Best Water Shoes for Kayaking in 2020

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Ryka Women’s Hydro Sport Training Water Shoe

The Hydro Sport water trainers from Ryka aren’t afraid to get a little wet. Great for water aerobics. Synthetic and mesh upper in a hybrid water fitness trainer. Speed lace system with toggle for easy on/off, padded tongue and collar.

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Ryka Women's Hydro Sport Training Water Shoe

The Hydro Sport water trainers from Ryka aren't afraid to get a little wet. Great for water aerobics. Synthetic and mesh upper in a hybrid water fitness trainer. Speed lace system with toggle for ...
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UPDATE: I returned and reordered and my new pair were perfect.I usually love RYKAs and wear them exclusively to teach fitness classes in. I ordered these to replace a pair of the same style that has worn out.The good:They arrived super fast.The bad:The first thing I noticed was that there aren’t any toggles on the laces. Inconvenient, but not a big deal. I tried the first one on and it felt a little small. I figured it’s because I’m used to my old ones and these need to be broken in. I tried the second on and it felt even smaller. I took them off to check the size and noticed the tags look like they’d been applied twice. So I pulled off the top tag and discovered different sizing underneath. One was originally tagged as a 7.5 and the other a 7. I ordered 8.5. I’m not sure that those are even the correct sizes - they didn’t feel that small to me. Maybe an 8 and a 7.5. The packing invoice even lists them as two separate items, rather than a pair of shoes. Obviously, I’m returning them.
September 22, 2018
The Ryka Women's Hydro Sport is a good shoe for my Water Aerobics Classes. I wanted a shoe that would last longer than my last shoe, which only lasted a year (3-4 hour classes/wk). Based on the reviews, I think this shoe will last longer than my last shoe, which did cost significantly less. I was disappointed that the shoe lace was a conventional non-elastic one. I would have had to bow it several times, and could not get the shoe as snug as I would have liked. I saw however, a review recommend "Lock Laces." I bought them here on Amazon, installed a black pair before wearing the shoes, and am so pleased now with the fit of my new Ryka's! They give me the support I need for water aerobics, and I love how they look! I am attaching a photo (WITH the LockLaces installed). I am taking one star off just because I had to go to the additional effort of buying and installing the laces.
December 10, 2016
Update:I returned them and ordered another one in my true size. And they fit perfectly!!!Overall, the sneaker feels really comfortable. But based on reviews, I ordered 1/2 size up, which is too big. I'm returning and getting my true size.I'm assuming others felt it was too small because of their socks. But I bought this to wear on water hikes, and definitely don't want to go hiking with soaking socks; I think it defeats the whole purpose of having quick-dry sneakers.So if you plan to wear these without (thick) socks, get your usual size.
May 11, 2017

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  • 100% Synthetic and mesh
  • Imported
  • Rubber sole

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Merrell All Out Blaze Aero Sport

This speed hiker attacks terrain. Its ventilated mesh upper is made for hot temps and forging creeks. Efficiency comes from the unifly midsole. In general we recommend the following guidelines for cleaning the footwear:Cleaning: on a regular basis, brush away any surface dirt with a soft brush.

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Merrell All Out Blaze Aero Sport

