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Finally, shoes designed specifically for your hardest days in the deep and narrow—the Five Ten Canyoneer Shoes.

The Five Ten Men's Canyoneer Shoes' all-synthetic construction, quick-draining design, and ultra-sticky soles make them a top choice for canyoneering and other technical water sports. A combination of neoprene, synthetic leather, and mesh help these Five Ten shoes battle water when you have to wade through a slot canyon. Stealth Amphibia soles provide the Canyoneer Shoes with the traction you need to send the 5.5 pitch and get back to ground level. Though Five Ten made these shoes for technical canyoneering, they have also found a solid following with rafters and kayakers.

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5 5

Awesome canyon shoe - for women too!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

From a short walk up the Zion Narrows to a multi-day, technical canyoneering trip, Five Ten really delivers with their boots. For years the Canyoneer Shoe has been my go-to for every trip I've taken that involves sloshing through water, slogging through sand, and balancing on sandstone. Although they are designed for men, I've found they work just fine for my needs. These shoes offer extremely solid ankle support (which comes in handy when your next step is hidden in the murky depths of a pothole) as well as a thick sole that helps eliminate some of the pain and bruising from underfoot debris. The sole grips even on wet slickrock and the buckle system is much easier to navigate than wet laces.

These shoes run pretty much true to size but there are two things to consider. First, these shoes are WIDE. For me, the width allows for a little more blood circulation in cold and wet conditions. The downside is that for people with narrow feet (hey ladies!), this can mean sliding and rubbing on the approach. The second thing to consider is that you'll probably want to pair these with some neoprene socks - you will definitely need to size up to accommodate their bulk, but remember that they will loosen up when wet so a bit of a tight fit dry isn't a bad thing.

The only downside to these shoes are their weight and bulk which, while perfectly fine for more technical canyons, can be cumbersome and uncomfortable for longer periods of hiking out of water.

All in all, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better option for your canyon footwear than Five Ten. For women, pairing these shoes with an insole, neoprene socks, and sock liners can successfully offset the width and provide a comfortable, supportive shoe.

Awesome canyon shoe - for women too!
5 5

Great shoe for whitewater adventures

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

After two solid seasons of abuse, they're still holding strong. I've done plenty of scouting and sketchy portages in these shoes, and they inspire more confidence and trust when walking on wet rocks with the kayak shouldered. They also provide a good stable platform, and drain more than good enough.

The only slight negative about these shoes is the bulk they add, meaning if you have a tight fit in your boat, you might not be able to use these shoes.

5 5

Add an after-market insole

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

If you have narrow feet
Iike me, add a bulky aftermarket insole. That will take up more width and provide more comfort on log hikes. Bomber, heavy boot that doesn't have an equal in canyoneering, yet.

Do the Canyoneers fit the same as the Camp...

Do the Canyoneers fit the same as the Camp Fours? Are they essentially the same shoe with different uppers? I have a pair of Camp Fours, and I'm wondering if the Canyoneers will fit the same. Thank you.

No. It's an entirely different shoe intended for canyoneering.

Backcountry really needs to restock these...

Backcountry really needs to restock these boots.

Best Answer

We hear you. And, for what it's worth, Rob--I totally agree with you. There just isn't another canyoneering shoe that is anywhere as close to the 5.10 Canyoneer.

5 5

Holy S@#%!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

The first time I tried out these shoes, I was absolutely blown away! They are incredibly sticky. INCREDIBLY! I found myself wandering around Zion walking up things that would make a mountain goat think twice! I wore them guiding canyons and had to constantly remind myself that normal shoes can't go where these shoes go. From slick wet sandstone to mossy boulders; you name it, these shoes will stick to it.
Also, these bad boys can take a beating! Canyon after canyon, scree slope after scree slope, they just keep on tickin'. I have had to replace the insoles and re-glue one of the toe pieces, but after all that they've been through, they're holding up pretty dang well. They also work great for wading boots.
They run pretty true to size, but I would recommend getting at least a size bigger to accommodate neoprene socks.
These aren't just great shoes for canyoneering, they're the BEST shoes for canyoneering. Period!

When will more sizes other than 8 and 10.5...

