If the Salomon XT-2 has been the hottest shoe of the past however-long-it’s-been-already and is likely to retain that title throughout the summer, where do the brand’s new water shoes fall on the chart? Seeing as these low-top hikers are wholly intended for warm weather (and water), there couldn’t be a better time for the Techamphibian 5 to veer its head out of the pond.
The revamped silhouette’s blend of quick-drying materials assists in doing away with soaking shoes, while anti-debris mesh accents ward off specks of dirt, debris, and unforeseen pebbles that’ll come along the way. For additional protection, Salomon implements a breathable toe cap reinforced using stitched construction, further preventing your feet from any shocks, bumps, and, hopefully, bruises. Still, these are water shoes above all else, so its intricately made outsole features tire-like siping to promise trusty traction through the wettest environments. Moreover, the specified Contagrip compound is ideal for smooth surfaces, too, promoting durability from heel to toe. This is accompanied by an EnergyCell midsole constructed of high-performance EVA foam, furthering their shock-absorbing properties tenfold.
And the peace of mind doesn’t even stop there thanks to the innovative S.Café sockliner, which provides odor-control, moisture management, and, last but not least, an eco-friendly touch, as it is made using coffee grounds and other sustainable materials. While we’ve seen this used on similar iterations through the French performance brand’s catalog, like the Crossamphibian Swift 2, it remains an admirable element nonetheless. Plus, like most options from Salomon, it features a proprietary Quicklace system for easy, one-pull adjustments. Even though the re-designed steppers are designed for outdoor escapades, they still look subtle enough to be worn on city streets, and with their collapsible heel, you can practically treat them like a pair of technical clogs on rainier days.
Choose from a trio of colorways on Salomon’s webshop, where you can find the Techamphibian 5 for $110.