NRS Freestyle Wetshoe

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Need to stuff your feet in a tight kayak? Take a page out of the freestyle kayaking handbook and wear the NRS Freestyle Wetshoe. A favorite of playboaters, the Freestyle (used to be called the Desperado Sock) gives you warmth and protection in a compact, flexible package.
  • We changed the name to reflect the new styling and features, but it's still your go-to footwear for tight cockpits and protection for put-ins and portages.
  • Say goodbye to cold, bruised, battered feet and ankles. Stretchy 3-mm Terraprene™ neoprene gives you lots of cushion and warmth.
  • Soft, fleece-like VaporLoft™ lining repels water and dries instantly for superior warmth and comfort.
  • Protective rubber on the toe and heel provides extra comfort in the boat along with outstanding durability.
  • 1.5-mm textured rubber sole won't add bulk, and still protects your feet both in and out of the boat.
  • A roomy, naturally shaped toe box frees your toes for all-day comfort.
  • Neoprene HydroCuff™ top grips your ankle, helping keep water out and warmth in.
  • Stretchy rubber support bands improve lateral stability without adding volume.
  • A handy webbing grab tab on the ankle helps you pull the sock 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: 1.5 mm rubber
Insole: 3 mm neoprene
Closure System: HydroCuff™
Taped Seams: No
Features:
  • VaporLoft™ lining
  • Naturally shaped toe box
  • Protective rubber on toe and heel
  • Lateral support bands

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Need to stuff your feet in a tight kayak? Take a page out of the freestyle kayaking handbook and wear the NRS Freestyle Wetshoe. A favorite of playboaters, the Freestyle (used to be called the Desperado Sock) gives you warmth and protection in a compact, flexible package.

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 Freestyle Wetshoe

    Q:

    I currently use the Sasquatch. I feel every rock I step on but have put up with it to get the roominess in the kayak. However, the sole has worn out fast and I have to layer on Shoe-goo. This new Freestyle looks like a replacement for the Sasquatch, but the specs show even thinner and less total thickness under the foot. How does this compare to the Sasquatch in terms of feeling stones underfoot and wear?
    Asked on 9/13/2013 by Charlie from Bremerton, WA

    8 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have never tried the Sasquatch, so I am not sure how the two compare.
      Also, I am generally barefoot and only wear my booties when it's cold out,
      so I might not be the best reference on this one. You can definitely feel
      rocks underfoot, but I don't find it to be uncomfortable. I have found that
      wearing a thinner pair of SmartWool socks with my booties gives extra
      cushioning.
      Hope that helps!
      Heather

      Answered on 9/17/2013 by HNichole from Bay Area, Ca
    • A:

      Following up on my previous answer.
      I just bought some rubber sandals for $10 because the summer stuff is on clearance.
      I have size 10 freestyle wetshoe and found that I needed a size 12 sandal. You will want to get one with a single wide velcro toe strap, so you can adjust the toe opening to be wide enough.
      Otherwise, you will wind up w/ sandals that are too big in the soles. Buy the right size sole, if needed you can always add some more velcro to the toe strap.
      I have not boated with them yet, but they slip on and off easy enough and when on walking around your feet are well protected.

      Answered on 9/15/2013 by Playboat BoB from Folsom, CA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      You're still going to feel rocks but it doesn't bother me. Wear shoes with neoprene socks if you are worried about it. 
      Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S®4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

      Answered on 9/14/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Charlie, the Freestyle is the replacement for the old Desperado Sock, which was super popular with playboaters and others with cramped cockpits. The thin soles are necessary for fitting the feet in those limited spaces. The only things I can suggest for you are to try some insoles inside the Sasquatch to see if you can blunt the rocks and still get the flexibility you need, or alternatively give the Desperado Wetshoe, Item # 30019.03, a try. It has the thick sole you're looking for and hopefully may still fit in your boat.

      Answered on 9/14/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Its not a shoe for running by no means. But its a great shoe for kayaking and it keeps the feet warm in cold weather.
      I use mine in smaller gravel or limestone with no discomfort. I would recommend trying on a pair before you buy. I think with new toe design you need to up a size. I bought new kickers and a pair of freestyle shoes this spring and had to up one size to be comfortable .
      Paddle hard or go home
      Ron

      Answered on 9/14/2013 by ron from williamsport,pa.
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have not had mine that long, so I can't speak to wear.
      As for the feeling of stones - yes you feel everything.
      I tried using some cheap slip-on rubber sandal for walking around and then clip them into the boat for paddling,
      But the ones I currently have are too small for my foot + boot, So I have to try some larger ones.
      I suspect this will be the best answer for me, slip-on thick sole for walking, slip-off for thin soles in the boat.
      I can't really add more thickness to my feet when in the boat.

