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Most stylish river shoes I've owned
on September 21, 2011
I splurged on this purchase. Having said that, I normally wear a 9.5, ordered a 10 and am satisfied with the fit; a little extra wiggle room for my toes, but I have wide feet. They are snug around the ankle and foot and don't allow sand and debris in to irritate your feet. They provide a sure footing on the slippery moss and algae covered rocks in the river I frequent. They appear to be well made and are fairly comfortable. There really isn't much to them. Next best thing to barefoot.
When I first put them on I felt a slightly irritating feeling that I can best describe as the wire mesh in the sole poking the bottom of my feet. Nothing painful, just the sensation. After continued wearing though, I no longer get that sensation and attribute it to the break-in of the shoe itself. They should last for a while, I only wear them while I'm paddling.
I'd say for what you're paying for, you get a shoe that won't rub blisters on your feet, does a great job of keeping sand and other junk out, won't fall apart and will keep you from slipping on the rocks compared to some of the cheaper ones I've owned before. I'm still on the fence concerning the look of the shoe, the word gaudy comes to mind.