Sperry H2O Escape Bungee Sneaker Review
As of the last year, water shoes have really made a comeback. I am sure there are a number of factors that play into this increase, but one of the biggeest factors I see is the rise in popularity in stand up paddleboards, or SUP. Sperry, with a long heritage of making shoes for water related activities caught onto this early and recently came out with a more sport focused line of shoes, the shoe is specific that I will be reviewing here is the Sperry H2O Escape Bungee Sneaker. This shoe, or as Sperry calls it, a sneaker, is a good all around shoe that can be worn for SUP and most other water activities.
Sperry H2O Escape Bungee Sneaker Functionality
As mentioned above, the Sperry H2O Escape Bungee Sneaker can be worn for almost any sport related activity. Over the last couple months while testing out this shoe, I’ve tested in while SUP’ing, walking and running on the beach, skipping from rock to rock on rocky sections of Rivera Maya in Mexico, hanging out on choppy boat rides, short trail runs in the rocky mountains, days of travel through airports, and everyday wear around town. As with most product reviews we do at ActiveGearReview.com, we make sure that we spend a good amount of time with the product and that we test it out in most of the environments that you would be wearing them in.
While on the boat and SUP, the grip on the outsole of a shoe can be important for keeping you upright. The sole of a shoe isn’t the only thing that keeps you upright as there are many other factors that play in such as core strength, but shoe sole grip definitely helps. On all my testings, I found the Sperry H20 Escapge Bungee Sneaker to offer great traction and grip.
Drains in the sneaker
When using a shoe in the water, it is important to keep your shoes secure and on your feett, but after your feet are out of the water, you don’t want to keep the water with you. One thing that I look for in a water shoe is for it to drain the water out quickly and dry quickly. As you can see in the pictures of the Sperry H2O Escape Bungee Sneaker are the holes on each side of the shoe. These drainage holes are connected throughout the shoe, so if you fill your shoe up with water, the shoes drain out the water almost as quickly as water gets in the shoe. While the side drains do a great job at letting the water exit, there is one downside. If you are walking or running in the sand, the drains also let in sand. The one challenge is that it is harder to get the sand out than it is letting it in. This was not a big issue on the comfort side as you don’t really feel the sand, but hearing the sand swish around in your shoe is always a little reminder it’s there. After a little washing in the beach shower, you are typically able to get out most of the sand.
Comfort while walking and running
As with most water shoes, I primarily wore these with no socks while walking and everyday wear. The challenge for me when I go with no socks is that my feet sweat and the insole becomes slippery. If you are wearing a shoe that is sweaty and slippery for a long period, it’s a little annoying. The good news is that the Sperry H2O Escape Bungee Sneaker has amazing ventilation that keeps your feet from overheating and getting clammy. I have gone on dozens of summer 2 mile dog walks, all day trips in the airports and on planes, and spending all day while watching the events at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, CO (Must see event) In every instance, my feet never got too sweaty.
For running, the Sperry H2O Escape Bungee Sneaker is a great shoe in case you’re in a pinch without your running shoes or want to save room in your suitcase and only want to take one pair of running style shoes. On my two recent trips to Cabo and Riviera Maya in Mexico, these were my go to running shoes. While running in these shoes, I wore socks as I tend to get blisters while running barefoot and when you’re on vacation, the last thing you want is blisters. While I would love to say I am hardcore and run barefoot, I have learned my lesson too many times and find that wearing socks in a water shoe is much better for running.
If you find yourself living close to water or are active during the summertime, a good pair of water shoes can be key. The Sperry H2O Escape are an excellent choice for almost any water activity that comes to mind. After testing these shoes out in a number of situations, I am happy to report back with a BIG TWO THUMBS UP! For more information, please visit http://www.sperrytopsider.com/.