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Like wearing sponges in the rain
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 February 2020
To being, I bought these on offer for £23, more as an experiment as 10x this price is normally my minimum starting point for "seconds". That said, I was only after a rubber soled cheap pair to wear in the bad weather to reduce bad weather wear on my other far more expensive shoes.
Here's where the problem starts, the leather (it says it's leather but i'm not convinced!) is just incredibly porous. You can put a drop of water on the surface and these shoes just suck it right in. I figured the "leather" needed conditioning so even treated them to my expensive Saphir Pommadier cream...slurp! In it went, sucked in like...well you can figure out that metaphor ;)
I tried following up with Saphir hard wax and even sprayed with waterproofing agent. I knew I was now ready for a spot of rain. So, in the first storm recently, I ran across a car park and go figure, my feet were getting wet from the top. I looked down and the "leather" uppers were dark in colour, soaked through.
At this point, I have to consign these to being completely unfit for anything other than dry weather. Any water marks will soak in, taking contaminants with them and cause water spotting, these were a challenge to buff out and the "leather" upper is just so soft that it scuffs incredibly easily.
I might just wear them around the house as slippers!