After trying on the new Gustin SELVEDGE SUPER HEAVY HIGH TOPs and finding the problem with bumps on the inside bottom, I opened up my Gustin White Low Tops to more carefully inspect and try on. Photos attached. Once again I wore white socks to hide my legs and no pants so you could see the entire shoe. [yes, its true, this man is posting photos of himself online while not wearing any pants]
- I like the style and appearance of these shoes.
- Fit is better than the SELVEDGE SUPER HEAVY HIGH TOP, ie closer to a true size 10 and my other shoes. I'd call it a true to size 10D. I definitely would not fit in a 9 in these and 9.5 (if it existed) would likely also be too small. From a size perspective, these would be a keeper.
- External build quality and materials appear good.
- Really tough to see in the photos but some pieces of the leather form fine wrinkles along the surface that are not ideal. Other pieces seem to not form these wrinkles. Maybe variation in the hide or tanning process? Probably not a big deal. I guess the question is if it will get worse and the wrinkles form more permanent marks over time.
- I also felt some bumps inside on the bottom when trying these on. Again I pulled out the footbed and inspected the shoe bottom. And sadly, again I found bumps and ridges. I took a photo down into the shoe of one large ridge going across the shoe in the short direction right under the ball area where most weight is carried. Look closely and I think you will see it.
- Also, every shoe bottom has a kinda nasty brown stain, likely due to adhesive soaking through? This wouldn't hurt anything but its not ideal. My nice shoes are nice and clean inside including under the footbed.
I don't think I can keep these either due to the ridge under the ball of my foot. I think that will cause discomfort when standing and walking all day in them.
My opinion is that the purpose of a footbed is NOT to cover over bumps, dips, and ridges in the shoe inside bottom. The shoe inside bottom should be nicely smooth. Even if a footbed manages to hide a flaw in the shoe bottom when new, the footbed will quickly breakdown in the area over the bump at which time it will once again poke through. Looking at the bottom of the footbeds for my Gustins, I can already see compressed indentations in the places that were over the bumps, even after only standing in them for a few minutes.
Very curious if other people have similar bumps in the bottoms of their new Gustin shoes. And maybe you could also check your similar shoes from the other leading brands and post photos of the inside with the footbed removed to compare quality? I don't own any other sneakers but I have many boots, oxfords, etc. and they don't have this issue.
Man, this is really bad news - and I had ordered one of their high tops like almost a month ago.
I just hope mine will come out ok. Bummer.