Winter or wet-weather joggers benefit from netted athletic shoes which are made specifically for running and walking just along the edge of water or watery terrains. Gore-tex lined boots and shoes seem to be a popular choice at the moment and this wonderful material can be found in clothing and other outdoor accessories too.
Making a bit of a come back in some countries is the once popular jelly shoes (or Jellies), which are basically shoes that are made of a porous PVC rubber product known as jelly rubber. Jelly shoes come in a whole variety of different brands, styles and colors. They became very popular during the 1980s and it was quite possible to pick a pair of jellies up for a dollar or less. They can best be described as sandal types of footwear and most probably took their design from the ageless flip flop.
Although jellies, flip flops, and common sandals are still the first choice of water shoes for the beach, we’re now seeing new designs that are not only practical, but fashionable for the sandy shores too.
Water resistant shoes, or beach shoes of some sort, must also be considered for those popular weddings by the sea. Most happy couples look for a pair of water shoes which have a low heal for comfort, as moving around a sandy surface can be difficult at the best of times. Many opt for a closed toe sandal. This choice means they’re not spending half their special day removing sand and grit from between their toes!
Serious hikers now insist on a quality pair or water shoes for their trekking pleasure, as dry warm feet resists athletes foot and chilblains. Hiking or trekking off the beaten track can take you across some very wet and unpredictable ground, so it’s not surprising that there has been some great technological advances in the materials used for walking footwear, which now produces light, strong, waterproof or water resistant, yet ultra comfortable shoes.
Most of us are only too aware that dry feet make an enormous difference in walking comfort whether we’re hiking or just going about our daily business, and especially so when walking in heavy downpours of rain. The only real drawback with waterproof shoes is that they do cost considerably more than their non-waterproof or water resistant counterparts.
Folks who don’t want to ‘splash out’ (forgive the pun!), on waterproof shoes, have the option to waterproof their conventional footwear with a simple treatment, or, if that’s not practical, to use waterproof overshoes, which simply go over the regular ones and keep them both dry and protected from the elements.