Ecco Lagoon 360 water sport shoes are engineered for water with multiple holes in the upper material and soles to drain water, yet they look like a regular athletic shoe with a grippy surface that feels secure on wet logs and slick rock.
The Ecco Lagoons, which comes in an eye popping bright sulfur yellow and other fun colors, has a squishy mesh upper and sides that drain water. The EVA and rubber sole has 12 diagonal slashes that allow water to escape from the bottom. Water sandals have been a popular choice for river sports and the Ecco Lagoons offers a number of advantages over a sandal. The sturdy sole provides the support and protection of a shoe and the toe box is reinforced with synthetic leather to prevent stubbed toes. The surface of the sole adheres all but the most slimy rocks. They are lightweight at 18 oz for the pair (size 9 women’s)
When testing the Lagoons in a clear mountain stream I found that they protected my feet from the shock of cold water and provided a light layer of insulation compared to the complete exposure of my water sandals. Both the Lagoons and my sandals felt secure on the submerged, shifting rocks but the Lagoon shoe made me feel more balanced because it supported my whole foot. The shoes are easy to slip in and out of with the speed lace system—just pull on the cord and slide the bar to cinch quickly. I removed the insole for faster drying at home, and noted that I could see daylight through many small holes in the insole designed to allow water to flow out. The shoes were comfortable for walking on the approach, with and without socks, and would be suitable for short hikes, though arch support is lacking. Compared to all-rubber water sandal these do take a bit longer to dry as the inside of the heel has a fabric lining. The Lagoon would be a good option for backpackers who want a second pair of shoes for river crossings and would be a good camp shoe for those who like to get out of their boots at the end of the day, as I do, particularly if there is some strong sunshine to dry them out. They are sturdy enough to hike in if something were to happen to your main hiking boots or if foot problems developed and you needed an alternate shoe.
Ecco, a Scandinavian company based in Denmark, was started in 1963 by an entrepreneurial shoemaker with a passion for shoes, Karl Toosby. He set out to make functional, comfortable shoes that supported both feet and the Scandinavian culture, which values comfort, design and style. Now operating around the world Ecco is still a medium sized family company. Its largest market is the U.S. while it’s biggest concentration of employees is in Indonesia, with factories there and in Thailand, Slovakia and China.
Good grip on wet surfaces, comfortable with adequate support for walking short distances.
No arch support, takes awhile to dry after being submerged.
The Ecco Lagoon 360 water sport shoe drains water, grips the surface of wet rocks and is comfortable to walk in, a great choice for any water sports.
Disclosure of material connection: I received a test sample from Ecco but the opinions expressed are solely my own.