Tuesday, December 13

tretorn -obo gtx shoes

Swedish based Tretorn sent these Öbo GTX waterproofed shoes for a hands on review. Stats: leather upper, waterproof treated and gusseted construction. GORE-TEX® waterproof lining. Textile sockliner of 100% post industrial recycled mesh. EcoOrthoLite® insole. Non-marking Rubber outsole. $170. [update: a little more info on the leather being used here; it is a full grain, aniline water proof leather w/ a slight pull-up. thx @tretorn]

Thoughts: leather definitely has a treated feel, and water runs off. Gore padded lining and cushioned insole suit it for cool weather I would think. Moc-toe aspect appeals. As other Tretorns I have tried these fit true if a hair small. If you planned to wear thick socks (winter) then I would suggest going up a half size -or my M.O. is to remove the liner if wearing thick socks, put it back in when not. Slight duck bill effect, raising front of shoe off the ground. Nostalgic gum rubber sole.

This would seem to sit at a gap in the market if you are looking for a more Scando-option than LLBean boots, or something less utilitarian than Tretorn's pull-on Stråla Vinter Klar (which I happen to like simply for that no frills aspect).