“ Brand: TWF „
My sons each have a pair of these, which we brought from Tesco for £4 each. Like the wetsuits I found the sizing just a bit small and went one size up for both boys, but these are wonderful little shoes. They are made of neoprene, mesh and rubber. The soles are very flexible and provide an excellent grip when climbing over rock pools, while still providing excellent protection from sharp shells and rocks ( I don't think these would do for nails though).
My sons have spent a lot of time in and out of the water, and always manage to get their shoes filled with sand. This means they have been washed a lot. In addition, they said these were more comfortable in the hot weather than trainers, so these have been worn out bike riding and running about as well as the seaside.
The liner section or insole has come loose, but not all the way out. I'm not to worried - if it does come out I'll just stick it down with UHU. There is a wee scuff on one of these, most likely from a sharp rock. For the most part though, they look like they could last another season, if they still fit next year. There is some stretch so they may do, but if nothing else, the younger child will get some use from his brother's pair. These are in far better nick than their trainers, and considering the wear these shoes have had - I am amazed. I will certainly be buying more of these, in fact if I hadn't overspent on school supplies this month, I'd be buying larger sizes to put away.
My sons absolutely love these shoes. My oldest is still wearing his to karate. They went on so much about how soft and comfortable they were that my husband bought an adult sized pair as well, and he loves them as much as the boys do. I'm seriously considering a pair for myself. I have a lot of problems with my feet and can only wear certain shoes, but at £5 for the adult version, I may risk it.
I really can't recommend these shoes enough, either for water use or just lightweight comfortable summer shoes. The only negative I can think of is that they do take several hours to dry completely, and this seems to be because of the insole, but I don't really see how this could be helped.