This speed hiker attacks terrain. Its ventilated mesh upper is made for hot temps and forging creeks. Efficiency comes from the unifly midsole. In general we recommend the following guidelines for ...
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I earn my keep by being in the outdoors most of the time, and I "hike" rivers like other people hike mountains - not on the banks, but by going straight up the middle. This means that my shoes are in the water for hours/miles at a time, and are subjected to a constant barrage of mud, rocks, sticks, and other debris. In the month of July, I literally destroyed three new pairs of what one would call the classic "water shoes" - the little slip-on things with mesh uppers and rubber soles. This is not new - I have gone through countless pairs. I was logged in on Amazon, doing a search for yet another pair this week when this pair of Merrell's popped up in the suggestions. I just about fell out of the chair when I saw the price, but after a quick calculation, I realized I was spending at least this much in disposable water shoes over the course of every summer, so I gave it some serious consideration.My feet are fairly wide, and as a result, I normally shy away from women's shoes and buy boys instead. However, I noticed that one of the other reviewers mentioned that these had a pretty wide toe box, so I decided to take the chance and order them.My UPS guy delivered them as I was loading my kayak on the truck yesterday evening - couldn't have been better timing - I was headed up river a few miles, taking the kayak along to tow my stuff, and I was prepared to go barefoot, which works, but sometimes results in a bruise or two. I pulled them out of the box and was impressed with the design - sturdy, but lightweight. I then put them on and was equally impressed wit the arch support (I have high arches - it felt really nice). Then I walked across the floor, and much to my delight, I could feel the air moving through the mesh, cooling my feet. So far so good - it was time to head to the river.Upon entering the water, the shoes (of course) immediately filled with water, but very little sand/gravel. As I made my way up river, I was amazed - a lot of the rocks are slick with moss and sediment, but I didn't slip. And not a single "OUCH!" as I made my way through fast water where I couldn't see the bottom - normally this means coming down hard on a rock at least once, and although I'm sure I did, I never felt the first twinge of discomfort. Slogging through sandy areas resulted in a small amount of sediment in the shoes, but not enough to be uncomfortable.Upon my return back down river, I took the shoes off to rinse them out. That was easy - they didn't capture and hold on to sand/gravel like the other ones did that I had been wearing. I also noticed that they float - an added bonus should one get away from me. I inspected them carefully for signs of destruction - normally after only one trip, the cheaper ones will show cracking on the bottom and at least a few tears/loose threads. Nothing was wrong with these - nada. I put them back on and climbed the muddy hill to the truck - they had great traction there, as well.All in all, I am EXTREMELY pleased with this purchase. The shoes not only perform exactly as I needed them to in the water, but they are actually REALLY comfortable. We still have a fair amount of summer left here in Virginia, and I will be putting them through their paces for quite a while longer. I will update my review toward the end of the season.I paid full price for these shoes and did NOT get them at reduced cost or for free in return for a review. 🙂
August 9, 2017
I typically wear a 7.5 or 8 in shoes, and have other Merrells in an 8 that fit a bit large. However, these ran a little small, but stretched out nicely with wear. I got them specifically for hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park and they performed beautifully. The bottom had stellar grip for scrambling over wet rocks, and they dried quickly. After several hours of water hiking and climbing, I had no blisters or sore spots. They also worked great for land hikes in the extreme heat, as they have great ventilation and grip. I highly recommend these!
July 9, 2016
First time buyer of Merrell shoes.... AND I LOVE THEM! I always purchased Nike and Reebok, but decided to take a chance on these. I work as a CNA in a hospital with concrete floors and these are the most comfortable shoes I have tried yet! I will be buying Merrell shoes again!
January 23, 2017

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  • 100% Leather/Mesh
  • Imported
  • Vibram sole

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Chaco Men’s Z2 Classic Sport Sandal

Streamlined and dependable since 1989, our Classic series is comprised of only 8 component parts, making for the simple, timeless sandal design that made our name. Every pair comes standard with adjustable straps that custom-fits to your foot, a toe-loop for additional forefoot control, plus our podiatrist-certified LUVSEAT PU footbed for all-day comfort and support.

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Chaco Men's Z2 Classic Sport Sandal

Streamlined and dependable since 1989, our Classic series is comprised of only 8 component parts, making for the simple, timeless sandal design that made our name. Every pair comes standard with ...
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This is my second pair of this design. The first pair lasted approximately 10 years with heavy, almost daily, use. (I live in Houston, so the temperature permits it.)I have gone about 8 months without my sandals, and with this pair I bought them new again.If you haven't owned this specific style (I own a few styles of chacos, and these are my favorites.) then you need to know this above all else: the toe loop is tighter than you might think is necessary, at first.My first pair of chacos sat in my closet for about a year before I really started wearing them. I didn't like the loop around the toe as I felt that it was too restrictive. Then, I changed jobs - it required me to be outside more often.Reluctantly, I started wearing mine. After a few days, the tightness in the toe loop lessened a tiny bit. Not much, but enough to become more comfortable and not so cramp-inducing as it was when I first got them.After wearing them for the better part of ten years- river rafting, beach stomping, jogging the dog on occasion, heavy dirt and lots of soil use... I found these to be one of the best pairs of sandals I've ever owned.Around d the ten year mark, obviously there was some wear in the sole. Finally, as I was walking through the parking lot of a local grocery store, the sole split.That was last fall. I knew I could get away with wearing sneakers or boots for cooler days, and did so for a few months.Yet, I knew that I had to buy another pair.So, a few weeks ago, I was torn between this style (toe loop) and the less taught style with only a strap across the top of the foot. I purchased both so I could compare.They both have their pluses and minuses.I like this style for many reasons over the less-secure-on-the-foot style of Chaco. This style allows me to move about more securly without worrying about slipping on the footbed of the shoe itself. I carry heavy things often- kids, big boxes, heavy printers, etc..This style allows me to feel more connected to the shoe, giving a sense of a more solid foot placement in procarious standing/walking/movements where slipping at the wrongonet might give cause for injury on sharp rocks, odd surfaces, etc.The other style is more comfortable for just walking, hanging out on the beach, lower-impact stuff.That all said- if you're fairly active, I recommend this style. The toe loop snugness takes a little bit of time to get used to. That is the most critical point you need to know. Yet, the plus side of it is that it affords a solid and secure feeling when being active in this shoe.If you're not likely to pick up a frisbee and toss it about, or go rafting where you'll have to portage a canoe or kayak or something like that- then get the other style if you're uncertain.I think that this is fair to both styles, and I'm only a consumer of this product- I own no stock in the company, and have no idea where these things are even made. I like them because of my experience with their durability and solid build.
March 28, 2018
This is my 5th pair of Chaco classic sandals. I starting buying the around 2005-2006 the size has always been the same 10M. I ordered a pair a couple of weeks ago for our trip to Florida , when I wore them for about 4 hours my feet hurt. I then dug out my old pair and compared the two. The new ones are about 3/8" shorter lengthwise and 1/4" to 3/8" narrower. Also the webbing is of a lesser quality.What a shame I really like these sandals , I have worn them from Africa to the Phillipines and all over the USA.Another company made a great product , worked up a good name for themselves then cheapened everything up.Save your money and buy some $20.00 sandals at wally world.
February 18, 2019
Amazing!!!!FIT GUIDE FOR “HALF SIZERS”I usually wear a size 10.5 but (Chaco) doesn’t have half sizes so I had to go try some on to get an idea of what I needed before I bought them cheaper on amazon.... Anyways, I got a size 10 because these run a quarter/half size bigger....also I usually like my tennis shoes/sneakers to have about a quarter/half inch of extra room in front of the toes.. if you are a half size shoe like me and like your normal shoes to fit how I do.... order the half size under your normal...example: if you wear a 9.5 order a 9This is my preference... not everyone will like their Chacos to fit the way I do...Plus if they don’t fit you can always send them back!Also these take about a week or 2 to fully “break-in” don’t freak out if the toe strap is a bit tight... it will eventually get better... trust me....
August 12, 2019

