NRS Desperado Wetshoe

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Looking for a minimalist neoprene paddling bootie with a good walking sole? The NRS Desperado Shoes give you excellent traction, protection and warmth without feeling bulky in the boat.
  • The 3-mm high-traction sole features a 2-mm plastic shim for outstanding protection from rocks and roots on the shore.
  • Stretchy 3-mm Terreprene™ neoprene gives you lots of cushion and warmth. No more cold, bruised, battered feet and ankles!
  • Soft, fleece-like VaporLoft™ lining repels water and dries instantly for superior warmth and comfort.
  • A roomy, naturally shaped toe box frees your toes for all-day comfort.
  • Stretchy rubber support bands improve lateral stability without adding volume.
  • Protective rubber on the toe and heel provides extra comfort in the boat along with outstanding durability.
  • Neoprene HydroCuff™ grips your ankle, helping keep water out and warmth in.
  • A handy webbing grab tab on the ankle helps you pull the shoe on, but stays out of the way in your boat.
Whole sizes only.
Women order one size smaller.
1/2 sizes order one size larger.

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Material Upper: 3 mm neoprene
Sole: 3 mm rubber
Insole: 3 mm neoprene
Shim: 2 mm plastic shim
Closure System: HydroCuff™
Taped Seams: No
Features:
  • VaporLoft™ lining
  • Naturally shaped toe box
  • Protective rubber on toe and heel
  • Lateral support bands

video: NRS Desperado Wetshoe

NRS Desperado Wetshoe (1:14)

Looking for a minimalist neoprene paddling bootie with a good walking sole? The NRS Desperado Shoes give you excellent traction, protection and warmth without feeling bulky in the boat.

video: How To: Clean and Deodorize Neoprene Wetshoes

How To: Clean and Deodorize Neoprene Wetshoes (2:00)

Commonly heard complaints from boaters are "My wetshoes dry slowly" and "My shoes really stink." The problems are related. Neoprene shoes don't "breathe" so moisture escapes slowly unless you work to eliminate it. And bacteria and other microorganisms in the water and from your feet can generate odors in those moist conditions. This video shows how to clean and dry watershoes to head off odor. And if stinky shoes happen, we show how to eliminate it.

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  • NRS Desperado Wetshoe

    Q:

    Do you typically wear this shoe with a sock or not?
    Asked on 3/25/2014 by Ed from Plano Texas

    15 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I wear this shoe over my sock (med weight hiking sock) and drysuit sock. I
      bought the shoe 2 sizes larger than my regular shoe size for this reason.
      I've worn it on occasion w/o the drysuit and it fit just fine with just
      the hiking socks. Just depends on how many layers you wear kayaking!
      NLeBlanc

      Answered on 3/27/2014 by River Lover from Seattle, WA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      You don't have to wear socks, plenty comfortable without them but I've
      found wearing a pair of Neuroprene socks helps to keep the smell out of the
      shoes if I'm not wearing my dry suit booties. Makes them stay bearable a
      lot longer. If I wear a dry suit I'll typically wear normal socks inside
      the dry suit to keep the gortex booties from rubbing my feet. Overall good
      shoes, I had an unfortunate 5 to 6 mile hike in these shoes a few months
      ago and they held up well.

      Answered on 3/27/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No socks. It is very comfortable without socks. These boots are great.
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 3/26/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      no socks

      Answered on 3/26/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes I wear a sock.  In the winter I wear a thick sock inside my dry suit goretex sock inside the shoe.  I bought the shoe one size bigger to accommodate this.
      Rick

      Answered on 3/26/2014 by Rick from Fox Island, WA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Ed,
      I have worn this shoe both with and without a sock. I bought the shoe a size larger than usual so that I could wear a heavy neoprene sock in very cold water conditions and that has worked great. I have also worn it with a light polypro sock for side canyon hikes in the Grand Canyon when it was very warm weather and the shoe performed well. It didn't seem too loose, didn't cause blisters. It has good grip, (way better than my sport shoed companions)but obviously is not torsionally as stiff as a hiking shoe. I have also worn the shoe with no sock in warmer water while in the boat, no hiking, and it was comfortable that way as well. Make sure you buy it large enough to accomodate a sock if you are to use neoprene. As I said I went one size larger and it easily fits a 4mm neoprene sock. Hope this helps

      Answered on 3/26/2014 by RJ from AZ
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Although the Desperado's are lined with a nice, soft against-the-skin fleece-ish layer which dries fast and helps slide your foot in out out quite well; I still wear a thin, low cropped runner's sock inside. Just make sure the sock is short enough not to interfere with the cuff seal. I wear these fishing in the surf line and while kayak fishing and have been amazed at how well they keep my feet dry and comfortable.
      Mark

      Answered on 3/25/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Sure do! I wear a pair of socks and can fit my dry suit booties inside also for winter time. Then in the summer, I usually wear a pair of super thin socks underneath.

