Like Sally, I am in the market for some chunky sandals for this summer. I decided to try some Docs, because I’m loving my Dr Martens boots and because I found a pair that come in maroon. I’ve been looking for flat burgundy sandals and/or sneakers since last summer with no success.

These are Dr Martens Clarissa. I plan to wear these for casual outings and urban walks with my dog. Mostly flat.

Being Docs, they are heavy and make my already big feet look bigger. I am trying to embrace that because I really like the style. So don’t worry about the flattery issues

My concerns are:
*the leather feels quite tough and I fear the heel area or straps may rub and cause me blisters over time. They feel fine at present but I suspect they will need breaking in, like Fryes.
*the rubber sole makes a bit of a ssshhh noise when I walk on my timber floor (not on carpet). It comes and goes. My boots don’t make that noise.

Has anyone had experience with these shoes and issues? Did they resolve?

I remember my boots were tough and uncomfortable when I first got them but they feel great now (still heavy, but that’s the style).

Is there anything I can do to avoid break in pain?

My husband says not to worry about the noise. It may not be an issue outdoors.

What do you think?

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