hi, i was shopping the other day and noticed these
( http://www.sportsdirect.com/Products/SD/PID-Karrimor+Trail+Run+-180123.aspx )
at the bargain price of £25 . I am after some shoes that will cope with a little mud (over fields in winter) and although i realise these might not be state of the art i wondered if anyone had any experience of them? They seem very cheap!
Basically the owner of Sports Direct (Mike Ashley the guy ruining Newcastle United) has bought the name Karrimor and is using it to attach the name to a variety of sporting and hiking goods. None of these have the quality of classic Karrimor products. As an example a Karrimor backpack wouldn't tear inside after using it once as mine has done.
Go into a Sports Direct and take a look at them, or if you don't have one a Streetwise Sport, Sneakers, etc. as they're all the same company. You'll find you cannot even take the liner inside out of the shoe (the sign of a cheap boot/shoe).
Basically they're a cheap pair of trail shoes with a once reputable logo attached, I don't have any experience of owning a pair (i did look at the whole range in SD). Probably OK as a cheap pair of trail shoes but don't think that the Karrimor name is a sign of a quality product anymore (sadly).
Also all the Karrimor stuff in Sports Direct is always massively reduced to this price, I doubt anyone has ever paid the RRP for them so don't think you're getting a bargain (I'm pretty sure its what they're worth)
Firstly not being able to take the liner out is NOT a sign of a cheap shoe. The manufacture quality of many Karrimor shoes is actually quite good when you compare them to other brands such as Nike and Assics, most of which are made in the same countries, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Japan and North America (basically anywhere where there is cheap labour) and there is no great difference in quality.
I have worn New Balance, Nike and Hitec but at the moment I am running in a pair of Karrimor Pace Trails SN33 and they are comfortable, the gel heal offers good shock absortion, they weren't expensive and so far they are holding up well it terms of durabilty. Oh, and the fact that the inner sole is not removable does not matter at all to me.
Also, I have been wearing the same Karrimor fleece for 5 years now it still looks new when it comes out of the wash!!
The “discounts” on Karrimor products in Sports Direct are a total con. They only sell these products at the alleged RRP at one store in Shirebrook, and not for much of the year. It doesn’t matter if they never sell anything at this store, because they are only offered at this price to legitimise the claim that they are discounted across the rest of the country.
Lol Warey- you must be on a good bonus if you are digging up 5 year old threads!!
how is sports direct treating you?
First and I bet only post....
Sorry do dissapoint but I work in facilities management. The only time I visited Sports Direct was to purchase my current running shoes. I was working away and needed to buy a pair, I drove past Sports Direct and though why not. The sales person in there was a bit pushy and was trying hard to sell me some Nike shoes but I bought a pair of Karrimors against his advice. So far I am pleased with them and can honestly say they are as comfortable as my last New Balance shoes.
The reason I came across this thread was because I was looking for opinions on Karrimor shoes because a lot of people have poor opinions of them.
P.S I bought my Karrimor fleece from ebay because I'm a tight arse.
Where did you buy your Karrimor trainers from flob?
Ooh- so you gave them £3.99 to deliver it instead of picking it up in Store! You rebel.
and the sales person wa pushing nike ? Yea right LMAO
the issue with karrimor is the fake discounting, the copying of the look but not the quality of the brands that they clone and last but not least- being part of sports direct. Don't get me wrong, I do buy from there but only because I know what they are competitive on.
i'm glad you like your shoes and maybe hey are good- but I'll never find out For myself.
cross posts there Warey. As I stated I o buy fom there and thosebshoes were bought for walking the dog as they were very cheap. they did the job, but were like high heels in comparison to my code dictated running shoes. I started running in them and then bought some NBs which were 200g lighter..
it is the reasons stated above thadamage kartimor a bad option, because buying encourages the bad tactics used to all them.
And sifting through my old posts says you either do work for sports direct or you need to get out more- Orr maybe less lol
Why would they hard sell the Karrimors, I noticed they were among the cheapest the one time I shopped there. Are you saying they are not in it for the money?
And by the way, no sifting involved, I was just reading a similar thread and noticed that you mentioned you have worn Karrimor. I bet you're a Sports Direct regular.
Cheapest line with the biggest profit margin because they are one company- as you know. I do shop there, which I am neither proud nor ashamed of
your turn for honesty...
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