      Answered on 3/25/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I only wear socks when I wear a dry suit. Hate wet socks.
      Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

      Answered on 3/25/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I wear this without socks.
      Sent from my iPhone - Please excuse any brevity

      Answered on 3/25/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I wear it with wool socks for warmth

      Answered on 3/25/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No I don't, this is my summer shoe. I normally wear a 9.5 athletic shoe,
      and the size 10 Desperado fits perfect in bare feet. In the cold weather I
      wear the NRS Cross 4 with hydoskin socks.

      Answered on 3/25/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No Socks. Socks get wet and make for a soggy feel. Also, they have a
      form-fit that makes it hard to get on over socks.

      Answered on 3/25/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No sock.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 3/25/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Nope! They are really comfortable too, I highly recommend them!

      Answered on 3/25/2014 by Anonymous
  • NRS Desperado Wetshoe

    Q:

    I have just received a pair of the desperado wet shoes as a gift. The size is a men's 8. They are very small. I have a wide foot. I usually wear a size 9 shoe. Would a size 9 be adequate? Or should I size up to a 10 . I see to see several recommendations to do this.
    Asked on 7/2/2013 by J-MAT from Pincher Creek, AB

    13 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      They are a small make. I went a size larger.

      Answered on 7/5/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi, I just recently purchased the desperado shoes and love them. I
      generally wear a 10.5 for street shoes and sneakers and purchased the size
      11 desperado. It just fits. If my foot was a full size 11, the desperado
      size 11 would probably be uncomfortably short.
      Hope that helps.
      Paul

      Answered on 7/4/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I strongly recommend going one size larger than your normal shoe, especially if you will wear a neoprene or an insulated lycra sock. I have a wide foot, wear a 10 and bought 11's with a thin water sock and they worked well in the boat and on short day hikes and scouting rapids, sometimes scrambling over pretty rough terrain. They were definitely not too loose. Pretty sticky rubber too.
      RJ

      Answered on 7/3/2013 by RJ from AZ
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Go a size up
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 7/3/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I got my normal shoe size and it fits fine. They are great!

      Answered on 7/3/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Try a 9 with a medium Hydro Sock. Mike
      iPad Message

      Answered on 7/3/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The Desperados are pretty true to size and there's a roomy toe box. If you wider feet than average you may find the 10 more comfortable, especially if you want to wear socks inside the shoe.

      Answered on 7/3/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      My husband normally wears a size 10.5 (5 E width) and ordered a size 12
      (instead of an 11). He wears a thin sock and dry suit w/booties and the
      shoes fit him just fine.

      Answered on 7/3/2013 by River Lover from Seattle, WA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I wear a size 9.5 shoe, but in this wet shoe I have a size ten. It is a little lose with bear feet but when I put it over my dry suit socks with reg socks it's perfect. So I'd get the 9 for bear feet. It has a wide toe box.
      Jeremy Bonnough

      Answered on 7/3/2013 by JB from OHIO
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I also have a wide foot but ordered my regular shoe size (10) and they fit just right with a Hydroskin sock or barefoot. I would consider getting a size up only if I was going to wearing them with a dry suit with socks.
      Sent from Bernard iPhone

      Answered on 7/3/2013 by BL from Quebec, Canada
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi!
      Bought a pair of desperado wet shoes for my son earlier this year. He has a slim foot, normally a size 11-12 in shoes. Bought size 11. Perfect, but snug fit. Very comfortable.
      Greetings
      Monica
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 7/3/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I usually wear a size 10 shoe, but the size 10 desperado was too tight. I had to go up to size 11. If you wear a size 9 shoe, I suggest the size 10 desperado.

      Answered on 7/2/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have several of these. I think the six=zing is pretty accurate. If you wear a size 9, I think I would order a size 9.. Better yet find a store that sells them and try them on.

      Answered on 7/2/2013 by Wh8h2ORafter from Ft Collins, CO
  • NRS Desperado Wetshoe

    Q:

    I'm involved in downriver racing with an open canoe. Some of the races include portages over moderate terrain (e.g., up slippery hills, across granite outcroppings) where you are trying to move at speed carrying the boat. Do I need something with a tougher sole, or will this shoe have the traction and durability to handle that kind of usage?
    Asked on 3/6/2013 by Eric from Granby, CT

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Eric, the Desperado has a tough sole with good traction. However, for the use you describe I would want a shoe with either laces (like the Workboot) or an instep strap (like the Cross-4 or ATB), to hold my foot firmly and give more lateral stability.

      Answered on 3/7/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Desperado Wetshoe

    Q:

    Is the sole on this wetshoe thicker than the sole on the 'closeout' model?
    Is this a better shoe than the 'closeout' model?
    Asked on 2/13/2013 by Kentucky Girl from Corrales, NM

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The new model and closeout model have the same sole thickness. I think you'll really like the improvements we've made to the Desperado - our VaporLoft lining that doesn't absorb water and dries quickly, the HydroCuff top that helps seal out debris and seal in warmth, and the rubber stabilizing bands that provide side-to-side stability.

