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Frustrating warehouse error by Amazon but product itself is good. 1 star for Amazon. 4.5 stars for the shoes.
8 July 2018
I ordered these over a range of other beach/ river shoes specifically because they were available on Amazon Prime. I needed them in time for the weekend for my son and figured that this is exactly the sort of situation that justifies the fee for Amazon Prime. So imagine my disappointment when what was delivered was some sort of ... well, I don't even know how to begin to describe it ... but have a look at the photos and see for yourself. Aside from overnight delivery, there are a couple of key features I think anyone should look for in a good pair of beach shoes. 1) Material. Ideally neoprene with a sole made out of rubber for grip and some degree of protection from sharp rocks etc. but thin enough that you maintain some degree of feel.
2) Fit. Velcro straps or similar to hold them securely in place considering that these are going to be jumping in and out of rivers/ surf etc.
3) Some sort of drainage capability to let the water escape from the inside of the shoe.
The picture on Amazon of Cressi Noumea suggested that I was about to tick all of these boxes.
What I got had an upper made from leather. Yes, leather. Of all things on God's earth that are not happy bed fellows... right up there is leather and water. It's why we have dubbin! I could go on but you get the gist of this ... the shoes were a massive let down and now have to be returned which is a pain when you live out in the sticks. Amazon really let me down on this one.
Just as an epilogue to this review - I returned the offending shoes using the Amazon Pass My Parcel service. The correct shoes were sent out within a couple of days and to be fair to Cressi - these were exactly as expected when originally viewed. The shoes seem very good and exactly what I wanted so I can only assume that an Amazon robot simply picked out of the wrong box in the warehouse.