Acacia Shark Shoe Part 2
After playing dozens of half ice intramural and 40+ full ice C/D level games. I really enjoy the shoe. My biggest gripe from the first review was the stopping distance. Now, it is comparable to other shoes, where I don’t feel like it is taking too long to stop.
Where I am most impressed is the resistance to wear on the sole. I can tell which “fingers” have worn down because there is a pattern on each one. And for me, it appears to only be the outsides of the sole and not the middle. And even so, I can still see some of the pattern on about half of them. My right shoe has extra wear in the direct middle of the shoe, the fingers appear squished, but the pattern is still there. This is probably because I mainly stop with my right foot forwards, applying more pressure on it. Regardless,7 these shoes don’t seem to wear anywhere close to other shoes I’ve worn.
The rest of the shoe looks just about brand new. No color fade with very, very minimal fraying of the shoe material. The right shoe has boot separation from sole on the right side where the shoe creases while the toe is bent. But it is about an inch long and I don’t see it getting any worse. Not a single stitch has come loose or is frayed on the left, but there is two that have frayed slightly on the right, so quality stitching done. And nothing is wrong with the shoelaces, besides the luster from the wax is gone from tying them, the eyelets or the aglets.
Protection-wise, still stellar. I cannot feel minor taps and hits to the foot/ankle and anything more does not hurt. These would be good for anyone that feels like they always seem to get hit in the ankles or just below the knee pad while playing.
Overall, I feel like I won’t be needing to buy another shoe for at least another year from now. I used to get a $60-$80 pair every 6-10 months, but am glad I spent the $120 for potential 2+ years with one shoe.