If you can remember the last time you hit the beach, or showered off before taking a dip in the pool, you probably never thought twice about how convenient it was to just slip into your sandals or water shoes and proceed to another fun day in the sun. For the men of the world with wide feet and sizes 13+ however, our last memory of such an experience dates back to the when were about 13 years old. Most of us with with extra large feet find that our shoe size matches our age until our mid to late teens, and this is where our challenge begins.
I wear size 16 Wide and until I had access to large water shoes from XLfeet, I was the guy who generally felt left out as I watched all my friends snorkel in the ocean. I had the opportunity to join them, but not without exposing my bare feet to jagged rocks and sea urchins.
Most think it's so simple and hardly worth making a fuss about, but water shoes are yet another item where access is a challenge for those with big feet. At least for the summer of 2014 XLfeet does not make XL Water Shoes, but makes XL Water Shoes available. The two most popular big mens water shoes are The Keen Newport, and the Propet Endurance and Explorer for different reasons.
The Endurance and Explorer are great options from the Propet Line and come in wide to 5E and EEE Extra Wide up to size 15. One thing that sets them apart from other water shoes are the drainage ports which have been engineered into the soles. This allows water to drain out with ease, and helps air to circulate too. They are very light weight, and feature a breathable mesh with either a toggled lacing system, or strap that fastens with hook and loop technology.
The Newport by Keen are the sandals or water shoes that catapulted Keen to the forefront of the sandal industry in less than a decade. They make the Newport up to size 17. At Keen they believe a sandal or water shoe can protect your toes without the sacrifice of comfort, breath-ability, or style. This has been so popular, other shoe manufacturers who have been making shoes for more than a century have tried - unsuccessfully so far - to copy the popular Keen Toe. What Keen does is elongate the sole and wraps it up and over the toe cap.