An affordable take on the sturdier ‘shandal’ sandal/shoe hybrid, the Westshore is a decent performer on coastal walks and swims but not quite breathable enough to tackle the dog days of summer.
Easy to adjust
Comfortable over long distances
Inner sole isn’t very breathable
Limited toe protection
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Regatta Westshore Sandals: first impressions
To be quite honest, we aren’t really sure if Regatta Westshore Sandals are open sandals or closed-toe shandals. Either way, they offer good value for money if you’re after sandals with extra support for adventures in and out of the water.
The Westshore is built with soft and comfortable straps over a central mesh panel, feels light and airy to wear, and it is quick to dry after getting wet. It’s also very easy to adjust the Westshore for a good fit thanks to a bungee cord and an adjustable Velcro strap around the heel – there should be very little risk of blisters or rubbing here.
• RRP: $60 (US) / £50 (UK)
• Weight: 266g / 9.5oz
• Sizes: Women’s 3–8 Men’s 6–12
• Colors: Women’s Granite, Neon & Peach / Navy Blue Skies / Beaujolais Mellow Rose / Ash Ceramic Blue Men’s Briar Grey & Lime Punch / Peat Treetop
• Compatibility: Ideal for more casual beachside walks, coast path hikes and paddles
Regatta Westshore Sandals in action
While these sandals feel pleasingly lightweight and springy underfoot, they still sport decent soles that offer good grip on trails and rocky surfaces. And they work well underwater, too, gripping wet rock and staying put.
Our only issues on test? While there’s some toe protection from the sturdy sole and around the middle of the toes, there’s only mesh covering the sides of the toes, which seems a pity and stops these sandals working on more challenging terrain (in which case , consider asking yourself should I buy walking sandals?).
The inner sole is soft and comfortable but does feel a tad sweaty on hot days, especially around the toes, and takes longer to dry than the rest of the shoe – we’d save this design for warm spring and autumn days rather than very hot hikes. That said, in most respects the Westshore stands up on test when compared to other, far more expensive shandals in our pick of the best water shoes.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.
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