I was looking for new shoes. Something may be with thicker soles. I am wearing Chota at the moment winter and summer.
Look at NRS Boundary Shoes.
Astral Rasslers. Larger set in the winter to accommodate drysuit sock feet.
Run on slime without being on your a** and drys in a flash for no stink.
Get 'me While you can. They’ll be on a design hiatus for 2018 and back as new/improved for 2019.
Some are available at You Know Where.
See you on the water,
The Connection, Inc.
9 W. Market St.
Hyde Park, NY
I like the FiveTen water tennies a something to wear on top of dry suit booties.
I do often wear just plain old cheapie water shoes from CostCo. They don’t hold on as tight to my feet, so I don;t wear if I am surfing or rock gardening or otherwise may be swimming in moving water. The Water Tennies tie down tightly, so don’t have that issue.
Crocs Swiftwater sandals. I got mine on a whim because I wanted to replace my normal Crocs and they were having a 2 for 1 sale. I’m really happy with them. On the water, off, they’re comfy, dry reasonably quick and easy on and easy off. swimoutlet.com/p/crocs-mens-swiftwater-sandal-8134524/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=google-shopping&color=26036&size=11171&gclid=CjwKCAjwxo3OBRBpEiwAS7X62W0_0JaR_DzoeNUmeJYSsaKSyB3iWbCFalFoAzD9EkrZdCW0MYMFYBoCIXsQAvD_BwE
Astral Brewess. I like the supportive sole, light weight and slit at the heel for sand/water drainage. Especially like that they dry quickly. Have a second, larger pair that can handle my wool socks and drysuit booties. Feet stay warm in my boat.
I have tried quite a few things. For sea kayaks, probably wore Teva’s the. Chaco’s sandles the most, followed by wading booties (preferred low top most of the time, but have plenty of high tops for when I expected to be out of the kayak). But honestly, except for booties, they came off as soon as I got in the kayak. For white water, mostly booties as I expected to be out of the boat more. Eventually used Kevlar reinforced river socks a lot for playboating, -0- room in that boat for more. Looking back, the socks were the one I remember the most fondly-abet I still were Chaco’s occasionally when wet hiking.
Now I am canoeing and trying to find better options. Will try the croc sandal soon. But eventually will be looking for something for adventure racing-but hoping to find hints from the racing community.
I have wide feet triple E all my life. It was always a pain when my mother took me for shoes always fighting with the shoe salesman as he tried to sell a D if he didn’t have wider shoes. Don’t worry kid they will break in they would say. LOL Now I buy New Balance EEE and the fit great. My work boots are Thorogood EEEE and fit nice with heavy socks. Great shoes and boots there made in the USA cheaper and better than Red Wing by far… Anyway I don’t mind buying a size larger in paddling shoe but width is a concern. To long and I will be tripping on stairs. I guess I would have to buy to pairs because I wear wool socks in the winter under the drysuit and super thin if any socks in the winter.I would like something with harder sole than I have because if I go 15-20+ miles my feet get uncomfortable pushing off the Sea-lect pedals. Chotas I have now are comfortable with my chubby feet but bad in the sole department for me.
Marshall my feet are size 10 in boots and New Balance what do you have up there if I can make it up hopefully soon?
Paddledog says “My work boots are Thorogood EEEE” and that makes me wonder if the early shoemakers must have been illiterate or something.
“Okay, we’ll call our narrowest shoes “A”, and we’ll just go up from there as they get wider. A, B, C, D, E… Hey, what letter comes after E!”
“Damned if I know.”
“Okay then, EE, EEE, EEEE. There that’ ought to cover it.”
NRS Paddle Shoes (https://www.nrs.com/product/30034.03/nrs-mens-paddle-wetshoe) for 10 months a year. Except for specific paddles those few weeks in July and August when some of the shallow bays warm up above 70° and I can wear a lighter shoe on a lazy day like a Sockwa.
NRS zip up water shoes in warmer weather and NRS Boundary boots in cooler weather. However, I’ve been trying to wear out my Chota boots for years with a brand new pair of Boundary boots waiting to take over. So far Aquaseal has kept the Chotas from being scrapped.
For those who are unfamiliar, when you buy a pair of wet shoes (neoprene) you must also buy a Peet boot dryer. And you might as well pick up a tube of Aquaseal.
Warning: Always try on neoprene boots and shoes before buying; their sizing can be way off. And on the boots, you will want to allow room for socks, I always wear wet socks (neoprene) inside my boots and if it gets too cold for that to keep my feet warm–it’s too cold to be paddling.
Any thoughts on these? I don’t want to have to buy two sizes longer to get the right width. I’ll be tripping all the time.
Edit LOL nothing I need in stock. Guess a lot of people with paddle board feet.
Still heading to Riverconn.com to try Astrals Rasslers and some other gear. Cyprus 210 for my paddling partner
For canoeing - during the summer I’m in Chuck Taylor Allstars, hightop canvas basketball shoes. As it gets cooler I’ll don wool socks with the Chucks, then when cold sets in I’ll switch to neoprene wet shoes/boots.
Love those Chuck Taylor’s - extremely flexible sole and complete foot protection for river wading. After a days paddle let them hang them off the stern of the canoe as I drive home and the canvas uppers are mostly dry by the time I get home.
I went with the Astral Rassler. Marshall at the riverconnection.com is shipping them today. He has a great sale going on with many products. Thanks for all the advice people!
I’m glad that they fi!. There aren’t many Astral Rasslers left as they model is going on hiatus for 2018 for a redesign for 2019. I’m going to grab an extra set of #11s for myself as I love the heel support during long endurance races (along with the uber Spiderman like grip soles, and the super fast drying uppers).
See you on the water,
The Connection, Inc.
Hyde Park, NY
I did notice even though a size 12 the rasslers is they shorter than my new balance sneakers. Toes & heels on the rasslers don’t have a flare like sneakers if anyone’s is comparing. So it gives you more room in a tight kayak. They are even shorter than my neo Chota low cut shows. Be using them tomorrow but slow group so I won’t be driving off the peddles in the river more relaxed paddle.
Got some Chota boots today. Bought size 12 for heavy socks and drysuit. Going to go back tomorrow for size 11 when not so cold and less gear on. Thanks for all the advice.
Tried the astral rasslers today in my CD Extreme kayak. Worked nice comfortable. Light and short for size twelve compared to my sneakers. Thanks Marshalls.