I have used these sandals for about 10 years as canoeing shoes, both with and without neoprene socks. They are an excellent design because they protect the feet well and have good solid soles and webbing straps. The workmanship and most of the materials are excellent too. BUT there is one big deficiency. I finally have to discard them because the stitching on the 2 panels at the sides of the ankle rips out every couple of years. The problem is that the material used in these side panels is too soft and stretches when wet, which causes the stitching to break. There are many complaints in MEC's gear review section about this problem. WHEN will Keen wake up and use a stronger, stiffer material for these side panels? I am sure that something like stiff leather would solve the problem.