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Warm, flexible, able to fit into today's low volume cockpits and still provide traction for put ins and portages, the NRS Desperado Shoe is the pinnacle of low profile boating shoes.
  • 3-mm neoprene with a stretchy spandex exterior ensures your feet will be warm and comfortable.
  • The sole, which contains recycled rubber, gives great traction and foot protection, while putting a smaller footprint on the environment.
  • Toughtex in high wear areas provides extra padding and wear protection.
  • A 2mm plastic shim in the sole gives added protection from sharp rocks.
  • The shoe snugs above the ankle with an elastic drawcord, with a barrel lock.
Whole sizes only.
Women order one size smaller.
1/2 sizes order one size larger.

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Gender Sizing: Men
Material Upper: 3 mm neoprene
Sole: 3 mm rubber
Insole: 3 mm neoprene
Shim: 2 mm plastic shim
Closure System: Drawcord with barrel lock adjustment
Taped Seams: No
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NRS Desperado Wetshoe - Closeout
 
4.5

(based on 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (63)
  • Good traction (54)
  • Lightweight (50)
  • Great fit (42)
  • Durable (38)

Cons

  • Difficult on and off (18)
  • Dries slowly (10)

Best Uses

  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (85)
  • Boating / sailing (26)
  • Wading (23)
  • Sailing (10)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      78% 

      (46 reviews)

      Feels too large

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      93% 

      (55 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Intermediate (10), Advanced (8), Beginner (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (64)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Different materials and fit

Replacement shoe for my old Desperado Shoe. The sole seems just a bit beefier to reduce the pain of walking over pointy rocks and pebbles. The gray material used nearest the sole seems more...Read complete review

Replacement shoe for my old Desperado Shoe. The sole seems just a bit beefier to reduce the pain of walking over pointy rocks and pebbles. The gray material used nearest the sole seems more neoprene like and a little softer.

The fit is similar in length but narrower in the toe box than previous years models.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Solid shoe just hard to get on and off

I'm a whitewater kayaker. I got this shoe because my last pair came off my feet one day when I ended up swimming through a Class III rapid. These are snug. They are...Read complete review

I'm a whitewater kayaker. I got this shoe because my last pair came off my feet one day when I ended up swimming through a Class III rapid. These are snug. They are very comfortable and work well on land although I wouldn't want to go on a long portage with them over rough terrain because they bottom is pretty thin. My only complaints are that they can be really hard to get on and off, that they take forever to dry, which I think is consequence of the snug design and they have worn out in side earlier than I expected. That said, I'm probably going to buy another pair because I think they are some of the best shoes on the market.

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1.0

Too small

By Linda, a kayaker

from Minnesota

Verified Buyer

Comments about NRS Desperado Wetshoe - Closeout:

I followed advice on the item and others, ordering one size smaller as I am female. Nope! Way too small- my toes were smashed into the end of the shoes. I returned the shoes. I will search out a product in person and not order wet shoes online. Quality seemed fine.

  • Sizing:
  • Feels too small
  • Width:
  • Feels true to width
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My favorite water shoe

By Sand Lake Scott

from Britt, MN

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Easy On and Off
  • Good Padding In The Sole
  • Good Traction
  • Great Fit
  • Keeps Out The Sand
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Boating
    • Kayaking
    • Rafting
    • Sailing

    Comments about NRS Desperado Wetshoe - Closeout:

    I have an older pair of the Desparado wetshoes along with probably about 6 or 7 other brands I have collected over 30 years of sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and general lake activities. I bought the new pair simply because my older pair was starting to look a little faded although it still is fully functional. Of all my water shoes, this is my favorite. There are others easier to get on but once on, these stay put and, because I live on a sandy lake, I like the fact that sand rarely gets in them. I've only worn the new pair a few times but they seem to have all the same attributes. I've taken my old Desperados on multi-day kayak trips and they work well, especially when pushing against foot pegs for 6 hours per day. There are likely water shoes that work better on the trails, but I wouldn't hesitate to take portages with these - I just wouldn't want to take a long hike in them. This is a high quality product that has stood the test of time.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Gets the job done

    By celmo3

    from Fort Collins, CO

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Difficult On and Off

    Best Uses

    • Boating
    • Kayaking
    • Wading

    Comments about NRS Desperado Wetshoe - Closeout:

    I wear these kayaking (both play-boating and in my creek boat). My only beef is that they are difficult to put on. I guess that means they won't get sucked off your feet swimming out of a gnarly hole! I've only had them for a couple of months and they're holding up fine. I still have a pair of NRS play-boat "socks" that I wear in my squirt boat, and they're probably 10+ years old. I believe in the NRS product.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels too small
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Great buy

    By Beth the boater

    from Minnesota

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Traction
    • Great Fit

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Kayaking

      Comments about NRS Desperado Wetshoe - Closeout:

      Completely satisfied with this shoe.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
       
      4.0

      Desparado Shoe

      By chuck

      from elko nv

      About Me Intermediate

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easy On and Off
      • Warm

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Rafting

        Comments about NRS Desperado Wetshoe - Closeout:

        True to fit and warm
        Decent traction
        Comfortable for short hikes

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        • NRS Desperado Wetshoe - Closeout

          Q:

          I normally wear a size 10 but am planning to also wear in winter with socks & a drysuit made with goretex "socks". What size should I order?
          Asked on 9/1/2013 by Gunny from Eastern Tennessee

          9 answers

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            I'd go up to a size 11, Gunny.

