Loyak W's

$ 90


Lightweight, low profile, and super flexible; the Loyak is for the adventurous water girl. The self-draining, Flex-Grip™ outsole promotes excellent balance and ground feel. Indestructible canvas uppers with ventilating stretch mesh and flat laces provide a secure, glove-like fit. Walk with confidence in the Loyak!

As featured in Outside as Best Water Shoes of 2018.

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Color: Navy/White

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Intended Use: Water, Casual, Travel, Boat
Uppers: Hydrophobic Canvas for durability with stretchy Airmesh at vamp and tongue for secure fit and ventilation. Two sets (different colors) of flat, water resistant laces provided.
Midsole: 7mm thick, 45C closed cell EVA foam.
Outsole: Flex-Grip™ is non-marking, draining, super flexible, razor siped, and has 3 mm lugs. Made with G.15™; our sticky, high abrasion compound.
Foot to Ground Distance: 12mm heel, 11mm ball
Weight/shoe: Women's 7 = 162g (5.712 oz)
Sizes: Available in Women’s US Sizing 6-11 (Whole sizes only)
Fit: True to size (For half size, size up)

Flex Grip Outsole

This rubber allows excellent flexibility and sensory feedback for heightened grip and balance. Maximized surface area for high friction on smooth surfaces. Divided lugs for substantial grip on loose dirt. Razor Siping maximizes edges that bite into surfaces upon flexion. 

Water Ready

All Astral shoes have a special relationship with water. Every component, from the thread to the laces are critically evaluated and chosen for its ability to hold up after constant soaking, to shed water, and not to accumulate funk. Many models have engineered drainage for water to come out while minimizing entry of silt.

Balanced Geometry

We believe that a foot’s position in a shoe should be similar to when barefoot. This allows excellent balance and biomechanically natural lifestyle.

Foot-beds are essentially level (only 1mm drop from heel to toe ) and provide medium arch support.  Tapered instep and heel area for better foothold and control. Wide forefoot allows your feet and toes to spread out for stability.


This G compound is formulated for premium grip while also providing "excellent" abrasion resistance. Its low durometer means the rubber is softer and therefore conforms well to the ground.



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  • Most comfortable shoes I've ever worn.

    March 01, 2020

    I can walk or run or hike in these for hours with no foot pain at all. All my other shoes squish up my toes and give me foot pain after a few hours.

    submitted by: Kristina Miller, San Francisco

  • Favorite shoes ever

    June 29, 2019

    Hands down the Loyaks are my favorite shoes of all time. I traveled all over wearing them, good on city streets, on trails, at the beach, in and out of water. Feels like being barefoot, but supported. Absolutely my favorite pair of shoes I've ever owned. I'm over a year in and they have had some hard use and they are still in good condition, even after two trips through the washer. Can't say enough good.

    submitted by: Liz Hadland, Eugene, Or

  • A fan for life!

    June 19, 2019

    oh Astral, how I love you...

    My first Experience with Astral was a free pair of shoes from a friend of mine years ago. He gave me the Brewess 2.0. They quickly became my absolute favorite kayaking shoe after wearing NRS booties for some time. Two years ago after a visit to the Astral Factory in Asheville they made a customer for life. I had been hiking out of the Green and the sole of one of my shoes had totally come apart. I explained to them what happened and they were happy to quickly remedy the situation and replace my shoes. They wanted to recycle mine but having a weird emotional attachment to them (so many personal first descents in them, and my BFF gave them to me) they let me keep one of them. haha. i still have it proudly hanging out in my gear room. Last year I added the Loyaks, Hiyaks, and TR1 mesh shoes to my growing collection. After having the loyaks become my every day shoe it was time to find a replacement. I LOVE those shoes. there is no replacement. I ordered the exact same pair and cant wait to make even more new memories in them. They are SO light, SO comfortable and really the best river shoe I've owned. I prefer them over the brewess. they fit my feet perfectly and the rubber is next level. You will not find a better water shoe. I think they are a little too low profile to be a hiking shoe however I love my TR1 for hiking. Once again, light, the rubber is fantastic and i find them to be very comfortable. I have 1 flat foot and i can walk forever in these.

