I like these so much I bought a second pair! Now that is true - but it needs some qualification. I have a club foot (CTEV) which is two sizes smaller than my dominant foot and in most shoes I just get by with having one that is a lot too big. In the case of a water shoe, however, this just doesn't work well as the smaller foot can slide out leading to the loss of a shoe in strong currents. So I now own a pair of these in UK size 8 and a pair in UK size 10. Usually both of my feet would require at least a half size larger - these sandals come up on the larger side than their listed sizing would suggest. But I can attest that this is true for both sizes I ordered.
I enjoy various waterborne sports - most of all rowing but also kayaking, rafting and of course mucking about along coastlines, rockpooling and the like. I've owned a few pairs of shoes designed to be 'amphibious' and so have some experience of what is required for them to be any good. These Swiftwater sandals from Crocs tick all the main boxes for me. Positives include :
+They are light and comfortable on land and in water.
+They hold the foot well thanks to the mesh upper and velcro closure.
+They offer a little protection from bumps and scrapes to the tips and sides of toes
+They dry fast
+There are no prominent seams to cause rub points (I have hiked some gentle trails in them with and without socks all in comfort)
+They feel fairly sure-footed on submerged rocks (as well as most things I've tried)
+Being so light (UK size 8 shoes, dry, weigh 204g each!) they are a great option for backpackers, thru-hikers and trekkers as a spare pair of footwear to escape from their boots
+They look good and, if you wear a plain black short-cut sock you'd not notice they were sandals at first glance.
+Outstanding value for money at the current offer from Amazon - could buy two pairs of these to fit my odd feet for less than it costs for some of the alternatives in this class of shoe.
There are a few areas I could see improved - partly because my favourite shoe that I've used for amphibious purposes in the past was the Salomon Techamphibian 3, Men's Hiking Sandals
and these trade off the lightness in favour of a more durable and structured sole unit and fully adjustable fit. Hence they aren't quite the same kind of beast but I'd suggest the Crocs:
- could do with a little more durable and puncture-resistant sole (I know this is a Crocs selling point - but it's also a reason I haven't bought any!)
- would benefit from some means of adjusting the fit along the shoe. I
- need some way of locking down the velcro closure as in water this can be pulled open a little too easily.
I've had a really good opportunity to test these lately as I've been using them in 36C heat walking around town and on low elevation hikes, In 8C water with a wetsuit sock on underneath whilst rafting and I've also ridden my bike in them. They are an excellent all-rounder and at a very reasonable price so I can thoroughly recommend them.