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When adventure leads you over land and through steams, be ready by gearing up in the Merrell® All Out Blaze Sieve water-ready hiking shoe. Waxy, waterproof leather and stretch Lycra® neoprene upper materials. Bungee lacing system allows for quick-and-easy adjustments on the go. Protective toe bumper. M Select® FRESH antimicrobial treatment helps keep odors under control. Unlined footbed. UniFly® midsole provides all-day cushioned comfort. TC5+Vibram® outsole with 3 mm lugs delivers reliable traction. Imported. Measurements: Heel Height: 1 in Weight: 9 oz Product measurements were taken using size 8, width M. Please note that measurements may vary by size. Weight of footwear is based on a single item, not a pair.
I purchased the
KEEN Women's Whisper Sandal
as well as the
Merrell Women's All Out Blaze Sieve Water Shoe, Brown Sugar, 8.5 M US
to compare the two and figure out which I liked better. I found the Merrell Women's All Out Blaze Sieve Water Shoe to be the better fit, but here are the pro's and cons of each:
I needed some water shoes, and my feet aren't going to grow anymore (40yo and no more babies thank you very much) so I wanted to get a proper pair that will work for creeking and rafting/canoeing and swimming in the lake/ocean, but also for playing disc golf with my husband and light trail hiking, and will last for the next 5-10 years at least. I started off by heading to Cabela's (FYI, I have a local Cabela's, Field and Stream, and Duluth all within spitting distance of each other, and out of those three brick and mortars, Cabela's had the best water-hiking-shoes selection, BY FAR). In the store I tried on the KEEN Newport Hydro, the KEEN Whisper (mostly they had KEEN and their store brand, Worldwide Sportsman...or something like that), and a few of their Worldwide Sportsman brand. I did not find any Merrell water-hikers in-store (at any of the stores). Anyway, out of the ones I tried at Cabelas, I quickly decided against the Worldwide Sportsman as they did not fit well (loose on my very wide feet, but tight on top and jamming into my leg at the top of my foot). So that left the KEEN. Both the Whisper and the Newport fit well, but I wanted something sturdy and hefty, and the Newport fits the bill on that. If you are looking for cuter and lighter, the Whisper is that. I chose the KEEN Newport Hydro...but they didn't have any in my proper size (size 10 womens, with a wide foot). I bought a half-size down (still fit all right) and went home ($100). I really wanted to try something other than KEEN, so enter Amazon. I proceeded to order the exact same KEEN in my proper size (10) and a different color ($100), the Merrell All-Out Blaze Sieve in a 10 ($75), and the ATIKA All-Terrain Orbital in a 10 ($31). I made sure they all had free returns before purchasing, and waited patiently to try them all before returning the rest. Here are my thoughts on them all:
I was looking for a walking shoe that would allow air flow since I like to go sockless but don't like sweaty feet rubbing blisters. I also wanted something that could handle a little rain without resulting in the same blister-inducing situation. These are great! I tried a variety of hiking sandals from Amazon and Academy; these were by far the best. I like the toe box protection rather than having the pinky toe exposed like in the equivalent Keen. Also, these are very comfortable. I'm used to wearing Skechers for everyday activities, which have a very springy, comfortable footbed. Imagine my surprise when these are almost as comfortable, but much much cooler (in the temperature sense). I only have two caveats. One, they seem to run very slightly large. I normally wear a 9, but had to send it back for an 8.5. Two, the strap around the heel dug in a little at first, but was great after a couple days. Very comfortable, supportive, and cool shoes.
I normally hike in full support leather Vasque boots, but I was looking for something lighter and water friendly for summer hikes with lots of stream crossings so I could enjoy the water and cool off. I knew that the support wouldn't be the same as a full support boot, but my feet were sliding all around in these shoes on rough terrain even with bungee laces cinched up. I had the most trouble with steep inclines and my feet sliding back, I wish there was a way to cinch up the heel strap. Overall I just didn't feel very sure footed in these on dry land. That being said, they were actually great in the water. Once wet, these shoes seemed to suction to my feet better, they have really nice grippy soles, and were fantastic for crossing very swift and rough glacial streams. They handle water well, dry off quickly, and haven't started smelling yet. If you are mainly looking for a water shoe, and/or will be hiking on pretty smooth terrain, I'd highly recommend these, but otherwise you may want to keep looking.
Numpty here. I thought they were trainers - should have looked closer but I really wanted the lace fastening and didn't notice that these are more of a sandal with cut outs on the sides and back. I'm keeping them as I love Merrell and these will be great for the summer months.. but still feeling a bit of a numpty... [noticed from the reviews that I am not the only one to make this mistake!]
I didn't really need these but kept looking at them on my wish list and when they came down in price I couldn't resist.
I have to admit I don't do lots of fitness, only dog walking and gardening but these are just so comfortable I now have two pairs in different colours. I have lots of problems with my Achilles but the ankle part is so so soft it doesn't interfere with it at all. I like the fact that your feet can breath whilst wearing them. I would be even more pairs in different colours if I could. Highly recommended.
I wasn't a fan of this shoe. For a start, it didn't fit me properly, it felt too big. Also the sole was a hard rubber which I suspect would leave me with blisters in next to no time. Maybe it would be useful for someone who is in an out of wet conditions because the holes at the side would allow water to drain. I wouldn't fancy walking any distance in this shoe
Love this sandal but size was off by one whole size. Had to reorder. The nose tilts up and pushes toes up to the top of the sandal. I like my feet to not touch the nose of the shoe. Tried my own size, half a size larger and then 1 whole size larger which fits perfectly. Measure the length of your foot and pick the size of that length, maybe even a little bigger. The shoe snuggles around your foot, no worries about ordering half or whole size larger.