Rated 3 out of 5 by RMRandal Decent Everyday Shoes but Poor Design for Walking
Overview: I was in the market for new everyday shoes to wear around the town on pavement and dirt and when traveling (no hiking to speak of). I decided to give the Rockport World Tour Walker a try after reading reviews here and after becoming frustrated with the declining quality of other brands I've worn for years. I've never owned the Rockport brand before, but I was attracted to their leather uppers construction and supposed comfort and durability. I've been wearing them every day now for two months, and while I'm somewhat satisfied, I'm convinced that better shoes of comparable construction and style must exist in the same price range.
*Arch Support: There isn't any true arch support or insole cushioning for people with any type of mild to high arch geometry. I had to purchase aftermarket Superfeet insoles to make up for the Rockport's poor design, which made the overall shoe purchase price much higher. The original insole is a thin, floppy piece of foam that I wouldn't want in my house slippers, let alone my walking shoes.
*Ventilation: The shoes have no ventilation, which surprises me for walking shoes. With the shoe's leather uppers and synthetic lining, a short walk on a hot, sunny day produces a lot of heat in the shoe, resulting in uncomfortable sweat for me. My dress shoes have better ventilation, so I'm not sure what the Rockport designers were thinking marketing this as a walking shoe.
*Fit: I experienced no issues with the fit.
*Aesthetics: The shoes look attractive with smooth lines and supple leather. I can wear them with both denim jeans and cotton trousers (such as khakis), but I consider them less appropriate for business casual or better--at least for where I live and how I was taught to dress.
*Durability: So far, they seem plenty durable, but only time will tell. After two months of wearing them on both pavement and dirt, I see few signs of wear on the soles and uppers. I am uncertain about the lining at the heel because it is very thin synthetic fabric. Even though I loosen the laces when taking off the shoes, I am suspicious that this heel area will wear through prematurely after repeatedly sliding my feet in and out due to its thin construction.
*Break-In: The break in took about three days of wearing the shoes for a couple hours each day with no unusual discomfort.
October 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Freddy1 Great shoes
I have worn these shoes five days a week for more than two years now (chocolate chip color). They are soft and comfortable to wear and didn't require any breaking in. The soles are wearing OK and the exterior of the shoes still look just fine. The interior is starting to wear a little now so I plan to buy another pair. They have been great value.
October 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 Good Walk
Very comfortable from the first time that I put the shoes on.
October 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jimsir Rockford Walkers
The Rockford Walking Shoes I purchased from LL Bean arrived on time and they have performed better than expected. Very comfortable shoes.
October 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by PasoFinoHorses Just what he needed for standing at work.
These shoes are very comfortable and accommodate his needs for work. Would highly recommend these shoes.
October 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by bwayjpt The Perfect Shoe
I was leery of ordering shoes over the internet, but these shoes are perfect! Perfect fit, perfect color and so very, very comfortable! They can worn with formal or casual attire. I could not be happier with these shoes!
September 17, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5
by VashonDad Ugly Logo mars good shoe
This shoe seems pretty well made, and it would be just what I wanted, except for one glaring fault - an ugly ROCKPORT logo on the back of the shoe. The logo is all caps, and encased in glossy plastic, which makes it even worse.
LLBean is partly at fault here, because the four photos on the webpage don't show the rear of the shoe, so it's impossible to see the logo until you get the shoe in hand. I've enclosed the photo that LLBean should have posted.
I may be quirky, but when I wear clothing, I don't think I should be a walking billboard for the company. It's impossible to avoid all logos these days, but at least some companies use just a small symbol, easily ignored.
It's not easy to ignore this ROCKPORT shiny plastic logo, on what is supposed to be a nice enough shoe to wear in casually dressy situations.
So I'll be returning what otherwise might be a decent shoe.
September 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sisyphus World Tour Walkers
These Rockport walkers are the most comfortable and durable shoes I've ever worn, after they've had a chance to conform to my feet.
September 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by AJat402 Rockport World Tour Walkers
I owned a dark brown pair. I just bought a black pair. The shoe is extremely comfortable. I'm glad I bought these shoes after looking all over for something that fit and I liked. LL Bean is very dependable for style, fit, and quality.
September 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by nativesouth best shoes can buy
I have worn Rockport shoes for many years. Always fit great for me because I wear a narrow width and they are the only shoes I can find that comes in narrow. Last & hold up well for many years.
September 6, 2014