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As you push the raft into the current, the Sperry Top-Slider Men's Bearing Boot Mid Water Shoe gives you a firm grip on the river bottom so you don't end up slipping and landing on your face. That would be bad.

  • SON-R tech improves your foot's ability to gain traction over variable terrain
  • Hydrophobic mesh uppers drain well and dry fast so you don't have to slog around in a wet shoe
  • Hydro-Grip rubber keeps your foot glued to the ground
  • Internal drainage lets water escape so your foot dries quickly
  • Antimicrobial, neoprene liners keep the funk down so your shoe doesn't start smelling like a bog
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Grip is no bueno

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Overall I had one of the worst purchasing experiences with Sperry Top-Sider. I noticed the Jackson family wearing this stuff so I figured how bad could it be? This was one of the two products I ordered, but on both I was sent the wrong size. They then made me pay for the returns and shipping when it wasn't even my mistake. Going through is the way to go.

But more importantly, I have used it a couple times now and I am slipping all over the place when I am scouting rapids while my buddies are having no issues with their Five Tens. I am no way affiliated to any product, I just wanted to help someone avoid my mistake.

Marginal Construction

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I've had these for about 5 months and they started falling apart almost as soon as I got them. The finger loops frayed, the soles separated from the bottom of the boot, and recently one of the finger loops broke.

I thought they were really great on slippery rocks and were pretty comfortable. I used them in both my playboat and creeker; they fit fine in both.

I'd buy them again if the construction were better, but I don't think I want to drop $70 on a pair of shoes that don't even hold up to a boating season.

Son-R Bearing Bootie - Love them

    I got these for my husband to use for paddle boarding & he loves them. They are great for protecting your feet in the waters of Hawaii & the lakes of Utah. He doesn't use them for very long treks, just mostly in the water & shoreline. Great traction for paddle boarding too.

    decent combo kayaking shoe

      I bought these hoping to use them both in my creek boat as well as my smaller play boat.

      They are definitely a bit of a compromise. They seem solidly made, but I wouldn't want to walk far over sharp rocks in them, as they have thinner soles than say a 5.10 or the Keen Gorge boot, but they are low profile enough that they will fit in most play boats, if it is not super tight on you.

      If your play boat is tight, these are not as flexible as just a neoprene and they are not supportive enough for longer portages, so you might just want to get two different boots instead of trying to get this one to do it all.