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cheap "hiking" shoes
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Jay Campbell
(gohawks) - F

Locale: SE Iowa
cheap "hiking" shoes on 11/27/2009 21:03:58 MST Print View

I know nothing about them. They seem to feature vibram soles fwiw and the are dirt cheap.

Konrad .
(Konrad1013) - MLife
hmmmm on 11/27/2009 21:47:10 MST Print View

whoa, they are blatant knockoffs of merrells.

howard chen
(gmg4life) - F

Locale: East Bay
bought a pair on 11/27/2009 21:58:09 MST Print View

bought a pair of these fitzwells.. I needed a pair of boots because I keep rolling my ankles.. just got into backpacking and have just been going in my nikes.. so I figured.. even if these don't work out.. its only going to cost me 15 dollars shipped.. hope they last for a little while though.. I'll let you all know how they are

Scott Ireland
(WinterWarlock) - MLife

Locale: Western NY
Interesting on 11/28/2009 06:57:59 MST Print View

Given that my son is at an age where he outgrows boots faster than he wears them out, these are perfect! Thanks.

John Devitt
(cabana) - MLife

Locale: Colorado
nice on 11/28/2009 08:29:24 MST Print View

Great for growing boys indeed. For kids, I see no benifit in buying high end items that are going to wear out quickly anyway. Well, at least for week long long & shorter trips. Thanks for the link to these.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: cheap "hiking" shoes on 11/28/2009 13:58:55 MST Print View

I am reminded of a story about a European shoe buyer (for a chain of shops) who found these lovely men's shoes in a Communist country at an extremely low price. He bought a huge number for his chain, and they sold well as they were very 'low price'. But after a few weeks the returns became astronomical: the shoes were falling apart.

He went back to the factory very upset and asked what were they doing? After some confusion the factory asked him why was he selling their mortician coffin shoes in shoe shops.

Yes, the Chinese factories make the Western brand name shoes for those sorts of prices, but they are starting to sell their own versions direct to the public at factory prices. But beware: corners may have been cut! See our article on Made In China.

Are the soles genuine Vibram or forgeries? Dunno.

I remember some shoes I bought from an large Australian shoe company where the locals hadn't checked adequately on what the Chinese were doing to cut the manufacturing costs. The factory had swapped out the more expensive waterproof fibreboard inner sole plate for cheaper hard cardboard. The nature of the fibreboard wasn't in the specs you see. The cheaper cardboard was great stuff - until the first time it got wet when it promptly became soggy mush. Then the sole sort of collapsed.


Edited by rcaffin on 11/28/2009 14:02:29 MST.

howard chen
(gmg4life) - F

Locale: East Bay
received cheap shoes on 11/30/2009 17:10:48 MST Print View

just got my cheap shoes today.. not too bad.. they are pretty comfortable.. I need to break them in a little bit but so far so good.. good ankle support and everything so I will see how they feel when I walk around on them a little bit.

kevin smith
JUST MY LUCK on 11/30/2009 18:16:30 MST Print View

all those choices and not one pair of 10.5 s in the whole linup

happens to me every time lol


Phil Turner
Size 10.5 on 12/01/2009 07:56:07 MST Print View