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are pretty hot and no, while they offer more support than an neoprene bootie, they dont have the arch support you will need for portaging.
Try the Merrell Waterpro or Salomon Techphibians.
Perfect footwear is an elusive thing for paddlers. I have used both the Merrells and Salomons for canoe trips for the last two years.(they are the only shoes I take and I alternate them) My trips last a month in the boreal forest and trails are not often maintained..I can trip very well in bulky boots while clambering over downed trees!
The Keen closed toe Newports have excellent support yet let in way too much gravel to be useful.
What you dont say is the condition of the landings...and portage trails..I usually canoe in Wabakimi which has about 30 percent of the forest horizontal at any one time..also the landings are about a foot wide..this necessitates unloading in the water and gunwale walking to move things to the unload point...So I have to plan on getting feet wet and them staying wet all day.
BWCA in comparison is a walk in NYC most of the time..a rocky hard walk to be sure! When I last went to Quetico two years ago I could have a place to change to hiking boots. I like to kneel in the canoe so I dont wear them in the boat
Plus footwear absolutely has to NOT pull off and be extractable from waist deep loonshit.
I love my Chota Mukluks for May paddling just after ice out on Maine rivers..Portaging is minimal there though.
Different shoes for different places I have found. I suspect I wouldnt like my Merrell or Salomon "adventure shoes" (canyoneering is the market) for those 3000 meter sharp rock portages that you find in Algonquin as much. But for the boggy and slippery environment up North, the Merrels in particular are very sure footed. They have a true Vibram sole and do not slip on lichen, even the dreaded wet black lichen or the brown leather leaf lichen.
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