Originally Posted by KSC
...Seems like Teva switches up almost their entire line of shoes every year so something's always on sale cheap at the end of the year. I know it's hearsay, but I've found their stickiest rubber to have better traction than fiveten and that's my # one priority because I hate slipping. I've found the shoe wear to be reasonable. The soft rubber means the sole has a shorter life, but whatever, next year they'll be selling their previous year model for $50.
I'm with you.
I think it is a mistake to put much priority on durability for a river shoe. Soft rubber is the best grip on wet rocks. Soft rubber doesn't last.
My Tevas just exploded this season. Complete annihilation. But they stuck to wet rocks like glue.
I've slowly come to realize that creeking shoes are disposable salamander/spiderman grip tools. Creekers go into too many spots where slipping and falling in would mess stuff up bad. I'd gladly pay $50 or $100 or whatever to not fall into a class V rapid.