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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-23-2013, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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I've had keen water shoes for about 13 years and they've been bomb proof but are finally done. I was shocked at the quality of the new ones and a search shows their quality is gone. Looking for a recommendation on new shoes. I loved the toe protection and actually put quite a few hiking miles on the old shoes. Any suggestions?

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I do a lot of beachcombing and have found these, Bare "barefeet," to be outstanding for comfort and quality. They are available at scuba shops.

http://www.baresports.com/en-CA/Dive...RE-Feet/Unisex

Not too expensive, make sure you get them one size smaller than your regular shoe-size.
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I do a lot of beachcombing and have found these, Bare "barefeet," to be outstanding for comfort and quality. They are available at scuba shops.

http://www.baresports.com/en-CA/Dive...RE-Feet/Unisex

Not too expensive, make sure you get them one size smaller than your regular shoe-size.
Those "barefeet" I find are just like my paddling shoes I bought from MEC. They are warm and pretty durable and decently cheap to buy.

http://www.mec.ca/product/5021-652/m...10+50004+50026
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 07-23-2013, 07:27 PM
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I have a pair of Mares booties I bought at Dive and Sea in New West for fairly cheap but I wouldn't want to walk very far in them, and certainly not on "trail" if you are thinking of something a little more challenging than the beach. They are nowhere near as supportive as the Keen water booties (I have a pair of those as well). They would be similar to the other water shoes posted here.

You might want to look at dive boots, which tend to have a bit more of a supportive/stiffer sole than simple water shoes. Dive and Sea has several options in that area. the one thing you should think about with the pull on ones is that water can stay trapped in them if they don't have drain holes. At least that is the case with my Mares ones, which are ankle high.

Still, I much prefer my Keens for kayaking trips because the stiffer soles certainly make it easier to haul boats and equipment up and down the beach.
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I'm a Tevaholic. I use them for water and have done plenty of hiking in them also. No toe protection..but that's never been a problem..at least for me.
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