Rugged paddling sandals
Posted by: WaterBird on May-28-14 6:09 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
After a mishap with crocs last year I came to realize the importance of rugged footwear for paddling in remote places. I'm looking for a sandal in the style of the Teva Omnium that is:
--Rugged for walking on rocks
The Omnium is rugged but dries slowly and is quite warm on a hot day.
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Keens are nice|
Posted by: slushpaddler on May-28-14 7:12 PM (EST)
they have a lot of coverage though so they may be a bit warm. But the toe protection is great. I finally threw mine out after finding a new pair on sale, after about 5 years of use. They were still usable.
Second the Keens|
Posted by: gnatcatcher on May-28-14 7:35 PM (EST)
I use the Venice H2. The H2 in the model name designates the waterproof version. They are rugged, have good traction, and the toe protection is great. Obviously not as light and quick drying as Crocs, but you can paddle and hike in these things.
Those look good|
Posted by: WaterBird on May-29-14 11:12 AM (EST)
On tour, would those dry overnight? I don't want to have wet shoes for several days.
Posted by: gnatcatcher on May-29-14 3:04 PM (EST)
I just washed a pair of mine. I'll let you know if they're dry in the morning.
Yeah, I guess you're right|
Posted by: WaterBird on May-29-14 3:29 PM (EST)
Do others bring two pairs of shoes for touring, one for paddling and one for in camp?
Keen Venice H2|
Posted by: sissy103 on May-30-14 6:01 AM (EST)
I have 3 pair of these. I often paddle many days in a row, and I hate putting on damp shoes. Also, if they never get dry they stink and wear out sooner---at least, that's how I justified getting 3 pair.
Posted by: datakoll on May-28-14 8:44 PM (EST)
Keen Hydro Guide|
Posted by: deuce on May-29-14 9:05 AM (EST)
There are lots of good choices available these days. The Hydro Guides are my second pair of Keens. Much to my daughter's relief my old Newports are finally starting to wear out after many years of abuse. I like the Hydros specifically for paddling for several reasons, one of which is no shock cord which I think presents a foot entrapment hazard. It's a de minimis risk, but a risk nonetheless IMO. Also, the velcro heel strap opens completely which makes them easier to get on over Hydroskin socks on a cool but not cold day.
Posted by: magooch on May-29-14 9:23 AM (EST)
I used to wear sandals in the summer, but I finally figured out why wet-shoes were invented. Get a pair that zips up snug above the ankle and you won't be troubled with little rocks, etc. getting under foot. The only hazard with wet-shoes is the smell if you don't wash em up good and dry them on a boot dryer after each use.
I second the wet shoes|
Posted by: Canuka on May-29-14 9:58 AM (EST)
With sandals you get all those little pebbles between the soles of your feet and the sandal. I don't know about you, but it drives me nuts.
plus they're hot|
Posted by: slushpaddler on May-29-14 10:51 AM (EST)
Unless you keep them wet.
Posted by: WaterBird on May-29-14 11:15 AM (EST)
Beastly hot in the summer and not rugged enough or comfortable around camp.
Ditto on wet-shoes.|
Posted by: Yanoer on May-29-14 1:41 PM (EST)
Posted by: gimmewater on May-29-14 10:37 AM (EST)
Posted by: slushpaddler on May-29-14 10:50 AM (EST)
Tevas don't give me much support at all but I found my fit with Keens. The sandals, boots, everything.
I usually do|
Posted by: WaterBird on May-29-14 11:11 AM (EST)
My goal here is to take just one pair of footwear on tour. Usually I take crocs plus Teva Omniums. The Tevas would stay wet through the whole trip if I wore them in the water, so I only wear them around camp.
Posted by: deuce on May-29-14 2:44 PM (EST)
meet all those criteria in my experience.
Posted by: datakoll on May-29-14 12:15 PM (EST)
Never saw a Keen ! The Dozers should last 10-12 years worn during kayaking. Comfortable plus as good as the old Dr Schoals.
you sure read a lot into these responses|
Posted by: slushpaddler on May-30-14 11:01 AM (EST)
Chaco Z-1 for me|
Posted by: taj on May-29-14 11:09 AM (EST)
I live in them when not at work. Tevas have a nasty bracket thingy (no it's not a gray thing) that rubs under my ankle. Not nice. Chacos are comfortable, secure feeling, and the Vibram soles have good wet grip. I wear them everywhere outdoors in summer. Yes, I hike mountain trails in them, watching for rocks and roots of course. Toes are vulnerable but you get in a habit of walking mindfully.
Ditto the Chaco Z-1|
Posted by: johnysmoke on May-29-14 10:32 PM (EST)
Very durable and comfortable sandal, a little pricey but last forever.
or how about snowshoes?|
Posted by: slushpaddler on May-29-14 3:08 PM (EST)
Nothing personal against any of you. But by all accounts waterbird is not a beginning paddler and she not only asked for sandal recommendations, but recommendations for a specific type of sandal. I think most people who wear sandals know the drawbacks by now.
Posted by: WaterBird on May-29-14 3:44 PM (EST)
You're right. For example, I'm aware that ALL sandals let in debris that you have to fish out. I'm specifically looking for a sandal with good protection, i.e., of the toes, hence the comparison with the Teva Omnium.
You should be fine...|
Posted by: ByronWalter on May-29-14 3:53 PM (EST)
...with Keen water sandals that offer toe protection. I've used them for years. I have also had good luck with Salomon water shoes:
Keen Newport H2|
Posted by: Dmax on May-29-14 3:55 PM (EST)
Posted by: deuce on May-30-14 8:56 AM (EST)
hence my recommendation of Hydro Guide SANDALS. Waterbird, I hate to be a broken record but I pinky swear they're exacty what you're looking for. Okay, I'll stop now. LOL.
Posted by: gnatcatcher on May-30-14 10:44 AM (EST)
I thought the Hydro Guide looked interesting as well, but they appear to have been discontinued and are only available in very small or very large men's sizes.
Aw man. Why would they do that?|
Posted by: deuce on May-30-14 11:49 AM (EST)
Well, in that case I'm with slushpaddler. Snowshoes!
Posted by: rblturtle on May-30-14 4:42 PM (EST)
I have a pair that I have used on countless trips including 5 mi carrys. When going lite I put socks on under them when arriving in camp and rotate/dry socks till they are dry. My two complaints about them are that traction on slippery rocks isn't good and they are heavy. But I haven't found anything better though. About smell-I fasten them to the roof rack on the way home to avoid smelling up the car-glad it's not just me!
On my 2nd pair of Keen H2s.|
Posted by: string on May-31-14 10:04 PM (EST)
Also have Chacos but the Keens keep a lot of trash from underfoot.
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on May-31-14 10:37 PM (EST)
Posted by: ppine on Jun-01-14 2:47 PM (EST)
Sandals have problems in tough conditions like portaging a raft. I bought some aqua shoes made by Asolo for hiking side canyons in the Grand Canyon and use them for everything near the water. They are a big step up from sandals, canvas basketball shoes, wet suit booties and all of the other old solutions.
Asolo aqua shoes|
Posted by: WaterBird on Jun-01-14 7:42 PM (EST)
Can't find them at the Asolo website. Do you have a link?
Rugged paddling sandals|
Posted by: AustinKayak on Jun-17-14 3:43 AM (EST)
While it's hard to argue with the toughness of the Omnium, I would stay within Teva or Chaco brands for a paddling sandal. That said, you may want to expand your search to water shoes. There has been some cool developments in this category, such as the Sperry Top-Sider or one of the NRS wetshoes.