Merrell WaterPro Tawas
This shoe fits well and has a good balance. I have…
Materials: synthetic leather, nylon
Use: water activities where you're only on your feet for short periods of time
Break-in Period: didn't seem to break in
Weight: 1 lb, 6 oz.
Price Paid: $94.50
This shoe fits well and has a good balance. I have no complaints about how it handles water, and the vibram soles provide excellent traction and stability. However - it is uncomfortable! There are too many chafe points on the inside of the shoe. I presume that it's meant to be worn sockless - as it's a water shoe, but there are hard seams and uncomfortable pressure points that become obvious after only minutes of wear. I'm not generally blister prone, but I got blisters after about a mile of walking. With socks I don't have the problem with blisters - but then I lose the prime function of the shoe!
The shoe itself does not provide strong arch support or cushioning - so if you plan to do serious hiking this is not the shoe for you. I tried backpacking with it, and after only 2 miles with a 25-30-lb pack my feet were already fatigued
The best use I can think of for this shoe is a situation where you won't walk much, and will be in water that requires considerable foot protection for short stints - kayaking, or canoeing with no (or very short!) portages.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Merrell Mens Waterpro Tawas - Synthetic leather and ventilating mesh uppers are fully water- and stretch-resistant, breathable and protective, Micro mesh drainage ports on sides ensure shoes eject water easily and dry quickly, Dynamic lacing system with free-floating heel solidly secures heels and insteps for a static fit, heel loops aid entry, Injection-molded thermoplastic urethane rear foot stabilizer and toe bumpers bolster and protect feet from difficult terrain, Footbeds have water drainage-ventilation ports for extra comfort and cushioning, Injection-molded nylon arch supports supply superb torsional stability, In-Board compression-molded EVA midsoles with Air Cushion shock absorption at heels allow all-day wear, Non marking sticky Vibram Rinse Master outsoles with TC1 Dura Rubber and razor-cut sipping deliver amazing wet-surface traction.
- Massey's Outfitters refers to the men's version
Even when a raging current is sucking at your foot, your Merrell Men's WaterPro Tawas Shoe will stay firmly attacheda good thing, because you're going to need it for the rest of your river adventure. You'll keep your footing, too, thanks to the sticky rubber and 3mm lugs on the grippy Vibram WaterPro sole.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
CLOSEOUTS Merrell's Waterpro Tawas water shoes are the ultimate in water/trail shoe hybrids! Drainage ports at the heel and toe do double duty to drain water and protect feet, and strobel construction enhances flexibility. Perforated footbed is treated with AEGIS Microbe Shield(R) to prevent odor Anti-friction lining Synthetic leather and air mesh upper with debris-blocking gusseted tongue Shock-absorbing air cushion heel Water-friendly Vibram(R) WaterPro2 outsole is siped for traction Weight: 1 lb. 12 oz. pr. Made in China Visit our Shoe Sizing Guide Available Colors: BLACK/OYSTER. Sizes: 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5.
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version