Waldies shoes came onto the market in 2001. They were light, durable, waterproof, and very popular with kayakers. Which makes sense since they were designed by Bill Hearn, a member of the USA Whitewater kayak team for 10 years. Waldies became a cult favorite of backpackers who were looking for lightweight camp shoes. Soon Holey Shoes and Crocs began selling shoes from the same factory as the Waldie shoes and the populaity of this style of shoe increased. Then Croc bought the factory and Walden Kayaks company failed. Holey Shoes found a new factory, and, after buying back the Waldies name at auction, Waldies found a new factory as well. But before begining production, Bill Hearn re-engineered the foam used in the Waldies to make it more shock absorbing. Waldies re-launched their presence at this Winter OR show.
Photo: Waldies AT shoes
The Waldies shoes are very comfortable and the sizing is generous. They weigh a few tenths of an ounce more than the Holey Sole shoes of the same design because they are slightly wider and longer. For my foot size and shape, the Waldies are measurably more comfortable than the Holey Soles shoes (which rub against the top, inside of my ankle).
See a weight comparison with Holey Soles and Crocs here.
Features and Specifications
- Weight: 8.8 oz per pair Waldies AT (with heel strap), 8.1 oz per pair Waldies Classic
- Styles: Waldies AT (with heel strap), Waldies Classic
- Sizes: kids small and medium (8/9, 10/11), women’s 2 to 15 (7 sizes), men’s 2 to 13 (6 sizes)
- Features: anti-microbial cell foam, float, non-slip 3-mm tread, long lasting wear and tear resistant foam, shock absorbing cell foam technology, open design for ventilation
- MSRP: $29.95 AT, $28.95 Classic