Review of

Written by Karen Bryan

avia mens hiking shoeIt can be hard for me to find comfy shoes for my large, wide feet.  I usually find that men’s trainer type shoes are a better fit for everyday casual wear.

I was so happy with a pair of Avia men’s hiker trainers that I bought in Sports Direct for £17, that I bought a further three pairs.

When I started wearing the final pair from my stock, I thought I’d better check if that specific style was still available.

Initially, I was disappointed that Sports Direct seems to have stopped stocking the Avia brand. Then, I found the same shoe, in the correct half size, on the website, for the lower price of £14. There was only the wide size fitting available. I assumed that was what I required, but I didn’t recall any mention of wide fitting when I purchased the shoes from Sports Direct.

As I intended to buy four pairs, I wanted to check that I bought the correct size, to avoid paying to return the four pairs of shoes, I phoned ShoeStationDirect to check. The member of staff immediately advised me that the wide fitting shoe would have an X after the size on the tongue of the shoes. Sure enough there was an X after the size on the tongue of my existing shoes.

I managed to find a code, 5%SHOESDIRECT, to get 5% off the pre-VAT price of the shoes, which brought the price for the four pairs down to £53. Orders over £50 qualified for free UK postage.

I received my shoes two days later by Royal Mail 48 hour tracked service. It was good that I was able to see the delivery day in order to wait in, as the parcel required a signature.

Overall, I was very happy with The price was lower than I paid over two years ago, customer service was good and the purchase was delivered quickly, at no additional cost.