When will more sizes other than 8 and 10.5 be available? I want a size 12 and don't want to have to order from someone else.

Will you be getting more sizes in the near...

Will you be getting more sizes in the near future? I would like to get a size 6 or 7 for my girlfriend...

We will be getting more sizes in, but unfortunately the smallest size we will be carrying is a size 8.

5 5

Great Canyoneering Shoe

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

This shoe works great when your digging your heals into the smallest of cracks. The grip on these shoes is reason alone to buy them. When your 50ft off the ground with your back on one wall and your feet planted on the other wall it's nice when you can trust your shoes not to slip. These soles work just as good if not better when they're wet too. Another great feature about these is the heel. They designed these to take one hell of a beating. The heel is wrapped about halfway up the back of the shoes in a hard rubber of sorts. So when your walking through the small cracks jamming your heel in so you don't slip and fall these shoes won't fall apart after a couple canyons.

5 5

Excels at everything

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Update after ~2 years of very frequent use: The front of the sole has begun to peel back, and the sole is almost worn through. I have used these shoes more or less 3-5 times/week in the summer, mostly on boulders and face-scrambling, but occasionally in cracks. The stitching is coming out and the rand is cracking and peeling off on the sides. I'd say I've abused them a lot (I put 100 miles on them in the last 2 months alone) and these issues are to be expected. They held up far longer than comparable approach shoes or hiking boots used similarly and have performed much better. I have (this summer) been backpacking (8-16 mile days) in these and have yet to get a blister, which amazes me. To be brief, I'll try to glue them, but if they are actually done, I'm buying a new pair without hesitation.

I'm a geomorphologist who works in a lot of high gradient bedrock streams, so I need to be able to keep a good footing while taking measurements or climb up/rappel down the occasional waterfall. I have been using approach shoes, but these seem to be much more tailored for river work. They drain very well and the rubber on these is exactly what I expect from c4: superb stickiness. The neoprene uppers won't dry fast, but that's obviously to be expected. The footbed that comes with the shoe is perforated, so that drains nicely. I wear these with some 3mm neoprene socks and did not have to change from my usual street shoe size (13). They are a bit stiffer than I usually like for my approach shoes, but that's a reasonable tradeoff for reducing a lot of the foot fatigue that usually accompanies walking on cobbles all day. The straps are very stiff, making them a bit tough to get tight, but that's really not an issue for me. I wear them a bit loose and have not experienced any hot spots yet. The upside of the heavy straps is that I feel they will take some serious abuse, along with almost any other part of this very well made shoe.

5 5

the only canyoning shoe...

these shoes are brilliant for what they are designed to be...fine for approach hike, stick like the proverbial to rocks, wet or dry - the soles on these shoes have no equal...the boot is heavy tho - just look at the amount of rubber and rear lug/heal support (remember these are a canyoning boot!), so not optimal for long hikes ie. 5+ miles...BUT as a fully functioning water shoe...i don't think they have an equal...with neoprene socks, there's not too much water that can stop them. Used throughout WWR/canyoning season in Japan - flawless. highly recommend. Fit is high volume, so if a narrower less arched foot, suggest a half size smaller, even if planning on neoprene socks to accompany.

4 5


These are basically the best shoe available for canyoneering, but have some flaws. They are bulky, and are definitely designed for those with high volume feet. Sizing can be tricky, especially if you plan to not always wear neoprene socks. I recently did a trip through Death Hollow in Utah, going through basically everything except snow (timber, sand, wet and dry canyon, etc.) and only wore the Canyoneers. They are a little heavy if you are doing high miles, but for sticking to wet or dry canyon walls or stream beds, they are perfect. I had to punch new holes in the straps since my feet aren't high volume, but the straps worked well overall.

5 5

Been Using these for Years!

I've been using these shoes for the past 3 years and I love them! I use them while Hiking, Rappelling down waterfalls, Canyoneering in wet and dry canyons, and Rafting! I wear a pair of 5mm neoprene socks that keep my feet warm and also protect against blisters! There is a lot of room in there so it you have narrow feet they will most likely slid around inside, but that really doesn't bother me too much.

5 5

Best Water Shoes Ever

I have bough six pairs of water shoes (Teva and Columbia) prior to stumble upon the Five Ten Canyoneering 2 shoes on one of my trips. The leader of the trip also is a member of local search and rescue and this is what the pros wore.

