At this point, you have heard of Polar and Pontus Alv. Maybe you are fully aware of the brand if you are cultured enough. But these aren’t bowling shoes; they’re a pair of Last Resorts. They’re simple with one thing in mind, quality.
These shoes are tricky. I went true to size and similar to converse as a wider-foot-person, and the shoes fit well. But they were questionable length-wise. I have had friends go down a full or half size. So I recommend going to your local and trying on a set. Plus, support your brick and mortar, look up the shop’s site, and get ready for a back and forth.
I can see someone ripping laces. But I didn’t, and we all flick differently. The suede is of good quality, and in hand, these shoes feel good and don’t feel cheap. The sole held up well, and the grip was still present after they balded, and I like that about them. The sidewalls are thick and feel good. They have reasonable wear, but there were issues that I’ll get to in the comfort section.
The shoes feel great. They have a nice lining but are flat. If you like Janoski’s and are a fan of the non-supportive vulc shoe, these will be great. For you, they have soft insoles that are unfortunately non-removable. My shoes flattened, and I, unfortunately, couldn’t swap them. After taking them off, I saw my footprint and started feeling the impact when skating flat that much more. They lacked tongue-centering straps, but It’s nice to have that glove-like feel in the shoe. The tongue isn’t padded, but the collar is somewhat padded. I still rubbed my ankle on the grip for heelflips. The shoe did pinch the side of my foot but stretched out after a while.
These shoes are great. They’re tanks and great for walking, or if you simply like straightforward shoes. But, they come with limits due to their simplicity. They look like bowling shoes and will last longer than the doubts you’ll have about them.
Before we went on our extended break, I had reached out to Brian about possibly reviewing old skate shoes for the sake of skating shoes I wish I had bought previously. After skating them, I realized that it’d been seven years since my last Converse review, which all fit well.
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