      Answered on 9/14/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      They are thin also. They are roomy. I used to wear Rodeo socks which I lived but they no longer make.

      Answered on 9/14/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Don't know the Sasquatch,
      This will be better than a worn out shoe, but it's pretty thin and flexible. You'd probably feel the rocks, especially if they're sharp.
      Might try wearing shoes and kicking them off in the kayak. I've done that

      Answered on 9/13/2013 by Will N 2 Go from Santa Monica Bay
  • NRS Freestyle Wetshoe

    Q:

    Hi

    Got the Freestyle Wetshoe about a week ago and have used them a few times, they are great, easy on and off with or without a dry suit, and my size 11s fit perfect in the Jackson Allstar! Wanted to ask what is the best way to dry them out? They seem to hold quite a bit of water and you cannot really ring them out. I have tried to leave them upside down over the sink, upright in well ventilated area, but they seem to take days to dryout? Any tips let me know.

    Thanks
    Scott
    Asked on 8/5/2013 by Wet Booties

    6 answers

    • A:

      I built a small drying rack out of PCV.
      I found 90 degree elbows w/ a 3rd threaded hole for a riser
      works good. (you get 3 90 degree connections).
      Glue the 4 elbows in a rectangle. (~9" by ~6")
      In the riser holes of 2 opposite corners I put a small "L" facing inward at a diagonal(to keep it small), for slipping the boots over facing down.
      The other 2 corner I have simple posts on which I place my wet suit gloves fingers pointing up.
      This works great, water drains down and there is room for air to circulate up. They always dry overnight.

      Answered on 9/14/2013 by Playboat BoB from Folsom, CA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have four different types of water shoes, etc. they all take some time to dry I wash them in fresh water and hang them upside down outside out of the sun, they usually dry in one day...
      Sent from my iPhone
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      Answered on 8/5/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I wash mine out, shake out the water, and put a small towel in them with toes pointed up. They seem to dry in a day or two. If not, then pull out the towel and give them another day.
      Thom Stineman
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 8/5/2013 by ThomS from Washington, DC
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      If you wear water socks, not much sweat or anything else gets into the shoes, so they probably won't need more than rinsing.
      Mostly I just rinse them out and set them outside. The sun (UV light) is the best anti-fungus, anti-bacteria, anti-stink.
      If they don't dry ( I live in Southern California) than place a card in the tops to split the opening. This will help the air movement inside better than a breeze.
      The card doesn't have to go inside more than a inch or two to get the air moving. Don't go all the way to the bottom.
      The effect is subtle but helpful. A physics professor in college put a candle in a wine bottle, it went out. Then it repeated it with a small piece of card an inch into the neck--this was more enough to move the air and keep the candle burning bright. Shoes heated by the sun there should be a good convection with the splitter (3x5 card, cardboard)
      Anything more will cost a lot. I know there are tube and fan things around.
      Good luck,
      Will

      Answered on 8/5/2013 by Will N 2 Go from Santa Monica Bay
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hmmm...I have a towel rack in my bathroom that I put mine on upside down
      and there is a heating vent directly underneath, so I am able to dry them
      out over night when the heat comes on. I think keeping them upside down in
      a dry air is your best bet. In a pinch I have put them in the dryer on the
      air fluff mode that just blows dry air in 15 minute increments until they
      are dry.
      Hope that helps!

      Answered on 8/5/2013 by HNichole from Bay Area, Ca
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Scott, neoprene wetshoes don't breathe so you have to be proactive to dry them between uses. This video gives some valuable tips - http://www.nrs.com/learn/clean-deodorize-neoprene-wetshoes.asp

      Answered on 8/5/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Freestyle Wetshoe

    Q:

    Would you recommend these for stand up paddleboarding?
    Asked on 6/19/2013 by Vladimir from United States

    9 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes.they are great water shoes
      Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

      Answered on 7/1/2013 by ron from williamsport,pa.
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      absolutely! hardly ever take them off doing anything!!!! highly
      recommended!

      Answered on 6/28/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I haven't used these on my SUP yet but I've worn them in my Surfski. I think they would be great on an SUP.

      Answered on 6/20/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Vladimir, with their grippy sole and rubber support bands, the Freestyle would work very well for SUP boating. The shoe that we specifically designed for SUP is the Shock Sock, Item # 2306. It is similar to the Freestyle, with the added feature of a divider between the big toe and other toes, for added lateral stability.

