I took a few months before I replied because I wanted to put my SOM shoes through a testing period. I'm a mailman so when I'm at work, I'm mandated to wear postal approved shoes. However, when I'm off at the end of the day or on Sundays, I've been wearing my SOM shoes religiously.
I have to say that I am very pleased with the durability, comfort, and design of the shoes.
I have had numerous people in public comment on the shoes and I've referred them to your website when they show an interest. After four months of wearing these shoes any time that I am not working, I can attest that the only sign of usage they have is some minor wear on the rubber soles and that's only visible if you turn the shoes over and look for it. Granted, I'm not running or hiking up mountains in these, but they are the most comfortable and durable walking shoes I've ever owned. They are a thousand times more comfortable out of the box than my postal shoes are with custom inserts that are molded to my own feet.
F.W. of Youngstown, OH
I really like the shoes and the correct toes do fit the fit is roomy as I intended for thick socks in winter. I am going to order a new pair for summer. Thank you for your wonderful product.
H.C. of Blue River, OR
"We went on a two week adventure through Spain and France last September and our SOMs were the only shoes we needed! They were comfortable, stylish, versatile for dining, wine tours, mile of city walking and trail hikes! I think you already know we love our SOMs, but wanted to share some photos!"
T.J. of Montrose, CO
"My new shoes arrived today! We took a short walk around the field. They are very comfortable. I think they will be treat.
C.W. of Alpine, TX
"I have received my shoes. Great product and I’m still amazed at the strength of such a lightweight shoe. Thank you for a well-made product and for great customer service too!"
D.P. of Tuscaloosa, AL
"As promised, attached are photos of the soles of my first pair of SOM shoes (and also a photo of an old friend). I consider myself to be a "heavy user" of your product, so given the duty cycle to which I subject the shoes (I wear them almost daily) I consider the amount of wear indicated in the attached photos to be acceptable and not premature.
I would be happy to return them to you for a resole, as I was going to return them anyway so you can capture long-term wear data that might help with raw materials sourcing or future product development. Please let me know how you would like to receive these, and I will mail them to you.
Thanks again and keep up the excellent work! My new pair of SOMs is very comfortable and I am already looking forward to my next pair.
J.E. of Knoxville, TN
"I love my SOM's. I live in them. I just ordered another pair. (-: Great for walking, three miles to work and back. Great for working out. Great for driving.
I had been using Van's a lot, but their toe box is narrow. My Merrell's are more comfortable, but the bright colors and fussy straps felt a bit awkward at the office.
I like your minimalist styles. I can wear your shoes anywhere with anything, with comfort.
I also like your simple and functional Web site. No long waits. No glitches.
I am really glad you make them in USA. I Googled for "Made USA sneakers". That took me to a site that lists you. Right now it's usalovelist.com, although it seems like my first search two months ago found a different list. In any case,you were first on both lists.
G.C. of Norman, OK
"I received the shoes and I am very happy with my purchase! Great product! Keep up the good work, and all the best for SOM! One pair is now walking the streets of Germany."
M.L. of Cologne, Germany
"On top of Crag Crest trail yesterday. Calves are killing me, but my feet never hurt at all."
C.D. of Delta, CO