    I just purchased the Junctions and taking them with me on a road trip to Glacier, Grand Tetons, Colorado, Moab, and The Grand Staircase. So many different terrains to test these bad boys out on. I expect to love them like I have loved all my other Astrals and know they will be good to me on my journey.

    Thanks for the amazing customer service and being one of my favorite companies. Keep up the good work!!

    submitted by: Jennifer Colon, Knoxvillle, TN

  • Loyak womans water shoe

    June 14, 2019

    I have this in 3 colors. I love them as water shoes but like the lightweight shoe also as a dressy sneaker and my authodics fit perfectly invthem. They are so comfortable. Only problem is I would love to see them come out in different colors like white, black, off white and blue Jean. They look great with whatever I wear and people compliment them all the time. Each year I come back to see if they have changed or added new colors and am always disappointed. 5 star watershoe/sneaker though.

    submitted by: Kathleen Spataro, Norwell MA 02061

  • Great water shoe

    April 27, 2019

    This will be the third season I've used this shoe for tubing in Texas rivers. I like the low profile and exceptional grip while walking on slippery surfaces! These shoes are so much more comfortable and functional than other water shoes I've tried in the past. They are holding up very well so far. For reference, I ordered a size 11, which is the same size I get in Nike running shoes.

    submitted by: Amanda, College Station, TX

  • Loyal W's

    April 24, 2019

    I'm very impressed! These are comfortable right out of the box. I LOVE the wide toe bed! Had to order up a half size and they fit perfectly, no pinching anywhere.

    submitted by: Marilyn Thuss, Berryville VA

  • Super Comfortable

    April 03, 2019

    These shoes are great. They fit snugly around the heel and ankle, but have plenty of room in the toes. The soles are extremely flexible and provide great traction. The sizing is a bit offI ordinarily wear a 9 but go these in an 8 and they fit perfectly. If in doubt, go by EU sizing rather than US.

    submitted by: Meg Mikovits, PA

  • Love my beach friendly shoes

    March 26, 2019

    Have bought for me (have one in every color), now buying for my daughters as gifts. Comfortable in and out of the water. Wish they would come in more colors.

    submitted by: Leslie, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

  • Love my Loyaks

    February 18, 2019

    I absolutely love my Loyaks! Let me preface by saying I hate buying shoes that arent flip flops because I can never find tennis shoes that workI hate that theyre snug, my toes have no room, and the unnatural arch always hurts my knee! This is why I always default to a flip flop. These shoes are a game changer in water and out. It definitely feels much more freeing than typical shoesthe extra toe space leaves lots of room for toe movement, roomy stretch (no lace trying neccessary), and a super small, natural feeling arch (no knee pain). Theyve carried me from baseball game watching to mountain stream trout fishing! They ALMOST top my flops...and thats hard to do! :-) Will be buying lots more and recommending to others! Theyre cute enough to wear on the regular without being manly or bulky but also strong enough to handle outdoor activities!

    submitted by: Jess Laughlin, Charleston, SC

  • Customer service that can't be beat

    February 13, 2019

    I ordered these shoes but received a totally different type of shoe, a Mary Jane. Yikes! I need the shoes for a month of travel in Australia, and I leave in two weeks! I called Josh at customer service, and he was beyond helpful, getting my order straightened out and sending a pair of Loyaks the same day we talked. Once again, Astral ROCKS! I can't say enough about how terrific this company is -- as well as their terrific shoes.

    submitted by: Ann, Montesano, WA

  • amazing shoe!!

    November 06, 2018

    The most comfortable shoe I have ever worn!

    submitted by: monica, suffolk county new york

  • Amazing!

    October 18, 2018

    These shoes really are amazing. I've been having a hard time finding shoes that I can walk in for long periods of time without my feet or shins hurting (and have spent a LOT of money trying!) I've used these for light jogging and for days with lots of walking, and they are GREAT.
    They are super cute too, my friends never believe me when I tell them they are water shoes!

    submitted by: Michelle, Milwaukee

  • My favorite!

