- MANUFACTURER: CIOR
- MODEL NAME: MENS AND WOMENS QUICK DRYING AQUA WATER SHOES
- SIZES: 5.5-13 MENS AND WOMEN’S
- HALF SIZES: YES
- WEIGHT: 7.4 OUNCES- 8.8 OUNCES
- COLORS: DARK BLUE, GRAY, BLACK, SKY BLUE, RED, WHITE
- OUTER MATERIAL: FABRIC MESH
- ALSO: QUICK DRYING, 720 DEGREE BREATHABLE SOLE,
- FIT AS EXPECTED: 65%
- PRICE GUIDE: $18.99
- OUR RATING: 4.2 STARS OUT OF FIVE
ON A FIRST INSPECTION
A first glance at these unisex water shoes are rather swish.
They are incredibly light – at between 7 and 8 ounces depending on your size and available in a simple array of colors.
Choose between dark blue, gray, black, sky blue, white and red.
The choice of colors that you get may depend on which website or outlet you decide to purchase these from.
Because these are unisex, they are available in gender neutral colors sort of.
The sort of is because there is a ‘red’ option available that looks for all the world like pink to us. Although sometimes, the camera can and does lie, especially when it comes to getting colors right. If we were thinking of ordering the ‘red’ option, we might like to check whether our eyes were deceiving us and asking of the seller if they truly are ‘red’.
Regardless of the color option, these are a highly trim looking pair of shoes. The dark blue comes with a snazzy red stitching along the side and the trademark Cior ribbon which goes across the middle of the shoe. The soles are white.
The sky blue – which is a very breezy and refreshing color – has a white edging and matching blue soles. The white comes with (what looks like) pink stitching and matching bright pink soles. The gray, which are highly fashionable at the moment, have gray soles and black stitching and edging.
All these choices are a step up from some of the more basic models there are available out there and could be worn in a casual capacity, with a variety of clothing – both male and female.
Made from an extremely lightweight fabric mesh, these weigh next to nothing and boast a very slip resistant sole.
If you flip these over and examine them closely, you can see dozens of little drainage holes. These are to ensure good drainage and expel water and other fine debris from the shoe easily.
When you wear these in the water, your feet shouldn’t stay wet for long once you get back onto the dry land, we feel.
Nor should you slip or trip as the soles have pretty damn fine gripping and suction prowess.
And just to make the drying out process that little bit easier, Cior have included a handy hook on the end of the heel, to hang these shoes from.
They are, of course, washable and will easily clean up as well as dry up.
The midsole is nice and springy and gives you just enough bounce to move easily and the outer sole as well as gripping well, helps to air your foot properly.
Sufferers of sweaty feet should seriously consider getting a pair of these, even if they are land lubbers who abhor any sort of waterborne situation.
The manufacturers of this water shoe are quick to point out that they specialize in aquatic footwear. And they do, although they also make other types of shoe and boot.
However, the list of activities that one can perform wearing these water shoes in is depicted in an info graphic which is bordering on the curious.
Yes, you can of course swim, go to the water park, surf, kayak, play beach volley ball…do aerobics, jog, cycle, parasail, boat, train, run, drive, sprint, windsurf, generally hang out on the beach.
Then there are the slightly baffling suggestions – a symbol depicting a dog walker (do they come in doggy sizes?) and one showing ‘hazard’ and a thunder cloud (do they protect against being struck by lightning?). On top of this they can apparently be used to help combat high heels, but we haven’t quite figured out how specifically they are meant to take on the evil stiletto.
So, some of the suggested uses for these water shoes can be best termed as … creative.
But this should not detract from the fact that for a mere $18 these have a massive range of uses.
Whether you want to do aquatic exercises in them or wear them for exercising on dry land, they are versatile and more importantly comfortable.
Even if you only wear them for pottering around the garden in, you might soon find yourself forgetting to take them off and before you know it, they have become your go to shoe of choice for everything.
SIZING AND COMFORT
Which leads us nicely onto the all-important comfort question.
The good thing about these water shoes is that they bend and stretch and at between 7 and 8 ounces, feel completely feather light.
They offer just enough arch support to be worn for quick sprinting and reasonable walking.
We are not sure about hiking over bumpy terrain or anything too long distance or hard going, though.
The sizing is unisex, so therefore check carefully that the size you are getting correlates to the right one for you.
Theoretically, these are sold in a half size, which is good news all round, although availability may vary.
We haven’t heard a bad word about the comfort level and support that these lightweight aqua shoes have to offer.
The only thing we would say is that although 65% of people are happy with the sizing of these shoes, a significant minority think they run large.
A lot of this may depend on whether you are wearing these with or without socks. Both are possible with these water shoes, although, these are perfectly comfortable to be worn without any socks.
Really, there are no stand out reasons for not purchasing these water shoes.
A few baffling suggestions aside for their potential usage and a slight issue with them running a little on the large side, we think these are the perfect blend of fashion and practicality.