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Da Kine!

Found this shoe by looking for something ergonomic for aging feet. I read the two earlier posted reviews which were pretty enthusiastic and helped me decide to at least order these to try them out. Now I've waited just over a week to make sure, but I now add my voice by saying this is one of the best shoes I've ever worn. When you inspect them closely, every design idea and shoe feature have been carefully thought out, stout materials have been selected, and they feel great, are lightweight yet tough, and provide the ankle support I was looking for. A late winter snowstorm here this week gave them a test on snowy, icy surfaces and they made me feel safe and secure walking and were really warm. I'm tempted to order another pair as backup, as designs change and inventory comes and goes. This shoe is a home run and worth every penny!

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It appears as if the sole is partially leather with rubber protruding through the leather...

Does this design make the sole prone to water stains or water damage?

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The leather portion of the sole is just cosmetic, rubber underneath. No water stains, no damage to the leather. It's a very high quality, good wearing leather. I have a few scuffs, but it just looks like nice aging, not like a shoe in poor repair.

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I have a pair of OluKai Moloas and a pair of Kamuelas - see my reviews of these excellent shoes. Both have the rubber "traction pods. I agree with Ryan Hamilton's comment above, the more these shoes are work, and the more distressed (in a good way) the leather becomes, the better the shoe looks. I wouldn't wear these on talus/scree in the mountains, but around town, at the beach, etc. they're excellent.

The "traction pods" felt unusual to me at first. But walking around downtown Chicago on first wear, with no socks, my feet felt great. It turns out, for me, the traction pods sort of massage my feet.