    October 12, 2018

    These fit like a glove without any painful pressure points. Minimalist shoe with what you need (pull-on tabs are helpful) and nothing you dont need. They work for everything, but my favorite use is for long boarding. The grip is unprecedented.

    submitted by: Robin, Florida

  • Great for kayaking

    August 20, 2018

    Great comfort and dries faster than my other water shoes. Love the soles.

    submitted by: Lori Miller-Freitas, MA

  • Great SUP shoe

    August 15, 2018

    Have been using these exclusively to SUP about 5 days per week in Atlantic for the last 3 months. No negatives, love the support and quick drying time. My neoprene shoes never dried, these shoes sitting in sun will be dry for the next SUP workout the next day. Highly recommend.

    submitted by: Lowcountry SUPer, Hilton Head Island

  • Great Shoe!!!

    August 06, 2018

    I just bought these today because I have had several friends recommend them to me the past few years. I saw them in a shop today and just pulled the trigger and got them. Didnt realize I would put them to use right away.. I ended up forgetting my running shoes whenever I met up with a friend to run a few miles. I decided to test these shoes out and they were so awesome!! I highly recommend this product to everyone. They are super lightweight and comfortable. Their grip is also phenomenal. I already want to buy a second pair.

    submitted by: Kinley, Boone, NC

  • So glad I found these!

    July 22, 2018

    I'm working on decreasing the number of items I own, so when I needed a new pair of shoes I wanted them to serve multiple purposes: walking, water sports, travel, hiking...with a minimal look that could go with any outfit, including casual dresses. Never thought it would be possible, but these shoes are everything I was looking for. They are so comfortable too. They held up great camping and hiking through 3 National Parks last week, and clean off really easily. I highly recommended them!

    submitted by: Megan, New Jersey

  • Great shoes

    July 21, 2018

    Shoes came just as advertised, they fit perfectly. I usually wear a 6.5 & ordered a 6.

    submitted by: Aa,

  • So far so good!

    June 10, 2018

    I've been looking everywhere for a great kayaking shoe to use in Key West on the coral rocks. I was about to throw in the towel on finding something aesthetically pleasing until I stumbled upon these babies! And even though these were a big improvement on other brand's styles, I still wasn't entirely sold until they arrived at the door. Loyaks are way in cuter on your foot than you can imagine. (Not to put down the product photographywhich is amazing.) I just feel like I look totally at one with nature while wearing these. Can I climb the highest summit and surf the biggest waves? I wouldn't even try, but I look like an expert in Loyaks.

    submitted by: Emiley, Miami, FL

  • Best shoes

    May 24, 2018

    I bought these shoes in Colorado 2 years ago and I dont think Ive taken them off since. I have wider feet and these allow for more room than other shoes Ive tried. A lot of shoes you need to break in and sometimes you have spots that will rub your foot but I took these out of the box, put them on without socks and started hiking. Best shoes shoes ever.

    submitted by: Heather T, Michigan

  • Loyaks

    May 23, 2018

    Bought a pair of the Loyak for boating, but liked them so much I wear them all the time. so I bought a pair of Brewers too! Awesome shoes. comfy and durable.

    submitted by: Nini Redway, California

  • Favorite Shoe EVER

    May 07, 2018

    I originally picked this shoe for its low profile, flexibility and wide toe box. My feet are an average width, but having room for my toes to splay is a must for me. I've ended up using these as my trail running shoes and have ran 3 half marathons through the woods in them (along with more casual running). The canvas and stitching are incredibly durable, and have withstood multiple summers of hiking, running and playing in rivers. The ventilation is awesome, and keeps them from smelling (although I still give them the occasional wash). I've hiked multiple miles in these barefoot and have yet to get a blister. It's easy to forget I even have them on. I've worn the tread out of my original pair, so they're being retired as casual wear shoes. But without question will be buying a second. Only note: I bought the light blue and the color is definitely not the same vibrant blue it once was. Doesn't bother me, but if you go for a brighter color, just know they won't stay that cute and colorful for long if you're using them for more than casual wear.

    submitted by: Veronica, Fayetteville, WV

  • My Favorite Shoes!

    April 22, 2018

    I just ordered my second pair of these shoes. They are by far the MOST comfortable pair of casual shoes I've ever owned. Do yourself a favor and order a pair. I wore them all around Disney morning to night - that is a true test of comfy shoes!

    submitted by: Holly Fisher, Mt. Pleasant, SC

  • exactly what I was searching for

    April 15, 2018

    This shoe is light weight, stylish and above all comfortable. I am so happy I found Astral Designs! More purchases in my future for sure!! thanks

    submitted by: Mindi Bannan, Saginaw MI

  • Great Playboating Shoe!

