THE SITUATION: Whether you’re on a boat or scrambling around a creek, sometimes you want a little more support and protection on your feet than a flip-flop.
A SOLUTION: The Columbia Megavent is in a new generation of water shoes that offer both the athletic performance you’d find in a traditional running shoe, yet it’s designed to get wet and dry quickly. While these aren’t the optimal shoes for running a 5K race on the roads, the Megavent offers you enough support to throw a Frisbee around, carry the kayak from the car to the water and, most importantly, comfortably wade into a rocky creek or lake.
THE DETAILS: The mesh upper is extremely breathable and dries quickly, while the holes in the cushy midsole drain any liquid from the shoe once you leave the water. The outsole features a sticky grip to help you adhere to those slippery rocks or the deck of a boat. For kayaking, the shoes provide a sturdy platform to help you keep your feet in position while paddling. A speed-lace closure system makes them easy to pop on and off, and they’re even stain-resistant for those who use them while fishing.
AVAILABILITY: Go to columbia.com.