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.
I was actually interested in the ones Jack had from Bass Pro (the Finley Rivers, I believe), but they had none in my size in any of our 3 local bass pro Shops, so I tried on, and liked the Riverside IIs, and went with them.
They seem to fit the bill -I've worn them as non-paddling shoes all day twice, and also two half days, and they've been comfortable and not aggravated my plantar fachiaiitis. They have a well-cushioned but strong and moderately flexible soles, with a nice roomy toebox with a rubber-like bumper on the outside to protect the shoe.
The shoe was significantly larger than the dive booties I've been wearing while paddling, and had to move the footpegs down and bit and lengthen my legs in the cockpit to allow that big toebox to fit.
It has 3 drawbacks:
1) The bungie laces are too long -I need to double loop them before clipping them to prevent the extra length from potentially snagging on footpegs, etc.
2) I think they should incorporate drain holes in the soles -in heel, arch, and especially ball of foot areas.
3) I had one lace holder come loose -I glued the inner cloth-like strap with epoxy, and then resewed it with carpet threads, and then glued the outer, (faux?) leather with nylon thread, to fix. It's been fine, since. Some would consider this perhaps up to a major flaw, but I certainly don't, and feel the shoe worked "OK" without one lace-up, but decided to fix it anyway.
Otherwise, they look to be decent quality, and at $30 I think they're a good value.
So far, so good, but time will tell as far as how long they'll last as I walk around in them, and, of course, use them while I
Frank in Miami
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