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Comfortable and quick-drying but NOT a good wading shoe

I bought these water shoes to wet wade while fly fishing. They have the same "Spider Rubber" as Teva's collaborative effort with Orvis. They do grip fairly well and will be much greener than felt soles. I chose this low-top version instead of the Orvis wet wading shoe because I liked the easy, pull cord lace system and the heel that converts to a clog for wear around the campsite. However, these low-top shoes attract pebbles inside like steel to a magnet. I spent the whole weekend draining the pebbles out of my shoes. The pull-cord laces are not elastic (unlike the Merrill options), so they DO NOT come on and off easily. The shoes also ran a full size small for me (I usually wear a 10 and sent back two pairs before settling on a pair of 11s).
"Bottom Line:" Nobody marketed these shoes as fly fishing, wet wading shoes ~ perhaps because they aren't. However, they miss the mark completely as wading shoes, IMHO, because gravel, sand, rocks, and everything else will collect inside the shoe.

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no offense but that's like complaining about a hiking boot not being a good trail running shoe.

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i am looking at a wet wading "shoe" for fly fishing as well. something for trout streams and surf when boots are overkill. trout bum, let me know if you find a good brand.

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you need wet wading socks.

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timdonaldson, check out some keep keen sandal/shoe hybrids