Saltwater sandals

(106 Posts)
Saurus72 Sat 08-Mar-14 21:25:16

I need some flat sandals to wear on holiday, and just for scuffing around in at the weekends in summer when heels/wedges are not an option, e.g., if I'm going shopping, walking for miles etc.

I have some Birkenstocks and find them OK, but not brilliantly comfy. I also have some Fly london sandals with a tiny wedge, but they are nearing the end of their life.

So, I've been looking at Saltwater sandals - I love the colours and they look pretty comfy. Any opinions/experience of wearing them gratefully received.

AndTwoBits Sat 08-Mar-14 22:05:40

I adore mine. I have the originals in red and will be buying them in gold this year and a pair for my 2 young girls too! They are the most comfortable sandals i have ever worn. I wore them all last summer and they are still like new. I even threw them in the washing machine a couple of times. They are machine washable.
I have the most sensitive feet in the world and these are unbelievably comfortable. I was recommended them here around this time last year. Best advice on mumsnet yet!

squoosh Sat 08-Mar-14 22:27:40

I love Saltwater sandals, are they worth £50 though?

Saurus72 Sat 08-Mar-14 22:31:00

Thanks Twobits, they sound good! Do you order your normal UK size, or size up?
Squoosh £50 is definitely worth it for me to be able to walk as far as I want in hot weather without getting blisters/sore feet!

expatinscotland Sat 08-Mar-14 22:58:41

Where can you order them from a UK supplier?

aoife24 Sat 08-Mar-14 23:03:24
peasandlove Sun 09-Mar-14 00:59:05

I rate them. You might find them on amazon for cheaper, but not sure if you'd get stung for tax when they arrive into the UK?

I have tan ones and I'm buying red ones this year. I love them.

Kahu Sun 09-Mar-14 04:52:36

What's the sizing like? And can someone please choose a colour for me?! I'm torn between red, white, navy or tan [dithering face]

Mrsfrumble Sun 09-Mar-14 04:53:54

I have them in tan and red too! They are so comfy and cute, I get complimented on them all the time.

I'm in the US and they are as cheap as chips here (about $35 on Amazon, from what I remember). By the time you add tax and postage there probably wouldn't be much difference though.

KosherBacon Sun 09-Mar-14 06:50:57

I keep looking at then but worry that the ankle strap will make my size 14 legs look even chunkier.

Notgoingtotakeitanymore Sun 09-Mar-14 07:24:09

You can get them in the uk from lots of colourd prices same as toast.

BonaDea Sun 09-Mar-14 07:30:13

Does anyone with bigger feet have them? I'm a size 7 and what looks cute in a size 4 can sometimes look frumpy scales up. I have quite slim legs and ankles which can compound the effect!

AndTwoBits Sun 09-Mar-14 07:47:51

Im a size 8 and bought them in the 8. They fit perfectly. I wouldn't wear them if i thought for a millisecond i looked frumpy.

AndTwoBits Sun 09-Mar-14 07:49:32

A 41 i should say. I know an 8 can be either a 41 or a 42 depending on where you shop.

MooseyMoo Sun 09-Mar-14 08:02:49

Just ordered Navy from Sun San They are currently moving warehouse so cannot guarantee next day delivery so they are refunding postage (you still have to pay postage, they will refund).

StarsAbove Sun 09-Mar-14 10:32:49

I'm sure its a complete no no but I love the idea of DD and I having matching sandals this summer!

Shimmyshimmy Sun 09-Mar-14 10:38:47

I have them in red and gold, I'm size 7 and I'll be getting some for dd too when we visit the US this year, she loves them, are they worth £50, most definitely - they are the only sandals I have ever bought which didn't blister my feet.

AndTwoBits Sun 09-Mar-14 10:39:15

It probably is starsabove but i too think it's a lovely idea! I will resist my urges though and buy my girls the sweetheart ones. They are so cute.

