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).


ryan said...

These are perfect! I have been looking for some new footwear that I can wear to a meeting downtown, and then wear to chop some wood for the stove. Great shoes.

Anonymous said...

Doubtful I will ever buy Tretorn shoes again.
Those Strala boots are straight up dangerous. Made for wet weather? No. The rubber cracked around the toes in fewer than three months. And Tretorn has got to change the rubber compound or tread pattern on those things. I've never worn a more slippery soled shoe in my life. Getting on/off trains at wet platforms nearly killed me.