Our first impressions on picking up a pair of these fine looking Aleader Water Shoes is a slight attack of déjà vue!
It seems that we have seen these before somewhere. A brief check confirms that these funky water shoes bear a striking resemblance to the Cior brand, we recently reviewed on Best Walking Shoe Reviews.
With their snazzy stitching, impressive array of colors and particularly, the multi color checked ribbon going down the front of the shoe, we thought we were looking at their twin!
At about the same price, we are not quite sure who is copying who here, but the Aleader shoe seems to hold its own when inspected close up.
Although we do not have an exact weighting for this Aleader Water Shoe, our estimate is that they weigh in the region of 4 to 4.5 ounces. This makes them very light indeed and almost a nude like feeling on your feet.
When you look at the listing for these shoes – or their Facebook page (we haven’t discovered an actual website yet, but will keep digging!) some confusion emerges.
It would appear that half of the listed products actually bear a different brand name ‘Socone’. However, once closely examined it seems clear that the branding and the shoes seem identical to the other ones bearing the brand name ‘Aleader’.
The Aleader Facebook page also bears both brands, so we are confident that if your ordered shoe says ‘Socone’ on it, when it arrives, it is not a fake. It would seem as if the manufacturers are in the middle of changing the branding on them.
When it comes to water shoes there is always a degree of confusion about what they are meant to do and what type of situation they handle the best.
Just to clarify, water shoes are not designed to withstand water, they are designed to work with it. The FluidFlow technology means they should act like a colander in the water.
There are often one or two confused souls on review pages barking angrily that the water shoes ‘didn’t work’ because they let in water. They are supposed to.
The thing that they are supposed to do is to be quick to dry and wash out afterwards. Which these are, with their Quick-dry technology and airy mesh.
For added convenience these can also be popped in the washing machine (on a very cool, special setting).
Having cleared up that water shoes are indeed meant to get wet, we turn our attention to the thorny ‘will I get sand in them’ dilemma.
Since it seems that there is no shoe on this earth that does not collect sand, it would seem the honest answer to this is no.
In fact, if any shoe manufacturer could invent something that repelled sand, it would be some kind of miracle.
Because these water shoes (like all water shoes) are a mesh construction and have a sole with tiny holes in it, a small amount of sand is likely to slip through.
Although, depending on the type of sand and where you wear them, the amount may vary.
Many customers attest to the fact that actually, these aren’t too bad on dry, packed sand at all. But once you venture into the ocean, any loose, fine particles of floating sand may possibly get in.
The most important thing is not so much will they let sand in but how easily will you get it out.
We think these easy clean shoes should not be too hard to wash free of the dreaded sand after you have been to the beach.
And the terrain?
Well, the manufacturers have publicity photos of these being worn on a boat, so this is a good hint that they can be safely employed on deck.
The water grip rubber sole will fix you good and tight to even the slipperiest surface.
These have been designed as an ‘amphibious’ shoe, which is designed to go anywhere. So poolside or even inside the pool are also great bets. A lot of people buy these to wear doing aqua aerobics for example.
And what about dry land? Well there are mixed reviews about that. In all honesty, we would not pick these water shoes for any heavy duty walking or hiking.
The soles may let in very small stones and we do not think there is a high level of support available.
But for a casual stroll around the poolside or deck, we are satisfied these will not let you down.
Hurrah! Three quarters of customers are satisfied with the overall fit.
If you should be one of the small percentage who think these are a little small – or tight especially around the opening, we say give them a day or two to relax in.
They will actually stretch a little with wearing. Remember, aqua shoes have to grip a little tighter just in order to stay on your foot.
The one thing that nearly everyone says about these water shoes is that they are very comfortable and so light, that it is like having nothing on your feet.
In short, yes we would recommend these water shoes for anyone looking for a cheap pair of shoes to wear on holiday this year.
We don’t think they will last forever and we certainly won’t be running a marathon in them – but for messing around in a boat or lounging by the poolside, they are our first choice!