    January 14, 2018

    This shoe is great for playboating! So many shoes are awkward, uncomfortable, or just don't fit in the front of a playboat. These shoes are low profile and soles are flexible enough that it isn't noticeable in the of your boat. But, there's still plenty of grip and support for walking to, from, and along the river!

    submitted by: Nicole Mansfield, Washington

  • Amazing shoes!!

    November 22, 2017

    I absolutely love these shoes. Ive lived in the tropics for the last 7 years and pretty much live in sandalsunless Im running. But after moving back to a climate with winter, I needed to get some shoes. Im so glad I chose the loyak. They fit greatsuper comfortable with or without socks. They really give you a great feel for the terrain under your foot while still providing comfortable cushion. They are great for all sorts of activitieshiking, walking on rocks, bouldering, slacklining, and just walking around town. When I first got them, I literally wanted to think of places to walk to just so I could wear the shoesnow I wear nothing else!!

    submitted by: Whitney Palmer, Indianapolis

  • LOVE THESE! Great for ALL outdoor activities... need more colors!

    September 24, 2017

    These shoes are awesome! I wear them metal detecting often, have worn them offroading, walking, and yesterday wore them when I took my dog to the local puppy swim pool closing party. They are so comfortable with nice wide toe box, dry fairly quickly and are extremely easy to clean. I'm hoping Astral come out with a tan color, I would definitely be buying!!!

    submitted by: Sheryl S, Middle TN

  • great kayaking shoe

    August 22, 2017

    Comfortable, quick-drying and good traction on slippery rocks. Easy fitting, I wear 8.5-9M and the 9 was generous fit. Wide across the toe box which fits my foot well. Good for short distance walking but I don't think I would rely on them if you have any extended hiking or tough terrain, especially if you start out with wet shoes (bring moleskin on your trip, just in case).

    submitted by: Colleen Colley, Portland OR

  • I love these shoes

    June 02, 2017

    I love the look and the comfort of these shoes. Unfortunately, 9 was too short. I'm 9.5 and was told to order down. But definitely need the 10 and don't have enough time to order for my vacation, otherwise I definitely would re-order larger size!

    submitted by: Linda Garofallou, New Jersey

  • I love these shoes... I usually wear sandals.

    April 24, 2017

    I wear sandals even in the Winter if I can. My feet are wide across the toes, and I have problems with shoes fitting. GREAT FIT. My daughter has a pair of your Loyaks and I tried them on, and they are so comfortable and this is a treat for me. I would be interested in Loyaks in half sizes and possibly more colors. Great Job!

    submitted by: Charlene, Glen Allen, VA

  • Pleasantly surprised

    April 20, 2017

    I got a pair of these shoes recently during a trip to Asheville, NC and have fallen in love with them. They are so comfortable - I don't want to take them off. They are easy to wear with or without socks and are great for hiking or water activities. I am buying a pair for my Mom for Mother's Day and have recommended them to several friends.

    submitted by: Laura Griffin, Chapel Hill, NC

  • So Comfortable

    April 18, 2017

    I purchased these shoes for my vacation to Belize. I travel to Hawaii and other humid climates and was looking forward to a closed toed shoe that provides moisture protection and comfort. This shoe is awesome! I've been wearing it around town to test the comfort and it is great. Light weight and super comfortable. Feels like walking around barefoot with support... is that a thing? I can't wait to explore with these, and I have already talked my boyfriend into buying a pair for our trip. If you are looking for a lightweight travel shoe that can also be worn, for basically anything, this is your shoe!

    submitted by: Elizabeth, Denver, CO

  • Great for exploring the mountains!

    July 26, 2016

    I needed some hiking shoes that were also waterproof. These were extremely comfortable and good for walking through mountain streams/creeks. I was nervous they'd feel heavy when wet but NOT AT ALL. They gripped good on the slippery rocks. I'm normally a size 8.5 to 9, but the 8 felt really comfortable and aren't tight at all.

    submitted by: Brittany K, South Carolina

  • Love these Loyaks.. please make with normal black/black stitch!

