Mission accomplished! Thumbs up to Michael & "The Athletes Foot", Centre Point Arcade, Sydney! I made a special trip to the city today to return my much loved purple Nike 'Free' trainers because the mesh had torn from the sole on each heel after only 5 months of use.
The staff & Michael who 'looked after me', were very obliging & friendly & I could choose either a full refund or replacement...no questions asked. I chose the latter because I love this trainer! Even when I told them there was a chance I could be back in another 5 months with the same problem, they still smiled & happily said, "No problem!" They've had similar returns so I guess it won't be long before the mesh section at the heel is replaced with something more durable.
Also available now is the Nike 'Free' Cross-Trainer; same price but not nearly as good looking!
BUT......tragedy of all tragedies! My 'Frees' are no longer purple as in the banner!! This is the only sad turn of events!! The purple (or mauve), that I loved so much, has been replaced with 'black & blue".....baby blue! I like it, but the purple ...or "Wild Cherry" as it's correctly called - will live on in my 'Hanna Banna'!!!