Designed as a watersports sandal, the Columbia Tillie Creek has an innovative rubber heel lock strap plus a quick-pull lacing system to provide a close, secure fit. As with any sandal designed for use in water it is made with synthetic materials throughout. The upper has a tongue below the lacing, but what is key is the drainage ports all around the shoe that allow water to escape as fast as it enters. The fit is comfortable and the underfoot cushioning takes the strain out of hard surfaces. There’s good stiffness in the sole, which adds to the comfort on more uneven surfaces, and the outsole lug pattern is reasonably aggressive to give a grip on, say, wet grass. The bright yellow may attract you to this shoe, but if they don’t less vibrant colour choices are available. But the Columbia Tillie Creek is not the lightest option available if weight is your priority. This is a very enclosed sandal, so for walking you may prefer a more open design. There are sandals with a more aggressive outsole for rougher terrain and with a better rolling action when walking.
Upper 3D Techlite heel; neoprene
Sole Omni-Grip sole; dual density Techlite; TPU shank
Sizes 7-17 (men’s)
Weight 588 (pair, size 11)
Made in Vietnam
Stores in the UK 1
The Columbia Tillie Creek is an excellent sandal for water sports, but it’s also useful for general use if you prefer a more enclosed design.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2010