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Best Shoes for Kayaking

Updated on July 10, 2015

Several types of shoes, sneakers, boots, sandals and slippers are popular for kayaking.

Conventional sneakers are often worn by kayakers. These work well in dry environments but have drawbacks in situations where kayakers must get their feet in the water.

Other shoes are made specifically for kayaking. Most offer an aggressive grip and either waterproofing or an open design that allows water to quickly drain from inside.

Five finger shoes are a popular choice of kayakers, canoeists, and fisherman because of this product's grip, performance and control.

Croc shoes offer a variety of inexpensive models that work well for kayaking. Most crocs have an open design and holes for drainage.

Sandals are another option for kayakers. Sandals are totally open and offer excellent traction on slippery surfaces. They tend to be comfortable to wear, even when wet.

Best Footwear for Kayaking

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  • LindaJM profile image

    Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    Thanks for sharing that! I would have just worn my Tevas... but apparently they're not the right shoe.