- MANUFACTURER: ALEADER
- MODEL NAME: DREAMCITY WOMEN’S WATER SHOES
- STYLE: WATER SHOES
- SIZES: 6-11
- HALF SIZES: YES
- COLORS: BLACK, BLACK WHITE, GRAY, BLUE, PURPLE, ROSE RED, NAVY
- OUTER MATERIAL: 90 % FABRIC
- SOLE: RUBBER
- ALSO: COMFORT DRY SOCKLINER, SOLYTE MIDSOLE, WATER GRIP
- FIT AS EXPECTED: 72%
- PRICE GUIDE: $25.99
- OUR RATING: 4.4 OUT OF FIVE STARS
OUR FIRST THOUGHTS
On a first inspection, Dreamcity Women’s Water Shoes seem to be a nod to the stylish end of the water shoe spectrum.
If you didn’t know that water shoes had a hierarchy – well, they do.
There is the high end, snooty types which masquerade as everyday sports shoes or even smart casuals, who like to disassociate themselves fully from anything that might go even slightly near a drop of h2O.
Then we have the humble water shoe, who aren’t ashamed to let everyone know what they are and with obvious mesh holes in them for added drainage.
Somewhere in the middle are these Dreamcity Water Shoes.
At a first glance, we can pretty much fool ourselves that these are an ordinary pair of smart casual sneakers. But on a closer inspection, we can indeed see that these are a fine mesh construction.
The ones that might best deceive the eye into thinking that they aren’t a mesh upper are the black ones.
In terms of color – there is plenty of choice and we like the fact that you can mix and match these to go with any outfit in your wardrobe – pretty much.
The blue is a pretty shade of sky blue, you can also have navy or gray.
Additionally, there are some fetching looking ones named ‘Rose Red’.
From the picture, we would have put money on these being more of a pink shade, but do check with the vendor who you buy them off because sometimes, the camera does lie!
Or there is simply purple, which is a gentle shade of lavender and very much not the run of the mill water shoe look.
Whichever color you pick, you should be able to wear these on ‘land’ should you want to, without it being too obvious these are amphibious shoes.
These Dreamcity Water Shoes actually are part of the Aleader brand.
This is a manufacturer which is renowned for producing quality water shoes at reasonable prices, so we are hopeful that these shoes should perform accordingly.
Do not be put off by the label bearing the name ‘Socone’ on these shoes – they are not knock offs.
Socone is another label in the Aleader brood and there seems to be a fair degree of incest in this family!
Available in a half size, a decent percentage of people who have bought these think that the sizing was spot on.
Although 73% of people thinking these fit fine, is a respectable figure by our standards, we must mention that a small but significant minority think that these run a little large.
Fortunately, the fact that these are available in half sizes means that even if you do have to size down you should hopefully get something to fit you.
The comfort that these Dreamcity Water Shoes offer is second to none – for a water shoe at least.
By this we mean that they are actually highly comfortable to have on and incredibly lightweight. The Soylte midsole helps make them extra springy.
However, these are not meant for any major overland adventuring and definitely not intended for long distances – either walking or running.
Most people find the arch support provided by these water shoes to be good, but some have purchased an additional support to insert themselves.
For something that is not really intended for hardwearing use on dry land, these have a reasonable amount of cushioning – but they are not sports shoes and not designed to give that level of support.
And even if you never wear these to go in water, if you simply want to give your feet a good airing, get these – the holes make an excellent ventilation system and going barefoot in them will not result in the dreaded smelly sneaker syndrome.
Sometimes, at Best Walking Shoe Reviews, we have to shake our heads a little when we see some of the reviews out there.
From people complaining about water shoes getting wet to others expressing amazement that they couldn’t run the Boston Marathon in them, there is sometimes a disproportionate level of expectation placed on a shoe by some customers.
So, listen up. These are a water shoe, which have been designed for the water.
They are also capable of light duties on dry land.
People have expressed joy that they cling on well to wet rocks and other terrain that you might encounter at the beach – but we would still urge caution and remember that these have not been designed for long distance climbing.
Can you wear them outside – well yes, of course, but just don’t make it too difficult for them!
Some people have bought these to wear at work in kitchen jobs, or anywhere there could be spills and slippage – so we are not saying that you can’t utilize these outside of the pool or beach, just be careful.
And the beach, well this brings us to our next point. As ever, there is some controversy as to whether these aqua shoes are best worn at the beach or on a boat.
The thing is, pretty much every water shoe ever is going to let in sand because of the holes in the sole. These are no exceptions. It cannot be helped.
The good side is that they will empty out again, easily, and help protect your feet – to a degree – against some of the larger rocks and sharp things that could hurt you.
ARE THESE WATER SHOES WORTH TRYING?
One or two minor sizing gripes aside, we have found very little to dissuade us that we should not buy these Dreamcity Water Shoes.