Going into only my 2nd season of paddling, I'm now ready to move beyond the big box stores cheap water shoes.
Looking for easy draining, good grip and ones that look like sneakers. I have been looking toward Teva, Merrell, Keen, etc.
What brand/model do you wear or recommend?
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Merrell makes nice ones|
Posted by: RubricOfRuin on Apr-14-13 1:20 AM (EST)
alternatively, I like kevlar-reinforced socks - work great for low-volume kayaks in summer.
I have some from Bass Pro shop|
Posted by: jackl on Apr-14-13 5:38 AM (EST)
that I like.
Two to consider|
Posted by: carldelo on Apr-14-13 11:41 AM (EST)
Get high tos|
Posted by: magooch on Apr-14-13 1:04 PM (EST)
Way too early to recommend anything|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-14-13 1:10 PM (EST)
In the higher price range...|
Posted by: ByronWalter on Apr-14-13 1:38 PM (EST)
...it really comes down to personal preference. Sometimes I wear Keen sandals with toe protection and other times I wear Salomon (current model for aquatic use is called "Gecko"). They both work fine and are suitable for land use as well.
Go simple .|
Posted by: seadart on Apr-14-13 5:11 PM (EST)
NRS Kickers, work well on rocks and coral and stay put.
Posted by: carldelo on Apr-14-13 5:28 PM (EST)
It's true that neoprene shouldn't cost too much, and magooch has good advice about getting a boot drier. However, the OP wanted shoes that drain - all those neo boots keep the water and funk in, yech. I don't like 'em and the wife can't abide 'em, even when kept in the garage.
I avoid sandals with neoprene|
Posted by: Waterbird on Apr-14-13 10:12 PM (EST)
Example: the Teva Omnium. According to the Teva website, the Omnium has "quick-drying materials to keep you comfortable. This shoe is great for water activities such as canoeing, and amphibious hiking." Nothing could be further from the truth. It can take up to 48 hours to dry these indoors.
I find the Teva Omnium great for general|
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-16-13 5:26 PM (EST)
use with occasional wading. You're right about drying time, though mine dry enough in the first hour that I'm not squidging water over restaurant floors.
Omnium dry time; soles|
Posted by: Waterbird on Apr-22-13 8:49 PM (EST)
My concern about drying time would be for touring---your shoes would literally never dry.
Posted by: radiomix on Apr-14-13 5:30 PM (EST)
Also I want a pair of astral's new shoe.
Posted by: FatElmo on Apr-14-13 5:49 PM (EST)
Posted by: booztalkin on Apr-14-13 9:50 PM (EST)
I have had a pair of Solomons for a couple years. They are nearing the end of their life, I'll have to replace them soon. Things I like about them: comfortable enough for long walks, the lace system tucks away nicely, they drain well, the mesh fabric drys quickly and the soles have good traction. Things I don't like: there's an opening between the front upper and the heel counter. There's a strap between the heel counter and the front upper. It tends to come loose. And the open spaces below these straps allow pebbles to get under your foot, and those pebbles just don't come out.
Posted by: Marshall on Apr-14-13 10:16 PM (EST)
5-10 Stealth (I didn't make up this name) rubber sole allows me to just about run on slimy rocks. Wicked light so you actually feel them dry as you paddle.
Posted by: dstmartin on Apr-16-13 11:24 AM (EST)
Thanks everybody... I'll have to shop around and try on some of the suggestions. BTW, I'm new to paddling and mostly do calm lakes and rivers with my Tarpon 100.
Calm lakes and rivers?|
Posted by: gibsonra on Apr-17-13 10:40 AM (EST)
Sandals if it's warm. Kick them off in the boat and wear them on shore.
Added advice. Whatever you buy, after |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-16-13 5:29 PM (EST)
using it a while, start inspecting all the seams and straps, and use appropriate products like SeamGrip or marine Shoe Goo to repair spots that are coming apart. All of them are made on machines, and there will be cases where seams or bonds are not all they should be. A few spot repairs can forestall failure in the bush.
Posted by: BREI on Apr-17-13 6:30 PM (EST)
I will have to say the Astral Brewer is my favorite water shoe on the market now.
