Friday, September 08, 2006

Another Online Bargain

I've fancied a pair of light walking boots/trainers for a while and have never seen anything I liked enough before now. I'd also wanted something I could abroad on holiday and do some light walking in. I usually just plod around in trainers but we end up doing miles and my feet are killing me by the time we're done.

Anyway, we were trolling around the outdoors shops in town last weekend and looking for walking sandals for Lorna and I saw these…

Merrell Chameleon II GORE-TEX XCRMerrell Chameleon II GORE-TEX XCR

So I tried them on and they're really light with a good Vibram sole for walking in. They're also lined in Gore-Tex® XCR® so they're breathable and weatherproof - ideal for light day hiking in any conditions. This is getting to sound like an advert but I baulked a bit when I saw the price - £85. That's more than I've ever paid for any kind of footwear other than my climbing boots so I thanked the salesman and headed home to hunt for them on the net.

Suprisingly, most online stores were selling them at £85 as well so I thought that a bargain wasn't going to be found but after a bit of a surf around I managed to find a store with a sale on so and I got them for about £71 with the P&P and that's nearly 16½% off. Not a great bargain by any means but better than a poke in the eye with a pointy stick!

I just need to break them in now…

2 comments:

Skye said...

I have to admit, I'm a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to footwear, but I've heard it said that there's some things that you shouldn't scrimp on...and a good, quality shoe is one of them.

You'll have to let us know how they turn out. I just did an online search and it appears that the cheapest they have them in the U.S. is $79.99 :(

Allan Ogg said...

And this pair is now...dead. The poor wee left one's sole split. Well it is about five years and they've been all over the place.
Time for a replacement pair of light walking boots and I see they're doing a version III so maybe...