The ALEADER Outventure Quick Drying Aqua Water Shoe is one of the least expensive water shoe options on our list. However, regardless of the price point, these are an ideal mix of function, style and value.
The ALEADERs are conventional sports shoes style-wise. They are no frills, without the bells and whistles of gaudy expensive water shoes, and without the strange shapes. Instead, they are made from minimalist, breathable mesh uppers and lightweight rubber outsoles that allow for extensive draining.
This shoe will easily let you go wherever you set your mind to, whether it be scrambling over rocks, running through ocean shores, or hiking through puddled trails. They can transition from dry to fully submerged and back again without skipping a step. Additionally, their high-quality rubber sole provides some impressive grip and traction while moving across slippery surfaces.
While this is all going on, the namesake quick-drying sock liner in the ALEADER shoe, as well as its internal cushioning system, work together to create a cool and dry environment for your feet, regardless of the climate or circumstances. Also, added sections for lateral support will ensure that your feet remain snug when submerged.
Initial Thoughts on Unboxing
To us, these were the second closest water shoes we tested to looking like actual sneakers. They were incredibly lightweight, and were structured like standard sneakers. When worn, they were almost indiscernible from running shoes. We purchased the olive green color, which looked sharp without being obnoxious.
Additionally, the bright white soles featured strategically-placed holes for prompt and proper water drainage. These shoes had bungee-style laces that cinched for a snug fit.
Putting Them Through Their Paces
We spent extensive time testing the ALEADER 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
These shoes did incredibly well in the ocean test. They did great while splashing through the waves, when walking through hard-packed sand, and in shell covered sand as well. However, there was a bit of a struggle with sand getting into the shoes when walking in sugar sand.
The River Test
The ALEADER water shoes performed great in the riverbed. The sticky nature of the rubber soles proved highly beneficial when walking across slippery, rocky surfaces. They also held up very well in the rushing waters of Simpson Creek.
The Hiking Test
The lightweight nature of these shoes is derived from the extremely minimalistic rubber soles. As such, they did not perform as well as we would have hoped in the hiking test, and likely would not be the ideal option for extensive hikes.
Advantages and Disadvantages
While the performance of the ALEADER Outventure Quick Drying Aqua Water Shoe was admirable, with such features as Fluid Flow, contrast stitching for support, ComforDry sock liners and much more, there will always be some concerning points with every water shoe we test.
Below are some of the advantages and disadvantages that we noted with the ALEADER Outventure Quick Drying Aqua Water Shoe.
Advantages of the ALEADER Outventure Water Shoes
- These are by far some of the strongest function-to-weight water shoes that we tested throughout our processes.
- They are incredibly lightweight (so perfect for traveling), inconspicuous as a water shoe, very versatile, and dry rapidly for easy transition to land-based activities.
- The extremely strong grip power of the rubber soles make this an ideal option for moving, slippery surfaces such as boat decks.
- The water draining from the outsole via holes in the bottom of the sole was some of the fastest we experienced in testing processes.
Disadvantages of the ALEADER Outventure Water Shoes
- The uppers of these shoes have far larger mesh holes than standard. This can be problematic when walking in sand.
- When we were hiking, we noticed that the shoes worked great for the short testing period, however would likely falter in longer hikes support and comfort wise.
Our Final Thoughts
At the price point they are at, it will be difficult to find a water shoe that beats the ALEADER Outventure Quick Drying Aqua Water Shoe. This option is a perfect blend of style, price and function. The ALEADER option is also very inconspicuous. This means that you won’t feel self-conscious when wearing them out and about. Buyer remorse is not a thing with these water shoes!
For more water shoe options, check out our comprehensive guide to the best water shoes.