      Answered on 2/14/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Desperado Wetshoe

    Q:

    What would be the appropriate size for a woman who wears an 8-8 1/2 regular shoe?
    Asked on 1/29/2013 by John

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Most of our shoes are in men's sizing. Women will want to order one size smaller. A woman wearing a size 8 women's shoe will more than likely fit in a size 7. If she'll be wearing wetsocks or using the shoe with drysuit sock, she should go up a size. A couple of our shoes run small, we've made note of that in the Product Info section on the online product page.

      Answered on 1/29/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Desperado Wetshoe

    Q:

    How much does this shoe weigh?
    Asked on 1/21/2013 by bob

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      A pair of size 9s weighs 1.10 pounds.

      Answered on 1/24/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Desperado Wetshoe

    Q:

    I want a wetshoe to have traction and to protect the foot area of my Kokatat SuperNova Tropos drysuit. Can't have any holes there! My foot size is 11. Should I buy a size 12 to accomodate warm woolen socks and the drysuit thickness?
    Asked on 1/21/2013 by Terry from Oshkosh, WI

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yes, please go up a size to make room for the extra padding.

      Answered on 1/21/2013 by Clyde from NRS
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NRS Desperado Wetshoe
 
4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (11)
  • Good traction (8)
  • Easy on and off (7)
  • Great fit (7)
  • Lightweight (6)

Cons

  • Dries slowly (3)

Best Uses

  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (13)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      70% 

      (7 reviews)

      Feels too large

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      100% 

      (11 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Intermediate (7), Advanced (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Everything I Wanted

Just off the river through Grand Canyon. These were great with Seal Skinz socks to keep feet forever warm, though not dry as Skinz just can't keep that water out. I had the...Read complete review

Just off the river through Grand Canyon. These were great with Seal Skinz socks to keep feet forever warm, though not dry as Skinz just can't keep that water out. I had the most comfortable feet on the boat. Kept them on for short hikes and they did fine. Very durable. Not a scratch on them. Grippiness is intermediate. Bettter than Tevas, not as good as 5-10 rubber, but what is? Good skin protection. Performed fine on sandstone, not as well on polished rock. No arch support, so not suitable for long hikes or carrying a pack. One size bigger to use with Skinz was just right. Can't wait to try them in the kayak

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Ankles very small - not stretchy

I am a size 9, have always been even with 2 other NRS booties. Size 9 I could not get on- If I really tugged and pulled way too hard I could get...Read complete review

I am a size 9, have always been even with 2 other NRS booties. Size 9 I could not get on- If I really tugged and pulled way too hard I could get them on, but seems like undue stress that will dameage them longterm.

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4.0

I would purchase again.

By Sailon

from Sarasota, Fl

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Easy On and Off
  • Good Traction

Cons

  • Dries Slowly

Best Uses

  • Kayaking
  • Rafting

Comments about NRS Desperado Wetshoe:

Used for one expedition trip on sailing kayak, wore them for 18 hrs a day for 6 days. Dry very slow but kept feet warm and had no issues. Purchased three pairs for family all sizing was small. Order at least one size up.

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

All around solid shoe

By Cmacmaine

from Maine

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easy On and Off
  • Good Traction
  • Great Fit

Cons

  • Dries Slowly

Best Uses

  • Kayaking

Comments about NRS Desperado Wetshoe:

Comfortable. Easy to put on. Have not worn in spring yet, but appear warmer than other shoes that have kept me warm. Reasonable combination of solid sole without bulk. Not a hiking shoe but good enough for most scouting. Drying a little difficult

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

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4.0

Just what I wanted.

By Peter

from Portland, Me

About Me Intermediate

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easy On and Off
  • Good Traction
  • Great Fit
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Kayaking

    Comments about NRS Desperado Wetshoe:

    Ordered one size larger than shoe size and it fit great. The shoe provides the traction I was looking for on slippery, seaweed covered rocks. Comfortable in and out of the boat. The seal around the ankle keeps water out and feet dry. It also covers the ankles to protect them from bruises and scraps - A major problem for me as I maneuver around rocks.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    2.0

    Ankles very small - not stretchy

    By seaspyder

    from MD

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Traction

    Cons

    • Difficult On and Off

    Best Uses

    • Kayaking
    • Rafting
    • Sailing

    Comments about NRS Desperado Wetshoe:

    I am a size 9, have always been even with 2 other NRS booties. Size 9 I could not get on- If I really tugged and pulled way too hard I could get them on, but seems like undue stress that will dameage them longterm.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels too small
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Excellent shoe.

    By Lance

    from Corvallis, OR

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Easy On and Off
    • Good Traction
    • Great Fit
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about NRS Desperado Wetshoe:

        I use these shoes for kayaking. I have only used them once so far, but found them to be excellent. I bought one size larger than I normally use and they are a perfect fit. It has a wide toe box which fits well for my wide feet, many other shoes taper too much. The shoes are easy on, less easy getting off when wet, the lining is very comfortable, I don't need to wear liners. The top rubber collar doesn't feel tight, yet does an excellent job keeping water out. The soles are sturdy enough to walk around in, good grip, and light and flexible enough to feel comfortable in the kayak. Overall, this is a great pair of shoes that meets all my needs.

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

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