When I got home, I read up all reviews and found out these are the shoes people rent on Zion Subway trips. I also read that you need to wear a neoprene socks with this (preferable the 5MM thickness).

I wear size 10.5 and bought a pair that is 10.5, however, after the 5MM neoprene socks, it was too tight and exchanged it for size 11. Now it is comfortable with the 5MM neoprene socks.

Today I went on an 11-mile hike with a total of 16 water crossings. These shoes performed more than I can hope for. It is worth every penny. When in the water, these shoes had a great gripping power even over the slippery rocks. When on trail, with the 5mm neoprene socks, it became a comfortable hiking boots. Lots of ankle support and gripping power when scrambling over rocks. No worries about blasters in wet socks. I would highly recommend these shoes for anyone go on a trip need water crossing and hiking without have to change shoes after each crossing.

5 5

Best Canyoneering Shoe Period

What can I say but Wow. This is by far and away the best Canyoneering shoe ever made. The sole is super sticky. The show is built bomber. Water drains quickly and the show dries quickly also. You will be wearing these with neoprene socks, so try them on with them. I have combed 5.9 in them and they where the next best thing to a climbing shoe. I would advise trying them with a 2mm pair and a 5mm. It is a good combo because you will be covered for weather water and colder water.

Best Canyoneering Shoe Period
5 5

Best Canyoneering Shoe Period

What can I say but Wow. This is by far and away the best Canyoneering shoe ever made. The sole is super sticky. The show is built bomber. Water drains quickly and the show dries quickly also. You will be wearing these with neoprene socks, so try them on with them. I would advise trying them with a 2mm pair and a 5mm. It is a good combo because you will be covered for weather water and colder water.

Best Canyoneering Shoe Period
4 5

Maybe not for women?

I am 5'9, and I wear a 42.5 shoe. That is a man's 9.5 or a womans's 11. The 11/9.5 was slightly short, and a bit wide. I wouldn't risk it as I'd end up with toe trauma. The 43 was OK in the length but the boot was too wide. On the tightest buckle, my foot was still moving in the boot. I had to send them back.

I'm a standard men's 10D. I had to go to 10.5 to get them long enough, but the width feels like a EEE. The strap over the top doesn't go in front of the tall part of my foot, so it doesn't hold my foot back, and my foor slides forward, crunching my toes in the front.

I've done about 30 miles of hiking in Kaua'i with these (with problems similar to Southern Utah Slickrock), and will readily admit they are the best shoe for wet slippery environments.

But, my toes are still numb.

I am planning a 15 day (50mile) hike up a...

I am planning a 15 day (50mile) hike up a heavily bouldered and wooded river and considering the optimum footware to use. The hike will be nested between 70 mile kayak trips in to and out from the river. I wonder if these type of shoes are feasible day after day for 15 consecutive days - how problematic would it be have you shoe rubbing in a wet boot for so long a period? Thanks in advance. The river is the Susan in Labrador Canada.

Best Answer

I am originally from Labrador, and have spent a lot of time prancing around the woods there. I have also done multi day canoe trips over rugged and rocky terrain. I have a couple points for you.
1. You should always have two pairs of footwear, when you can. One wet one dry. you would be surprised how much better you feel with dry feet.
2. You are going to want something with a solid bottom also. The last thing you need is a foot strain when you are 7 days in. It is easy to do, I did it last year

I wouldn't advise these boots for big mileage. Five ten makes other shoes with stealth rubber that a far more comfortable to hike in. Unfortunately they no longer make the Cervants.

Would this shoe be functional in a race...

Would this shoe be functional in a race where there's a combination of running + Swimming + climbing? I'm doing the Tough Mudder and I'm not sure if these will hold up for 13 miles when it may be lots of running up and down hills.

Best Answer

I would say no. These are heavier than what you'd want in a running shoe, swimming with them is only to get from A to B (in a canyon) and there are better climbing/approach shoes that you could run in. These are primarily for canyoneering where you need traction and stability and can make the other sacrifices. Check out this shoe, which has the same (or very similar) traction, but is much lighter and easier on the feet for running.