For as long as I can remember, the phrase ‘deck shoe’ has been synonymous with Timberland. In fact, one of my favourite pair of shoes is a pair of Timberlands, pictured above, that my dad gave me about a year ago. Given that he wore them for close to a decade (yes, really) before handing them down to me, it’s nothing short of a miracle that they still exist. I’ve had shoes that have packed up in less than a quarter of that length of time. Literally, the very molecules that composed them have just ceased to exist and I’ve had to replace them.
As such, I was hesitant when Chatham Marine offered to send me some of their deck shoes – ‘It’s ok,’ I whispered to my Timbies. ‘I’d never try to replace you guys like that.’ Time passed and I came to my senses, realising that I’m NOT in fact in a monogamous relationship with my shoes, and I let Chatham hook me up. My first impressions were good – they felt comfortable, yet sturdy. Even the laces seemed tough. Always useful when you trip over your own feet as often as I do.
Against the advice of the manufacturers, I’ve managed to get the shoes completely soaked on two separate occasions (I was testing how they’d cope if I fell overboard…obviously) and, although they’ve required a little re-wearing in afterwards, they’re still going very strong. All Chatham’s stuff comes with a two year guarantee, but there’s no signs I’ll need to make use of that as of yet. Whether they’ll last nine more years after that? Well, I’ll have to wait and see.
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