They're freaking comfortable.
They're the most consistently comfortable shoe brand ever.
I've never had a pair of shoes from them that haven't been comfortable.
It's only a bonus that they're ecofriendly. I really don't care about it, myself.
The current pair I wear the most are about 11 years old. And the next newest pair I have, for wet days, are about 5 years old but have only been worn about a combined amount of time of maybe a month.
The old ones are insanely comfortable. The newer ones are only quite comfortable.
The old ones aren't sold anymore, the newer ones are these: Link
I want to check out a new Übercomfortable pair. So, I check out the latest sale email from Simple that I got yesterday. OK, some stuff that looks comfortable, decent prices.
I look at the full stock...these look incredibly comfortable: Link
They look like crap--but they're made from recycled hemp, bamboo and car tires. I don't care how my shoes look--I'm wearing shoes I've had since I was a sophomore in high school for ****sake.
So, they're made from hemp, which is cheap. Bamboo, which is the fastest growing plant in the world...and is GRASS goddamnit. And recycled car tires.
AND THEY COST NINETY BUCKS?
Are you ****ing kidding me?
Two bucks worth of material, six fifty worth of labor, and you charge almost a hundred dollars for it?
This is the problem with the "green" economy.
It's a ****ing scam!
I've never paid more than $50 for shoes and very seldom have I paid more than $25. And I also don't go to budget stores for shoes. I shop sales and I go to small local shoe stores so I can bargain with the manager.
The last time I bought a suit, I also got a $500 pair of shoes thrown in because I haggled with the manager.
When I skated, the Vans had a lifespan of about 6 months. But if I took care of them and tried not skate in them often, they would stay usable for 9 months to a year.
The Converse stayed pretty well too.
As for price, if I like them I buy them, regardless of price. But I shop at a warehouse store so I get them for around $50 which is awesome.
Oh, and I don't buy anything "green" unless it offers a real advantage over the standard stuff. And simply being "green" isn't an advantage, it's just eco-hippie babble.
[Edited by SuperSkyline89, 1/13/2010 6:27:19 AM]
I'm all about comfort, as are 99% of Simple's customers.