AndTwoBits Sun 09-Mar-14 10:40:06

Plus i like the idea of all of us having blister free comfy feet all summer long.

Shimmyshimmy Sun 09-Mar-14 10:43:55

I get complimented on them too and from the most unexpected people, like dd's teacher.

flakjacket Sun 09-Mar-14 10:48:13

Do they come up wide? I have narrow feet...

Saurus72 Sun 09-Mar-14 11:20:45

Huzzah, have just ordered a silver pair from SunSan, I'm excited now.

Shimmyshimmy Sun 09-Mar-14 11:28:33

They expand to fit, I think.

AndTwoBits Sun 09-Mar-14 11:30:06

They sort of mould to the shape of your feet if you get them wet too.

Shimmyshimmy Sun 09-Mar-14 11:39:54

I'd forgot about the getting them wet to fit thing, I didn't need to do that.

expatinscotland Sun 09-Mar-14 11:45:18

Ah, Mrs, thanks for that. I'm headed back to the States for a month this summer, I'll just buy them there.

mirpuppet Sun 09-Mar-14 15:47:35

I'm in the minority but I don't find mine that comfortable. A bit to flat for walking miles (which is what I do daily).

mejon Sun 09-Mar-14 16:20:08

That's my worry mirpuppet - shoes that are too flat don't really give enough support. I really like the kids' fisherman style ones ('Shark'?) and would buy them in an instant if they came in grown-ups sizes as the soles are a bit more substantial.

I have navy ones I love them , I have quite broad feet and they are very comfy .
I bought my daughter the silver sweetheart ones last year she wore them to death.

Shimmyshimmy Sun 09-Mar-14 16:36:35

Yep they are flat and that might be a problem if you used to a bit of a heel but I don't find them as flat feeling as a pair of high top trainers I have. But the soles are made of rubber but aren't very spongy, so they wouldn't be great on cobbles.

WhatWouldCaitlinDo Sun 09-Mar-14 18:15:59

Are there any actual shops that sell them in the UK, rather than just online?

BonaDea Sun 09-Mar-14 18:27:10

I've just ordered in red. Here's hoping they live up tothehype!

Mrsfrumble Sun 09-Mar-14 19:54:10

Flakjacket, I have long very narrow feet and they fit perfectly. The idea is that you should get them wet the first time you wear them then the leather either stretches or shrinks and moulds to your feet.

I'm definitely getting some for my toddler DD this summer too grin

Mrsfrumble Sun 09-Mar-14 19:59:10

This is what they look like on size 7, narrow, boney feet....

BikeRunSki Sun 09-Mar-14 20:00:28

WhatWould there is a shop in Scissett near Huddersfield and Barnsley that sells them if you are in this neck of the woods.

Pandsbear Sun 09-Mar-14 20:05:31

Agree they look lovely on but they are really really flat with zero arch support at all. If you need any type of support they are not for you!

AndTwoBits Sun 09-Mar-14 20:26:34

Alexa Chung rocking them

CuttedUpPear Mon 10-Mar-14 07:30:44

I was reading the thread with hope til I got to the comments about lack of support.
I have arthritis in my ankle and have been constantly wearing Rieker boots (soft, light, flexible) since it's got really bad, this winter.

I'm worried about what I can wear this summer now!

Any suggestions?

Does anyone know if a half-size would be better off sizing up or down for these sandals? TIA.

Pandsbear Mon 10-Mar-14 14:24:44

CuttedUpPear - not these! (sadly). I have arthritis in ankle & foot and there is no way on earth I could walk in them properly. Which is a big shame as I have a lovely shiny red pair from last summer that I thought I MIGHT be able to wear. But can't, so I just have to look at them until I ebay them.

