Author Topic: Karrimor boots and shoes - any good?  (Read 931 times)

BuzyG

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Re: Karrimor boots and shoes - any good?
« Reply #15 on: 23:05:13, 27/07/19 »
Paid my money and made my choice today. Bought two new pairs of Karrimore walking shoes.  O0

El Principe

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Re: Karrimor boots and shoes - any good?
« Reply #16 on: Yesterday at 18:40:56 »
I suppose Karrimor is kind of like the Invicta of the boot world (it's looked down on as being cheap).

Don't know if the hate is justified, since I've never used them. Probably fine for entry level, but I think what annoys people is the fact that they're basically SportsDirect own brand, entry level, but they have aggressive and misleading pricing, which makes out that they're much higher level than they actually are.

BuzyG

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« Reply #17 on: Yesterday at 18:57:14 »
I suppose Karrimor is kind of like the Invicta of the boot world (it's looked down on as being cheap).

Don't know if the hate is justified, since I've never used them. Probably fine for entry level, but I think what annoys people is the fact that they're basically SportsDirect own brand, entry level, but they have aggressive and misleading pricing, which makes out that they're much higher level than they actually are.


I'm not sure I understand what you mean.  Surely what matters is that they are comfortable, well made, well priced foot wear.  That do the job they are designed for rather well. The maker and branding are, in this respect, irrelevant.

El Principe

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Re: Karrimor boots and shoes - any good?
« Reply #18 on: Today at 18:19:25 »

I'm not sure I understand what you mean.  Surely what matters is that they are comfortable, well made, well priced foot wear.  That do the job they are designed for rather well. The maker and branding are, in this respect, irrelevant.


I haven't tried them so I can't really comment - in fact I've seen some pairs that have quite a nice design - and I didn't mean to denigrate the boots or anybody who wears them.


To continue the watch analogy, like Invicta, Karrimor seems to get hate due to people's perception on quality and price. Invicta actually makes pretty good watches for the price, and Karrimor may well be the same.


But Karrimor/sportsdirect doesn't do themselves any favours with their deceptive pricing. It's always "RRP 150, NOW 70" or some such deception. They try to portray them as a high-level boot at a cut price, when really they are just normal boots at an affordable price.

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Re: Karrimor boots and shoes - any good?
« Reply #19 on: Today at 20:10:55 »
Never mind. For about three years now Sports Direct have been proclaiming that they aim to become "the Selfridges of sportswear". Speaking as a London suburbanite, I can tell you that Selfridges has really moved itself further upmarket in recent years, and for someone like me shopping there is completely out of the question, I wouldn't even set foot in there.

I can't see it happening myself, they'll lose their big band of loyal chav and trailer trash clientele for a start, along with people like me who go there for cheap garments. But I have noticed there is a definite shift taking place, with less of the racks at giveaway prices to more of the dearer (for Sports Direct) items.

So what will Karrimor boots be like if the aspirations take place?