These retro canvas deck shoes reminded me of the Red Ball Jets basketball shoes I wore as a kid. The Chumrunners have the same canvas construction but are more comfortable thanks to the soft fabric and foam liner. And unlike the Red Ball Jets, they offer comfortable arch support.
The chevron-style traction worked well and was the ideal depth to increase traction without picking up rocks or shells in our test — but beware. And unlike the finer treaded shoes, these sloughed off wet sand easily with a kick or a slap. The insoles are removable. They are available in brown and cobblestone beige. A synthetic leather heel cap adds style and durability.
DRAINAGE: Weep holes in the insoles did not help drain water from the shoe.
TRACTION DRY: 40 degrees TRACTION WET: 35 degrees DUNK AND DRY 1 HOUR: 35% DUNK AND DRY 2 HOURS: 34%
SIZES: Half-sizes from 7 to 11, plus 12, 13 and 14
COST: $69.99; xtratuf.com