Had to resort back to fitflop trainers and DM sandals to hold my feet together.

flakjacket Mon 10-Mar-14 15:47:19

Thanks Mrsfrumble - you have my feet! I think I might phone my local branch of Toast and see if they have any to try. :-)

CuttedUpPear Tue 11-Mar-14 07:14:04

Thanks Pandsbear sad
Any other suggestions gratefully received.

LucilleBluth Tue 11-Mar-14 11:36:23

I have just ordered a navy pair for me and a turquoise pair for DD blush

TinyDiamond Tue 11-Mar-14 13:47:07

I am a 3 (36) does anyone know if they do that size? I wanted them all last summer but the adult ones seem to start at a 4 and kids stop at a 2 (35) bloody annoying. Any tips?

LivUpNorth Tue 11-Mar-14 16:06:15

The holy grail of the comfy flattering sandal is SO difficult to find...

Love the Saltwater ones, but for me the sole looks too thin to walk comfortably on and ankle straps aren't great with my clumpy calves.

There just don't seem to be any comfy and vaguely stylish sandals that are flatteringly v-shaped at the front and have decent thick bouncy soles. Sigh.

mrsbirdie Tue 11-Mar-14 16:32:08

This is timely, I dither over buying a pair of these every summer. By the time I decide I want some they're sold out everywhere in the UK.

Anyone with wide feet (and with a touch of bunion blush) got any experience with them? Have always been wary because the front isn't adjustable, even if they do mould to you feet I fear I won't be able to get them on to get to that stage!

Lambzig Tue 11-Mar-14 17:22:55

Have to stop reading Style and Beauty. Have just bought some for me and DD.

Lambzig Tue 11-Mar-14 17:24:42

Posted too early. Totally influenced by mrsfrumble and her pedicure. Not sure my small, fat and white feet will look quite as good.

sarahandmallard Tue 11-Mar-14 19:29:40

Got some last summer and it was the only shoes DD and I wore. I love the fact I can get them wet and they're not slippery.

WaitingAndSpinning Tue 11-Mar-14 19:33:20

I have wide feet MrsBirdie. They were a tiny bit snug until I wore them into the sea, now they're a perfect fit.

bialystockandbloom Tue 11-Mar-14 19:44:12

I bought a pair and on the shop's recommendation sized up as they felt tight. Grrr. Bloody hell, within one wear they were massive, the sales asst obviously didn't know what she was talking about. Get normal size (or even half size smaller). They are lovely though.

JanePurdy Tue 11-Mar-14 19:47:50

I have a pair. I do rate them but not for walking miles & miles in. My DDs have matching red ones & I was v impressed as my kids are hard on their shoes & the sandals stood up to it.

You can try them at Millymog in Didsbury if you're around that area.

WaitingAndSpinning Tue 11-Mar-14 20:16:06

Their website recommends you size up but I don't like sandals that have too much space in front of my toe so stayed in my regular size.

BringMeTea Wed 12-Mar-14 10:17:54

Ordered red! Excited. Have coveted these for a couple of years. Can't wait to try out the seaworthiness.

mrsbirdie Wed 12-Mar-14 10:53:17

Oh sod it. Will give them a go. Can always send them back if I can't fit my massive feet in them.

Now - red or tan? Tan would go with everything and all, but the red are just so gorgeous!

And what is the general consensus on sizing up/down/ordering your normal size?

Saurus72 Wed 12-Mar-14 10:54:57

Red definitely!

Sizing - on the SunSan website, there us a chart showing your UK size and how it corresponds to Saltwater sizing.

Shimmyshimmy Wed 12-Mar-14 11:01:33

Gold are lovely too, not too blingy.

BringMeTea Wed 12-Mar-14 11:14:31

Ordered my usual size. Considered tan for same reasons (versatility) but have the Clarks originals in brown and they are quite similar. And. Red is cute!

