Need "Water Shoe" recommendation.

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  1. Skippman

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    I'm looking for a quality pair of water shoes that can be worn in creeks and rivers but also around camp. I'm looking for something that can remain submerged for swimming in a creek or river and still be worn comfortably on dry land.

    I've been looking at the Merrell's All Out Blaze Ventilators and their All Out Blaze Sieve. Anyone have experience with either of these or a recommendation for another shoe?
     
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    Are you looking for closed toe? I wore chacos on my AT try hike last summer and plan on doing the same for the PCT this summer.
    They were great for hiking, camp, swimming and everything in between. I hate hiking with wet feet so after the first 150 miles in mud sandles just seemed like the natural way to go.

    Now if you are in a place with tons of poison ivy or don't know how to identifie it you would want to go closed.
     
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    I'm going to be in an environment where rocks are a common obstacle. I don't generally care for sandals to be perfectly honest and do prefer a closed toe.
     
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    I'm in the same boat, except I'll actually use mine in a boat as well. Well, a kayak. Don't want burned feet and shells/oysters can be rough.
     
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    I haven't tried them myself, but I've heard a lot of good things about Astrals. I have a friend that does as much tiny, blue line stream fishing as anyone I've ever seen that says they're the best river/boat shoe he's ever tried.
     
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    Salomon water shoes. Check places like REI for them.
     
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    Keen sandals are a good compromise between sandals & shoes. Love the enclosed toe box! I have friends who wear them year around...they just wear them with socks in the winter.
     
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    I really like the new balance minimalist. Very light and dry quickly. and cost is about 100.00
    Like going barefoot but with protection
     
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    https://www.amazon.com/Speedo-Mens-Hydro-Comfort-Water/dp/B01N139BYJ


    I posted this same question last year, and bought the shoes in the link above. I canoe shallows a lot like having shoes on in the water when I'm in the water. The close toed sandals I tried first tended to collect gravel inside and I had to constantly dump them out which was irritating every 3 or 4 steps.

    The Speedo shoes have been fantastic so far. I even wore them in place of my regular shoes on vacation to the beach and water parks last summer with only a pair of sock liners on and had no trouble with blisters, etc. They dry very quickly, and have decent support like a regular tennis shoe. I found them on the auction site for $19 shipped.

    This was the water shoe thread I started last year:
    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/boating-water-shoes.177413/#post-3027140
     
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    I wear Vibram Five Fingers when I am out kayaking or SUP'ing. Like actually being bear foot but with abrasion and mild sharp object protection.
     
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    KEEN I've had a pair for years holds up great , toe cover. Dries quick too.
     
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    After going to the Alpine Shop, REI, Academy Sports, the Merrell outlet, and the Columbia outlet I think I've tried on just about every "water shoe" known to man. I tried on the Speedo Hydro's but didn't care for them. The Solomon's heel just felt odd to me, like it was two sizes two small and I have average feet.

    I've just ordered some Merrell All Out Aero's. I didn't care for the Hymists. (Who named that shoe anyway? SERIOUSLY?)

    I appreciate the input from everyone here. I have a borderline pathological hatred of sandals or shoes which resemble sandals (the Merrell Sieves for example) which really limited my choices.
     
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    Save some ching & buy a pair of Converse. Been fishing in a pair of those for years.
     
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    I have some Keens that I like. They've held up well, are easy to get on and off, and the water has had no effect on them. If I'm going to hike very far in them I wear some neoprene socks, like you would use in waders. That also helps to keep any sand that gets in them from chewing up my feet. I got them a bit big so the neoprene socks will fit in them.
     
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    Keens. I have two pairs. The older pair is at least 6 years old and still very comfortable and still has life left. Mind you, I live in Buffalo, NY so my "sandal" season is a little shorter than some others. But once I get them out of the closet in the spring they seem to be my mainstays through September. I can wear them all day long and not even notice them.
     
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    I've been wearing a pair of CROCS Swiftwater Sandals for a few years, they are the most comfortable lightweight water shoes that I own.
     
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    Keen Newport H2 sandals are what I wear...closed toe box, very comfortable and long lasting. Sometimes I'll wear some regular old Crocs, but those Swiftwaters look promising...;)

    Dom
     
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    You may want to check NRS. Lots of options, from low profile, close fitting booties, to ones with stout(hiking) soles.
    Another consideration... Wally World...when your shoes get manky,it doesn't hurt so bad to just replace them.$10.
     
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    I almost always wear minimalist breathable shoes when backpacking or exploring in the warmer months, so it's not unusual for my feet to be wet for most or all of the day if it's wet. Also I enjoy walking through water so I think these count as water shoes for me. They are similar to Merell's and Vibram fivefingers but are even more of a barefoot feel, something like a modern moccasin. My current shoes that fill this role are Vivobarefoot Motus, which I highly recommend if you are into the barefoot thing. I found mine on sale for about half price. They also have a shoe called the Ultra III which is specifically intended for wet/dry use that is about half the price of the Motus. I haven't tried the Ultra III personally but the shape looks almost identical and I wouldn't hesitate to give them a shot if I had the coin.
     
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    I loved my vibram toe shoes when i had them used them kahaking all the time.
     
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    As a guide here on the river, I have found nothing better than Chacos. Well until lately. This summer I am wearing a more minimalist sandal called the Bedrock Cairn. So far so good.
     
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    I prefer Keens for general in and around water protection(daily) in the summer, but for paddling I prefer a closer fitting bootie, for ease of entry/exit of kayak cockpits, and from under canoe seats. In colder temps while canoeing I will combine Chota Hippers with a low profile water shoe/bootie.
    Neoprene Chota Mukluks are nice, but their fleece lining retained lots of funk, so much so that I almost tossed them after a 28 day river trip. Mirazyme saved them.
     
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    Long, long ago, when I canoed a lot (probably pre-watershoe) the really serious people wore neoprene booties (not good to walk in), and most others wore the converse shoes or "boat shoes/dock-siders/top siders" which were very fashionable at the time (hence lots of knock-offs). Both were good because not much sole to be in the way when kneeling, and not much padding to dry; the boat shoes--which basically had no insoles--dried quicker.
     
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    I've used keens for several years now but looking for something I can get wet in but also hike away from the shore in or better support on a rock portage....

    What about those of us with wide feet....my Danners' are EE...would Astrals or the chacos go that wide???
     
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    I also have wide feet. Some Chaco's are avaible in wide sizes.
     

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