Poor quality of construction is no longer acceptable!
I've had to return the 3 pair of Sears DieHard 6" boots I bought because construction was so bad. I didn't even take the left shoes out of the boxes for the right ones looked so terribly made. The outer soles were so crooked, so differently constructed, that I traced the 3 soles, over the same pattern, with the rear outer heel set on the same line. All 3 traced a different pattern, with up to a 5/8" difference in heel width, a 2/8" difference in ball width and a 3/8" difference in length. To see such differences between the same boot and same size was a shocking testimony of terrible construction. And this was my second degrading view - my first, was the heel construction, finding the thickness of the harder SureTrack layer thinner on the outer back edge of the shoe. This is where I would like to see it thicker for that is what wears out the most in my shoe use. The heels were also twisted from the line of the ball construction. All 3 had less overall heel thickness than the Sears DieHard oxfords I've just chosen. So after over 30 years of Sears DieHard boot use, this 69 year old is no longer a die hard supporter. The last pair I bought, I had to compromise in quality, for I had again ordered 3 pair, seeing the decline in construction coming. From the 3, I kept the best left and right boot, returning the defects, mainly thinner outer SureTrack heels. Then to make them wearable, I removed the insole for it is totally inadequate, a thin layer of plastic over a thin layer of foam glued to the inside sole. No arch support other than just thicker soft foam. The "It Breathes" statement printed on the insole is a joke, for the few small holes through the plastic into the thin foam does not invite breathing for the foot, nor does the plastic surface of the insole. So, I tear out the insole, scrape out the soft foam glued to the sole and use Spenco Total Support Max insoles. A world of difference. Now a shoe with substantial support and comfort, that held up well, but the SureTrack heels are worn down into the softer heel material. I was willing to do the same, but such bad construction now gives me nothing to work with, nor to wear. I'm looking elsewhere.
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