Victor Meldrew Mk2 Reply to on 13 April 2018
|Not the most stylish, but I needed some lightweight shoes for a recent visit to Rome. I was considering training shoes, but wanted something a bit different for the trip, but also something that I could wear casually at home. Slip on shoes have never been my thing either, however, as I am ageing (as is everyone) I thought that these would be ideal for those moments such as going outside to collect a delivery, late night dog walk etc: i.e. when you need a pair of shoes for 10 minutes or so, but don't want to spend ages lacing them up.
So how did they cope in Rome. Day 1 we walked 27,993 steps: Colisseum, Forum, Palantine Hill, Trevi fountain and there and back to our hotel adjacent to the main railway station. No problems, tight fit and whilst the soles of my feet felt a little tender, nothing serious, no blisters and after changing shoes, we went out for dinner that night and I walked a further 7000+ steps. Day 2 19553 steps, Vatican museum, St Peter's, Spanish steps and back to the hotel. Same routine, changed shoes and out for dinner - no discomfort. Day 3, left at 3:00 p.m. but still managed 14270 steps.
We returned from Rome and I am completing this review. I wore normal socks, am a fit 15 stone man whose feet have taken a lot of punishment over the years and wished that I had discovered these sooner. For the price, these shoes offer an ideal piece of footwear to use when visiting cities, they are extremely comfortable, very durable and weigh next to nothing in your case. They fit my feet exactly as I expected them to and whilst not waterproof, they allowed my feet to breath; they never felt sweaty and certainly not overheat, the thick sole plate allows you to walk through shallow puddles and keep your feet dry and more importantly, should they get wet, they dry very quickly - in that regard, I think that they are ideal for travel.
Overall then, whether it be for a city tour, or using as casual footwear these shoes are really ideal. They are so good, that I have ordered another pair for when the originals wear out, although I don't think that will be too soon as my trip to Rome hasn't effected them at all. Roll on Budapest and Reykjavik, next on the list.