    July 22, 2016

    I purchased these for a kayaking trip because I needed some water shoes, but have found that these are my go-to casual shoes for going anywhere, whether it's out with friends or running errands. They are incredibly comfortable, and I don't have to worry about losing traction when walking on wet surfaces. I also love that I don't need to wear socks! It would be FABULOUS if these came in the black color, with black/gray stitching. I would definitely buy these again!!

    submitted by: Sherry, Birmingham, AL

  • Best surfing shoe!

    July 19, 2016

    The Loyaks are like wearing shoes without actually wearing shoes. I can still feel by surfboard underfoot because of the thin soles, but I know my feet aren't going to get torn up either. If you have a fat foot like me, I recommend buying a half or whole size larger than your normal size as this shoes fit more like socks. I'll never wear anything else surfing!

    submitted by: Heather Jackson, Boulder, CO

  • So comfortable

    July 06, 2016

    These are some of the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned. They fit great and have very impressed traction on wet surfaces.

    submitted by: Dani, West Virginia

  • Literally... My Favorite Shoes

    June 20, 2016

    No lie - I wear these everywhere. To the office, shopping, paddling, and yes to the bar... Super comfortable, totally adorable, and they wash right up if needed. I may buy a few more pairs so I can wear them for the rest of my life..

    submitted by: MJ, Wisconsin

  • Love the Loyaks!

    May 30, 2016

    Just got off an 18 day trip on the Grand Canyon and wanted to let you know how great the Loyaks were. I was sitting at Havasu Creek watching flannel mouth suckers moving upstream and realized that you should really call the blue color "Havasu Blue" - it matches perfectly with that gorgeous water! I got a picture of it and thought I would share it. Thanks for the awesome shoes!

    submitted by: Elena Boer Kelly, SALT LAKE CITY, UT

  • Great and cool looking comfortable shoe!

    May 05, 2016

    It's been almost one year since I got these. A perfect pair of great looking color, plus they are just stylish! I wear them mainly for walking through the city, to school or work. They are comfortable enough with a thin sole, which makes you feel good if you like to feel the terrain. I love them while driving or just playing by and in the water.

    submitted by: Kt, Prague, Czech Republic

  • I love these shoes... and I hate shoes.

    March 31, 2016

    I am a sandle person, I hate having closed shoes on my feet, but for work it is a must. I bought these shows specifically to work on an expedition ship in Antarctica and they were perfect. I could wear them around the outer decks and never slipped on the icy and wet surfaces. I also wore them tirelessly all around the ship on long shifts and they were comfortable and light. To top it off, they are perfect to wear on the river rafting or SUP. I absolutely love these shoes.

    submitted by: Meghan Roberts, Fayetteville, WV

  • Best Outdoor Shoes I've Ever Had!

    March 02, 2016

    I have used my Loyaks tirelessly for the past year. I LOVE them!! I use them when I'm paddle boarding on rivers, ocean, and flatwater. I use them as approach shoes when I'm hiking to the crag (never have to worry about losing traction, plus belaying in them is a dream because they slip on so easily), I used them when I went canyoneering in Zion (walking through water, rappelling, climbing up and down sandstone, and hiking miles at a time), I wear them when I work out, I wore them when I trained parkour (climbing up walls, gymnastics, etc), and I wear them when I'm chilling. Seriously THE BEST. And they are cute. Win.

    submitted by: Camille Swan, Florida/Utaholorado

  • Loyak W's

    June 09, 2018

    Bought the blue and love the color! Only downfall would be that they are going to get dirty easily. Would definitely recommend these shoes and plan to buy more!

    submitted by: Kerri, Pennsylvania

  • Half sizes...

    July 12, 2016

    I love these shoes in the water and feel very stable in them. The problem I have is that I wear a 6.5 so tried the 6 and the 7. Went with the bigger 7 instead of the snug 6 but now that I have been wearing them they feel sloppy to me. Maybe should have gotten the 6. I know they make 6.5 in the Brewess so it would be great if they could figure that out for the Loyaks.....all in all a great shoe!

    submitted by: Kelly O'Neill, McCall, Idaho

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