      Answered on 6/20/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Possibly i am not the best critic, as I am a novice. However I find these boots to be GREAT. They are comfortable and not restrictive and I have found that I can turn them inside out for quick drying.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 6/20/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Sure. I'm not an SUP person, but why not. They work well in my whitewater kayak.
      Thom Stineman
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 6/19/2013 by ThomS from Washington, DC
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, they would be fine for stand up paddle boarding. I paddle a surf ski,
      so I am basically sitting in a bucket of water, and these keep my foot nice
      and warm. I wear wool socks with mine for extra warmth when I go out in
      colder conditions.

      Answered on 6/19/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes I have used these about a dozen times so far and they excellent in every way, the sole is a little thin so these are not for rocky bottoms, but otherwise they are great for early spring to early summer temperature...
      Sent from my iPhone
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      Training for our world.
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      Answered on 6/19/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      yep

      Answered on 6/19/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Freestyle Wetshoe

    Q:

    What size should a woman with size 7 order? I tried on the "kicker" and had to use a size 9, and it is designed specifically for women. This one looks like a man's shoe.
    Asked on 5/18/2013 by new kayaker from Portland OR

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      6
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      Answered on 5/20/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Usually on one of our men's sized shoes women wear one size smaller - your size 7 foot should be just fine in the size 6.

      Answered on 5/19/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Freestyle Wetshoe

    Q:

    Will the toes work well with a smart track rudder system? I'm looking for control.
    Asked on 4/17/2013 by T.Y. from Lee's Summit, MO

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I find that these booties are very flexible all around as the sole is
      quite thin. It is almost like being barefoot except warmer. I paddle a surf
      ski where rudder control is through toe action, and wearing these has not
      impacted my steering, I have not even noticed a difference.
      They were a great buy for me!
      Hope that helps.
      Thank You Again,
      Heather

      Answered on 4/17/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      These should work fine with the Smart Track foot pegs. I had these pegs until a couple of years ago, not with these shoes though,
      the shoes I had at the time had about the same flexibility. I wear them with thin neoprene water socks.
      My old shoes were a bit small. I think size 9. For Freestyle Wetshoes you're asking about I went with size 10. (I think I'm 9 to 9.5) I was concerned they might be too big. They're just fine, very comfortable, not loose at all. They're good while paddling and walking around in. After I paddle I go shopping in them. If they made sneakers like them I'd buy 'em and wear 'em everyday. They seem to be easy to put on and take off, but because of the height they don't slip off. The old shoes I bought 7 years ago, if they weren't too small I'd still be using them. They wear on the pegs and went bald after about 4 years, the tops got faded (I leave them in the sun to dry after I rinse them). I expect the booties to be about the same. Good value. If I had a complaint it's that they don't make a sneaker like them.
      I have to add that I think foot pegs are awful. My typical paddle is three hours, I engage the pegs--they are the connection from the paddle to the kayak. My toes always fell asleep and cramped up. Tight shoes were part of the problem, but I still think pegs are a drag.
      If you've ever worked on a step ladder for a long period of time, you'll know what I mean. If you don't than take a couple of pieces of pipe about the same cross section as your foot pegs and stand on them shifting your weight for as long as you can stand it.
      To replace the SmartTack rudder pegs, I made a full foot brace (with a pump), which was an immediate improvement. I've since made a new foot brace with straps (2" nylon webbing, with mini cell foam on the sides. This gives me great contact, no cramps or feet falling asleep. I've got some pictures of the first version on my Flickr page, look for Nettles and kayak. It's ugly but it worked. (I'll try to get photos of the new brace up).
      There aren't many commercially available full foot braces. Most are for surf skis, which should work. In the end it's a custom job.
      Keep this in mind if your feet start bothering you, if not even better.
      I also bought a cheap yoga mat $10 and cut it up to surface my foot brace. Very comfortable, great traction, holds up in seawater. I lay a piece down on the hull to pads my heels. Probably won't work on the pegs, but under the heels really helps, and is great in colder water.
      Hope this helps. (I always seem to have to add my extra 2 cents. Maybe I should send my foot brace gripe and design to Smart Track….)
      Happy paddling,

      Answered on 4/17/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Freestyle Wetshoe

    Q:

    How does this wetshoe compare with the Desperado? better or about the same to the Desperado? how does either shoe size? i wear a 9 normally? thanks
    Asked on 1/22/2013 by Michael from Denver, CO

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The Freestyle is the redesigned Desperado Sock, and replaces it. Improvements are a HydroCuff top (that snugs around the leg to block debris and help hold in warmth, a more naturally shaped and roomy toe box, our new VaporLoft lining (that doesn't absorb water, so it dries quickly), rubber support bands (that help provide lateral stability, without adding bulk) and a redesigned sole that is siped to improve traction. The old Desperado Sock was sized S, M, L, etc, with the M being equivalent to a men's size 9. The Freestyle is sized in men's number sizes. So, if you wear a size 9 in other shoes, and are wearing it over bare feet, order size 9. If you have other layers in there, size accordingly.

