unsafe at any speed
October 30, 2008
I don’t have much to complain about, but I wrote a letter of complaint to the Merrell shoe company a few weeks ago. If they had bothered to respond, I probably wouldn’t be posting the complaint here on this public blog, but I just got a whopper bill for my arm and I’m feeling ticked off. It was a short letter, with illustrations. I didn’t expect anything from this company except an acknowledgment. Maybe a get-well-soon wish. Instead, they ignored me so I’m going public about these shoes.
These $130 shoes. The ones that are, as the title of this post implies, unsafe at any speed.
I bought them at the Tongass Trading Company in Ketchikan because they were comfortable for hiking, and made of Gore Tex. It’s true that several online reviews mentioned that they are slippery on wet surfaces. Looking at the soles of these shoes, you’d never know. I figured the online reviews were exaggerated…or written by klutzes…. NOT. The review are correct. THESE SHOES SLIP ON WET SURFACES.
I was off for a hike with Barkis and never even made it out of my yard. The grass was wet that day. In this part of the world, the grass is always wet. The hike ended with an ambulance ride and ferry crossing to the ER. As you can see, I’m still wearing the Merrell shoes in the ER: