this still has a spot on my shoe rack. After so many years of light wearing (only during summer, or when going water hiking) it is broken into. I still wear socks when i do water hikes/ long hours hiking that requires your feet to get wet or soaked or swim during the journey. It lasted this long only because it is lightly worn. It is comfortable and the heel strap don't hurt so bad anymore (because it is old!) The good news is, the sole is still in good shape, not bad after 4 seasons! I hope the newer designs are improved.
Original review 2013:
I bought TWO pairs of this same sandal. neither worked.
Just as it is designed for a wonderful water shoe- great grip on its rubber sole,easy drainage of water and small rocks because its fairly 'open' compared to keen or other boxed toe sandals.
Toe protection good, heel padding comfy. True to size.
BUT- its heel straps are cut weird. Either too high or the material is too tough, I can't tell exactly what. After less than an hour wearing, my heels start to chafe and before a couple hours ( both on dry land and wet environment,, bad blisters start to form. I tried socks, reduce abrasion a little but I cannot imagine hiking in this sandals for more than 2 hours. I also asked someone else same size as me to try wearing it. Same problem- proven its not just my feet or heels!
I was hoping this will be my all around sandals - where I can wear for small errands, as well as my traveling sandals and specifically long hours water hiking sandals. It only works, and only for 2 hours max, well for hiking in water. If I keep this, I would need to buy another pair of sandals for daily wearing. I wore it a few times too,thinking it may just need to be broken into. Same excruciating pain on my heel minutes after I put it on. Also, it is not a quick slip on type of sandal. You need to put in some effort to put it on, and once on, the adjustments are fixed, it's very secure that's why it's great in water.
I had thought it could be a sizing problem so i bought a second pair- a size 7, half size up from the 6.5. I tried socks. I tried even folding the back strap down ( wearing it like a flip flop) but then that exposes how weak the glue is between the strap and sole.
It's disappointing. I was so hoping it works for me - the color is nice, the construction is made of super light weight material, the design is very feminine looking unlike other sports sandals, and the price seemed right too.