Danner Shelter Cove Recovery Sandals Review

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Danner Shelter Cove Recovery Sandals: From front porch to fire pit.

Since 1932, Danner has made boots for the working man and woman. Danner came west to provide the best built boots for loggers nearly a century ago. They have continued to provide quality made footwear for workers. Product lines in military, tactical, hunting and hiking styles have protected the feet of many of the nation’s finest. I was proud to wear Danners for 26 years as a law enforcement officer. When I saw that company had expanded their product line to include the Danner Shelter Cove Recovery Sandals, I had to give them a try.

Danner Quality, Rugged Construction

When the Shelter Cove Recovery Sandals first arrived, I could immediately feel that they were made with the same rugged construction as their work boots. The sturdy Vibram Megagrip sole is made of the same tough material as their work boots. Though the soles are tough, the uppers are amazingly comfortable. They are neatly attached to the soles. The dual bands at the top of the arch keeps the sandals neatly in place but provides nice flexibility when walking. The footbed surface has a slight grip to it so the sandals stay on your feet, even if they get a little wet. Despite the rugged feel of these sandals, they measure in at only 16 oz. per pair. They are marketed as a recovery sandal for campers and weekend backpackers so the light weight of these sandals is appreciated.

Shelter Cove: Made With Comfort in Mind

I started out wearing the Shelter Cove Recovery Sandals around my campsite with bare feet. I found the grip footbed to really help these sandals stay in place. The sandals would be a great fit for people with wider feet because I found them a little loose on my narrow feet. This was remedied by putting on a fresh pair of hiking socks. They were perfect. The molded footbed and arch support in the Shelter Cove were perfect for my tired feet. The Vibram sole protected the bottom of my feet and made my feet feel protected while letting them breath at the same time. In between the tough sole and the rugged upper, there is a soft cloud of a midsole that soothed my tired feet and legs.

Danner Shelter Cove Recovery Sandals: The Technical Details

  • EVA Upper – Constructed from lightweight EVA, the soft and flexible upper provides all-day comfort.
  • EVA Midsole – Known for its lightweight properties, EVA is a special polymer that provides excellent cushioning.
  • Vibram Black Sands Outsole – The Black Sands outsole features Vibram’s Megagrip technology which provides superior grip and traction on wet and dry surfaces.
  • How It Fits – Designed specifically for sandals, the 827 last cups the foot to lock it in place and provide a secure fit for whatever terrain you encounter. Whether seeking adventure on the trail or roaming around the campsite, this last offers superior stability and comfort.
  • 365-Day Warranty – If you suspect your purchase isn’t up to our unrelenting standards, or is defective in any way, Danner wants to make things right. They offer a 365-day warranty across their entire footwear line.
  • Colors available for women’s: Black or Potter’s Clay (Potter’s Clay shown in pictures)
  • Colors available for men: Forest, Black or Duck Camo

Not Your Average Sandal

The Danner Shelter Cove has some unique features that I didn’t expect in a recovery sandal. I already mentioned that there is a Megagrip Vibram sole and a textured footbed, but I was really able to put these features to work while I filtered water from a Rocky Mountain stream. I was able to grip on the rocks, even with my feet in the water, without a slip. It was so refreshing to let my feet soak in the cool water while still being protected from the rocky streambed. The Shelter Cove then shed the water after leaving the stream so I was again wearing a dry sandal. I love it!!

Danner Shelter Cove Recovery Sandals: A Sure Winner After Race Day

I truly appreciated the full value of the Danner Shelter Cove Recovery Sandals in the days following the Leadville 100 Trail Run. After many hours running on the rugged Rocky Mountain Trails, my legs and feet had taken a beating. The only thing I wanted to wear following the race were my Shelter Coves. They were supportive to my legs and sore feet but also soft like a cushion. They allowed my battered feet to breath and get back to normal much faster than in previous races. Thank you to Danner for that quick recovery!!

I’d Expect Nothing Less from Danner Recovery Sandals

Over my years as a law enforcement officer and now as a full time adventurer, I have the experiences of wearing Danner’s quality boots and footwear. The Danner Shelter Cove Recovery Sandals added yet another category of superior footwear to my experience with the brand. The protective but soft comfort that promotes recovery after work and play is the perfect addition to my footwear. They have now become my go-to slip-ons after racing, when camping or when walking around my home. Shelter Cove, named for resupply station on the Pacific Crest Trail, was the inspiration for these recovery sandals. With a very reasonable MSRP of $85, you will be so pleased with your purchase.

If you would like more information about Danner footwear or to make a purchase of the Danner Shelter Cove Recovery Sandals, visit www.danner.com or www.rei.com. As a bonus, if you tag Danner on Instagram @dannerboots and use #Danner in your caption you have a chance to be featured. Adventure on!!         

Sara Fillman: Sara is an avid ultra-marathoner and outdoor adventurer. Living in Michigan, Sara has ample opportunities for outdoor sports during all seasons. When not open water kayaking on the Great Lakes or backpacking in some distance mountains, she can be found ice climbing in Norther Michigan at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. She is constantly looking for the next big adventure.
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