Sorry, I don't mean to rain on the parade of joy but something is irritating me.
The retail of only $175.00
Sure it is a great price, in fact too good to be true, which leads to the old wise saying,
'If it seems to good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.'
Quad posted the best closeups for my purpose of analysis so I will use 2 of his photos for this purpose.
Now for those of you who own the boots, that will be even better because you can directly confirm my suspicions.
I have numbered some areas of interest or areas of scrutiny.
Boys, would you be good enough to get your boots in front of you please?
Let's begin (RIGHT-CLICK & 'Open In New Window' to see full size photos):Area 1
: Not leather but a flexible rubber or plastic. Lightly scrape with the point of a knife or fingernail.Area 4
: A thin layer of leather glued on to give a nice finish.Area 2
: A plastic heel which is coloured and textured as leather (knife scrape test)Area 3
: Heel plate is an acceptable standard plate of slightly different colour to accentuate the plastic heelArea 5
: Welt stitching is not actual thread but cleverly molded plastic imprint giving the illusion of threadArea 6
: Welt is not leather but plastic. A plastic welt with fake stitchingOther tests
(for those who have them in your hands right now):
1) Feel inside. Are the interiors leather? (conduct a scrape test)
If so, is the leather paper thin? or if a decent thickness?
2) Stick your hand deep into the boot.
Feel the upper inside. Is it leather lined? or cloth? or synthetic? (I suspect synth cloth)My conclusion
, based only on these 2 photos and the low retail price
Leather Uppers (outer)
Insole - Please confirm
Plastic welt with faux stitching
Plastic or rubber soles glued to the welt
Thin leather finishing layer (marked 'vero cuio')glued onto the plastic sole
Shipping to your local friendly Aldo store
Total - $175.00
It is a very nice looking boot at an irresistable price.
It will gain you numerous compliments from those on the street or at work.
But, it is below SF standards of quality and excellence.
Aldo distributed shoes and boots constructed in exactly this manner in the 1980's & 1990's
Browns currently sells shoes with this identical construction today (for more $$$ too)
If I am mistaken on any of my observations please set the record straight.
I am not saying that you have all been duped. What I am saying is there are reasons why this seemingly amazing boot has such a low retail price.
On the up-side, you may get one shot at a resole provided your plastic welts don't crack along lifes journey. If the welts crack, consider these disposable boots. They seem like very nice boots though for the money and only if your feet don't sweat in them.