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145 of 161 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2010
I bought these shoes in advance of a trip to Mexico. We had read reviews that the beach has some broken up sea shells and could be rocky in some areas. They suggested water shoes. I chose these shoes for their combo of style, price and name recognition. The very first time that I slipped them on I was pretty pleased. They were comfortable and easy to walk in. Now I'm on the beach and walking over some of the rocks and the bottom of the shoe still feels great! Then I ventured out into the ocean. Quickly they began to fill up with sand. But I had expected that since the sand is so fine. No problem there. Returning to shore I discovered that it was uncomfortable to walk. I removed one of the shoes and found a nice collection of fairly large chunks of busted up sea shells and coral. How did that get in there? I had the ankle strap tight. So I banged on the shoe a little bit more and the shells/coral just kept coming. It was really pretty impressive how many shells were able to fit into the shoe. I relate it to clowns exiting a car. OK, so that part wasn't good. I took them off the beach to rinse them out. I removed the insole (which had already come out when i took the shoe off at the beach) and there were many shells/coral embedded into it. So I had to pick each of those out by hand. Now everything is cleaned out and the shoe is comfortable to wear again. But after a few mintes of walking something felt odd. I looked down the the insole was coming out of the shoe as I was walking. Working its way right up the back of my leg! Once again, the shoe comes off, I repositioned the insert and continued walking. Once again it worked its way out of the shoe. So I just took them off. Also, they take forever to dry out leaving your feet looking like prunes. To sum up: these shoes are very comfortable to wear and provide good cusion when they're dry. Once they get wet they become worthless. And that's not a good quaility to have in a WATER SHOE!!