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

    Q:

    Hi, I have a star 2012 kayak that is intended for paddlers with feet no bigger than 9 size. I´m 11 size so I can only get into the boat with socks. I used to fit with an old model of 11 size attack shoes but now the new model seems to come bigger by half size?

    how is the size relation compared to the attack shoe and the nrs freestyle wetshoe sizing? If I would by an attack show I would ask for a 10.5 size, should I do the same the the freestyle wetshoe?

    Another thing is that I have to take a long, slipery, muddy walk to get to the water, the freestyle sole is good for this walk or for walking over rocks in the river?

    thanks for your time, regard from Mexico
    Asked on 1/21/2013 by Carlos from Mexico

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Carlos, the Freestyle is designed to give the flexibility of a sock, with enough sole thickness to provide protection for the put-in. You should order a size 11. The sole is siped to improve traction; I can't say how well it will work in your "slippery, muddy" approach.

      Answered on 1/21/2013 by Clyde from NRS
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Pros

  • Lightweight (17)
  • Comfortable (16)
  • Great fit (12)
  • Durable (11)
  • Good traction (10)

Cons

  • Difficult on and off (3)
  • Dries slowly (3)

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  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (22)
  • Boating / sailing (5)
  • Wading (5)
  • Sailing (4)
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    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      67% 

      (12 reviews)

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    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      100% 

      (17 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect Lightweight Bootie.

I have been searching for this bootie since I began paddling. I found it last week - NRS Freestyle. I paddle K1, surfski and fast sea kayak and need a low profile shoe...Read complete review

I have been searching for this bootie since I began paddling. I found it last week - NRS Freestyle. I paddle K1, surfski and fast sea kayak and need a low profile shoe that allows for good contact with toe / foot plate without adding bulk of any kind. Also it is shaped to fit a foot - no kidding. Other booties tend to have a narrow toe box - not these. They are snug and fit the ankle to keep out sand and most water and do not pinch or cramp the foot. I will continue to use them through summer and fall. Unlikely to use them for winter season as they are too fitted to work with a drysuit bootie. One note - I am usually a size 9 but found the size 10 the better fit. I bought 2 pairs and am likely to stock up on these before they are discontinued.

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Better order a 1/2 size bigger!

These wetshoes run small so order 1/2 size bigger, my toes were so sore after 30 minutes I had to take them off! Anyone ware 11 1/2?

These wetshoes run small so order 1/2 size bigger, my toes were so sore after 30 minutes I had to take them off! Anyone ware 11 1/2?

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5.0

Great Shoes

By Samibe

from Florida

About Me Intermediate

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Good Traction
  • Great Fit
  • Keeps Your Feet Dry
  • Keeps your feet warm
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Difficult On and Off

Best Uses

  • Kayaking

Comments about NRS Freestyle Wetshoe:

Very lightweight and comfortable

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

Very comfortable and warmer than before.

By Brian

from Rossvile, GA

About Me Advanced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Easy On and Off
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Kayaking
    • Rafting

    Comments about NRS Freestyle Wetshoe:

    These replaced my old desperado freestyle shoes.They are warmer in cold weather and stay drier than the old ones. Overall they are more comfortable although my big toe touches the tip of the shoe while the rest of the fit feels right. They seem to have a little more padding around the side and back so they fit a little tighter in my boats. That being said I still fit in the boats without much trouble.

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

    Great wetshoe! Highly recommend!

    By toddparaglide

    from Queenstown, New Zealand

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy On and Off
    • Great Fit
    • Great For Wide Feet
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Kayaking
      • Paddleboarding

      Comments about NRS Freestyle Wetshoe:

      Durable, comfortable, and sensitive connection to the ground or paddleboard.

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

      Great Product!

      By Buxton

      from New Brighton, PA

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sailing

        Comments about NRS Freestyle Wetshoe:

        I've been using these for years, sailing a Hobie catamaran. I bought this pair for my girlfriend. I like the thin sole for flexibility, it's real easy to get you feet under the hiking straps quickly. They hold up well. This new design looks great.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Waterproof & will fit in tight places

        By Renovospeedster

        from Renton WA

        About Me Advanced

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Dries Slowly

        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Kayaking
        • Wading

        Comments about NRS Freestyle Wetshoe:

        These are my go to ww/play boat footwear, also have Vibram Mairi & like these better, easier on/off, fit in the dagger jitsu no problem, fold the tops down and they dry pretty fast, fit tight to the ankle so no unwanted debris inside, nice traction , I'm used to the thin soles cause wear vibrams 24/7... Priced right too!!!

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

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