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- Item #NRS0140
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Runs very small
Men's Sized, but order 2 sizes up! I am a 7 Women's so I ordered a 6 Men's. Too small. Ordered a 7. Very little difference in sizes, so too small as well. They don't have an 8, so I fuses I'm out of luck!
Great kayaking/water shoe
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I was anxiously awaiting these shoes. They lived up to their expectations for sure. The big toe separator is a great feature that makes the shoe feel more supportive and comfortable. Not to mention it just gives you a little more dexterity, I'm not sure why, but it does. I have read that these can get funky (smelling) and since I've only taken them for one one-hour paddle, I can't testify to that. But since they don't let water in, it stands to reason that they could trap some odor. So after wearing them I filled them up with warm water and shook it around for 10 seconds or so and rinsed them out. We'll see if that preventative method holds up over time. I'm a size 14 and these 14's were just perfect. They were easy to put on, especially with the helpful loop in the back above the heel. Since I have such big feet, I needed something that wasn't going to be too bulky, otherwise I would run out of room with my feet on my foot braces in the kayak. I was happy to find that these shoes are both minimal (no excess bulk) and rugged. I walked through the parking lot and down to the beach and felt like I was wearing a nice pair of minimalist shoes. After an hour long paddle my feet felt great. Normally the balls of my feet get sore from the pressure of being on my foot braces for an extended period of time, or my heels get raw from the hull, but these shoes had plenty of sole and heel support to prevent that from happening.
Great water shoe
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I love these shoes, they are really comfortable and warm for the cold, rainy days here on the coast. Great for the SUP and even the Kayak, I dont go anywhere near the water without these, I even pack them in my backpack for backcountry excursions in the summer. Great water shoe, good for swimming in, stable, comfy, true to size
NRS Shock Sock
Very comfortable and durable, stiff sole keeps the feet cut free. Use these ww boating and have been pleased with the protection they offer while scrambling over rocky shores at put ins/take outs and all else in between. Fairly grippy on wet rocks, have yet to slip. Easy on/easy off. Like the terraprene alternative to oil derived neoprene (more here http://www.nrsweb.com/tech_talk/terraprene.asp). Only downside is that the things stink to high heck, like really stink. I do have gnarly feet, but these things take it to a new level. Not sure if it is the terraprene or what, but it is pungent. Not enough of a bother to downgrade the shoes though, love them!
These kept my normally frozen feet toasty warm off the New England shore while kayaking in summer. They are cozy and soft inside, and I like the split pocket for your big toe. The thick, gripping soles also left me with no fear of slicing my feet on oyster shells, etc. True to size, the 11 had just enough extra room for my size 10.5 feet.