            Answered on 9/1/2013 by Clyde from NRS
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I would say you need an 11.
            I normally wear an 11 but even with bare feet this size is extremely tight
            I ended up with a size 12.

            Answered on 9/1/2013 by Mike from Southeast Mass.
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I think they run a little large. So, depending on the thickness of the socks you're wearing, you should be fine. I where my dry suit with socks and the booties all the time. However, if you're wearing thick wool socks, I'd go to 10 1/2.
            Tim

            Answered on 9/1/2013 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            Size 11 will do

            Answered on 9/1/2013 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I had an issue w. the shoe in fast current and walking on steep rocky
            terrain. the neoprene stretched & was sloppy on my foot. If your going
            to stay mostley dry & not cover any difficult distance enroute... probably
            the 10. If not, I'd really select another style. one w. more support &
            functional adjusters.

            Answered on 9/1/2013 by Iyak4fun from TN.
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I would go with at least a size eleven, maybe even a twelve.

            Answered on 9/1/2013 by Randall0963 from Opelika,Al.
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I go one size larger in that circumstance. One thing to watch out for are rubberized booties on your drysuit and neoprene shoes. If the size is right on and your booties on your suit are rubber you may have a very hard time getting them on no matter what.

            Answered on 9/2/2013 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I would say probably a size 12. I found that these shoes run a size
            small. If you weren't going to wear them with socks plus goretex socks, I
            would suggest a size 11, but you may need to go up another size to fit
            those layers under the shoes.

            Answered on 9/3/2013 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I wear a size 10 as well. I wear them in all seasons. I usually wear them without liners, but if it is less than 45 I wear wool socks. They fit fine..

            Answered on 9/3/2013 by Anonymous
        • NRS Desperado Wetshoe - Closeout

          Q:

          Are these mens or womens sizes?
          Asked on 12/14/2012 by Pam from cinti, oh

          7 answers

          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            They are Men's sizes

            Answered on 12/15/2012 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            men's sizes

            Answered on 12/16/2012 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            Men's sizes.

            Answered on 12/14/2012 by Ed from Palo Alto, CA
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            Desperado shoe comes in Men's sizes. I am female, but wear a size 9 men's
            shoe and find these fit pretty true to size. If you intend to wear them
            over a drysuit foot, but sure to size up a little.

            Answered on 12/14/2012 by Mayhem Mouse from Blaine, MN
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I believe they are men's I regularly wear a 7.5 to 8 and have these shoes and wear a 7. They fit just right.

            Answered on 12/14/2012 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            Hi - I am a male and I bought my regular size and they fit perfectly - so assume they are men's, however I think if you bought a smaller size they would be fine for women.
            Happy paddling.
            Cheers.

            Answered on 12/14/2012 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            Men's.  Look at the bottom of the product info page.
            Whole sizes only.
            Women order one size smaller.
            1/2 sizes order one size larger

            Answered on 12/15/2012 by Anonymous
        • NRS Desperado Wetshoe - Closeout

          Q:

          I have Kokatat dry suit-would these be a good match for suit? If not, could you recommend something else?
          Asked on 10/27/2012 by Sixes

          3 answers

          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            Yes they work well
            Sent from my iPad

            Answered on 11/23/2012 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            This is indeed a good match Assuming that you have gortex booties in your
            dry suit. Be sure to enough room for thick socks under the gortex when you
            size the boot. Also, I always drill a couple of 1/8" holes in the sole of
            the boot to allow water to drain more easily.

            Answered on 10/27/2012 by Ed from Palo Alto, CA
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I am not familiar with the dry suit so I don't know if they are a good match. These boots will not keep your feet dry but are of good quality.

            Answered on 10/27/2012 by Anonymous
        • NRS Desperado Wetshoe - Closeout

          Q:

          Is the return policy the same on closeouts? Thanks.
          Asked on 9/5/2012 by Melodi from Oviedo, FL

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Yes, the return policy is the same.

            Answered on 9/6/2012 by Clyde from NRS
        • NRS Desperado Wetshoe - Closeout

          Q:

          Are the sizes unisex or womens or mens?
          Asked on 9/2/2012 by pedlbabe

          6 answers

          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            But a man's 10 is close to a women's 11. Mens width a little wider

            Answered on 9/2/2012 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            These are sized for men. However, the largest sizes run small. You want to
            buy them on the larger size if you are going to wear them over a dry suit
            and especially if you're wearing socks to keep your feet warmer.
            Roger E. Oien

            Answered on 9/2/2012 by Onion from Placerville, CA
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I believe they are mens/womens. I bought a size 11 ( I normally wear a mens
            size 10). The small lace in front is useless. Overall graet for kayaking I
            do

            Answered on 9/2/2012 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            women or mens

            Answered on 9/2/2012 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            As best I can tell they are based on mens sizes.

            Answered on 9/3/2012 by Anonymous
          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            These are in men's sizing.

            Answered on 9/5/2012 by Clyde from NRS
        • NRS Desperado Wetshoe - Closeout

          Q:

          I do not know my size for the Desperado shoe, if I order two sizes may I return the size I do not need? What is your return policy?
          Asked on 8/28/2012 by Don from Newberg, OR

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Yes, you may return the size you don't need, and it's free shipping to get it back to NRS - using our Hassle Free Returns Label.

            Answered on 8/29/2012 by Pam from NRS
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