Top positive review
Best "rugged terrain" flip flops I've ever put on
May 15, 2018
These are not your average slumming around the house flip flops, they actually provide support and have great grip, even when wet. I have only worn these 1 day, but it was the ultimate flip flop test day. I normally wear an 11 wide shoe, so I tried the 11/12 size. The back of my foot fits perfect, but there's a good 3/4" extra in front of my toes. They hold snug to my feet, hardly even "flop" much, so the extra on the toe isn't even noticeable when walking. I doubt the 10/11 would leave enough support for my heel. The first test was a 2 hour drive to the lake. Normally by this time the lack of support from flip flops will leave your heel sore to the point you just kick them off and drive barefoot, but these Kaibacks kept my feet in place, cushioned, and comfortable the whole way. The big test was launching the boat - most flip flops turn to snot rags with a couple drops of water and you will bust your tail. I walked into the water, stepped onto the trailer and hopped on the boat with sure footing all the way. Even underwater, the shoes stayed gripped solidly to my feet and gave sound footing to the ground and even the smooth painted trailer. All day, these things continued to impress me, on and off the boat, wet grass, sand, wet pavement, rocks, hills, steps... My only complaint at the end of the day is the front strap was starting to rub the skin between my toes raw. Granted, it was my first day in flip flops this year, so my feet are still tender from the winter, and I put about 3.5 miles on them in a day. The straps are definitely tougher than most, but hopefully that speaks to the long term durability. I'm betting as my feet toughen up into the summer and the straps break in, this won't be an issue.
Bottom line: if you enjoy an outdoor active lifestyle, these are for you! I think I'm willing to try these on a kayak trip down the river, something I never thought a flip flop would survive!