2018 Gift Guide

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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.


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