While many of these shoes let the water out, they also let the water in – walk though a slight puddle or stand on some moist moss while loading the car and if the drainage holes are on the bottom you’ll have wet feet. The good news is that you’re not squelching, and once the water is warm you rarely notice it.
The Helly Hansen Skagen Race were the best as a trainer, however they were also the most expensive and there were other shoes that do the same job for less.
Helly Hansen’s Santiago L2 was the best women’s shoe on test, although ladies on a budget could also opt for the Tribord Arin 500.
If you’re a man on a budget the men’s Tribord Arin 500 are worth investigating, however, although only £30, the Gul shoes came close to taking the overall prize. They were only let down by their style and slightly bulky feel. Either offer good grip at a staggeringly friendly price. If you’re looking for a lightweight summer shoe, which is what deck trainers are about, then Musto’s Nautic Coast weighs very little and is very comfortable, especially when the weather is hot or you’re sailing in warmer climes. The only downside is that as the temperature drops the mesh won’t keep your feet warm
If you want a comfy deck trainer for year-round use that offers good grip and fine looks, albeit with slightly less drainage, the Deck Grip Profile from Henrilloyd is a good choice.
The team put the shoes through their paces
Our rigorous drainage test sorted the wet from the dry