BirdyArms Wed 12-Mar-14 17:40:42

I have them in orange and absolutely love them, lived in them last summer, the orange seems to go with everything (or more like doesn't go with anything but adds a cheerful punch of colour). The advantage of the red is that they have a red sole rather than a white sole like most of the other colours, I have to give mine a wipe each time I've worn them otherwise they look a bit gross but they have stood up well to lots of wiping and scrubbing. Find them true to size for my widish feet. They are a bit like converse type trainers to walk in, ie not loads of cushioning but comfy for short distances. Thinking of getting silver for this summer.

HopefulHamster Wed 12-Mar-14 18:44:31

I bought them in red - fab!

Then got them gold but they went a bit funny when I went in the sea, which they're not supposed to, but SunSan (I'm uk) replaced them and now I have lime green too!

I can walk for at least 50 mins or so comfortably in them hard walking and it's fine, have worn them all day plenty of times too. But then I can get away with little support.

I hear they are good for people who blister easily and certainly mine have never hurt.

I am a size 4.5 normally and I get the size that is a 5 uk - but if you buy off amazon it's the size that's 5 big kid or 7 woman.

mussyh Wed 12-Mar-14 19:48:22

I also have delicate narrow feet that blister if you look at them, and here's another suggestion for comfy sandals - the Fitflop Lulu Slide. I bought some recently and wore them constantly on holiday, including on a 4 mile walk, and they still felt great. They don't have the usual flip flop toe post, but two straps across the foot.

John Lewis sell them if you need to try them on, or order them online & have them delivered for free into your local Waitrose if you have one nearby. They also sell the Flare Slide, which fits the same, and is a bit more dressy.'s-fitflop/c8000030370

Crabbypink Wed 12-Mar-14 19:52:07

I grew up in America wearing these all Summer, every Summer. I was so happy to find them again in adult sizes! They're indestructible and look nice with shorts or skirts.

Kate341 Wed 12-Mar-14 20:08:59

I love them, they are so good for on holiday ... i ordered mine from

cheaper and free standard shipping. I have them for my daughter too but from

TheDayOfMyDoctor Wed 12-Mar-14 20:16:58

I'm quite intrigued by these as I've never come across them before. I hate my ankles though - they went a bit cankle like when I was pregnant (almost 6 years ago) and never really recovered. Worried that because of this, the ankle strap might just look a bit frumpy? Desperate for some comfortable sandals for summer holidays though.

Dappydongle Wed 12-Mar-14 20:52:34

I've had mine 5 years and they are still going strong.

amumof2 Wed 12-Mar-14 21:43:15

Are these real comments. These sandals look like they might possibly be comfortable but they look quite ugly to me.

Mygoldfishrocks Wed 12-Mar-14 21:55:09

They can't be real comments. Gotta be an invasion surely ?

There is NOTHING stylish or beautiful about these hideous things. My mother - aged 66 - wouldn't wear them.

Ugly and frumpy are just two words I'd use. I get they might be comfy but stylish ?? Never!

LivUpNorth Wed 12-Mar-14 22:51:18

I don't think they are meant to appeal to the over 60s. They are stylish, but as ever it helps to be slim and skippy to carry it off.

HopefulHamster Wed 12-Mar-14 23:20:14

shrug I just like the colours and I always prefer flat shoes so they work for me - I did have some birkenstocks but they tend to rub on my feet. I am just debating purple or turquoise next... Unless I got navy?

SundaySimmons Thu 13-Mar-14 07:19:43

Nice for children.

Completely hideous for adults unless you are planning on wearing them with socks and are going as a 1970s RE teacher to a fancy dress party.

Not geek chic, they just look ugly and cheap.

I like flat sandals and comfort is definitely higher on the list than style for me, but even I would draw the line at these, they are awful.

sarahandmallard Thu 13-Mar-14 08:31:06

They're actually very trendy and quite popular with hipster mums

I got mine at this little trendy London shop

Treaclesmart Thu 13-Mar-14 09:48:36

I'm a fan of merrell sandals for support and comfort. I really like the look of the strappy siena ones. Got them last year and lived in them. I am liking the saltwaters though...

