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Clarks Selbourne GTX Gore-Tex Active Air (Clarks Again)

Clarks Selbourne GTX Gore-Tex Active Air. (Brown) Shown above. Reduced from £95 to £65 at Clarks "Factory" Store although I didn't notice a factory anywhere in the retail park... And they don't exist on Clarks website either, they seem to like the idea of removing shoes when they've sold out. You know instead of saying "Sorry this shoe has been replaced by this new version... why not buy it instead" they just say "Sorry you're wrong..." (and "Good luck trying to figure out what the modern day version of your last shoe is...") (PITA) Whatever happened to having a really good model and you know, continuing to sell it?!? Or perhaps archiving the information on your old shoes? I'd imagine some people (me included) want to buy the same pair of shoes every 2-3 years?!

These are replacing Rustlers GTX (Black) Active Air Shoes. Shown below, they looked much better when they were new: like this. They don't seem to have lasted as long as previous Clarks either - lasting around 2 years and then I stopped wearing them.

Here are the previous Clarks shoes I've had (and life span)
Clarks Rustler GTX Jan 2009 (2yrs)
Clarks Show Low GTX Feb 2006 (3yrs)
Clarks Other Active Air 2004 ish (2yrs)

I also picked up some Karrimor Border Walking Trainers - to replace some Adidas walking trainers - that surprise surprise they don't do anymore... but they did last about 9-10 years due to me not wearing them much. It will be interesting (in a nerdy kind of way) whether any of these new shoes are capable of lasting anywhere near as long as the Adidas shoes, hopefully by alternating a few different pairs of shoes they'll all last longer. Oh, and I've still got the Stride Trainers, some 11 years later.


Unknown said…
I had a pair of selbournes. possibly the best shoes ever. I think the problem for clarks was they lasted too long. still use them for work!

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