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Disintegrating shoes Pt II

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Susie42 Thu 24-Mar-22 11:19:03

I've just put on a pair of shoes that I haven't worn through the winter and they felt uncomfortable so I checked and found that the soles were disintegrating as I touched them. They were Geox loafers and quite expensive when I bought them about five years ago. I have another pair of Geox loafers which are even older and they are in perfect condition.

silverlining48 Thu 24-Mar-22 12:36:41

There was a recent thread on this subject and all the shoes which were disintegrating were expensive brands.
I had never heard of this happening to anyone, certainly not to me, maybe because I don’t buy these expensive shoes.
Currently wearing Aldi £5.99, 3 or 4 years old, good as new and I expect them to last a few years more.
I would take them back and complain. That is really annoying.

Fernbergien Fri 25-Mar-22 12:23:57

Found Jo and Joe shoes at garden centre. Lovely loafers. Incredible number of colours. All leather . £25 or less. On line too. Seem to be doing well. Am size 4.5 and 4 fits. Think they do wide as well. Worth a try.

Grannynannywanny Fri 25-Mar-22 12:39:02

I had a similar experience recently. Tried on an almost unworn pair of Clarks ankle boots I’d put away 4 years ago as I couldn’t wear them with a prescription orthotic support. They felt comfy and I thought I’d try them around the house without the bulky support to see if I could walk ok in them. Within a few steps I felt they were so comfy my feet were sinking into them. Then I realised they were! The soles spread out onto the floor and disintegrated. It took me the next 2 hours to scrub the black tarry marks from the floor.

aggie Fri 25-Mar-22 12:44:15

Same thing happened me with a nice comfy pair of Ecco shoes I hadn’t been able to wear them due to nor being able to tie the laces , but last weekend I managed and wore them for two days but yesterday when I tried to walk , the soles left a black trail or rubber crumbs ,! In the bin now 😢

Cabbie21 Fri 25-Mar-22 13:07:14

It happens! It happened to me at a concert. They were shoes I had not worn for a while, been in a box. It is a well known problem.

aggie Fri 25-Mar-22 13:13:58

I wonder is it just the black soles ? I have resurrected another pair of Ecco shoes with grey soles , just worn them yesterday and today and ok so far

Susie42 Fri 25-Mar-22 13:39:16

@silverlining48
I didn't buy them locally so can't take them back. I put them in the dustbin yesterday so they're now in some landfill site.

grannydarkhair Fri 25-Mar-22 17:51:03

It’s happened to me twice now, both times were Hotter shoes. Both were shoes I hadn’t worn for at least a couple of years. My last surviving comfy Hotters are starting to go now as well, but tbh, they owe me nothing, I’ve worn them so often.

rockgran Fri 25-Mar-22 17:57:24

I've had this problem with Hotter and other brands. The moral is ....wear them don't save them! I suppose we should be glad that they are eventually biodegradable! (I think). hmm

Esspee Fri 25-Mar-22 17:59:10

I was at the doctors having blood taken when I noticed black rubbery stuff on the carpet. When I realised my shoes were disintegrating I was mortified. I left the surgery on tiptoe.

karmalady Fri 25-Mar-22 18:05:18

Db shoes fell apart, they had lots of life left. I think the glue must have become brittle

Niobe Fri 25-Mar-22 22:07:02

Same thing has happened to my MBT sandals that I hadn’t worn for a couple of years. I had planned to wear the shoes and sandals that I already have rather than buying new ones for the summer so I think that I will haul everything out of the wardrobe and wear as many as I can this summer.

Audi10 Thu 19-May-22 22:31:50

I had never heard of this happening to shoes, but my husband was clearing out his shoes and right at the back of the wardrobe he found a pair he had forgotten about must have been bought maybe 5 years before! Not really expensive still in the box put them on off he went shopping all fine until he got half way round the supermarket aisle he felt a crunch and one shoe started crumbling the heel fell off turned the corner and the other one started falling to pieces the sole came away, he was mortified! We had never heard of this sort of thing happening

MissAdventure Thu 19-May-22 22:36:09

I sold a pair of shoes on Ebay (so they must have been a "make" and not my usual cheapies) and the buyer contacted me with pictures of the sole all disintegrated.
I think they were Hotter or something.

Marydoll Thu 19-May-22 22:39:05

I have just binned a pair like that tonight. They were years old, not cheap, but hardly worn.

MissAdventure Thu 19-May-22 22:40:48

Perhaps it is something to do with the flexible, cushioned soles and heels?

Marydoll Thu 19-May-22 22:47:04

I asked Google.

PU consists of long polymer chains that are gradually split apart due to the effect of moisture. As a consequence, PU loses flexibility over time and gradually becomes brittle. As the shoes reach an advanced age, this can lead to signs of disintegration in the soles

So there you have it!

paddyann54 Fri 20-May-22 00:31:11

Two pairs "went home" this week as my welsh auntie used to say .Soles came off both hardly worn so its not wear related .The sole of one pair seemed hollow so nothing to glue them back to.My OH who is very handy with most things says the other pair have soles that need a specialised glue so we'll see if the local cobbler can fix them .
Irritating because they are both sandals that I had hoped to wear this year .I cant find anything similar online

MissAdventure Fri 20-May-22 00:32:08

Ooh my mum used to say "went home", too.