Trendy does not necessarily mean stylish.

impty Thu 13-Mar-14 10:11:23

They may be trendy but they are not stylish!

As for hipster style, the link you posted was from 2012. So I suspect many a hipster will have moved on. And again 'hipster' is a bit of a look that is easily copied. Hipster's, especially self proclaimed ones, are very rarely stylish! They are good at copying a look though, and end up looking a bit uniform. We are all unique together....

Emperor's new clothes I think...

(Am in a creative field surrounded by Hipster's young and old, but used to work in fashion)

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Thu 13-Mar-14 12:38:14

THEY ARE NOT STYLISH!!!! They are fugly.

Seriously guys,if you want them get them,who cares,but telling us they're stylish?

There are loads of comfortable sandals around if you look.A low wedge is the best option if you do lots of walking

Blaineisnotanappliance Thu 13-Mar-14 12:41:27

My eyes,my eyes!! They are seriously fugly! My gran would have turned her nose up at them as too frumpy. Stylish? well perhaps if you consider Boden stylish.

aoife24 Thu 13-Mar-14 13:03:34

Some one define 'stylish' please, perhaps refer us to your pinterest boards for guidance.

PrimalLass Thu 13-Mar-14 13:10:58

I like them. Can't decide between the tan or silver. I don't require to be "stylish", as a WAHM living in the sticks, but I think they look nice.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Thu 13-Mar-14 13:14:05

Stylish-fashionable,smart,elegant,tasteful,well put together,nice presentation.

Ugly shoes are not stylish.

PrimalLass Thu 13-Mar-14 13:17:20

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder though. I think that - on nice feet with painted toenails - these look pretty.

PrimalLass Thu 13-Mar-14 13:19:40

Silver I think. I have a thing about granny-chic metallic shoes grin

metoo22 Thu 13-Mar-14 13:54:51

MrsBirdie I have a bunion and they fit perfectly over it and disguise it too. But they are just too flat for me as I also have plantar fasciitis. Really upsetting, I couldn't wear them at all last year and it will be the same this year.

Shimmyshimmy Thu 13-Mar-14 14:06:41

I'd like to see the clothes that the posters are wearing, when they critically assess other people's taste - maybe we'd be thinking fugly about a few of their choices too. grin

greathat Thu 13-Mar-14 14:25:15

I want them, but I'm a size 9 so not happening sad

The OP asked for her opinion on them and I gave mine, that is all. I agree that the colours are nice and they look comfy (if you don't need arch support), but overall I think they are very unattractive.

aoife24 Thu 13-Mar-14 15:24:30

'Tasteful' and 'nice'?

sarahandmallard Thu 13-Mar-14 19:47:10

I read the OP was asking people who actually wore them. Not "what do you think" of these. Could have misread. Not sure what "worked in fashion"
has to do with anything but if that's meant to suggest your aesthetic taste beats mine - ha.

CuntyBunty Thu 13-Mar-14 20:17:56

grin @ <are these comments real>

There is an actual "anti Salt Water Sandals" thread too, with some good pointers towards a less institutionally, orthopaedic footwear look.

CMP69 Thu 13-Mar-14 20:24:17

marking place for when I'm on pc for pics on size 7 narrow bony feet cos that's me a-ttractive sad
I want these!

Saurus72 Thu 13-Mar-14 20:33:05

Sarah yes! that was exactly what I was asking - the experiences of those who have worn them. It is quite amusing that people are getting so worked up about it all. Not sure if it will be of interest to anyone:

- in my every day life, I wear Whistles French 75 stilettos, Nine West ankle boots, flat riding boots, wedges in the summer (from a range of retailers) etc

- as a side note, my clothes are bought from Whistles (mini obsession), Hobbs, Jaeger for work, Banana Republic, Massimo Dutti and & Other Stories. Plus a little bit of Cos. I do not actively seek out 'granny chic'. Neither do I seek out polyester/acrylic horrors from Next/Zara/Primark.

