Join Date: May 2004
Location: Sumner, WA
Bikes: '92 novara ponderosa, '74 schwinn le tour, Novara fusion, novara transfer, novara randonee(2), novara careema pro, novara bonita(2).
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I bought a pair of Salomon Functions(light lowtop hiking) this time last year closout $50 and they are not showing any signs of coming apart, I don't know if they make an equivilant this year but the function name is gone. The sole is quite stiff both torsionaly and longitudenly, and lots of mesh for venting. I did have to get a pair of superfeet insoles$30 as the stock crap failed in 20 miles of running. I ran an off road marathon with these soaked, biked up a storm, ran for training, walked, hiked, motorcycled, and they are barely showing signs of softening-barely. I think the rubber toe and heel covering is a big part of their durability as well as good glue design and materials. I have never had a pair of Chinese made crap last even a third this long. but thats still $80 a year
(yes the functions are made in china and probably by a family chained to tables. Not even the same table.)
My full grain leather, made in the USA workboots- 7 years of mud, hiking, standing, water, dirt, etc. without resoleing and only one cobbler visit for stiches. Thats $200/7years=$28.50 a year for perfect fitting, breathable, nearly waterproof footwear made by a fellow American probably with a family. No sympathy for China they're the fools that went commy, you sleep in the bed you make. End rant.