The Karrimor Aruba is a good, robust sandal. The sole unit is well-padded to provide a comfortable ride on hard or rocky surfaces. There is a good outsole lug pattern that will bite into grassy campsites and muddy ground to allow you to keep moving. Some reasonable stiffness in the sole takes the worst of the strain out of uneven terrain as well. The straps are a synthetic design, so they are fast to dry when they do get wet. Also, the Velcro adjustment is easy and they are comfortable too thanks to padding. There is heel adjustment as well as the usual ankle and forefoot. This makes the Aruba a good general sandal that will be fine for backpackers and campers looking for a practical option to use on a variety of terrain. But some other sandals offer more protection to the foot. For example the Karrimor Aruba’s straps are relatively minimalist compared with more enclosed sandals. Also the sole is not quite as stiff as some others, so you would not want to use these on too many rocky paths. Not a great deal wrong here though.
Upper synthetic webbing straps, neoprene padding
Sole Karrimor Islands, phylon midsole, shaved phylon footbed
Sizes 7-12 (men’s); 4-8 (women’s)
Weight 744g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 350
Verdict: The Karrimor Aruba is a good general sandal for walkers, campers and backpackers for travel, lounging or crossing rivers, and better still they are a great price.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2009