- I am specifically seeking some comfy, non-blister causing shoes for Summer. Over the years, I have tried Birks, sandals with a small or wedge heel from a few different companies. All of them have shredded my feet when I wear them on holiday (we go on a lot of city breaks, and walk miles). I have Type 1 diabetes and have to be very careful to take care of my feet - I am not seeking amputations any time soon.

- for those times when I want to be able to walk a long way without my feet bleeding, and then having open sores for days on end (kind of ruining the rest of my holiday), I am looking for a comfy pair of sandals. I am going to try Saltwater and see how they work out.

If they are no good, my final remaining option I think will be some kind of trainers. I don't really want to do this, as I will need to wear socks, which is not ideal in 40 degree heat. I am merely trying to find an option that will allow me to do what I want on holiday, without having to think about my feet at all really - the holy grail!

Thanks for everyone's comments. I am astounded that this thread has prompted so many comments from those eager to share their views wink

Shimmyshimmy Thu 13-Mar-14 21:49:32

Yes but the important thing is, what colour are you going to get saurus wink

Saurus72 Thu 13-Mar-14 21:57:03

Have ordered silver. Am expecting to have rotten fruit thrown at me in the street when I wear them. I will stand strong. I will gain Bridget Jones- style inner poise and shrug off the haters wink

sarahandmallard Fri 14-Mar-14 08:46:47

Saurus, I have a painful blister from a lovely pair of new shoes (lots of compliments on them but god, the pain of breaking them in! ) and have had to alternate between the seasalts and wellies last couple of days as those are the only shoes that I can walk in without limping in pain.

SomewhereBeyondTheSea Mon 17-Mar-14 16:22:18

Just ordered these in red. Very excited!

Saurus72 Mon 24-Mar-14 19:35:34

Just wanted to pop back to say thanks to all who recommended Saltwater sandals - my silver pair have arrived and i really like them. They feel great on - they are really flat, but the sole seems dense and rubbery, so should be good for holidays in hot weather.

Lambzig Thu 27-Mar-14 15:29:48

I just sent mine back. I did like them but the frump factor on me was just too high. DH burst out laughing at them. DD looks effortlessly cool in hers though.

MsRinky Thu 27-Mar-14 22:29:40

I bought navy and love them so much I have just ordered another pair in red.

Tweet2tweet Thu 27-Mar-14 23:05:03

I have red and navy. comfy, look good and get lots of compliments. I don't think they as frumpy at all, guess it's about how you wear them etc

Suzannewithaplan Thu 27-Mar-14 23:12:57

I'm very tempted but I wish the kids styles came in adult sizes

KittieCat Sun 06-Apr-14 08:42:52

Sorry to reanimate the debate but just wondered what others have found in terms of sizing..? I'm a 5.5 and am unsure whether to order a 38 or 39. Any other awkward 1/2 sizers out there? Do Saltwaters stretch?

floraflora Wed 25-Jun-14 20:12:34

Same question.
I have just bought some from Toast, as they look comfy (and to my eye quite attractive). They arrived today. I have very wide feet, to my amazement I could get them on, but they are a bit snug, so am wondering if they will give a bit.
Those of you who have them - especially anyone with wide feet - can you reassure me that they will give / mould to my feet?

floraflora Wed 25-Jun-14 20:13:16

Oh, and I am also a 5.5. I bought the 39, which seems fine in length.

Sleepthief Wed 25-Jun-14 20:16:35

If you put them on and soak your feet in water they'll mould to your width (possessor of three pairs and wide great grin)

Toothytwo Wed 25-Jun-14 20:16:46

They do give a bit Flora, I have wide feet. They got even better after I wore them into the sea, sort if confirm to your feet.

Kittie, I'm a 5.5 too and have 39, they're just right.

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