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Old 05-25-2016   #1
Golden, Colorado
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Affordable creeking shoes

Can someone recommend some affordable creeking shoes?

I'm making a comeback after being quit for 3 years. My last ass kicking was so long ago that I've forgotten the details and I have decided kayaking isn't so bad after all... and I kind of miss it.

My old Teva Avators are rotted to pieces and I need to replace them. They don't make them anymore as far as I know. Teva Avator 2 Water Shoe - Men's
Teva Avator Water Shoes (for Men) 65178 - Save 41%

I was looking at the NRS Workboot because of the price but they look like they'd be hard to fit in a kayak... even in a creekboat (I'll be in my old Burn M). I had taken a razor to the heels of my last creek shoes to get them to fit into my boat and it looks like the NRS are even worse for being able to fit into a boat:
NRS Workboot Wetshoe at

I'd love a pair of Five-Tens but there is no way I'm paying $150 for a pair of creek shoes. I'm not even going to pay $100. Any advice appreciated.

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Old 05-25-2016   #2
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My Astral Rasslers are doing well after a heavy use season, and they were under $100.

Good traction, and they stay on. More like a high top tennie than a bootie.


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Old 05-26-2016   #3
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Astral Rasslers are good, just be aware that you have to wear them with socks or they will destroy your heels. I would strongly recommend Astrals or 5.10s. Sticky rubber is one of the easiest safety features you can get for creeking.
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Old 05-26-2016   #4
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I found my 5-10 Water Tennies online last spring for $49 bucks. Had to put some grommets in strap on the heel cause I tore both of them out first use, but holding up well so far. For the price they will get me through this season, and next year going to looking into the NRS Velocity. I have been wearing the NRS Crush of and on for year now and love them, so comfy even without socks. Velocity make not work for jamming foot into boat though. Astral Hiyaks could be nice, but hear they do not support much.
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Old 05-26-2016   #5
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Chucks. Light on ankle support, quick drying, dirt cheap,self bailing, sticky non marking sole, etc. Swimming in them is not a hassle either, not that I have tried...
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Old 05-26-2016   #6
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Astral Hiyaks
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Old 05-26-2016   #7
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Astral hyaks have great grip, not much support and durability so so.
(Stitching frayed in the same spot on a few pairs I have seen, not mine yet)

NRS Crush slip on is great feature, grip decent, fit narrow. Bottom sole came away from the mid-sole and have to Aqua seal.

Keen sandals so far have been my favourite , I should have gotten a pair with the heal cover as that would be better for rubbing on the boat.

Astral has the best grip so far and I assume the models are all similar.

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Old 05-26-2016   #8
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Your life will literally depend on your shoes one day while you're creeking. If not yours, then definitely your mates. Don't skimp on shoes. Buy the best out there.

Would you skimp and buy a Walmart BS lifevest?
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Old 05-26-2016   #9
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If you can find them my Teva Gnarkoski's are amazing
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Old 05-26-2016   #10
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Here's the updated version of the same creeking shoe I have been using for the past 5 years. I haven't tried the new model because my old ones are lasting forever. About $75 is not a bad price.

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