Recently my MIL was on the hunt for pool shoes for my nephew. Apparently, pool shoes are compulsory for swimming over in Norway, but were really expensive over there. Over here though, pool shoes are rarely seen, so I was rather intrigued when I was approached to review Poolzies, a homegrown brand of pool shoes.
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Poolzies was founded by Steve and Pia, an expat couple living in Singapore, who decided to design and sell their own pool shoes after finding that these were not readily available in Singapore and around Asia. (You can read more about their story here.) The shoes offer non-slip protection, with a Toughtek sole. The fabric used to make the shoes is lightweight and has UPF 50+ protection from the sun, and come in various designs. Another plus point would be their affordability: they are cheaper than those sold overseas.
We tried the shoes out on Baby J during our recent trip to Penang (he's wearing the denim design). Baby J has started cruising, but is generally not used to wearing shoes. So his first instinct was to grab them and pull them off. However, once he was in the pool, he totally forgot about the shoes and started playing, so I would assume these are pretty comfortable. They do look comfortable, since the fabric is really lightweight! Another plus point for the lightweight fabric was that these shoes dried pretty quickly after they were washed.
The shoes were great for protecting his little feet when the ground was hot. The non-slip soles were also good for the slippery floors around the pool area. It would be hard to ascertain how useful these shoes are in the long run, since the boy is still too young to run about, but I would think these would be especially good for water play when the ground gets too hot. That being said, these pool shoes are uncommon in Singapore, and I think some pools and certain water play areas have a no footwear rule.(eg. public pools and Gardens by the Bay, however the shoes are ok in other water play areas and condo pools). However, I think Steve and Pia are working towards getting approval for these shoes to be used in these areas. Hopefully that comes to pass!
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Have a great week ahead!
Disclaimer: We received two pairs of Poolzies for purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was received, and all opinions are our own.