- MANUFACTURER: ALEADER
- MODEL NAME: WOMEN’S QUICK DRYING AQUA WATER SHOES
- STYLE: WATER SHOES
- SIZES: 6-11
- HALF SIZES: YES
- COLORS: BLACK, BLACK/BLACK, BLUE, GRAY, LIGHT GRAY/PINK, ALL BLACK (STYLISH), BLACK (STYLISH), PURPLE, PINK (STYLISH), BLUE (STYLISH), GREEN (STYLISH), NAVY/ GRAY, BLACK/ RED, GRAY/ BLACK, GRAY (STYLISH), LIGHT BLUE
- OUTER MATERIAL: FABRIC
- SOLE: RUBBER
- ALSO: WATER DRAIN, COMFORDRY SOCKLINER, SOLYTE MIDSOLE, LIGHTWEIGHT FEEL, FLUIDFLOW TECHNOLOGY
- FIT AS EXPECTED: 79%
- PRICE GUIDE: $21.99- $29.99
- OUR RATING: 4.4 STARS OUT OF FIVE
OUR FIRST THOUGHTS
What do you want from a water shoe?
Is it a quick drying, high performance aqua shoe, which can perform equally well on land as it can in the water?
If it is, then we are pinning our hopes on this Quick Drying Women’s Water Shoe from Chinese manufacturer Aleader.
Aleader are already, well, a leader when it comes to aqua shoes and by the looks of things, these lightweight amphibious shoes should be no exception.
Aleader are just one of the brand names that this particular manufacturer have produced from their stable, over the years.
But it is water shoes that they have really made their ‘thing’.
With a wide range of colors and combinations to choose from, we can say initially that these look like a good splice up of practicality and fashion.
Bearing a striking similarity to the Quick Drying Men’s Water Shoes, the women’s version is available in no less than sixteen colors and designs.
Quite a few of these are variations of black. It does get quite confusing, but if you look carefully, you will see there are shoes which are black, but have a white base or sole and there are ones that are entirely black all over.
Then, look even more carefully and you will see that there is black “stylish”. Indeed, for many of the other colors there is a differentiation between the ‘plain’ color and the ‘stylish’ one.
In short, the ‘stylish’ look is one that appears to feature a more woven fabric upper, rather than the mesh look with the larger holes in, which characterizes the plain old ‘plain’ style.
It would also appear that for the ‘stylish’ design, there is a slight premium on the price – although for the bigger sizes the cost is the same for all of the designs.
It is up to you whether you prefer the slightly more woven look of the ‘stylish’ designs or the simplicity of the larger drainage holes on the more ‘basic’ model.
We don’t really think that the version which are not classed as ‘stylish’ have anything wrong with them. Perhaps they are more obviously a water shoe in their outward appearance than the woven ‘stylish’ design, but this is not a problem to us, especially since they are a water shoe.
Maybe if you are looking for a water shoe which can cunningly disguise itself as a normal fashion shoe, then you might opt for the ‘stylish’ design in this range.
For the record, this comes in black and all black, gray, blue, green and pink.
If you are really looking for a water shoe which can ingratiate itself into your regular wardrobe, undetected, we would probably opt for one of the black ones, possible the all black (stylish).
These Quick Drying Women’s Water Shoes by manufacturer Aleader span a size 6 to an 11 in US women’s sizing.
At the moment, they only seem to be available in a standard width. Although it does seem as if the manufacturer has mentioned a wider option being available in theory, we cannot see it there at the moment.
Fortunately, for the vast majority of people – 79% in fact – these fit as expected. This is a good statistic and one which would encourage us to order our usual size without hesitation.
In terms of comfort, most people have only good things to say about these shoes.
They are very lightweight and despite being lace ups, slip on nice and easily.
The mesh design – whether on the larger mesh style or the more closely woven ‘stylish’ look – allows for feet to breathe on dry land and for the shoes to drain more easily in the water.
With a ComforDry sock liner, the foot is cushioned and protected.
We know these are comfortable to have on, but how practical are they?
Clearly, these are a water shoe, that much is obvious.
However, there is a question mark over whether they cope as well on dry land, as they do in water and whether they should be worn on a beach or not.
On the first point, we are pleased to discover that the grips on these shoes are excellent and that customers have told us they perform well as work shoes, where there is a skidding potential.
Should you use them for hiking and climbing in? Honestly, we are not sure about that one. This is because of the large holes in the sole and the upper, to allow them to drain.
Any activity where you may experience sharp stones might not be the best to wear these shoes in.
And as for the beach? Well, the jury are divided there – between some who think that maybe they are not the best idea, letting in sand and some small stones, as they do – and others who think they are a grand idea and perform brilliantly.
All things considered, we think these are the ideal contender for the water park and activities such as aqua aerobics.
They are also excellent for walking and general slippery conditions.
SHOULD I CHOOSE THESE WATER SHOES?
If you are looking for a decent quality, lightweight and comfortable water shoe, you could do a lot worse than these Quick Drying Women’s Water Shoes by Aleader.