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Ahnu Inverness Women’s Sandals : Be Nimble, Be Quick

I don’t fear slippery river rocks and wayward trail debris anymore now that I have Ahnu’s Inverness Sandal.  This lightweight, and surprisingly tough, sandal keeps my feet happy and my toes free while adventuring outside. 

My Ahnu Inverness Sandals have enveloped my feet in comfort and protection from day one. The foam foot bed is soft and forgiving, with medium arch support, and the soles are tough, with variable grippy, siped, and rigid parts that make them secure and stable on all sorts of terrain. They're ideal for splashing through streams and for hiking on trails.

The ankle and toe straps are lined with neoprene for extra support and padding, and have two adjustment points so I can fine-tune the fit. The thin straps and low-profile foot bed soften up the look of the sandal, so that they are at the same time feminine and sporty.  Ahnu also makes a trail sandals for men.

Here in Montana, spring has been dreary. On a rare sunny day when the grass was still wet from all the rain, I went for a lovely stroll on the trails outside my house. They were muddy in spots, but the Inverness Sandals kept my feet secure with each strike, and I loved how it nimble they were – light as flip-flops, but as protective as trail runners. I can easily walk for miles in them. 

I recently spent a few weeks in a remote jungle outpost in Costa Rica. Getting around between the casas and the beach, and to the neighboring bars and restaurants, was challenging for my feet because of the variable terrain and humidity.  My leather flip-flops were slippery and unstable, and didn’t dry out between surf sessions. The straps blew out on me one night while walking on the muddy, rocky road through town. Thank goodness I had my Inverness Sandals with me. In contrast, I could walk on leaf-strewn trails at night without fear of scorpions or ankle twists, splash through pools of water en route to waterfalls, and hike along the beach. The soles and neoprene straps protected my feet from ground debris, little pebbles didn’t accumulate underneath my feet, and the sandals freshened up easily with a little fresh water and sunshine.

The Ahnu Women’s Inverness Sandals are available for in Black, Mood Indigo, Olivine, and Purple Ash in whole sizes from 6 to 11. I usually wear size 8.5 in dress shoes and size 9 in running shoes, and a size 9 in the Inverness Sandals fit well.

Bottom Line: Super light, comfortable, and sporty, the Ahnu Inverness Sandals protect my feet on trails and rivers without weighing me down. —L.B. (May ‘11)

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When hiking or camping, always carry the "10 Essentials":

Extra clothing, extra food and water, lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter, map in waterproof envelope, compass, pocket knife, sunscreen and sunglasses, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, emergency shelter.

Source: Seattle Mountain Rescue and Seattle Mountaineers.