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With you on the sock front too - I use the Karrimor long compression socks - they do the job,last well and are a damn site cheaper than most of the other brands of compression sock available. Now must get on my Satan's socks and shoes in preparation fro fleeing the mob.....
My husband uses karrimor running shoes. He always praises these comfortable shoes...
Yawn, another random 1st post defending them.... You would think people would want to come on and talk about running, no!!!! They want to come on as completely new and say about trainers they don't even wear..... Yes!!! That is such a great advert for them.
I just bought some Karrimor D3O trail shoes. I didn't know much about the brand but I liked them because they were relatively cheap £40 and they looked extremely solid, which I like. First impressions is that the D3O midsole is extremely impressive. Incredibly comfortable, but a rebound which rivals my Adidas Energy Boosts. Early days, but I'm quite staggered, really - I didn't expect something quite so groundbreaking in Karrimor shoes. I've got a 5K time trial coming up this Friday, I'll see how my speed compares with my Energy Boosts.
Here is a demo of this amazing D3O stuff:
They are absolute crap, avoid at all costs
Not tried their running shoes, but had a pair of Karrimor trekking shoes that lasted for ages, were comfortable and cost me tuppence. Used them on a 5 month walking & trekking sabbatical in South America a few years back and they came back to London in one piece. If their running shoes are the same (and if the quality hasn't dropped in recent years), I'd say they may be worth a try.
A few years ago is key..... A good brand that have gone downhill since being taken over.
Ah, I see - what a shame!
They obviously think that everybody on this forum is realy stupid!
This is funny when I originally asked the question I never realised it would raise it's head regularly over the next couple of years! Someone suggested I try Sports shoes Unlimited and I did! Have been using them to buy Saucony ever since!
Don’t think that Sweatshop selling a product is any badge of quality.
Their customer service ethic is strong, but they have made some fairly indefensible choices in terms of the products they stock, over the years.
Although they try to apply consistent customer service across the country, their buying policy seems to be dictated by marketing considerations, and their relationship with certain suppliers. There does not seem to be any processes, where their buying department assesses which products work.
Remember those wrist bands where the manufacturer claimed that they improved balance, and got prosecuted for making the claim? They used to stock those.
Some of their sports nutrition products are pure snake oil. For example the Lucozade Body Fuel Jelly Beans, are exactly the same as an ordinary jelly bean. They are made on the same production line, put in a different packet, and sold at a much higher price as a “sports nutrition product”.
I have some Karrimor walking boots from about 10/11 years ago, & they are spot on. Chap at a hiking shop in Brum was telling me that Sports Direct had bought them, closed the UK factory & sent it to the cheapest place they could find the Far East. Now, I've nothing against the Far East, they know their onions these days, but the Karrimor trainers I bought from S.D fell to bits. Salomon ones I bought, have lasted me 3 yrs now.I wouldn't touch Karrimor with a barge pole.
i have an old pair of karrimor walking shoes before they were bought out and they are built like tanks the new stuff i don't like. ordered some trail shoes online and the fit is very strange for the size.12's are usually not that narrow.gone for some salomon xt hornets instead.however i will say i have karrimor's run shorts and shirts and find them really good and comfy.
I currently have 2 pairs of karrimor shoes, didn't know about the takeover until i read this thread post purchase, probably would have thought twice about wasting £70 (!!!) of my mums money on them.
Had one 5 miles run in them today and they were "alright" will give them more mileage before I throw a strop completely.
Yawn amazing another posters only post is to say how wonderful karrimor shoes are.... Amazing how many come on here say they are the best fucking shoes ever and never say anything else except no of course I don't work for them... *yawn*
Another part of the issue is that Karrimor used to be a quality brand. The discount trick is played by numerous retailers and few are taken in by claims that, eg More Mile or Hind kit is really worth the notional RRP. But if you're not aware of Karrimor being taken over by Ashley you might be deceived.
GL is right - there's plenty of crap kit out there and Karrimor clothing and accessories are kinda okay. It's the deception and pressure selling that we don't like.