Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Lightweight: The majority of the Merrell Breakwater Strap reviews speak of its unbelievable lightness.
  • Grippy: Most users are impressed by its sticky Vibram sole.
  • Stable: Several hikers are amazed by the stability of these sandals, even in swift water.
  • Quick-drying: They make a fine choice if you're looking for water-friendly hiking sandals, most reviewers suggest.
  • Comfortable: The Merrell Breakwater Strap hiking sandals are a joy to wear both in the water and on the trail, say a couple of happy users.
  • Attractive: A handful of reviewers also notice the stylish look of this hiking sandal.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Less secure: The straps don't seem to hold the foot well, causing the foot to slide forward, one reviewer points out.
  • Less durable: A couple of hikers are dismayed to find the sole separating from the footbed after several times of use.

Bottom line

Fans of hiking sandals will be delighted to slip their feet into a pair of the Merrell Breakwater Strap. These grippy kicks are equipped with aggressive Vibram soles that perform well on dry and wet surfaces. Plus, the hook-and-loop closure system makes wearing them a breeze.

So, go for a quick walk on the trail or hop into the water. Fun adventures await you when you wear the Breakwater Strap hiking sandals from Merrell!

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Merrell Breakwater Strap: Water-friendly hiker with a grippy sole

What do you want from a pair of hiking sandals? If you prefer something lightweight, comfortable, and most of all - grippy, the Breakwater Strap from Merrell fits the bill perfectly.

Things you will love about the Breakwater Strap

  • You can adjust it easily. This hiking sandal has an open-toe construction which means your toes have plenty of space to move and wiggle. The hook-and-loop closure makes it easy to slide your foot into the footwear and the Velcro strap means you can just pull and re-attach it to loosen or tighten the fit. And if you hate toe straps, this hiking sandal is what you're looking for.
  • The contoured footbed spells "comfort". This hiking sandal features a contoured footbed to give you stability and comfort. Additionally, there are tiny patterns throughout the area so your foot doesn't slide forward or backward when you submerge in the water.
  • It has a Vibram outsole. If you're a fan of Vibram hiking shoes, you will love this sandal. The Breakwater Strap uses the Megagrip rubber sole from Vibram which is said to grip nicely on both dry and wet surfaces.


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