Have you been looking for a good balance between minimalist, classic water shoes and high-quality, well-constructed water shoes? If so, the Adidas Outdoor Terrex CC Jawpaw II Slip On is the ideal option for you. Their cleaner, slicker look ensures that you won’t be embarrassed to wear these water shoes out and about.
However, their simple design does not in any way mean that they lack the feature richness of some of the other water shoes that we have tested in our thorough research processes. Instead, the Adidas Outdoor Terrex CC Jawpaw II Slip On water shoe houses some highly impressive features. These features are ones that we would expect to see with high-dollar Adidas running shoes and sports sneakers, so imagine our surprise when we experienced them in a pair of low-cost, no-frills water shoes.
Initial Thoughts on Unboxing
We will be completely honest with you. When we first took these shoes out of their box, we were not overly impressed. The ones we purchased and tested are black with blue accents. The soles are bright blue, as are the top of the upper. There is a generic blue “pull tab” at the front and back of the top of the shoe for easy putting on and taking off.
However, when we tried them on for the first time, we were in awe of the level of comfort felt immediately. The Climacool technology that Adidas’ Terrex brand shoes house inside provide some impressive cooling properties, wonderful in a shoe that is one of the most minimalist that we tested, and some of the lightest as well. Their heavy-duty nature left nothing to be desired as well. These are not the most stylish shoes on our list, and may be the ones that scream “I am a water shoe” the most, but they are ideal for many purposes.
Putting Them Through Their Paces
We spent extensive time testing the Adidas shoes in the elements at Little Talbot Island State Park in Jacksonville, Florida. Our tests included:
- An ocean test: Sugar sand, waves, and hard packed sand.
- A river test: Rocky creek beds, sandy shorelines, flowing water.
- A hiking test: Over pine needles, sand, puddles, and standard trail surfaces.
Here is how they fared.
The Ocean Test
The Adidas Outdoor Terrex CC Jawpaw II Slip On performed extremely well in our ocean test. The lack of holes and lacing in these shoes meant that we did not get any sand or shells inside from walking about the beach. Their form-fitting functionality meant that we were able to splash about in the waves, and even do a bit of swimming, while wearing these water shoes.
The River Test
These shoes did great in the river test. While the shoe lacked the “gummy” nature of the outsole, the rubberized stealth design of the Adidas Outdoor Terrex CC Jawpaw II Slip On still gripped extremely well onto slippery river rocks, even in rushing currents. Overall, we were incredibly impressed.
The Hiking Test
With the Climacool technologies in the Adidas Outdoor Terrex CC Jawpaw II Slip On, the shoes provided extensive cooling, so our feet did not get hot while hiking, even without socks. The thin outsole provided surprising durability and protection from the hiking elements as well. These shoes were the best all-around water shoes that we tested.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Even though the overall performance of the Adidas Outdoor Terrex CC was the best all around, with such features as a one-piece design, Climacool technology, and stellar grip amongst others, there are always going to be points of concern with every shoe we test. It’s just how we roll here at Shoe Guide: comprehensive is the name of our game.
As such, below are some of the advantages and disadvantages that we found in our testing of the Adidas Outdoor Terrex CC Jawpaw II Slip On.
Advantages of the Adidas Terrex JawPaw II Slip On
- These water shoes were some of the easiest to get on and off. There are no laces to cinch, no drawstrings, no snaps and no Velcro to worry about. Nevertheless, even with the simplicity of sliding on and off, we did not get any loose feelings from the shoe. Instead they managed to stay firmly put in all tests that we threw their way.
- The Adidas Outdoor Terrex CC Jawpaw II Slip On provided incredibly arch support, definitely in the upper tier of tested shoes. Arch support is a rarity in the water shoe world, making it ideal for those of us who happen to suffer from such ailments as plantar fasciitis.
- The hyper minimal design of these water shoes ensures that you won’t be facing breakage or failure of small pieces, snaps and connections over time.
Disadvantages of the Adidas Terrex JawPaw II Slip On
- One of the primary issues that we noticed with the Adidas Outdoor Terrex CC Jawpaw II Slip On is the unfixed insole design. This water shoe was one of the few that we tested that did not have a fixed insole. This is problematic, as it can lead to internal slippage. Some reviews note that they can become detached with removing the shoe while wet, and others noted that they have twisted into strange angles when in moving water.
- While one of the most minimal and unobtrusive pairs of water shoes that we tested, they were also at the upper range of price. But you get what you pay for, and in the case of these shoes, it’s a lot on both accounts.
Our Final Thoughts
As we mentioned many times above, the Adidas Outdoor Terrex CC Jawpaw II Slip On water shoe is the best all-around water shoe that we tested in our processes at the beautiful Little Talbot Island State Park in sunny Jacksonville. If you find yourself unsure as to what water based activity you will be engaging in, or if you are a true sportsman or adventurer and want a shoe that will work for as many occasions as you can toss their way, these water shoes will be difficult to beat.
For more water shoe options, check out our comprehensive guide to the best water shoes.