in the wet either. Whilst walking in the hills, I've also been in fear for my limbs whilst walking on Limestone surfaces too. Tarmac and concrete can be found whilst hiking sometimes, but certainly rock. Even these boots can grip grass and soft ground with the grip pattern they have, which I must say is good.
The Karrimor web site is not designed so that the ordinary Jack in the street can contact them for advice or information, in fact I'd say that it's positively restrictive with them telling you to go to the retailer for everything. In my case that was GO Outdoors, who said that this product, that is advertised on the Karrimor site as a 'Walking Boot', should not be regarded as a boot that you can use for general purpose walking! Though they said they might be able to return it on the lace issue, but I would have to make sure they were completely dry and spotless! Not what I expected when returning a product that is faulty and also not fit for purpose, thinking they'd only be binned anyway. I've cleaned them up now and have to re-submitt, but I think they're just intending to returm them to Karrimor for approval before even thinking of refunding me!
In my humble opinion these boots are not fit for the purpose that they are advertised for, i.e: walking and I have been genuinely in fear of having a serious fall with them on more than several occasions. This may be due to the manufacturer miss matching a particular sole compound with their boot - who knows?! Direct customer support and advice is impossible to obtain via the internet/Email and not good from some retailers. Though in fairness this is probably due to Karrimor's restrictive returns policy? If you're going to take a chance on them, my advice would be to get them from Amazon, because at least then, when you find they're not up to walking in, there will be no quibble about their return.