I don’t mean to be a pain here but I am looking for some advice on something really specific. I’m hoping that you can contribute your knowledge to my quest and that we can keep things on topic.
I’m looking for the perfect kayaking shoe for my needs. I’ve tried a lot of different styles, makes and models and I’m still searching. I have some specific criteria to meet and so far, everything seems to fall short in one way or another.
Paddling shoes that I am currently using include:
Teva Churn, Chaco Outcross, Five Ten Eddy Pro. All work but all have issues that make them imperfect for me. -
What I’m looking for is “shoe-like” and NOT a boot or a bootie.
It is NOT made of neoprene.
It IS something that I would be fine wearing all day out of the water and would NOT look out of place as club-wear in Prince Rupert.
It does NOT extend above the ankle and should top out below the ankle bones. “Shoe-like”.
It IS constructed with a midsole that ISN’T too thick but thick enough to protect the soles of my feet when walking over sharp rocks.
It is NOT a sandal. It must cover and protect the sock of my drysuit.
It DOES have a sole that is sticky enough to provide secure footing on slippery surfaces found in inter-tidal zones and particularly on wet logs.
It IS constructed in such a way that it drains efficiently. Whether through the use of materials or ports is not important as long as it doesn’t do so at the expense of other design criteria.
Ideally it does not have laces……………Note that I didn’t capitalize and underline “not” because I think that is probably something that I will just have to accept. If laces are present they should secure the shoe against mucky beaches but allow me to pull my feet out (with effort) in case the laces get hung up inside the boat.
It IS footwear that I could put on in the morning without socks while eating breakfast and loading my gear, drive to the put-in, don my dry suit, put the shoes on over the dry suit socks, paddle for hours, remove the dry suit, put the shoes back on with bare feet, drive home and NOT have them smell like an environmental disaster.
Some of the footwear from Astral tick most of my boxes but they aren’t “perfect”.
I would like to hear from you what footwear you are using that ticks those boxes that I should look at. I’m not really interested in knowing about other types of footwear that you like if your needs are not the same as mine.
Tall neoprene or rubber boots? Negatory.
Neoprene booties of any ilk? They have their place and I own some but this thread isn’t about them. No can do.
Sandals? Don’t go there.
Crocks? Not a chance.
Chuck Taylors? No. Just no.
I don’t mean to be a pain by limiting responses but I am really looking for that perfect shoe. If you can show it to me I’ll buy several pair.