3 out of 3
Comfy, but lacking durability
August 01, 2012
These are extremely minimalist 'barefoot' shoes. They are basically made out of expanded foam rubber. The sole starts out about 7mm thick but with use compacts to about half that. I'm not sure what surfaces they are supposed to be worn on because when worn off-trail, twigs and small sharp objects go right through the soft, thin sole, and on trail/pavement the foam sole wears very quickly. I have Crocs that I have worn for years that are essentially a similar but much thicker material that show less wear than these have after only one month. I am using them as my drysuit kayaking footwear, so most of my time is spent sitting in a boat with some short trips up and down the beach or walking around camp. Certainly no hiking or big miles. The uppers are holding up well but why they couldn't put a second, more durable material on the sole is a mystery. These do ship with a slip-in rubber-soled liner that does make them a little snugger fitting and keeps the sharp stuff from poking your foot, but I mostly wear them in the 'Ultra Pure' style without this liner for boat use. If they had put the harder rubber from the liner on the bottom of the outer shoe, much of the durability issue would be addressed. These make great insanely light camp shoes, or work as water sandals for brief river crossings/swims, or are nice for just sitting around the house and yard. Don't expect to wear them for many miles or over sharp objects however. A more durable sole would make these a five star 'barefoot' water shoe.Pros: lightest footwear ever, easy on and off, comfy on smooth ground, breath well, dry instantly, Cons: soles very thin, no puncture protection, weak durability
Black, Red and White.
Available sizes, while supplies last, include size 40, size 41, size 42, size 43, size 44, size 45, size 46 and size 47: 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47.