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Teva Mush Frio MJ Mesh Shoe : Summer Sneakers

For years I’ve been searching for a summer-weight alternative to flip flop sandals. I love my carefree kicks, but there are times—like on rainy days when I want to keep my feet dry, or on chilly Rocky Mountain evenings when the temperatures plummet—when I yearn for a closed-toe shoe that offers a bit more coverage than flip-flops. I finally found the ideal summer shoe: Teva’s Mush Frio MJ Mesh.

This ultralight Mary Jane-style shoe has a foam sole and a mesh upper; it’s like a slipper shoe that feels like it weighs less than a flip flop.  When I’m wearing the Mush Frio MJ Mesh shoes I feel like I’m not wearing shoes at all.  The EVA sole is quite thin, but it’s just enough to cushion my feet for a quick trip to the dog park or for padding around the campsite after a day of hiking. The mesh breathes well enough to keep my feet cool and dry, but it also repels water and keeps my feet dry when I walk through dew-soaked grass to water my plants every morning.

The Mush Frio MJ Mesh slides on with ease; all I have to do is slap closed the Velcro tabs on the instep strap.  Despite a few weeks of near-constant wear, they don’t stink, thanks to an antimicrobial treatment Teva calls “Agion” that stops odors. 

These cute kicks go with practically everything in my closet, from skirts and sundresses to jeans and shorts. And their good looks have elicited plenty of compliments because as it turns out, I’m not the only one to have wished for a lightweight shoe that can stand in for summertime sandals.

Available in women’s sizes, in five fun colors (Baton Rouge, Black, Brown, Charcoal Grey, Pool Blue) and in other styles. Sizes 5-12. Teva also makes several men's versions of the Mush Frio (see photo at left.)

Bottom Line: A featherweight, closed-toe alternative to flip-flops.--(K.B. June ’11)

BUY ONLINE: $45, some colors on sale for less at Amazon.

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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.