By: December 17, 2016
We had the same experience BUT may... I repeat, may, have found a way to improve the durability. it seems like when they get wet, they stiffen quickly, shrink and crack. had two pairs do this do us but unfortunately I''ve got kids with picky feet and this model fits them very well. so, we have been applying Sno-Seal, the stuff in the blue can. It has seemed to solve our problem, no more rips, not pulling away from the sole. the leather is much softer and pliable. reapplying after every 3 or 4 uses... jury is still out but keeping fingers crossed.