Advanced search

Whether you’re a beauty novice or a confirmed fashionista, this topic is for consulting Mumsnetters on all things style-related. Plus, check out our Swears By page for the inside track on the next Mumsnet must-have.

Salt-water sandals: comfy?

(22 Posts)
Schwanengesang Mon 16-Oct-17 08:30:30

Anyone here wear sandals by Saltwater? Are they comfortable?

Every year I have the same issue of trip to very hot country full of very chic people for Christmas, after spending the entire year in my Asics offroad trainers, jeans, fleece and softshell jacket.

Every year I drag out sandals/ good shoes and spend 4 weeks hobbling round with bleeding blisters because yet again none of them fit.

I have had one pair of Boden ballet flats, and one pair of Merrell hiking sandals, that have fit without giving me blusters, in the last 20 years.

Thus - can anyone advise on Saltwater sandals? Are they likely to be comfy or awful? Shoe shops where I live are rubbish, and I never have time to go shopping in hot country.

PineappleScrunchie Mon 16-Oct-17 08:33:50

They don't rub on me at all, but they have a very thin sole so I don't find them comfy to wear for long periods.

wtftodo Mon 16-Oct-17 08:40:37

I've never had a problem with them rubbing. They do have a thin sole but I've walked endlessly in them (pushing a pram) and still found them pretty comfortable.

If you have narrow feet def get the ones that have a buckle at front as well as ankle, as my feet are swimming in the originals.

Paintbox Mon 16-Oct-17 08:50:32

The uppers are comfy but the Sole is so thin that I could feel every stone I stepped on. There is absolutely no padding or shock absorption soon felt like I was walking barefoot and it hurt my heels quite a lot. I know lots of people love them but I couldn't get on with them at all and I don't have difficult feet in any way

Mosaic123 Mon 16-Oct-17 09:16:06

Vionic sandals or fitflops. Just choose ones with a bit of bling on them.

Zoesweet Mon 16-Oct-17 09:23:07

I'd say salt-water sandals are generally not comfy because of its thin soul but I've seen new designs where they have several layers added to it.

AnnaBay Mon 16-Oct-17 09:23:14

Soles are far too thin. I found them really hard going on my feet.
I prefer Teva sandals for comfort.

ReallyConvolutedCareerHistory Mon 16-Oct-17 11:11:57

I actually find them very comfortable.

Shemozzle Mon 16-Oct-17 11:14:03

Have you looked into the benefits of barefoot style shoes? There are groups on Facebook for advice if you do a search.

CarlHickbread Mon 16-Oct-17 11:17:15

Have you tried Birkenstocks? My pair have just given up after 3 years of wear. They are the most comfortable things that I have ever worn and most footwear tends to give me blisters.

Shemozzle Mon 16-Oct-17 11:18:28

Have you looked into the benefits of barefoot style shoes? There are groups on Facebook for advice if you do a search.

LizTaylorsFabulousTurban Mon 16-Oct-17 11:26:24

I did 28000 steps in them one day in the summer, no pain whatsoever.

CountFosco Mon 16-Oct-17 12:50:46

Love mine, find them very comfy but the thin sole doesn't bother me, I have a few pairs of barefoot shoes though so it's not a shock in the way it would be for someone who normally wears heels.

Schwanengesang Mon 16-Oct-17 21:00:09

Hmm, good food for thought here.

Birkis aren't stylish enough.

i quite like those Toms Zoe ones from a few years back but they don't seem to be availsble now

Judydreamsofhorses Mon 16-Oct-17 21:39:49

Mine rub my little toe - its underside seems to rest right on the stitching on the sole.

APaperMe Mon 16-Oct-17 21:47:46

I find them really comfy, and I'm very fussy about having comfy shoes! They have never rubbed and I can walk around all day in them. They get extra comfy after you've been in water in them a few times at they mould to your feet. I am used to wearing very flat shoes though.

Pixie2015 Mon 16-Oct-17 21:54:57

I love mine, I have 3 pairs the eldest being 3 years old they have walked miles and next spring will continue to walk further. Wash well and still look great - flat and light to pack - I have plantar fasciitis - I alternate these with fit flops which I also love but feel these expand over the summer so need to replace each year - missing my sandals hate the transition into boots each year

SpuriouserAndSpuriouser Mon 16-Oct-17 21:58:10

I find them comfortable. I wouldn't go hiking up a mountain in them, but for general walking around/city break scenarios I find them comfy.

SundayNC Mon 16-Oct-17 22:27:04

I bought mine because people always talk about them on Mumsnet and say how comfy they are. I got them and they certainly weren’t uncomfortable at all, I was able to walk miles in them and they never rubbed or anything. However, I thought the sole was quite thin on them and after a whole days wear they just felt like I was walking on the hard floor.

Anyway I eventually read that you’re supposed to get them wet in order for them to mould to the shape of your feet!! So I walked through the sea in them and walked back to the hotel and then let them dry... The next morning I put them on for the day and they were like a different pair of shoes! SO comfy and I immediately ‘got’ the hype.

Anyone who has them and feels like they’re abit flat, you just need to get them wet! I suppose that’s why they’re called saltwater sandals haha

keeponkeepinon Tue 17-Oct-17 10:55:14

There is definitely a divide over saltwater sandals. I love them. Yes they have a thin ish sole but it's rubber and I don't feel stones through it. It feels very much like walking barefoot but with your feet just protected from the ground with a slip of rubber. They aren't cushioned. It really depends whether you want cushiony sandals particularly. They aren't like walking on cheap super thin ballet pumps anyway. I find them very comfy, i can walk a day in them but if you want something all squidgy and padded underfoot then probably try something else.

Schwanengesang Sun 22-Oct-17 00:55:57

Thanks all. I think i will just get the old ballet flats re-soled and use zinc tape to cope with the blisters. Saltwater sandals look nice but my feet are probably to arthritic/flat/decrepit to cope...

LunaTheCat Sun 22-Oct-17 04:59:50

I like the look saltwater sanders but thin sole nad not comfy for any walking. I put all my sandle money on Birkenstocks.

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: