Rated 4 out of
Comfortable and Fantastic Slip-ResistanceMy son works in a Panera 25-35 hours per week and needed a comfortable non-slip shoe for the wide range of work duties he covers in the dining room and in the kitchen. We chose these shoes because they are designed primarily for restaurant workers. He received these shoes in October 2018 and he was amazed at the comfort and function of the shoes. He has narrow feet, so even medium width is wide for him, but he is able to tighten the laces enough to compensate. He normally wears a size 11 which is what we bought and they seem to fit true to size. As far as the slip-resistance, he said that they are so grippy that he actually had to get used to almost no give in the shoes even in standing water. The memory foam insole makes the shoe very comfortable at the first wearing, but it's a gimmick in the long term. Memory foam does not hold up over time and his heels have actually worn through the insoles now. Plan to replace the insoles with something like Dr. Scholl's offers. The uppers have held up amazingly well and seem to repel the worst a restaurant can dump on them. The soles have worn very well, but the failing in this shoe is the bonding between the upper and the sole. As the attached photo shows, the upper has separated at the toe of the left shoe. In my opinion, they didn't allow for enough material from the upper to wrap under the foot bed. Given that this is a common stress point, the extra material wrapping under the foot bed would help maintain the bond longer. That said, I will give the shoe some benefit of doubt in that my son is very hard on shoes. He is 6'-2" and only 150lbs, but he can destroy a pair of quality shoes faster than anyone I know--including me.
Overall, this is a very good shoe. The build quality is average but the materials themselves are very good, and I honestly doubt other brands would perform any better for my son. Since this pair has hit end-fo-life, we will buy another pair of the same. They're a very good shoe at a fair price. If you stack sales and point rewards, you can make the purchase more palatable.