Top critical review
two point five to the overall experience!
Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 2 November 2017
Hush Puppies Men's Charles Sandal Open Black Leather Athletic & Outdoor Sandals - 10 UK/India (44 EU)(8646921)
and Hush Puppies Men's Charles Sandal Open Black Leather Athletic & Outdoor Sandals - 9 UK/India (43 EU)(8646921)
To begin with, let me confess that I have large toes or in general prefer rounded/broad front shoes or footwear.
Conditions like flat feet, knocking knees anyway don't let me wear too tight or pointed/angular designs in footwear.
⇛⇛⇛[these were the reasons we choose 'Fit as expected' but others please not that this leather would eventually open up over few months]⇚⇚⇚
If buying for small built person or for average feet sizes, this might feel too open if you get the wrong (higher) size and it eventually loosens few millimetres.
⇛⇛⇛ better to try the brand in shop/showroom, then buy. (offline or online⇚⇚⇚
We have purchased these (8646921) in size 9 earlier and size ten recently for use within family (various people, some even larger than me).
Though I've avoided using this (8646921) design for personal reasons, I've used other HP footwear for more than two decades now.
<strong>The open design on this pattern has its positives and downside.</strong>
The flexibility to adjust is provided by a single strap on mech at the rear side which seems to have a not so long lasting Velcro strip.
The open toe/ peep toe design not being one of my favourites, I won't comment much on it as there would be a negative bias.
Now most Bata India products (at-least the core brands) are manufactured in Agra/Kanpur/Lakhnow belt or in Bengal itself and same was the case with the HP sandals we received.
Leather used is of above average quality (unsure whether from buffalo mata or gau mata or pig bhai) with fine grain and soft finish.
at-least three of us opine that a few strips/straps are of a different quality hide or synthetic leather.
On the face of it, the 'shock absorber' sole feature is now fairly standardised on most HP footwear and gives usual (nothing too extraordinary) comfort.
There happens to be a strange/ funny/ irritating (depends on perspective) air vacuum or air compression effect and the consequent sound while walking can be embarrassing if moving in an otherwise silent passageway or say; in a hospital lobby or hotel foyer.
Label price (M.R.P.) of the product (pre-GST manufacture/ May 2017) was/is mentioned as 2299 INR
which in our (me, cousins) view is just not good value and we were partly satisfied with the discounted one (over 60-65%) but are going to request Cloud taiiil and Amazon to help us get size 11 otherwise return/refund the Size 44.
THIS is really disturbing that the apathy, casualness of AmazonIN has gone to such levels now that they do not even bother fixing or even acknowledging simplest of issues like listing mistakes/ size chart errors.
We have been put in this (return/refund) situation, partly due to our oversight but mainly due to the wrong listing/size chart details on Amazon.IN listing. The person ordering (th size 10) missed to cross check the size on Bata site.
If not for these issues and if available at a discount (at 800-900 or even 1000) it is definitely a THREE STAR!