Striking is the word we would choose to describe the Aleader Women’s Mary Jane Water Shoe, if we had to pick one.
Or, at least they are in their brightest incarnation, which is the Watermelon – more about them later.
These are a synthetic/mesh combination water shoe with a faux leather look. They are a lightweight construction, as you would rather hope for something that describes themselves as “aqua” – you don’t want to sink in the bottom of the swimming pool, after all – and are both breathable in the air and drainable in the water.
If you look at the traction on the shoe, they have something called drainage pods on them. This helps the water flow through them faster, speeding up the drying time when you hang them up.
They also really help to air your foot when they are on dry land, eliminating the massive sweat factor that can be an issue with synthetic shoes.
Also, the traction is good and firm against the slipperiness of water and any wet surfaces that you might find yourself wearing them in.
This is an amphibious shoe, say manufacturers Aleader. This means it should be equally at home in the swimming bath as on dry land and for walking about as well swimming in.
THE DESIGN VIEW
Sometimes, when you go to purchase a water shoe, it is only for strict use within the swimming pool or possibly on the beach.
You don’t really wear them anywhere else and as soon as you are done with the water, you slip them off.
Well, with these Mary Jane Water Shoes by Chinese manufacturer Aleader, we can do a little better than that.
In fact, we think that these are a stylish water shoe, which you might actually dare to leave the confines of the aqua aerobics class wearing!
This is good news for anyone looking for more of a crossover shoe, which isn’t just strictly for the pool.
With a breathable mesh design and an elastic loop and hook design, these manage to combine a secure fit with a lightweight feel – something that we wish every water shoe could manage.
Sadly, there are some aqua shoes which make us fear with every step we take that they will go floating off upstream – but rest assured, these Aleader Water Shoes are not one of those!
The mesh upper looks smart and not just practical, and the sole is actually fairly comfortable looking. It seems as if it will support your feet whilst you stomp about the over ground, as well as swim in.
In terms of color, well we have four to choose from. This is not a massive selection, but it suffices.
For three out of four of the color options, we would be best describing them as ‘subdued’. On the whole, the color choices of the Mary Jane are not going to get you noticed. In fact, they are kind of dark.
Choose between Black/Purple which is a predominantly black shoe, with a purple swirly design on the side of the shoe and some purple detail on the strap. The sole is white and the overall effect of this design is definitely “simple”.
Then, there is also Black/Gray, which is even more subdued than the Black/Purple. This features a gray swirling pattern and is the least obtrusive of the four designs. This is the only one with a black sole, should this kind of detail matter to you,
The third is the Navy/Powder Blue combination. Whereas these are not exactly luminous, they are rather more exciting as a color option and combine a navy mesh upper with a light blue patterning on the side and strap. The outsole is also in powder blue.
We like this pairing, which is understated, but still lends a touch of color to your footwear.
Finally, stand back and prepare to be blinded, our favorite, the Watermelon has landed!
This is a hot pink/ red color, with black edging around the toe and a white on black swirling pattern.
By far the most noticeable of the four color options, this is a bright and fashionable shoe and should be blended with an outfit of matching hues.
All four of these color combinations have something to offer the fashion conscious (and the not so fashion conscious!)
But, what are they like to have on?
Available in a half size, the Mary-Jane does not disappoint and fits well, without ever rubbing our feet.
Given that these are specifically aqua shoes and will most likely be worn without socks, this is welcome news!
As we already know, these are amphibious shoes, designed for both the pool and the pavement alike.
Switch from poolside to curbside with ease, without ever having to change your shoes.
Relax, in the knowledge that your shoes will dry out effortlessly with the drainage pods and the handy hook to hang it to drain with.
We think that anyone looking for a combination aqua shoe for their holidays this year should seriously consider buying these amphibious shoes by Aleader.
They are comfortable and lightweight and a good fit, without ever rubbing or feeling tight.
We like that we can wear these out on the street as easily as we can in the pool and they won’t slip us up.
We don’t feel like we are wearing ‘aqua’ shoes on the dry land and we don’t feel like we are wearing ‘proper’ shoes in the water.
In short, these are the best of both worlds.