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gear review

Tuba shoes by Simple July 20, 2009

Tuba shoes by Simple
Rating: star star star star star (4 out of 5 stars)
Maker: Simple - We strive for 100% sustainability
MSRP: P2895.00
Outlets: Rustan's and R.O.X Bonifacio High St.
Date Acquired: July 20, 2009
Frequency of Use: Almost daily until mid-August, 2009.

Disclosure
Granted, shoes by Simple are not exactly what I would call technical outdoor gear. But hey, I'm not always on a mountain top or diving off some coral reef either. If I just want to chill out, be laid back and just be, shoes by Simple should fill the bill. I'm trying out one of their ecoSNEAKS model, the Tuba.

Simple Shoes approached me and inquired how we can partner in promoting their shoes. I said, "Ship a few units and we'll use and abuse them...and write about it." The response was, "...what's your shipping address?". I'm being helped by a few friends on the use-abuse-review part.

    Features (company claim)
  • contains no animal byproducts or even regular animal products
  • vegan friendly and veggie friendly
  • washed certified organic cotton uppers
  • lined-in certified organic cotton
  • inner tube heel and toecap
  • recycled PET (thatís recycled plastic bottles) laces
  • Ortholite/Recycled car tire pedbeds
  • outsoles used to be a car tire
  • 100% post consumer paper pulp foot forms
  • state-of-the-art/back-to-the-future post-consumer recycled box
    Intended Use (company claim)
  • casual shoes, but they are good enough for cycling and maybe some hiking
    thumbs upPros
  • it looks cool and trick
  • environmentally friendly...green!
    thumbs downCons
  • needs to be broken-in
  • slight hump on the arch
    wish listWish List
  • If the brand-stamping on the outer sole is the cause of the slight hump, put the branding somewhere else.

Verdict

(Aug 11, 2009) It's been nearly 3 weeks I'd been wearing the Tuba almost everyday. Most shoes need to be broken-in as every pair of feet are different, so it's not really unusual to break-in this Tuba. The slight hump at the arch was reduced to a point of not being a discomfort...I hardly notice it anymore. For event walk-about shoes (after the breaking-in), it's not bad.

(July 20, 2009) With hardly a day of use, there's not much to say yet, but what's obvious at the outset is the shoes' meticulous craftmanship. It's built solid with attention to details...the stitching, the rubber gluing, the materials of choice, even the packaging! After reading the labels that came with it, "Simple...shoes for a happy planet" and "...we make ecoSNEAKS from organic cotton, recycled plastics and recycled car tires", I already felt good wearing it. This shoe has attitude, it's hip, it's green and it's cool!

The downside for now is that I feel a slight hump in the middle section where the brand is stamped from the sole. I don't know if this wiil go away in the breaking-in period. Stay tuned.

--- TheLoneRider

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