What if you could have your cake and eat it too? I love my Converse Chuck Taylors, they're comfortable, have a classic style, and don't weigh anything. I can slip a pair into my bag and not use up much space, they come in a plethora of colors, and they fit easily into fins if stuff gets weird. Enter the Altama Maritime shoes... All the same benefits of Chucks plus several other things that set them apart.
The good: - canvas outer is replaced with 1000D Cordura nylon, tough yet light and breathable it dries faster and resists cuts and abrasion significantly better - the sole is a single piece of non-slip rubber that has some light tread and is glued and stitched to the outer - the insole is made of a single piece rubber that holds your foot really well and adds a bit more arch support - drain ports built into the outer and sole at the outside ball of the foot right where the shoe flexes when kneeling - a large blackstrap loop to assist in slipping your foot in - non-slip rubber toe cap - non-reflective black on black on black!
The "not-as-good?" As of yet there are no half sizes. Altama hasn't given us specifics on why, but as of yet they don't exist. Hopefully we'll see them on the main release in the fall. For now they run true to size and Altama's website has a good foot measuring tool that lets you know what you should be getting if you do it correctly. We're not an Altama dealer and they didn't give us any details on the price, but based on the quality we're assuming they'll run a bit higher on the spectrum than Chucks, but remember: buy once, cry once! (You get what you pay for)
So what have we done in these?
My overall assessment: When can I get a few extra pairs?!?!