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THE BEST SNEAKER EVER
I HAVE BEEN WEARING THIS SHOE FOR AN EXTREMELY LONG TIME AND SEARS IS THE ONLY STORE I CAN FIND THEM IN WIDE WIDTH...THEY ARE SO COMFORTABLE AND DURABLE... RECOMMEND 100%...THANKS SEARS
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Reebock Princess Aerobic Shoe: Not What You Remember
Attention Sears shoppers! I am writing this review to warn of a disappointing experience with this purchase as a result of an incorrect product description.
Here's the breakdown: First, these "Reebock Princess 'Leather' Aerobic Shoes" are not made of "garment leather". There is a sticker — not a sewn-in label (which I believe should be there by law but isn't) — that says "manmade uppers". They feel very soft to the touch but they do not smell of leather; they are vinyl! Second, having recalled these from the '80s/'90s, they no longer offer a supportive insole. There is a very thin, non-removable liner. That's it. Third, the laces are no longer cotton, they are paper-thin nylon that won't hold up. (I once worked for a cobbler and at another point in college selling shoes so you can take my word to the bank.) Fourth, the width of the shoe is funky. This style always tended to run narrow so I ordered a wide width. To my dismay, the toe box is small, the only thing "wide" about it is the fact that the front part of the shoe beneath the laces is wider, which looks really strange going into a narrow toe box. In any case, I can't fit my foot in the shoe without taking off my socks and even then my bunion protrudes from the side. Yuck! (In the past, I have never had any problem fitting a wide width.) Fifth, Internet descriptions for this shoe say that the lining is soft "terry cloth". The lining is not terry cloth. It is nylon. The nylon lining coupled with the vinyl exterior means this shoe won't breath properly for aerobic use. My pair was made in Vietnam, in white, shipped by Sears. I was planning to use these indoors with my exercise videos and yoga matt because they are described as a aerobic shoe. However, without arch support owners may sustain foot damage by wearing these athletic shoes with any regularity.
Bottom line: On the web this shoe still looks deceptively the same but seeing it in person is another thing entirely. I wondered recently why almost none of the shoe stores seem to carry this classic aerobic sneaker in stock anymore — now I know why. Reebock should be ashamed of manufacturing what would have been taken for a knockoff from a swap meet years ago! The product now features very lightweight, inexpensive materials like you'd expect from a pair of no-name shoes hanging on a hook at a Kmart store. If you want the old-style Reebocks back, please contact the company to complain.
Why, oh why, did Reebock have to cheapen an oldie but goodie? If it's not broke...
Sears, please update your product description to reflect the actual materials with which these shoes are currently constructed.