- MANUFACTURER: BODY GLOVE
- MODEL NAME: HORIZON WATER SHOE.
- STYLE: WATER SHOES
- SIZES: 5-10
- HALF SIZES: NO
- COLORS: BLUE/GREEN, TOTAL ECLIPSE/BRIGHT ROSE, BLACK/PINK, DARK SHADOW/ MARINA, GREY/PINK
- OUTER MATERIAL: NEOPRENE UPPER MESH
- SOLE: RUBBER SOLE
- ALSO: ADJUSTABLE VELCRO STRAP, NON MARKING TPR SOLE, INTEGRATED DRAINAGE SYSTEM
- FIT AS EXPECTED: 81%
- PRICE GUIDE: $19.45-$35.20
- OUR RATING: 4 STARS OUT OF FIVE
THE FIRST PEAK
Do you ever get the feeling that shoe makers get bit desperate when it comes to naming their latest epics?
We understand that it must be a bit hard to think up new and even more inspirational names all the time and especially when the color that you are describing is essentially, well, gray, you can get a bit stuck.
And in this day and age, we are seeing a lot of gray out there (the new black etc).
Essentially, for four out of the five pairs featured in this range, they are two toned with gray – one such is a nice looking pink and gray combo. However, that sounds a tad snooze-some to someone in the Body Glove marketing department so instead we have the “total eclipse”.
In actual fact, these are some very nice color combinations and so who cares whether your water shoe is named “asteroid collision” or whatever.
Better still, we think they have covered all the bases for blending with your wardrobe.
There is blue/green; dark shadow/Marina (another gray this time with a light blue) and then the simplicity of either gray/pink or black/pink.
In addition to this, these Body Gloves come with what looks like individual toe spaces for each of your tootsies. However, we are persuaded that this is for show only and you won’t have your feet actually separated when wearing them.
These are a stylish looking water shoe, which we think can and will be worn outside of the poolside or beach.
With a fastening Velcro strap, these are more like a pair of sandals than a water shoe, to look at.
Similar to the Speedo water shoes, these also have a flattened appearance, which is probably designed to grip to your feet better when they are waterborne.
As mentioned, the upper of these Horizon water shoes is a neoprene mesh construction and the sole is rubber, which is non marking.
The adjustable strap is stuck with Velcro and the soles, which won’t make you slip, are fairly flat and with an integrated drainage system.
This is essentially a few drainage holes in the sole – it is not as many as we have seen on some water shoes – but don’t lose heart. From what we have heard, nearly everyone is impressed that these will dry up just fine once you come out of the water.
Of course, the sandal effect design means that the top of your foot especially will get wet and if you are trudging through slime, you might want to consider this.
The rubber sole is a pretty decent tread and although it does not promise to not let in any sand at all, we think this would be one of the better bets when it comes to standing on sharp stones on the beach.
Body Glove is no-fly-by-night company or someone who has mysteriously pitched up on the internet with no forwarding address.
Around since 1953, they were founded by twin brothers in Missouri.
They brought their story and love of all things water to California where they started selling and also designing surfing and other water sport accessories and clothing.
So we expect that they would know a thing or two about water shoes by now!
These Horizon water shoes are only available in a full size. However, this does not mean that they will not fit snugly.
We think having the adjustable strap on them definitely helps this water shoe with a degree of flexibility and comfort missing from some of the other water shoes we have come across.
And as for the customers? Well they have given them an approval rating of 81%.This is impressively high and we are fairly satisfied that these are going to fit you.
Nearly everyone who has worn these has said that they are comfortable and this is good enough for us.
The only slight issue has been the insole slipping a little bit – but we can’t really see any other serious issues.
With a nice thick rubber sole, we think that these should cushion your feet – at least just a little bit – in a similar way to a sneaker base does.
One thing that we can’t guarantee from these Horizon Water Shoes is that they offer any degree of support for your arches. They are very flat indeed and so if you need extra help in this direction, these may not be the most supportive. But to be fair, we have not come across a pair of water shoes which would offer support for those types of podiatry issues.
Not surprisingly, the Body Glove Horizon Water Shoe is designed to be worn in water.
As far as we can tell, it doesn’t matter whether you choose to wear these for aqua aerobics, surfing, kayaking or simply walking along the beach. It is all good and you should be able to take each activity, literally, in your stride.
But we think you could absolutely wear these as an ordinary shoe or sandal, for casual use, without ever getting them wet.
Maybe we wouldn’t advise long distance running in them, but they are a great every day choice.
BOTTOM LINE – SHOULD I BUY THESE WATER SHOES?
We reckon that Body Glove have been around long enough to be trusted with your water shoe of choice, this year, regardless of whether you want to lounge poolside or enjoy walks along the Ocean bed.