Nice, but run wide
I'm big on canvas sneakers and I own a pair of Converse Chucks, Pro-Keds Royal Lo and PF Flyers Bob Cousy's, among several other well-known brands. These are nice because they combine the canvas upper of a traditional canvas sneaker, with the comfortable sole and foot-bed of Crocs. Overall, I really like these shoes, but I do think they could be improved.
For starters, they're very wide, unlike your typical old-school sneaker. Of all my sneakers, I wear my Chucks the least, because I find them to be too narrow and uncomfortable for my foot. I like a wider sneaker, but these are so wide that it messes up the aesthetics of recreating an old school sneaker. Comfort wise, they're awesome, but they're too wide to be fashionable. The length, however, is as expected, although I probably could have gone with a half size smaller, if there were such a thing.
I found it a little odd that Crocs would make the top cap leather. I'm not sure if it's genuine or synthetic, but I would have expected rubber from Crocs. I assume they went with leather to make it more flexible, but considering how this shoe is, without any doubt, made to be worn sock-less, it seems like rubber would have made a more versatile shoe in the summer; especially if you plan to get them wet, although I believe it's synthetic, so that's probably insignificant. Another issue I have with the toe cap is that it's so big, which I mostly attribute to the shoe being so wide (too wide, imo.)
Finally, the aesthetics of the shoes leaves some room for improvement. I've already mentioned the problem I have with the width, but the painted eyelets -- especially the blue ones, instead of the usual metallic -- contribute to making the shoe look too much like Crocs, rather then looking like a nice, old-school sneaker, with the comfort of a Crocs shoe. It just looks a little too much like a children's shoe, even though I bought the adult version. On the plus side, the cotton laces are almost too long, which is true to form for old-school sneakers.
I almost forgot, but another VERY important point is that wearing socks with these is like wearing socks with an original Crocs clog, because since it shares a similar foot-bed, instead of a fabric insole, you'll find your foot sliding all around inside the rubber foot-bed of the shoe. This is why I mentioned that it's absolutely made to be worn sock less, which is very comfortable and more stable then wearing slipper socks. I don't mind this, though, because the major reason I bought the shoe was for the Crocs foot-bed, but you probably don't want to replace your Chucks with them, unless you never wear socks.
Overall, I'm very happy with these shoes and I expect to wear them a lot. I only wish they looked a little less cartoonish and more typical of an old-school sneaker.
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