One of the most versatile shoes, the warm and comfortable NRS Men's Paddle Wetshoe, with side zipper entry is easy to put on over bare feet, wetsocks or drysuit socks. The gusset-backed YKK® entry zipper opens wide, making the Paddle Wetshoe easy to put on and take off.
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Neoprene & Rubber
The NRS paddle shoe is one of my go to pieces of paddling equipment. When I paddle for any length of time without them my heal gets sore without the cushioning effect of the neoprene, Additionally, the sole is substantial enough that they allow me to walk around on uneven ground as I move my kayak from place to place or walk back and forth from my car to kayak as I load it. Great shoe and great design. The only downside to the paddle shoes is they get pretty stinky when I'm doing a trip and I have them on my feet for days at a time, and the zipper of one them has gotten a little finicky; it still works fine, it just takes a bit to finally get it to unzip from time to time.
i use to go barefooted all the time when we went kayaking. i could never wear water shoes or anything in my kayak. my aunt showed me these online and she ordered me and her a pair and we tried them out. now we dont go anywhere in the kayak or the boat without them. they are so comfortable and lite. if i could i would wear them everywhere but dont want to ruin them.
As a plus size paddler, I have difficulty getting my big feet into and out of my kayak. As such, using bulky water shoes is a no go for me. So, my only options are, go barefoot, or wear my dive boots. However, walking around barefoot in the D.C. area water shed is a non-starter(eww!) so, dive boots were really all I had.
Using my regular dive boots revealed that the soles were too flimsy and as such did not perform well on shore or in the boat. On shore, the deficiency was obvious as I could feel the pebbles in the parking lot digging into my heels. In the boat, the thin soles reared their ugly head after just a few hours working the rudder, as the pressure on my foot through the thin sole actually began to make my toes fall asleep.
Enter the NRS Paddle boot. These boots have a sole somewhere between a dive boot and a hard rubber soled wet shoe. Which proved to be the perfect balance. They allowed good feel on the rudder pedals while not being too thin.
Also, I could walk around the parking lot at Occoquan Regional park without exclaiming ouch from the gravel digging into my heels. The padding from the thick neoprene on the bottom proved extremely comfortable and, so far, my toes have remained awake.
A true judge of a product though, is in the companies attention to detail. NRS did not disappoint with these boots though. From the velcro tab that keeps the zipper up, and the very soft, almost fabric like liner, to the rubberized material at the top that keeps water from dripping into the boot. NRS has made a very good product, and I will likely buy more from them in the near future.
I have been very pleased so far with the NRS Freestyle. The Vapor Loft keeps water out and my foot warm. They are very flexible so I have great feel and command of my rudder pedals. The NRS Freestyle has a reinforced rubber toe that provides support and protection against wear. They look and feel great. I found the sizing to be true to size. The tab on the back of the shoe makes it a little easier to slip on and off your feet.
I recently used the NRS Freestyle Wetshoes in a 39 degree kayak race and they performed great keeping my feet warm, dry, and gave me the feel and response that I needed. Great product a highly recommend.
They're durable and comfortable enough to walk around in. I'm puzzled at the previous reviewer's criticism that they don't offer arch-support. This is a paddling shoe, not a running or hiking shoe. While I wouldn't go hiking in them, they're perfectly comfortable for walking around the shore, in water, and setting up camp.
A paddle shoe is a simple, but but essential accessory for walking on wet, rough/rocky terrain, either on shore or in the water. These shoes perform this simple function as perfectly as can be expected.
I think a wetshoe is an essential piece of equipment and this one works well. The zippers seem durable and haven't shown any sign of failure yet. The quality of the workmanship is good and the sole adheres to the neoprene booty well. I like the higher form factor above the ankle for extra warmth in cold water. The only flaw is that I would like more support for my feet for walking around on the ground (more arch support as well) ...hmm I will have to try an insole and see if that helps.