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The Osprey Aqua Shoes are, for me, essential beach wear for the Summer. Whether I go abroad or to the coast on a day trip I find that they are ideal whilst being around the water as they aremade from the waterproof Neoprene material used in the production of wetsuits. The shoes are very sturdy and come in a range of sizes, so they are comfortable and easy to slip on and off. There is an elasticated toggle on each shoe so that you can secure them firmly around your ankles - perfect for when you go out to sea! The Neoprene uppers are very stretchy and will therefore fit anybody with ease (as long as they are the correct size). They are available in shades of blue and white with a main black upper, and the soles are made from rubber which is both very durable and very light. The rubber soles also provide excellent grip on slippery surfaces, and their treaded surface ensures you won't be on your backside by the pool wearing these. On the heels they also have a tab of material to help you pull them on easily - overall a very well designed shoe. They don't rub - even when wet/sandy, and I have never had any problems with them in the comfort stakes.
Argos sell them for just £6.99 and they are well worth the cost. The fact that they are fitted shoes makes them appeal to those looking for a better fitted pair of shoes in the sense that they won't fall off due to being too big or too small etc. For me it is important to have shoes that fit and as I hate flipflops in general I find the Osprey Aqua shoes to be perfect for use at thre beach and by the pool. Due to their construction they are also great for wearing to the beach and also through the streets to and from the hotel, so they are multipurpose and mean you don't need to mess about keeping your 'best' shoes dry. I am more than happy to recommend the Osprey Aqua shoes for use during your holidays due to cost and obviously practicality, they are the complete beach footwear!
Last summer at the beach I ruined my favourite puma trainers in the sea at Hastings.
Ok, I was dashing after a four year old with no sense of danger who decided he wanted a swim, fully clothed.
He was fine, my trainers were not so lucky.
So this year I have invested in a pair of these rather funky looking aqua shoes,
We visit the south coast rather a lot, and most of the places that we visit are pebble beaches so from my point of view, some form of footwear is a prerequisite and these are ideal.
They have pimple soles that gives you good grip when clambering over rocks and also I would imagine, around the slippery perimeter of a swimming pool.
The upper is neoprene which is quick to dry after use and they are slip on with a toggle to make sure they are a snug fit. You don't want to loose one in the sea now do you?
For me though, the most impressive feature of these shoes is that they are lightweight but still remain hardwearing. I've already worn them on several occasions so far this year and have been impressed by how good they still look and feel. I take care to give them a good rinse when I'm done so they do not pong and also avoid drying them in direct sunlight as this would probably cause the colours to fade. Little effort really, to keep these shoes in great condition.
Colours available are blue, blue/black, red/navy & grey/black, so a good selection!
I'm happy to recommend these and have already purchased a pair for my wife, who prefers them to flip flops as she doesn't like getting sand between her toes.
Mine cost me £7 from a beach shop, which is a bargain as far as I'm concerned as my trainers usually cost a bit more than that!
Thanks for reading,
Some of you may have looked at previous snorkelling related reviews I have done. One of these was on fins, which of course are intended to be worn only in the water. The other useful form of footwear when you are messing around near the water are these aqua shoes, which we both found invaluable accessories when we went to Egypt earlier this year.
We had bought these in blue/black (other two tone colour combinations available) reduced to only a fiver for our trip to The Maldives a few years ago but they had been seldom used given that everywhere we went there was sand. However, in many resorts, a pair of these will come in very handy when at the waterside. We knew that in Egypt most beach snorkelling takes place off a jetty so it was good to have these just to pull on, to walk over the beach to the jetty and to walk down what would otherwise have been an unbearably hot wooden planked surface. We laughed at the dance moves of a few folk who sought to negotiate this lengthy walk without any footwear (Oooh! Aaah! Oooh! Aaah! Aaah!). For many, the soles of our feet don't often see much use without shoes on, so the skin is very soft and tender. Anyone who has burnt their feet will know how much it hurts.
For shingle beaches, these are ideal in that they protect the feet from sharp shells and anything that may be hidden in the beach, like biting crabs! You can wear them when clambering over the rocks. Some places such as Malta have little but rocks at the seaside so again these would be invaluable.
If you have kids running around the poolside, as a parent you are bound to be worried about their falling and cracking open their skulls, so a pair of these will give the little terrors extra grip that should keep them on their feet. Again, sunbathing terraces can be hot and flip-flops aren't the best for running in, so these come into their own.
A key feature of these shoes is the quick-dry neoprene upper, so even if you have worn them in the water, they will soon dry off. They do get a bit bleached after a couple of years, but they are cheap enough even at full price to buy a new pair. They also have an adjustable toggle which can be used to ensure the shoes fit snugly around your foot. Best to tighten this a bit if you go in the water. Finally, a pull on tab at the heel will help you get them off and on.
Our pairs have now survived three holidays and we expect them to last at least a couple more.
They're cheap enough to get the whole family a pair - better than have the salt water ruin your designer trainers anyway.
When holiday time comes around and you find yourself sat beside a beautiful blue sea scape thoughts of diving in for a nice cool swim do tempt you. Last time we were away, we found that many of the beaches were very stoney and rocky. Although thats not a problem when you are sat on the beach sunning yourself, it is a problem when you try to make your way into the sea for a swim.
Some of the people we made friends with whilst away had these Osprey Aqua Shoes, that they wore to the beach instead of beach shoes. Upon asking where they bought them, they told us which shop stocked them nearby, so we hot footed it there to purchase some. When I wanted to review these I was surprised to see they were not listed, but after a few product suggestions, I can now share my thoughts with you about them.
The beauty of the Ospsrey Aqua Shoes is that they are able to be worn on both land and in water. They take the pain of having to walk bare footed to the waters edge away and coat your feet in a comforting light mix of materials. They are made of a neoprene and rubber mix, so are light and comfy when in use.
We bought ours in Euros, but I know that the shoes can be bought in the UK from many retailers and sell for around £6 to £7 per pair. I feel this is a very good price for them, as they are so comfy and handy to have when on holiday and are very light to pack in your suitcase. Its also cheaper to buy them before you go away, as we paid a little more for ours, closer to £10 per pair.
I think that the shoes look neat and tidy when you wear them. I know they are not the most stylish footwear you can buy, but they are made for practical purposes more than anything. They are much more suited to beach wear than flip flops, as you can keep these shoes on and go walking in the rock pools to explore your water side surroundings.
I don't think they look or feel bulky or ungainly when worn and are light enough to keep on when in the water. Whilst they don't offer too much extra support to the arches of your feet for long periods walking on flat ground, over all they still manage to feel comfy.
They have a nice textured rubber based sole to them, that offers plenty of grip as you make your way to the waters edge. I rather liked the texture of the rubber sole as it does offer good stability when wearing the shoe and gives a very light spongey feeling to them. We have them in blue and black and also grey and black, but I also saw them in black and orange too which looked nice.
The shoes have a slim corded detail around the top edge of the shoe and this has a small plastic toggle type fitting that you can use to tighten or loosen the fit of the shoe around your ankle. This is really useful and ensures you get a nice snug but comfy fit. It also means your aqua shoes stay on when in the water. There is also a small tag at the back edge of the shoe, which you can grip on to when putting the shoes on or taking them off.
The shoes are so easy to care for and wear that they are a joy to have. They can be easily rinsed off when you return from the beach and dry in the hot summer sun quickly enough to be re used the following day.
They really do offer decent protection from the bumps and knocks that you usually get from trying to get down stoney beaches into the water for a swim and so they get a full 5 star rating for being a very good little summer beach shoe. What they may lack in style they more than make up for in substance.