I had to figure a way to stand up paddleboard (SUP) in cold weather. My feet were my biggest worry. They get cold with socks on in the house. I needed to find something to wear in the water. At REI.com , I found a few different things that I could try. I decided on NRS Kicker Remix Wetshoe Water Shoes – Men’s.
I followed their sizing guide and was mindful of the comments on the page. So I ordered a size 10 in mens though I wear a 10.5 in womens. It was a good thing because the pair that arrived was the perfect size. My foot is apparently too monstrous for the women’s version.
They did a great job at keeping my feet warm during the entire SUP session. The traction worked well on the board and the instep strap added a little bit of support and kept them snug. My right foot did have some discomfort in the shoe. Adjusting the strap did help but a few of my toes (only on the right foot) became sore by the end of the paddle. It was not bad and better than the numbness I usually get after 90 minutes of paddling. (I received NO payment or product relating to this review)
So, overall, I consider the shoe a great help.
Positive: warm feet, no numbness, and good traction
Negative: some discomfort in a couple of toes on one foot only, holds water
Neutral: a different feel from barefoot paddleboarding, walking around in them was a little clunky but that is not why I got them.
Now a gallery from my Lake SUP this morning