More than a water shoe.
The Astral Porter Women's Water Shoe looks like a classic boat shoe but performs like a high-tech explorer, which might be confusing at first. Should you wear it to work? Should you wear it on the water? Around town? The answer, simply enough, is yes. The tough Cordura nylon upper is decked out with Airmesh at the tongue and vamp for ventilation and drainage, and has drainage ports at midfoot so you don't feel like you're walking around in puddles all day.
The laces run all the way around the heel for security, and the EVA midsole provides loads of cushioning for day-long adventures. To keep you upright on rocking decks and slick rocks, the Porter is finished off with a G15 high-friction rubber sole, which has tons of surface area for increased friction and razor-siping for unbeatable traction.
- Cordura nylon upper
- Airmesh tongue and vamp
- Nylon lining
- EVA foam midsole
- Heel lock
- G15 high-friction rubber sole
- Drainage ports
- Item #ASL000S
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These are fashionable kayaking shoes, that is all. They look great, but the toe box is huge! These shoes work well for what they are intended for, leisure kayaking. Don't be like me and expect to do some serious backcountry hiking in them which included some waterfall rappels.
I gave a 4 of 5 despite the blisters because the grip on the bottom was great when walking in the river, and even gave decent traction while rappelling. Just don't walk any long distances in these shoes and you might love them.
Love the shoe, runs huge!
Seems well made, but runs way too big. I wear size 9 in most shoes, sometimes 8.5, but I'm exchaging for an 8
Rubs my ankle
I love my Loyaks. They are crazy comfortable, so I expected the same from the Porter. Sadly, I was wrong. The back of the shoe would rub my ankle raw within 10 minutes of wearing them. I am returning them. I love the style and they seem to be made really well. I would just highly suggest that they soften the back.
A great classic sailing style of shoe for the rivers, lakes or oceans. Fun out of the water too!
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Size Bought: 9.5
I compared the Brewess, the Loyak, and the Porter all from Astral.
All have super grippy soles as you might expect. The Brewess was the stiffest and the Loyak the softest. The Porter fell in the middle and ultimately I was debating between keeping the Porter and the Loyak, but the Loyak ended up winning out purely for the extra slipper-like comfort. If I was a shoe hoarder I would have kept the Porters, too, though, so don't let my final decision sway you if you dig the looks and function of these.
I normally wear a 9.5 street shoe, and these were a perfect fit in a 9.5.