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Finding good footwear for PWC riding has always perplexed me. In my standup days, I looked for the supportive, lace-up bootie styles, but for everyday sitdown riding a simple shoe that you can easily slip on and off is far more practical. And while simple neoprene slip-one have been around for a long time, my ideal shoe would have just a little more support. In short, I want a water-friendly sneaker. Quiksilver’s AG47 Amphibian Shoe is the closest thing to that ideal I’ve found to date.
Looks wise, the AG47 resembles a simple, Vans-style sneaker. But instead of canvas, the shoe offers a one-piece, breathable “no-sew” upper made from a polyester/synthetic mesh. It’s breathable, dries quickly, and doesn’t retain water inside the shoe like a neoprene alternative. Further aiding drainage are large ports, or slots, cut into the barefoot-friendly EVA sole. Bonus? Those slots are covered in a mesh screen, meaning sand won’t migrate to the interior and annoy you when walking out of the water. And walk you will in the AG47. They’re comfortable and supportive enough to handle it thanks to an injected midsole with integrated arch support and durable outsole.
Water shoes can get stinky over time, but as of yet, the AG47s haven’t fallen victim. Agion scent protection is built into both the footbed and mesh lining to fight odor-causing bacteria.
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The shoes also seem to have a certain “X” factor. At a recent PWC manufacturer’s press intro, both myself and another boating writer who happened to be wearing a pair noted that the shoes seem to elicit a lot of positive comments, something you rarely hear in regard to most riding shoes.
Alas, they’re not perfect. For starters, the $79 price seems a little hefty for such a simple shoe. I’ve seen them online for considerably less. And despite a mesh lining to those drainage ports, some grit still gets inside after walking in shallow water, but that most likely is coming in over the collar, not up from below.
Quiksilver offers the AG47 Amphibian Shoe in seven different colors.
Overall, they’re a pretty good solution for those that want a simple, but dependable riding shoe with some surf-influenced style. In a pinch, I might even wear them away from the water.
For more information, visit quiksilver.com.
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