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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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