A Month Later with $9 Shoes
September 26, 2017 is a day that will go down in history as my adventure into the mysterious world of the owner of a pair of $9 shoes from Walmart. I would've proclaimed their mere existence as impossible, let alone if they did exist, that they could even last more than a week. It's been about 6 weeks of ownership, and the darn things are still in tact. Here's what I have to report back.
Overall condition of the shoes are pretty good, especially considering where my old $60 pair were around this time. They haven't really fallen apart, however the left memory foam pad tends to want to slide out of the shoe towards my heel, which is annoying. I must walk weird on my left foot, but they're otherwise still comfortable to wear. When it rains, they leak a lot less than my $60 shoes, which were horrible in rain. These leak, but you have to walk in a huge puddle to get them to, and even then, it's not very noticeable. The issue I run into with most shoes is my big toe tends to rip a hole into the top of the shoe, which has not happened yet. I don't know if these are just good at not ripping, or I have trained my big toes to not point directly up when walking, but either way, we're good on that. The shoe is starting to lose its seal between the side of the shoe, and the bottom part, but it's nothing major yet. Also, the shoe's "leather" is starting to peel, which I just noticed yesterday, but it so far has not created any disasters yet. Also, you will notice on the left side of the right shoe, a black stripe towards the bottom. That used to be a solid line, that has since faded over time, and is completely gone at the end. The shoes would look a lot nicer if they were cleaned, but I wear these all day, sometimes close to 15 hours in a day, so I don't expect much.
I've purchased many shoes in my life, many far more expensive pairs of shoes, and I've always been disappointed by the quality over time. These shoes are priced so low, they cannot disappoint me. I seriously thought that after a week, I'd find out why these shoes were $9. I still haven't found that out. I mean, yes, they are very thin, so they don't particularly feel sturdy, the laces just don't stay tight for very long, and the bottom of the shoes are neither slip resistant in the slightest, and are not grooved deep so they'll become "bald" quite soon. However, if my old shoes only lasted three months for $60, which technically cost about $20 a month, and even if I had to keep rebuying these shoes every month, it's still cheaper to own these shoes for no significant trade-off. The moral of the story is buy shoes at Walmart.
Will the shoes stay in tact for three months of ownership to beat the $60 pair? Will I resort to using electrical tape to repairing further damage to the shoes? Stay tuned, same bat-time, same bat-channel.