Originally Posted by Medwed
I always wondered about Marlows and why such a gorgeous-looking shoes were so often for sale by their owners. Now I know. The shoe is literally unwearable. God knows I tried. The Achilles heel of the shoe is a XL heel pocket. Even with tight lacing and with my high instep I still could not get the heel not to slip up and down while walking. Extra thick double sole does not help these matters. So after trying to live with Marlows for a year I flipped them for the same price I paid 420.00 , with much regret . They are opulent, beautiful and smell great , too bad they suck at walking.
Good luck with yours and they do keep their residual value very well.
While I love my Marlows, I think you raise a good point. They are not the most comfortable shoes I own. If it's going to be a long day on my feet at work, I would much prefer any of my Alden LWBs. That said, my Marlows are wearable and comfortable enough for me. As Gerry Nelson mentioned, it does depend on the individual's foot.