Wore these out of the box to a kayak camping trip and they were perfect! Plus they are the most stylish water shoes I've ever seen--I got lots of compliments. On this trip, I used them paddling in the kayak, pulling my kayak up the rocky shore, walking around the campground, and swimming in the river--they are very comfortable and versatile. Water drains out of them nicely. The soles were thick enough to protect against rocks, but thin enough to provide a good grip on uneven ground. The crisscrossing straps make it easy to adjust the shoe to get a perfect fit. Like any water shoe, sand, dirt, and small rocks can get inside. I thought that they ran true to size.