So I am a little obsessed with my feet and their comfort. I already tried some water shoes to keep my feet warm while on the water. They did well and added some arch support but they were a little bulky for a barefoot sport and held water in the shoe.
So, I tried some neoprene with fleece lining socks. They felt like I was wearing socks and the traction on the board was good. They are not as warm as a water shoe but they provide a better feel for the board.
- Good feel for the board
- Does not hold water
- If used alone, not warm enough for really cold conditions.
- No arch or structural support for the foot—but it’s a sock–no surprise
I bought a large from REI for my size 10.5 feet. I believe that is a size larger than their sizing guide but I like a little extra room. This is my first winter with SUP and want my feet to stay warm and add a little cushion. The socks worked well. My feet stayed warm but it may have been an issue if it were really cold. It was about 50 degrees when I started out. It gives a much better feel for the board than Kicker Remix water shoe I tried first and the socks do not hold water. My toes did get the numbness that they usually get when barefoot but did not get with the shoes. I do have some arch and foot issues, so no big surprise. I certainly will keep using them but will keep looking for something with a little support for longer paddles. I will be using the Remix shoes for colder days and when I want a little more foot support.