At the beach, it’s nice to feel the sand between your toes and the cool water on your feet. But sometimes, your feet require a little extra protection. For conditions and environments where water is a guaranteed factor, a water shoe can keep your feet from getting blistered and injured. The Merrell All Out Blaze Sieve features a sandal-like design with many cutouts to help drain out water. Whether you’re at the lakeside cabin fishing and catching frogs or you’re heading out for a short trail walk on an unusually rainy day, the Sieve ensures you stay dry even in the wettest scenarios. These are the perfect pair of summer sandals for your adventurous lifestyle.
Users reported that while the lugs perform relatively well, the Vibram brand rubber was less impressive than expected. A number of reviewers found the sole slippery on wet ground, which seems like an oversight for a water shoe. The outsole is not a complete failure, however. It’s fairly grippy but also super durable.
Reviewers were happy with the sizing of the Blaze. The sandal-style makes the shoe easy to slip on and off. Users can adjust the fit with bungee cord laces, though some noted that the upper design and lacing system don’t offer a great deal of support for technical trail conditions. The elastic back of the shoe is convenient, but without a heel counter, overall support is limited. The interior isn’t seamless, and users reported issues with blisters. Going barefoot in these water shoes might not work for everyone.
Keep in mind that even with the inclusion of a toe cap, the rest of the shoe leaves a whole lot of foot exposed. On gnarly trails, this can pose an injury risk. Be careful, also, when wearing the Sieve in tick-heavy areas. If you do happen to walk through tall grasses or in other tick-laden environments, make sure to check your feet when you get home. If you’re out with your furry walking buddy, don’t forget to check them as well. Ticks can spread Lyme and other diseases.
- Sandal design with slip-on construction
- TC5+ Vibram outsole provides traction and durability
- 3mm lugs for added grip
- UniFly midsole material for padding underfoot
- Waterproof leather upper helps repel water
- Drainage holes for shedding water
- M Select FRESH anti-microbial liner
- Neoprene interior is water repellent and quick-drying
- Protective toe cap
- 8mm drop
A few simple fixes are all that’s required for version 2. Overall, the shoe is easy to slip on and kick off. A quick tug on the elastic laces is all that’s needed to tighten the Sieve. A flexible sole makes it easy to navigate on the trails deftly. Built for wet environments, the shoe also features a quick-drying waterproof design with drainage holes to repeal what’s left of the water after you step in a puddle. Breathability is indeed not an issue, and the Sieve also happens to be incredibly durable.
Heading to the beach this summer and looking forward to long walks along the ocean? Excited to go fishing at the cabin? Or maybe you happen to walk your dog on waterlogged trails. The Merrell All Out Sieve will suit your needs for all these scenarios.