2018 Gift Guide
THE SHOE FITS
I was an early adopter to Crocs footwear back when the original injection-molded sandals stormed onto the market in the mid-2000s. Those original shoes (that also worked well as summertime slippers) weren’t, shall we say, particularly stylish. What they were, though, were rugged, practical, and above all else, comfortable. After your feet pounded the shoes into submission, the soles would conform to your foot, whether you were blessed with high arches or platypus feet. Over a decade later, the shoes probably still aren’t stylish enough to guarantee entry into Le Bernardin, but they have evolved over time, are more streamlined in design, and are just as comfortable as ever. I tested the Swiftwater Wave sandals in the Exumas, strolling them on everything from compact rocky trails to pumice-like foot-shredders (think volcanic rock), and never did my feet feel anything but the gentlest of nudges. The best part is that these sandals have a fixed strap in the back. so they should fit snugly around your heel, and won’t flop around, meaning they can serve double-duty as a decent boat shoe.