Get ready for the hybrid water shoe explosion in Spring 2011. Along with the Teva Gnarkosi, both Columbia and The North Face will release their version of lightweight water shoes. You no longer need to wear your old running shoes for kayaking or even change out your hikers during those frequent river crossings with these lightweight, fast drying and comfortable hybrid water shoes.
The Hydroshock water shoe from The North Face is built for a hybrid of water and casual dry land adventures. An injection molded EVA construction renders the shoe very lightweight. The protective shoe cage is punched with holes for drainage and airflow while the midsole and outsole are dotted with rubber pods for increased traction.
The synthetic suede mesh upper on the Hydroshock water shoe is fast drying and breathable and can be cinched up around your foot with the quick-pull lace lock system. A compression-molded EVA footbed adds cushion and comfort for any multi-sport activity.
The Columbia Drainmaker hybrid water shoes are casual looking but high performing with water specific features. The Wetgrip outsole with razor siped lugs acts like a tire and gives you superior traction on both wet and dry surfaces. The Techlite midsole is fully drainable so flushes out excess water with every step you take.
The all mesh upper is quick drying and breathable with microsuede eyestays for added durability. The Columbia Drainmaker water shoes will retail for $80.