THIS COMPETITION HAS CLOSED
Congratulations to our lucky winners of the Crocs Fathers’ Day Giveaway!
The answer that we were looking for was Croslite. Here are the lucky winners. They have each won a pair of Crocs Swiftwater sandals.
- Mervin Janneker
- Winston McKay
- Ralph Smith
- Johan Wessels
- Michelle McDonald
- Kimon Paxinos
- Johan Laurens
- Org van den Berg
- Michael Shuttleworth
- Pieter Veldman
TCFF’s review of the Crocs Swiftwater Sandal
When a pair of these sandals arrived at our offices, staff enthused about the fact that the Crocs Swiftwater sandal could very well be the next best thing since baked bread. This was a water sandal, right? Which means you could use them for fishing, boating, etc, and they would be perfect for a fly fisherman. Well, the first thing that struck us was that these were a good-looking pair of sandals, unlike the original Crocs, which could never be called handsome by any stretch of the imagination. Looks aside, the original Crocs are some of the most comfortable clogs around, and the Swiftwater seems to follow in that tradition. They feature a mesh upper with an adjustable strap. With the strap properly tightened, they are extremely comfortable and so light on the feet that it almost feels like you are walking barefoot. They have a Croslite material footbed, midsole and outsole, and good toe coverage. The sides have large openings for water drainage and air flow, and the overall impression is of a light, durable sandal.
Putting the Swiftwater to the test
They proved to be so comfortable that we wore them around the office for the next couple of days, before, during and after work, over weekends and, in fact, almost never took them off. They provide good foot support and look smart enough to even do a night on the town, especially in summer. And they are water friendly (the reason they arrived at our offices), so we were keen to see how they would do on a fishing excursion. Sterkfontein proved to be a good testing ground, from a hiking, wet wading and boat sandal standpoint. In the hiking department, they fared fairly well, bearing in mind that Sterkies is not easy walking, especially if you are scrambling up and down rocky banks. Being able to sneak into the water for positioning a cast or landing a fish was a bonus, but we soon discovered that once your feet are wet the sandal can become a bit slippery on the inside. A thin wading sock solved the problem. They also dry fairly quickly, which is always a plus for a water shoe or sandal. Bearing in mind that this is, after all, a sandal and not a shoe, they fared surprisingly well. However, for this type of terrain we would recommend a sturdy boot with good ankle support, but nevertheless ended the day with the Crocs without mishap or injured feet.
The (unexpectedly) perfect boat shoe
The biggest advantage of the Swiftwater was in its guise as a boat shoe. They are extremely easy to put on and take off, weigh nothing, do not leave marks on the boat, and take the stress of a choppy ride off your feet and legs. Boaties have long since discovered that some kind of a rubber mat to stand on behind the helm is essential equipment if you are a facing a long, choppy day on the ocean. Well, the Swiftwater sandal can become your very own rubber mat worn around your feet, the thick sole absorbing the punishment the chop imparts to the deck. It’s simply great boat footwear, with the added advantage of being able to get wet and then dry quickly.
Still not convinced?
They also work well for light fishing and river crossings or wading in muddy areas. The toe protection is not adequate for rivers with sharp boulders (like the Vaal River), and the open areas around the shoe let in sand and stones, so they are not an alternative to a wading boot or shoe. For light duty, however, they will be perfect, and at the end of a long fishing day, after taking off your wading boots, you’ll love the feel of these on your feet around camp. The Swiftwater Crocs are marketed as a go-anywhere summer sandal on land or around water, and meet their design criteria. I’m not a sandal person, but these have turned me into a believer. I’m ordering a second pair.
For more information on Crocs men’s Swiftwater sandal
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