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OK, I know that this post has already been created but I think it could use some new input since designs are always evolving. Im looking for a sweet creeking shoe that I can wear alone or over dry suit booties that can stand some wear and wont get sucked off my feet in the event of a swim. LEts hear it, what do you guys wear and how do you like em?
 

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I just got a pair of 5.10 Canyoneers (the new ones), and they are the tits. Nice and grippy, good ankle support, and a solid connection to the foot. They are a bit bulky, which I have heard causes problems for people with big feet in boats with smallish bows.

I've also heard good reports about the Keen Payette booties. These are less of a shoe than the Canyoneers, but appear to have good grip and support with lots of adjustment options. Whatever you do, DO NOT get the Keen Hood River booties unless you like busting your ass every five steps.
 

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Keen Payette booties the shiznit.

Keen Payette booties are the shiznit. Super adjustable, decent traction, super cumfy, and very low profile. I highly recommend them.
 

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I'll 3rd that on the Keen Payettes - they're everything you need in an all around river and creeking bootie. Plus they're made by a great company. I also have the Hood River's and actually liked them allot - though I think the Payettes have better traction and are more streamlined.

Check out the Payettes here: Keen Payette Bootie
 

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buyers beware! the plastic buckles that hold the foot support strap in place breaks easily. very easily. i have seen it on three pair. good rubber. good company. poor hardware. i am sure they will get it fixed...hopefully soon.

i second 5.10 there rubber is hands down the best in the industry. i have had the same booties for 3 years and they are still sticky as the first day i bought them. although they are starting to fall apart now.

remember, a shoe is far superior over a booty any day.
 

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I have been wearing some teva water shoes that I got for $35 on sierra trading post. They do pretty well and have more of a sole than the payettes. For me, the keens don't have enough support at the sole, too thin and more like a play bootie. The canyoneers are primo, but you pay for it and they will probably fall apart in a year, like every other pair of five tens I have owned (but the rubber is the best). I just saw the new teva avators and they look to be a pretty good offering. The sole is much better than on the payettes and could actually withstand hiking in with a boat for a long distance. The jury's still out on teva rubber, though, it just doesn't hook up on wet rocks that well. But I think that the avators might be the best thing out, unless you can find the canyoneers for around the same price.
 

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5.10's

5.10s. The Canyoneers are great but be a bit patient. Out of the chute I thought they were great on dry rock and as a hiking in boot, they can't be beat. I was almost devastated as to how they performed on wet rock. I was all over the place. Now after breaking them in a bit and the rubber softening up a bit they are great on dry AND wet rock. Little bulky but haven't really had a problem.
 

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The Keen Payettes are pretty sweet. They stuck to everything except the smoothest wet granite. Did a lot of hiking with them and they are super comfy. I can even fit in my playboat with them and I rock size 12. Only downside is it appears that the sole is wearing out very quickly

I talked to a guy who had the new 5.10 and he said there was no way he could fit into his creeker with them with size 12 feet. But other than that they were sweet.
 

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Chuck Taylors! choose your color... I'll go with camo!

actually I use Salomon water shoes & have been goood so far!
heel fasteners, pull up laces, drain quick lots a cushion for hiking
just like a running shoe. push down heal if you want to wear them like clogs/slippers
 

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i got a pair of the Merrel Waterpro's this spring for just walking and hiking around and then someone told me they where great for creeking too. sure enough... i love them. the difference is in the sole. the soles are actually sturdy not like booties. and they fit in my creek boat no problem. and i've had Merrel's in the past and they last for ever. my big issue is i want to wear them all the time and they're stinking pretty foul. nothing like sitting in a meeting at work in your creek boots and smellin the place up : )
Merrell Waterpro Maipo Water Shoes - Men's from REI.com
 

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I had a pair of Merrel's; not the waterpros but something like them, and I had one sucked off my foot in a recent swim. I think I want something witha little higher support.
 

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hold out

If you can hold out till next feb. do because Teva is dropping an entirely new line of boating shoes, and I checked them out up at the Teva games a couple weeks ago, and they are the shit! If you can't hold out thats your loss, but they have some way cool creekin shoes coming out then
 

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If you can hold out till next feb. do because Teva is dropping an entirely new line of boating shoes, and I checked them out up at the Teva games a couple weeks ago, and they are the shit! If you can't hold out thats your loss, but they have some way cool creekin shoes coming out then
I think the new Teva stuff looks good. I just ordered the Avator 2 for a creeking shoe. It looks like the cinch strap design is an improvement over the first version. It really is a shoe instead of a bootie but it still has 3mm neoprene to keep you warm:

Avator 2 – Men’s Water Shoes – Men’s River Shoes for the Water – Teva

The Cherry Bomb looks like a cool bootie, but I'm done with creeking in booties:

Cherry Bomb – Men’s Water Shoes – Men’s River Shoes for the Water – Teva

I ordered directly from Teva's website. I found an online coupon for $5 off and I got free shipping so I got the Avator 2 for $85 shipped.
 

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I have some orvis flyfishing shoes which are 5 inches or so high and cover the ankle bone. They are self draining and designed for walking on slick rock
 

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Keen trekking boots. Sweet grip and big enough for long hike outs should something unthinkable happen. Great for scree field portages with fully loaded boats. The wyoming/san juans special shoe. I'll never go back to booties for creekboat trips.
 
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