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Alpine Design River Sandals

rated 2.0 of 5 stars

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photo: Alpine Design River Sandals sport sandal

I have had very good results with all Alpine Design gear, but these water sandals bought a few years ago, but little used, just fell apart. First a glued-in left sole floated away in the Yama River, Steamboat, Colo., where the hydraulic is located.

Thinking the shoes were OK, I stepped on a rock in the river to get a grip, got swept backwards fast and banged my lower back hard on a pointed rock. It took 4 weeks to recover.

When I examined the right foot, the second glued-in sole delaminated and fell off. Then the front toe guard fell off.

This batch of shoes may have been deficient, but I can assure you when a sole gives out causing you injury they are dangerous. I would like an address to ship these shoes for examination.


  • Looked OK for value at the store


  • Fell apart on a falls causing injury.

BTW, I bought a grape colored Camp 7 sleeping bag in the 1970s and it is still great. So I know the designer wants stuff to be solid.

Bob Dowling

Source: bought it new

Recently purchased sandal different in price and design. Evidently "Alpine Design" means good as a water shoe for the lake or sea.


  • Inexpensive


  • Runs small

Don't know if i can recommend, but the price was right.

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