Even if you’ve never worn a pair, you’re probably familiar with the BOGS brand because of its innovative take on rain boots.
But set everything you thought you knew about BOGS aside, because its line of sandals is nothing you’ve seen from this brand before.
People with wider feet are going to be happy in BOGS sandals. I’m a D width at least and usually have to fight to get the balls of my feet into standard-width shoes. The sandals I chose and Big B’s flip flops, however, are so wide that there was no breaking-in period at all for either of us.
Fit-wise, three of the four pairs we have run about half a size bigger than average. So if you’re deciding between two sizes, you really need to try both on to be sure where you fall. When BOGS asked if we wanted to try a few pairs, I ordered my kids’ normal sizes (Miss Q is a 13 and The K Man is a 4). You can see from the photo I used on my home page that they’re on the bigger side. Both kids agreed, however, that the Rio Sandals are “awesome.” They plan to live in them all summer. And with all the rain we’ve had, it’s a good thing they’re 100 per cent waterproof!
My husband’s Hudson II leather flip flops, on the other hand, seem to be a bit smaller than an average size 14. (Yes, 14!) It’s always a bonus when a brand even carries a 14, so props to BOGS for that. But he felt they could have been made about a half size bigger to fit like his other 14s.
We both love the feeling underfoot, though. Our sandals are lined with a very cushiony leather that are comfortable for all-day wear. I like that they’re leather, but have some water-resistance. and I think they could become my favourite summer travel shoe. Especially because they can easily go from day to night in a pinch.
Every pair of BOGS sandals also uses what they call “rebound technology,” which allows shoes to take impact and rebound with every step.
In terms of price, these are all a bit of an investment. So I expect my kids’ $55 sandals to be in great shape — and just as comfy — by the end of the summer. And you know I’ll report back if they aren’t. But so far, so good…