More than a water shoe.
The Astral Porter Women's Water Shoe looks like a classic boat shoe but performs like a high-tech explorer, which might be confusing at first. Should you wear it to work? Should you wear it on the water? Around town? The answer, simply enough, is yes. The tough Cordura nylon upper is decked out with Airmesh at the tongue and vamp for ventilation and drainage, and has drainage ports at midfoot so you don't feel like you're walking around in puddles all day.
The laces run all the way around the heel for security, and the EVA midsole provides loads of cushioning for day-long adventures. To keep you upright on rocking decks and slick rocks, the Porter is finished off with a G15 high-friction rubber sole, which has tons of surface area for increased friction and razor-siping for unbeatable traction.
- Cordura nylon upper
- Airmesh tongue and vamp
- Nylon lining
- EVA foam midsole
- Heel lock
- G15 high-friction rubber sole
- Drainage ports
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Size Bought: 9.5
I compared the Brewess, the Loyak, and the Porter all from Astral.
All have super grippy soles as you might expect. The Brewess was the stiffest and the Loyak the softest. The Porter fell in the middle and ultimately I was debating between keeping the Porter and the Loyak, but the Loyak ended up winning out purely for the extra slipper-like comfort. If I was a shoe hoarder I would have kept the Porters, too, though, so don't let my final decision sway you if you dig the looks and function of these.
I normally wear a 9.5 street shoe, and these were a perfect fit in a 9.5.