Maui Surf Aloha ($62, shoebuy.com)
Worn them since: March 2008
Why they’re my faves: They’re the lightest shoes I’ve ever worn, about 10 ounces apiece, which is like slippers. When I first put them on, I thought they’d get wet and tear as easily as tissue paper. They did (get wet) and didn’t (fall apart).
Way better than: Flip-flops or sandals. My feet get sunburned in sandals, and I’m a firm believer that unless a guy is barefoot he has no reason to show his hairy toes.
Moment of truth: The first time I wore them on a rough boat ramp, they got soaked. But they drained quickly, and water didn’t squish out for the next three days.
On the other...hand: They’ve stretched quite a bit and they look dorky with socks (or maybe it’s just me). — Robert Stephens