footwear for shell beaches etc

Discussion in 'Gear Talk' started by mbiraman, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. mbiraman

    mbiraman Paddler

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    I've been wearing Brooks neo booties and someone mentioned today that they might not be good enough for landing on beaches etc where its mostly shells,barnacles etc. what do you folks think??

    bill
     
  2. GordB

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    I use neo booties. The hold well on if you are careful on foot placement, but do wear very fast. I'm limited by foot size to what I can wear in my boats.

    Ideally I'd prefer a water shoe with a much more solid sole. Alas it's not to be.
     
  3. Tootsall

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    I recently picked up a pair of "Croc-like" rubber shoes called Dawgs that have fairly solid bottoms. They have velcro closure which does a great job of keeping them on your feet and look a bit like a golf shoe with a lot of drain holes. I think they might work well if you get them a size larger and wear them over a neoprene sock (ie, use the Dawgs as "sacrificial soles"). I wore them kayaking and wandering around coral/sand "islands" in Belize and they seemed to hold up fine. You can buy them online at http://usadawgs.com/Mens-Dawgs-Spirit.html if you don't have a local retailer (I picked them up at one of those mall "kiosks"). Super grip and a relatively smooth tread so you don't "waffle stomp" grassy areas.
     
  4. Rrdstarr

    Rrdstarr Paddler

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    I am liking the looks of those Ed!
    I wear my chest waders in the fishing kayak, but wearing the wading boots is uncomfortable and bulky and I can't use the rudder controls effectively in my Fishing Kayak. I have been using my waterproof sandals but I get small rocks and gravel in and afraid of punching holes in my gortex waders!!!
     
  5. bigbear

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    Anyone know where to find those "Dawgs" in Victoria?
     
  6. Tootsall

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    BB, you could probably email them to find out if they have any mall kiosk outlets in Vic. Or, if you want, I can ask at the local mall (provided I don't forget...in the throes of a "wreck" room reno at the moment) and let you know. But I'm sure they'd respond to an email from their webpage.

    If you just want to take a look at a pair, I'll be out there from about April 21 through 28 and will be bringing mine along since I hope to get out for a couple of paddles with other WCP'ers and they are handy for 'beach rambles'.