Ahnu Delta Water Shoes

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Ahnu Delta Water Shoes
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Ahnu Delta Water Shoes -

From kayaking to boogie boarding to tidepool wading, the Ahnu Delta water shoes protect your feet without weighing you down.



  • QuiteLight® construction principles throughout the shoes center on superior comfort and materials with exceptional strength-to-weight ratios

Support and Cushioning:

  • Removable, perforated EVA footbeds add cushion underfoot and drain easily


  • Low in profile, highly flexible and well ventilated, the polyurethane mesh uppers hug your feet; neoprene-like heel wraps keep them securely in place

Traction and Grip:

  • Nonmarking rubber outsoles with flex grooves grip wet and dry surfaces to provide solid traction


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  • Slight toe and heel bumpers protect your feet from river rocks or other bumps and abrasions

From kayaking to boogie boarding to swamp wading, these Ahnu Delta water shoes protect your feet without weighing you down.


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Average footwear weight (pair):14 ounces
Footwear closure:Slip-on
Footwear height:Ankle
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Ahnu Delta Water Shoes Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Nice after you drop the backpack

Was at local REI looking for something to blow my yearly dividend on...Looked at socks (Smartwools) but saw these next aisle.
Always looking for a better water-crossing-shoe to carry strapped on the outside of my pack and again later to use after long trail miles - drop the pack and go fishing (tried Keens - just do not work - Tevas - too heavy).
Planning 2 months of annual rambling/backpacking Yosemite backcountry soon...getting my gear on. As weight is a major issue - nice! Price was good too -
Also like the complete Toe box and the fact these do not allow pebbles to find their way under my arches. Usually in and out of water fishing and these will work nicely.
Initially a little hard to put on but gets easier quickly as they wear in.
markskor at REI on 04/04/2012

Lightweight and Functional

I bought these for wading creeks while backpacking. They are lightweight enough to justify carrying them. Crocs are great for camp but too loose for wading. These are snug and secure for wading, but uncomfortable in camp. The insole is not attached, so it folds in half and rolls out with your foot when you take them off wet. I didn't need the insole padding, so I removed these, further saving some weight. As for fit I can only comment that I'm female. I've never bought men's shoes for myself before so I have no basis for comparison. They're tight around the ankle and the instep which makes them hard to get on and off, especially when wet. But this fit is desirable when crossing a swift creek.
Mile After Mile at REI on 05/05/2011

Surprisingly good, but a bit pricey

Purchased to begin a comparison of "almost-barefoot" running shoes. Initial impression was slimy, non-natural material. Did not fit with socks I wore to avoid the slimy feeling. Took the socks off and after a couple of runs, found the shoes fit well, were easy to take on and off and were extremely comfortable to jog in. Very close to feeling barefoot.
I've been wearing them for over 100 miles and there is virtually no wear on them.
A quick shampoo and dry by a fan and they seem as good as new.
I eventually tried them with socks again and they were very comfortable to wear around the office. I prefer with socks for casual wear and no socks for jogging.
kmabarrett at REI on 08/08/2010

Great shoes!

I actually didn't buy these for what they are intended. I got them for use as minimal running shoes. I have been looking at the Vibrams, Feelmax and the new Zoot running shoes. For the money, I thought I'd give these a try since these are so similar in build and quality level. They feel like I'm wearing socks with rubber soles.

FYI, I have switched to a mid foot strike (thanks to ChiRunning) and have been looking for an appropriate shoe that does not have a thick heel.

The bottoms are comparable to a running shoe, but without the thick padding and the tops have plenty of ventillation.
newrei at REI on 02/02/2010

Works well as a water shoe should!