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  • 100% Textile
  • Imported
  • Synthetic sole

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Chaco Women’s Zx2 Classic Athletic Sandal

Streamlined and dependable since 1989, our classic series is comprised of only 8 component parts, making for the simple, timeless sandal design that made our name.

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Chaco Women's Zx2 Classic Athletic Sandal

Streamlined and dependable since 1989, our classic series is comprised of only 8 component parts, making for the simple, timeless sandal design that made our name. Every pair comes standard with ...
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If you haven't worn Chacos before, do yourself a huge favor and go to a brick & mortar for a proper sizing (REI is a great spot for it) *before* you order. Normally I wear an 8-9 narrow-medium width in everything - the size 9 medium was WAY too big and the arch wasn't sitting in the right spot creating a weird pain. I went to REI afterwards and checked discovered a 7 wide was ideal for my feet. I've never bought a wide shoe but that is exactly what I needed. I couldn't find this strap pattern in a 7W online or in any local stores so I switched color patterns and have the happiest feet ever.With a perfect fit, they are VERY comfortable - without it, they are awful. 3 stars for this order but 5 stars or my offline purchase.This one was returned and I picked up the proper size at a local retailer. Quite pleased and looking forward to a long summer with happy feet.
June 9, 2017
I had the hardest time finding the right fit because I am an 8 1/2. I looked at reviews and tried them on at REI. Everyone told me to get an 8W, but they were too small and my toes were hanging off. I sent that back and ordered a 9Wide and a regular 9 to see which one fit. I had them both for a week trying to figure out which one fit, because each one felt weird even after adjusting them. I thought that maybe Chacos weren't for me. The 9 felt too skinny but the 9W felt too wide. But for some reason, one day the 9regular fit perfectly, I think I had adjusted it a little differently. I wore them on excursions and hiking on Mexican cruise and I do not regret it at all! I love these (once you find the right size.)
March 22, 2018
I love the shoe overall, but there are some issues.Even though shoe experts say that half size wearers should size down, that was not the case for me. A 9 is way too small. My toes are at the very edge, my heels are too close to the back, and the arch feels 'off'.The second issue, and that is only with this particular style, are the toe straps. I have recently read other reviews about the toe straps tightening with every step. That is no joke. No matter how many times I adjust the straps (it should only need to be done once or twice), with a few steps the toe straps end up so tight that my big toe hurts. I have adjusted multiple times and it does no good.I love the black and white, and the style, but these are going back. :-(I purchased a size 10 in the single strap style, and those are perfect.
July 12, 2019

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  • 100% neoprene upper
  • Imported
  • Rubber sole

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NRS 3mm Freestyle Wetshoe

This NRS Freestyle shoe offers protection and warmth for all the kayakers out there! Made with stretchy 3mm Terraprene neoprene, these shoes also have VaporLoft lining which repels water and is quick-drying for one seriously warm and comfortable shoe!

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NRS 3mm Freestyle Wetshoe

This NRS Freestyle shoe offers protection and warmth for all the kayakers out there! Made with stretchy 3mm Terraprene neoprene, these shoes also have VaporLoft lining which repels water and is ...
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Excellent water shoes. They are warm, comfortable, and keep my feet dry. They are excellent for kayaking, and water sports in general. They are flexible enough so that working the rudder controls in my kayak with my toes is a breeze.
January 25, 2016
I use these for windsurfing. I have been buying these for several years and they are the most comfortable booties I've found.
October 24, 2019

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  • VaporLoft fleece
  • Material: [upper] neoprene, [lining] VaporLoft fleece
  • Thickness: 3 mm

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