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Hiyak Kayak Shoe

4.516129032258065 out of 5 stars
62 Reviews
Color:Driftwood Gray


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Why We Like The Astral Hiyak Shoe

One of Astral's best sellers, the Hiyak Shoe lets us paddle in a lightweight package that replaces toxic neoprene with a 3mm quilted airmesh for insulation that's easier on the planet. The abrasion-resistant nylon construction is quick to both drain and dry, while a hook-and-loop strap hides the laces for a secure, snag-free fit. This water shoe also features a grippy Flex Grip outsole made for wet environments, a more natural fit with a wider toe box, and a zero heel-to-toe drop that encourages us to walk with more of a barefoot style.


  • Lightweight paddle boot that does away with neoprene
  • 1060D ballistic nylon is highly abrasion resistant
  • Level Footbed (zero drop) for a more natural landing
  • Removable EVA midsoles for light cushioning
  • Grippy outsole is built for slick wet surfaces
  • Item #ASLT01X
Upper Material
1060D ballistic nylon
quilted spacer-mesh (3mm)
EVA (removable)
Flex Grip (non-marking, razor-siped rubber)
Claimed Weight
[size 9, 1/2 pair] 9.6oz
paddling, boating
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 62 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 3 reviews
2 Stars - 1 reviews
3 Stars - 4 reviews
4 Stars - 7 reviews
5 Stars - 47 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

July 1, 2024

Great shoes

Love these shoes. Comfortable and felt great while walking over huge rocks and during a rescue. The suggestion to by up a size was great advice. I wear and 8.5 and purchased a 9 and they fit well.


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5 out of 5 stars

June 27, 2024

Best Coastal Expedition Footwear, period.

Always have loved the Hiyak, for years its been my go-to expedition kicks on long coastal trips. Perfect for walking over sharp rocks and barnacles as well as gripping to wet logs and paddleboards. Comfy all day long. And now I absolutely love the new Driftwood Gray colour option!

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5 out of 5 stars

June 25, 2024

Best creek shoe ever!

Best creek shoe ever. Great ankle support, super sticky sole on slippery rocks. Wear these all year all the time paddling!

River Moonstone

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5 out of 5 stars

June 23, 2024

Best river shoes I have found in 20 yrs

I own a kayak school/tour company. I am on the water a lot. I have been wearing these shoes for years. They are very comfortable, provide good ankle support, great traction and I like the strap covering the laces to keep them from hanging up in the boat. This is not my first pair, won't be my last.

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4 out of 5 stars

May 24, 2024

Great Wildwater Shoe; #69 thread needed

First, the great: these feel like a shoe, are decent for hiking, and (best of all) will flex to fit in most any WW boat. The sole grip is pretty good for a year+. To improve: Please Astral, stop sewing with such weak thread. I’m continually darning my HiYaks with fishing twine and a simple, inexpensive upgrade to a stronger thread could prevent this. (Also, larger and stronger velcro on the laces enclosures please). And yes — I’ll buy a new pair with or without these changes—please though, why not improve?

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3 out of 5 stars

May 22, 2024

Terrible Grip

The Grip is TERRIBLE, don't believe the hype. On SANDY or WET ROCKS like every scout or rescue scenario you get no traction and it's super sketchy. Plus the sole is starting to peel away from the toe box after 4 trips. Otherwise these shoes are rad, I love the extra ankle protection from the high top and love how the velcro covers the laces making them super secure.


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5 out of 5 stars

May 17, 2024

Fit great over my drysuit.

I love these! Had a great run on the Lower Owyhee and was glad I had these. They fit great over my drysuit and were comfy too!


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5 out of 5 stars

May 14, 2024


Lightweight and comfortable. Astral seems to run narrow so wide feet or thick socks/liners need to size up.


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5 out of 5 stars

May 6, 2024

Best paddling shoe. Period.

Best paddling shoe hands down! Flexible sole for cramming your feet in smaller full slice boats. Amble grip on wet rocks, and a little ankle support for scrambling around put ins and take outs. I have been using this shoe for years and am siked to get the new gray color.


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5 out of 5 stars

April 26, 2024

simply the best

just received my second pair, and I'm in love with the Hiyaks. My first pair I purchased for paddling in 2020, and learned that going up a size helps for wearing with socks under a drysuit (no surprises there!). My original pair have held up to many days of kayaking and mountain biking (they have insane pedal grip and I love the feel, but your feet have to work hard since they are very flexible) and I will continue to use them in the summer. I'm so stoked on my new pair for spring paddling in a drysuit. Cheers Astral!


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