I bought these for use when kayaking/canoeing & will probably use for sailing as well. Read all 9 of the other reviews. Don't know anything about using these for running or as casual wear but as a water shoe they work really well. As for fit: one doesn't want the things to slip on & off too easily - they would fall off in mud or strong current. Stretch 'em on and then they feel wonderful. Grip well on even mossy rocks. Don't know what all the fuss was about with some other reviewers. These things are lighter then Teva sandles and work well as a water shoe.
Rick the Bruce at REI on 06/06/2012

Compact, lightweight shoe for kayaking

I'm new to kayaking, and was having a hard time cramming my size 11 thick soled sandals into the bow of my inflatable kayak. The Ahnu shoes are just what I needed. I wanted a shoe that did not have any toggles on the heel to adjust the fit. The elastic cuff around the opening of these hold them on just fine. The soles are thin, and sometimes I can feel pebbles through them when walking, but that's an OK trade off--I didn't buy them to hike or run in. I rinse them out, pull out the insoles and let them dry between uses. No odor problems.
Keyclikr at REI on 07/07/2013

These fit tightly...

Bought these mostly for water park use. They felt snug in the beginning and thought they would strech out after use. They felt a bit uncomfortable through the day and started to hurt, but that's due to my own foot problem. Returned after 1 use and REI took then back without a problem. Was under 30 day windown (bought online). Mentioned I was looking for something much lighter and person showed me a GREAT pair at the store..felt like slippers...very comfortable. Just about the same price. BTW, I'm a pretty true size 11 which is what I bought, and felt a bit tight.
MRPRMR at REI on 09/09/2013

Excellent "barefoot" running shoe.

I bought this shoe as an alternative to other so-called barefoot running shoes. It was less expensive and it has performed well. It has the added advantage that it is designed to dry quickly. I bought both 10 and 11 sizes. I use the 11 with socks and the 10 without. I recently went running in the Southwest and the shoe performed well. At one point I stepped on a cactus which punctured the fabric of the shoe. I was able to sew up the shoe.
Larry Clarkberg at REI on 04/04/2011

Good arch support

It was nice to have watershoes that provided arch support and a tight fit around the ankle. I bought these for surfing, swimming and fishing on the sands of the beach, and it was excellent for minimizing any sediment entering the shoes. Nice grip and fantastic durability. They were very narrow on my feet, although I consider my feet wider than average. Blisters appeared on my toes, but that seems common with water shoes. I'd recommend.
poetry4all at REI on 09/09/2013

Fine Minimalist Running Shoe

YES, This functions as a great minimalist running shoe. You must take out the sockliner to get the best feel of the ground. This snug in the instep, may be tough to slip on for ppl with a high instep. This campares to the Vivobarefoot Evo, and the FeelMax Osma minimalist running shoes
AndrewRad at REI on 04/04/2010

Negative Reviews:

Great shoes until you get them wet

I loved these shoes until I rinsed them after sailing and let them air dry. It takes several days for them to air-dry - so long that they start to smell awful. When I noticed this I re-washed them with scalding water and dish soap, but no luck. After 2 days they are still wet and smelling horrible again. I will try again and put them in the dryer. Or get new water shoes, which should be quick-drying by definition.
mariposaka at REI on 06/06/2011

Well made but sizing is way off!

The quality is good on these water shoes, but sizing is way wrong. I wear a size 9.5 in normal shoes, ordered a size 10, they were very difficult to get on and there was no way I could wear them. They felt more like a size 8 might feel, had to pay shipping to send them back.
DW in Missouri at REI on 08/08/2013

very comfy--at first

Loved them at first wearing around the house. Very comfy. Then I took them on a three day sea kayaking trip and they murdered my feet. Way too narrow fit left big blisters on the sides of my big toes. If you have wide feet beware these will hurt.
mnoutdoor at REI on 07/07/2012

Neutral Reviews:

Awful on rocks when wet

I was excited to buy these prior to going up to the High Sierra's for a lot of water activity, fishing, boating, rock clambering etc. I ended up disappointed. They performed well in almost every way except they are lethal on the rocks. Totally slippery. Especially when water is present. I almost went down so many times in the creeks, purely because the soles have terrible traction. Also, I developed a brutal blister on top of my 4th toe, left foot from a stitched seam. You would think the interior of such a shoe would have nothing abrasive in that area. Other than that they are nice shoes and comfortable, but are hard to get on and off though. I will recommend them in general, but not for river work or walking on rocks and boulders where there is water.
HighwayChile at REI on 09/09/2011