Make/Model:  This tells you the manufacturer and model number of the product


Date:  This is the date of the test review.  Please bear in mind that as the market changes, so do shoe requirements  and people’s perception of the products available.  Competition is getting tougher!


Styling:  This is a matter of personal taste!  Does the reviewer like the look of the product?


Fit:  Reviewers are looking for a product that feels comfortable and secure without impeding their own form


Build Quality:  The product is put through its paces to see how stitching, gluing, fabric, etc. hold up


Performance:  Products are rated on how they fare on roads, trails and in all different weathers


Barefoot Simulation:  Relevant for footwear only - how does the ground feel compare to running barefoot?  Sole thickness and density/type of material used are considered in this category


Price:  How much bang do you get for your buck?  It’s no good being cheap if it doesn’t last a week!


Overall Rating:  This is a summary of the product after thorough testing


Tested by:  Initials indicate tester


Excellent.  Highly recommended in all areas.

Fantastic.  Almost flawless.   A must have.


Very good.  Recommended in all areas.

Good.  Above average in some areas but very average in others.

Acceptable.  Average in most areas but has its disappointments.

Off the pace.  Below average in nearly every area.

Poor.  Under performs in nearly all areas.  Not recommended.

Very poor.  Under performs in every area.  Significantly flawed.

Appalling. Not worth unpacking.  The box is probably of more use.



Stinky feet explained

Our 'Stinky feet' product rating system in detail

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