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    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 14th Jul 17, 7:50 PM
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    Gelert walking shoes from Sport Direct
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    • 14th Jul 17, 7:50 PM
    Gelert walking shoes from Sport Direct 14th Jul 17 at 7:50 PM
    4 weeks they lasted, less than 300 miles walked and worn through the soles already



    Normal wear & tear I was told for shoes in that price range (£39.99 reduced to £19.99)

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    Walk 2000 3000 miles in 2017 - 2986.4
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    • IAmWales
    • By IAmWales 14th Jul 17, 8:35 PM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 8:35 PM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 8:35 PM
    What did you expect from a pair of £20 shoes from Sports Direct?

    With that level of walking it pays to invest in a reliable brand.
    • gardner1
    • By gardner1 14th Jul 17, 8:40 PM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 8:40 PM
    you bought a £19.99 pair of cheap shoes .....they were never £39.99...most of sports direct stuff is cheap tat
    • Fosterdog
    • By Fosterdog 14th Jul 17, 9:42 PM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 9:42 PM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 9:42 PM
    That is wear and tear, 300 miles in 4 weeks is just over 10 miles a day. Even expensive (£100+) running shoes it is recommended to replace every 450-550 miles so why you'd expect cheap budget walking shoes to cope with that level of walking is a bit baffling. If they were coming apart at the seams it would be different but the wear pattern is purely from the friction from so much walking, from the wear pattern it looks like you have high arches and they have worn unevenly towards the outer edge so maybe a professional fit for the right shoes for your foot type and gait would help the next pair last longer.

    (I'm also doing the 2000 miles in 2017 challenge on here and am on my fifth pair of shoes so far this year and will be needing a sixth pair very soon because of similar wear to yours)
    • Manxman in exile
    • By Manxman in exile 14th Jul 17, 11:37 PM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 11:37 PM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 11:37 PM
    300 miles in 4 weeks for £20!!!!


    Is this the first Sports Direct bargain?


    Your feet are quite important if you do a lot of walking. (300 miles in 4 weeks).


    Get proper advice from a specialist retailer or podiatrist
    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 14th Jul 17, 11:48 PM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 11:48 PM
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    • 14th Jul 17, 11:48 PM
    300 miles in 4 weeks for £20!!!!


    Is this the first Sports Direct bargain?


    Your feet are quite important if you do a lot of walking. (300 miles in 4 weeks).


    Get proper advice from a specialist retailer or podiatrist
    Originally posted by Manxman in exile
    This ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    • ScorpiondeRooftrouser
    • By ScorpiondeRooftrouser 15th Jul 17, 12:22 AM
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    • 15th Jul 17, 12:22 AM
    Gelert used to make decent quality stuff. It is one of the brands that Sports Direct have bought up though. This is their modus operandi; they buy brands with a half decent reputation when they are struggling; rebrand their usual cheap !!!! with the name and then sell as much as they can before the reputation bombs; obviously much cheaper than before and with fake reduction labels on.

    What you bought was a 19.99 pair of Chinese walking shoes, and they performed as expected for such.
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 15th Jul 17, 3:23 AM
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    • 15th Jul 17, 3:23 AM
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    • 15th Jul 17, 3:23 AM
    I used to buy the Merrel? Mid hiking boots for everyday wear. I would just go in and buy the same item each time no need to try them on.

    Then one day i picked them up and thought that feels light, checked the size and yep right size. Then started checking them. All the padding had gone. Utter junk, seems they were bought out/taken over around that time and now rubbish.

    I did the same with Regatta's from go-outdoors. Found something i like and bought several pairs at a time. But they stopped that model and the replacement is cheap tat. they remove all the padding and thinner soles.

    Bring the old ones back and increase the price if needed...
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    • Le_Kirk
    • By Le_Kirk 15th Jul 17, 9:55 AM
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    • 15th Jul 17, 9:55 AM
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    • 15th Jul 17, 9:55 AM
    They weren't walking shoes, they were standing still shoes.
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 16th Jul 17, 7:35 AM
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    Looking at the photo, the soles don't even look like 'proper' walking boots to me.
    • Hoof Hearted
    • By Hoof Hearted 16th Jul 17, 8:09 AM
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    Scorpion is spot on. This grubby company has a policy of buying up companies that have had a good reputation but are struggling in today's market. They then have the name copyright and have cheap rubbish manufactured in the far east using the respected name and sell the stuff though their stores.

    These are examples: Donnay, Slazenger, Firetrap, Dunlop, Everlast, Kangol, Karrimor and Lonsdale.
    Je suis sabot...
    • cajef
    • By cajef 16th Jul 17, 3:37 PM
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    I used to buy the Merrel? Mid hiking boots for everyday wear.

    Then one day i picked them up and thought that feels light, checked the size and yep right size. Then started checking them. All the padding had gone. Utter junk, seems they were bought out/taken over around that time and now rubbish.
    Originally posted by forgotmyname
    We have had several pairs of Merrell Goretex walking shoes with Vibram soles over the years and have not noticed any change in the quality, both myself and my OH have them now and they are used regularly on the Cornish coastal paths.
    Last edited by cajef; 16-07-2017 at 3:45 PM.
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    • comeandgo
    • By comeandgo 16th Jul 17, 3:48 PM
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    I used to buy the Merrel? Mid hiking boots for everyday wear. I would just go in and buy the same item each time no need to try them on.

    Then one day i picked them up and thought that feels light, checked the size and yep right size. Then started checking them. All the padding had gone. Utter junk, seems they were bought out/taken over around that time and now rubbish.

    ..
    Originally posted by forgotmyname

    Totally disagree with above regarding Merrell, who took them over?

    They are a very responsible decent company with good footwear. Many long distant walkers, myself included, need lightweight items and companies now recognise this. If you prefer heavier boots with lots of padding then I'm sure another of their styles would suit you.
    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 16th Jul 17, 6:14 PM
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    I think what has happened is that Merrel now make a cheaper range for shops like Sports Direct.
    Lee Cooper jeans did the same, you couldn't buy the cheap range anywhere but the discount stores.
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 16th Jul 17, 6:55 PM
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    Totally disagree with above regarding Merrell, who took them over?
    Originally posted by comeandgo
    1997 was when the company was bought by Wolverine world wide.
    Can people stop loaning money/being a guarator to family/friends, it rarely ends well and you lose out as your money is gone or you get shafted with being a guarantor.
    • comeandgo
    • By comeandgo 16th Jul 17, 7:23 PM
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    1997 was when the company was bought by Wolverine world wide.
    Originally posted by DCFC79
    Yes, I knew that but they still own them, and that was twenty years ago.
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