“ Brand: Merrell / Type: Sandals „
I first bought a pair of these Merrell Reactor Webwrap sports sandals for use whilst on holiday a few years ago - I wanted something that was cool to wear in hot weather, but which would also provide me with a tough, durable sole to walk on.
The sole of the sandals are very thick, made of a solid, moulded tough rubbery material, and they have great grips running over the bottom of the soles, making them great for using in slippery conditions - in my case around waterfalls and rivers on holidays. Another feature of the middle of the sole is an aircushion - now I can't say I really noticed the action of the aircushion until I tried a pair of similar sandals without one and they felt a lot less springy and more inflexible than my pair of Merells.
On the inside of the shoe, the bottom is shaped to fit the curves of a foot, which also makes it easy to tell which shoe is for which foot, otherwise it would be a bit of a pain to tell at a quick glance.
The upper part of these sandals are made from synthetic leather and the straps which fasten the shoes shut are made of Velcro in a dark grey design, making these easy to get off and on. The strap are adjustable so can be tailored to feet your ankle size.
In terms of looks, I think these are quite nice for outdoorsy, walking sandals. They're not gorgeous, but they are decent looking and are very functional, which is the main thing for me.
I've worn these sandals a lot on various holidays, particularly whilst out walking in the hills, and I've found them to be great. They're very comfortable in my opinion, and they offer more support and comfort for my feet than, for example, flip flops, whilst remaining cool to wear in warmer weather.
I paid £35 for these walking sandals, but they have lasted me a fair few years so far, with no real signs of wear and tear - I've thrown these in the washer quite a few times too in a pillow case to stop any potential washing machine scratches, and any dirt on the fabric Velcro straps always comes out.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the durability and performance of these sandals, so I can highly recommend them. They might not be the cheapest, but they'll get the job done, look after your feet and last years.