WORLD WIDE SPORTSMAN RIVERSIDE II|
Posted by: scupperfrank on Apr-17-13 8:13 PM (EST)
I was looking for fully mesh-enclosed, sturdy, comfortable water shoes with arch support to not aggravate my plantar fasciitis. The shoes needed to be mesh-enclosed to exclude rocks and shells, strong-soled to allow walking on some oyster bars, some pinnacle rock, and a lot of coral rock, comfortable to wear for extended 4-to-12-hour periods, sturdy enough to last several years, and have arch support.
The never-ending search...|
Posted by: Al_A on Apr-18-13 12:34 AM (EST)
The perfect water shoe for my purposes does not exist, but I could design it. It has to be very quick-drying. It has to have a good neoprene type stretch seal at the top to keep out gravel. It has to be high-topped, for the reasons somebody else gave above. It has to have good drainage, sandal-type drainage, BUT the drainage has to be covered with fine mesh to keep out fine gravel. It has to have a sticky rubber sole for clambering on slick rocks.
Posted by: djlen on Apr-22-13 8:17 PM (EST)
This topic and types/makes of paddles are a main focus for this 1st time Kayak buyer. You all have given me much food for thought.
kick boat Chotas|
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-22-13 11:26 PM (EST)
I've been surprised how comfortable Croc knock-offs can be. Bought a pair (trim profile closed back clog style) from a Walgreens for $14.99 on a trip when I realized my regular paddle shoes were not in the car. Ended liking them so much for warm water paddling that I choose them over the fancy sneaker types more often than not.
actually got some cheapo water shoes |
Posted by: tdaniel on Apr-22-13 10:11 PM (EST)
at wally world this Spring that I like- ozark trail brand- low cut mesh tennis shoe style- worn them two times- so far so good, sole has good grip, shoes really comfortable, they probably won't last long and for wally world they were expensive, $20.00
keen newport h2|
Posted by: Reefmonkey on Apr-22-13 10:54 PM (EST)
Posted by: slushpaddler on May-20-13 4:41 PM (EST)
They used to make the black model out of some man-made smooth material instead of cloth for the uppers. Wish I could find another pair.
Posted by: ppine on Apr-24-13 6:50 PM (EST)
I bought some Asolos for a Grand Cyn trip with side hikes. They are great and way ahead of canvas high top sneakers or the best sandals.
Check out Water Spiders|
Posted by: oc1cajun on Apr-25-13 5:17 PM (EST)
You have lots of options for sit-on-top paddling.
Posted by: old_user on May-08-13 9:24 AM (EST)
Keen Newport H2's are hard to beat. They are comfortable, rugged, adjustable...and last forever.
5 dollar shoes in a 4k boat|
Posted by: davemcadoo on May-08-13 10:07 AM (EST)
The van dusen ski has waterline width of about 15 inches and the foot area is very tight for my size 11 feet so I use small cheap shoes with heavy magic feet insoles. Then use very long laces that tie up around the ankle. These work good for eft and glider. regular shoes will do except all 3 boats have a toe strap for racing so I can pull and push, like a bike. Adjusting the toe strap is a hassle.
Posted by: old_user on May-20-13 2:57 PM (EST)
I'd go the cheap route: wrestling shoes! I bought some Asics off Zappos a while back for $35. I punched a couple holes in the soles for water drainage. They are comfortable and last FOREVER. The soles are no-slip and have some great grip.They're high top for added protection. I used to jet-ski all the time, and bought water sock after water sock after water sock. The all fall apart fast and they are all pretty pricey.
depends on the season, and the trip|
Posted by: mrmannerz on May-20-13 4:12 PM (EST)
my nrs neoprene booties have taken a beating and keep on going, as long as I'm not doing a lot of walking. But, I paddle all winter long and I like my knee high LaGrande rubber boots for that...and they walk better.
I got mine at Bass Pro shops, and |
Posted by: Jackl on May-20-13 4:17 PM (EST)
after trying on all the high end brand name ones, found that Bass Pro shops own were the most comfortable for me.
Posted by: dstmartin on Jun-24-13 11:18 PM (EST)
I ended up going with Adidas Climacool Boat Lace Shoes. Used them on three paddling trips so far and found them to be comfortable and drain quickly. Got them at Eastern Mountain Sports.