Columbia Silver Sands Review

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There’s nothing like adventuring in the summertime! Whether you’re hiking, sailing, or just lounging at the beach, it’s the most gorgeous season of them all. One problem you might run in to is finding a pair of sandals that aren’t too uncomfortable. Columbia is a brand that’s long been a trusted household name and their Silver Sands lives up to its reputation!

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • EVA Footbed
  • Non-Marking
  • Omni-Grip Sole
  • Hydrophobic Material
  • Quick-Drying
Cons
  • Toe Post Rubs
Water-Resistance

Water-Resistance

Silver Sands are made with a hydrophobic upper unit that repels water and moisture. If you think back to chemistry class you might just remember hearing something about materials that interact with water in different ways. Firstly you have hydrophilic ones that just dissolve in water and then you those handy hydrophobic molecules that don’t. You see, anything that’s hydrophobic is nonpolar so it literally won’t mix with water and naturally pushes it away. Pretty neat, right?! These sandals are perfect for aquatic adventures whether you’re hiking or playing in the surf you will be completely comfy in these thongs. Outdoor enthusiasts can’t get enough of this one's design because it’s perfect for summer activities like rafting, boating, and lounging at the beach.

Midsole

Midsole

Walking in sandals of any kind can get uncomfortable after a while because they’re just not made to provide much cushion or support. But, not this pair! Silver Sands was designed with an EVA footbed that provides an ideal kind of padding. EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) is a man-made foam resin material that delivers a bouncy and lightweight padding material perfect for the use in footwear. It retains its shape well and wears out much slower than other foams that can flatten out too quickly. If the footbed has worn or becomes too thin that means that you’ll have to replace the whole shoe unless you pick up a separate insole otherwise you will find that your feet get tired and achy when you wear them. It’s important that you walk on a padded surface because it protects the delicate underside of the foot from dangerous debris and helps to absorb shock waves from every step. If you think about it, when you touch down your feet have to support the entire weight of your body which can be a tough task for such a delicate area. The arch is what supports most the weight which means it’s more susceptible to injuries. But, wearing a shoe with adequate padding will help to give your feet that extra bit of TLC they need in order to carry you through the day pain-free.
Outsole

Outsole

Have you ever worn a pair of shoes only to realize that they’ve scuffed up your floors, or worse, someone else's? Well. you won’t have to worry about that while you’re wearing Silver Sands because it has a sole that’s made from a nonmarking material. This is an important feature because no one wants to leaves marks behind them wherever they go and it can be embarrassing if you scuff the floors while you’re out and about. These thongs were made with an Omni-Grip rubber sole that offers superior traction on both wet and dry surfaces. This is another reason why this pair is so popular with outdoor adventurists because it gives you that extra layer of protection from slips or falls. When you’re hiking or even walking both on and off the trail you need to feel assured that you aren’t going to accidentally take a tumble and this shoe helps to make you more secure. Some sandals just aren’t made to provide any traction and that’s a dangerous thing if you’re an active individual.
Style

Style

Thongs are a great style for summer weather because they keep your feet nice and cool despite the scorching temperatures. This kind of shoe has the least amount of upper materials and doesn’t have all those straps that other sandals often do. This means that you’re walking as close to being barefoot as possible. The problem with this style of footwear is that it’s usually poorly designed and doesn’t offer much in the way of support or comfort. But, not these ones! Silver Sands was designed for athletic and outdoor activities and offers a more enjoyable ride than most others like it. You’ll find that its footbed is ultra-plush and helps to prevent foot pain and lower limb fatigue which is ideal if you’re planning on heading out for long hours at a time.
Quick-Drying

Quick-Drying

Another benefit to the hydrophobic material is that it dries very quickly. This means that if you’ve splashing about at the shore or hiking along wet and muddy terrain you won’t have to wait for hours to have dry shoes again. Wet sandals aren’t fun and they can hurt your feet because the material tends to rub against your skin more when it's moist. This can be a huge problem because the friction will end up giving you a blister or even tearing your skin. This option won’t give you those problems because it dries super fast so you can get on with your day without having to worry about soggy shoes.
Straps

Straps

This pair of thongs don’t just have your average spaghetti strap! It was made with anatomically designed straps that hug the shape of your foot for a more secure fit. This means that you won’t have to grip and release as much when you walk so it will be less tiring on your legs and feet. Thongs easily slip-off when you walk which is why we spend all our time gripping with every step. But these ones unique strap structure holds tighter to the foot so it takes away the need for constant squeezing. When you have to constantly grip with your toes it puts a lot of unnecessary stress on your feet and can leave them feeling tired and sore when the day is done but these well-made sandals just leave your feet feeling relaxed and refreshed even after long hours of wear.
Weight

Weight

Heavy shoes are just no good! They tire you out quickly and tend to hurt your legs and feet because you have to strain every time you take a step. Silver Sands was made to be very lightweight so you won’t have to worry about packing any excess bulk around with you when it’s hot outside. Its EVA midsole is ultra lightweight and provides a bouncy feel with each step that most wearers found to be a real treat. The outsole doesn’t add any extra bulk like with some pairs and its an overall great choice for athletic activities because of its minimal weight.
Care

Care

One downside to this option is that the straps tend to soil easily. This means that when you’re out and about, especially if you’re hiking your sandals will get quite dirty and will need to be washed off every time you head out. This can be a real pain having to wash them every time you take them off but overall, they’re worth it. The easiest way to wipe them clean is to use warm soapy water and a soft washcloth. Just dip the cloth in the water and then gently wipe away any dirt, stains, or mud that you may have collected on your travels. Make sure that you leave them to air dry and try to avoid the direct sunlight while they’re wet because this could cause fading in the color.
Fit

Fit

Unfortunately, Silver Sands is only available in full sizes. This can be a problem because most people actually wear half size in shoes. The best thing to do in this case is to measure your feet and then compare those measurements with the products. This way you will be sure that you’re going to be as comfortable as possible. When you’re stuck between deciding on two sizes it’s best to consider the larger of the two becuase if you buy a shoe that’s too small you simply can’t wear it. But, if it’s just a little tight then you could always try to stretch the material slightly to make just enough room to wear it. Some pairs will feel a bit tight at first anyway but then after a few wears they conform to the shape of your feet and end up fitting nicely.
Toe Post

Toe Post

As with most thongs, the toe post can be an issue with this pair. Some people found that the toe post snapped while they were wearing them and others found it a little uncomfortable. WIth thongs, you’ll often experience an issue with the toe post rubbing between your toes and can actually end up with blisters because of the friction. If you’re finding that it’s causing you too much pain you could always try wrapping the post in a softer material or wearing a band-aid between those two toes just to protect the area from irritation.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Overall, Columbia’s Silver Sands is a decent pair of summer footwear! When it comes to flip-flops, this one ranks quite well for comfort and design features. It actually offers a supportive midsole so you won’t end up with tired achy feet after long periods of wear and even has a cushioned footbed for added enjoyment. One of the best aspects is the hydrophobic upper that literally repels water away from your skin. This is perfect for outdoor summer activities like walking, hiking, or just for lounging poolside. I don’t care for the fact that there aren’t any half sizes available because it can make it tough to find the ideal fit, but overall this sandal feels great on your feet. It’s an affordable option that packs a plethora of comfort-enhancing features and is really an excellent value for its modest selling price. The toe post is one area to watch out for because it can take some breaking in and might rub a bit the first few times you wear it. Other than these small issues, Silver Sands is quite impressive and stands a foot above similar designs thanks to its careful construction and thoughtful design.