Water Shoes

Recent Water Shoe Reviews

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Sockwa G4

A minimalist stream crossing and camp shoe that also works well for sea kayaking. Excellent traction but thin soles don’t give much protection against sharp rocks. Neoprene offers some warmth but can also get moist or clammy. I came across the Sockwa G4 about three years ago in a search for a lightweight shoe for crossing creeks and hanging out at camp on longer hikes where grams matter. I have crossed cold water creeks up to about knee deep and quiet water estuaries up to about crotch deep using… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Pakems Chamonix - Mesh

Chamonix mesh style shoes from Pakems are great water or camp shoes for backpacking. The mesh drains water easily, but the firm, solid sole is contoured to provide good traction. In a pinch, I could hike in them if my hiking shoes failed. Pakems provide a secure platform on slippery rocks and fold flat so they are compact in the pack. They are comfortable to wear in camp. They also make a good travel shoe. Pakems are a packable “real” shoe with a sole and sturdy fabric, but with a clever design… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Simari Water Shoe

I'm always looking for good water shoes to use on my canoe and kayak adventures. Recently a company called SIMARI sent me a pair of water shoes to evaluate. I took the opportunity to try them out on a recent island vacation where I spent most of my time beachcombing and kayaking. For the price (about $20) these are very good water shoes. They are comfortable to wear, have good grip and drain water well, but at first glance, they seem a bit flimsy and only time will tell how durable they are. For… Full review

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Merrell Men's All Out Blaze Sieve

Good for creek crossing, quick dry up, but less traction on slick surface. Not for hill terrain. I've just bought the Merrell All Out Blaze Sieve on 20th Oct. 2018. First use was just walk around camp area on concrete pavement which has some dirt on the surfaces. I slipped and nearly fell. Then I went light hiking and crossed some creeks. This time the shoes work quite okay. Second use was on 27th October. This time on uphill terrain and I walked with high awareness. The shoes are not suitable for… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Fitkicks Originals Men's Edition

Lightweight shoes great for water crossings or in camp, but maybe not both in the same day. Solid feeling sole protects the bottom of your feet while light minimalist upper keeps feet clean yet letting them breathe. With most of their weight coming from the footbed, these shoes trade lower weight for less protection. Marketed as a casual shoe for non-specific use, but this review is written based on their use as water and camp shoes. Specs: 8.7oz/247g for the XL size pair on my scale MSRP: $21.99… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Chota Mukluk Light

Great for two-season paddling footwear. Durable and comfortable, good choice. Kept my feet dry in low depth water situations, in moderate temperatures. Good grip and traction. Seems to be well made. Definitely recommend. Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Clorts 3H025

This is a review of a water shoe made by the Chinese company CLORTS. These shoes were an unsolicited gift, sent to me by the company. I guess they had seen some of my other reviews on my YouTube channel, "The One Canoe", and wanted me to try out their product as they are new to the North American market. I put the model 3H025A water shoe through its paces on a recent canoe trip on Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada. This was the kind of trip where you are constantly in and out of the canoe, so your… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
OOFOS OOmg Low Shoe

A terrific water shoe that can double as a recovery camp shoe. Lightweight and doesn't absorb water. Getting ready for a long-distance backpacking trip in the Sierra of California I knew I would need to bring along a shoe for the numerous water crossings I would encounter. Almost reading my mind I got an email from a marketing rep for Oofos with information about their new OOmg Low Shoe. This was the first foray from OOfos into a shoe like sandal. I instantly saw the potential for a combination… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Adidas Terrex Climacool Parley Boat Shoes

These lightweight breathable water shoes drain water out as fast as it can go in. For the ecologically minded, the shoe is made with "Parley Ocean Plastic" recycled from ocean and beach plastic cleanups. The Adidas Terrex Climacool Parley boat shoe is a lightweight, breathable boat shoe that will keep your feet cool and drain water super fast. What caught my eye when I first saw these boat shoes was the fact that they were constructed of a yarn made with "Parley Ocean Plastic". Anything that can… Full review

user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Sockwa G4 reviewed Aug 15, 2019
$55 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Pakems Chamonix - Mesh reviewed Jun 12, 2019
$60 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Simari Water Shoe reviewed Mar 16, 2019
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Fitkicks Originals Men's Edition reviewed Apr 7, 2018
$22 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Chota Mukluk Light reviewed Nov 29, 2017
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Clorts 3H025 reviewed Oct 12, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
OOFOS OOmg Low Shoe reviewed Sep 20, 2017
$120 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Adidas Terrex Climacool Parley Boat Shoes reviewed Sep 13, 2017
$140 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Chaco Outcross Evo 2 reviewed Sep 1, 2017
$66 - $70
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Body Glove Dynamo Rapid reviewed Sep 3, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Mion Tide Scramble reviewed Jun 25, 2016
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
The North Face Padda reviewed Sep 15, 2015
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean Discovery Sandals, Closed-Toe reviewed Jul 19, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Astral Brewer reviewed Jul 8, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Astral Porter reviewed Nov 13, 2014
$85
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Gempler PVC Plain Toe Boots reviewed Oct 24, 2014
$29 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Vivo Barefoot Ultra Pure reviewed Oct 23, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon Techamphibian 3 reviewed Jul 9, 2014
$57
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Chota “STL” Plus Wading Boot WW350 reviewed Jun 5, 2014
$165 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Keen Turia reviewed Apr 24, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO reviewed Sep 25, 2016
$85
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Mountrek Cascade Water reviewed Dec 10, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Chaco Tedinho Pro Water Boot reviewed Sep 3, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint reviewed Jul 10, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Waterpro Gauley reviewed Jun 14, 2013
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mion Flood Tide reviewed May 17, 2013
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user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Five Ten Canyoneer reviewed Apr 11, 2013
$155 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Adidas Hydro Pro reviewed Apr 11, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Salomon Techamphibian reviewed Mar 3, 2016
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Waterpro Moc reviewed May 6, 2012
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user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Salomon Techamphibian 2 reviewed Aug 24, 2011
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 920 reviewed Jun 8, 2011
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Flow reviewed Feb 23, 2011
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Keen Cimarron reviewed Feb 19, 2011
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Keen Hydro Guide reviewed Sep 23, 2010
$100 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Tecnica Torrent reviewed Aug 23, 2010
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Teva Sunkosi reviewed Feb 23, 2010
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user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Merrell Waterpro Maipo reviewed Jan 6, 2011
$61
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nike Natal reviewed Sep 2, 2009
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Tecnica Immersion FLT reviewed Jun 29, 2009
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Titanium Torrent reviewed Jun 11, 2009
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Waterra ST reviewed Apr 2, 2009
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Keen Hood River Shoe reviewed Oct 29, 2008
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Merrell Waterpro Ultra-Sport reviewed Oct 22, 2008
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Merrell Vapor reviewed Aug 30, 2008
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
NRS Attack Shoe reviewed Aug 23, 2008
$85 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mion Warm Canyon reviewed Jul 28, 2008
$130 MSRP
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Keen Banff reviewed Dec 27, 2007
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ahnu Bodega reviewed Nov 16, 2007
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user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Teva Gamma Pro reviewed Jun 11, 2007
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