poppies

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Hi all, I recently ruined a pair of espadrilles getting them wet with ocean water. Any thoughts on better sea-going alternatives?

I'd like to go closed toe, but since I'm generally wearing a rash guard by the water, leather items like fisherman's sandals or boat shoes may seem a little mismatched.

Thanks ahead of time.
 

eagle2250

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You might take a look at Keens sandal offerings, They are too utilitarian for wear with linen trousers, but they are more than a match for the ravages of ocean water splashes. Good luck in your hunt! ;)
 

ItalianStyle

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And be careful with the 'water shoe' variety that's basically a thinly lined sneaker with extra holes for the water to run out.
The combination of bare skin, plastic/nylon and water (be it salt or fresh) is a recipe for a blister disaster.
 

Dhaller

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Birkenstock makes some of its lines in EVA (a supple, waterproof synthetic.)

Are tennis shoes out? I like classic SeaVees myself.

You might look at OluKai as well, which has some nice resort-y beach-y types of shoes.
 

poppies

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This has been very helpful, thanks all. I guess I can't cover as many bases with one item as I'd hoped!
 

poppies

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I ended up getting some loafers by Swims:


Not the most elegant option in the world, but I think I can get away with it with several outfits, and it appears to be a great option for water. I've been very pleased with the quality of the overshoes I have from the same brand, so I'm thinking these will likely be a pretty lasting purchase.
 

eagle2250

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I ended up getting some loafers by Swims:


Not the most elegant option in the world, but I think I can get away with it with several outfits, and it appears to be a great option for water. I've been very pleased with the quality of the overshoes I have from the same brand, so I'm thinking these will likely be a pretty lasting purchase.
To my eye, you made a great choice. May you long wear them (as the situation permits) and may you do so only in good health! ;)
 

ItalianStyle

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In my eyes, that is actually a very stylish design for something that can be submerged totally in water. A cross between a penny loafer and a driving moc :beer:
 

poppies

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I ended up getting some loafers by Swims:

Now that I've used them a few times, I'm popping back in to this thread to provide feedback on the Swims loafers:

They look just as nice as in the website photos; I felt perfectly appropriate taking them from the beach to a nice restaurant nearby, which is my style test for such items. They're constructed perfectly heartily and seem to be likely to last a long time, but they're also very light and comfortable. I've taken them through the gauntlet of swampy paths and lots of beach sand and ocean water; it's truly remarkable how they are able to be cleaned up in the shower with me afterward to the point that they still look practically brand new.

I strain to imagine a better solution for style-minded beach goers who will be active in ocean water.
 
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