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NRS Boundary Shoe

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The NRS Boundary Shoe is a high-top, waterproof and warm shoe. Great for those wet, soggy put-ins and portages. Individually tested to ensure waterproofness.
  • The waterproof 5-mm neoprene upper has glued, blind-stitched and double-taped seams to keep your feet warm and dry.
  • Comfy 7-mm neoprene insole atop a high-traction wrap-up sole provides the protection and support you've come to expect from our footwear.
  • 2-mm plastic shim for even more protection from sharp, pointy objects.
  • The ladder buckle strap at the top and the sturdy instep strap ensure the shoe stays in place even in the muckiest conditions.
  • Each shoe is factory tested to ensure waterproof performance.
Whole sizes only.
Women order one size smaller.
1/2 sizes order one size larger.

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Gender Sizing: Men
Material Upper: 5 mm neoprene
Sole: 6 mm rubber
Insole: 7 mm neoprene
Shim: 2 mm plastic shim
Closure System: Adjustable buckle and instep strap
Taped Seams: Yes
Features:
  • GlideSkin™ cuff
  • Factory waterproof tested
  • 15" height
  • 3 lbs (for a size 9 pair)

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The NRS Boundary Shoe is knee high, waterproof and warm. Great for those wet, soggy put-ins and portages. Individually tested to ensure waterproofness.

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4.5

(based on 160 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (103)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

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    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (147)
  • Good traction (118)
  • Easy on and off (102)
  • Great fit (101)
  • Lightweight (86)

Cons

  • Dries slowly (24)
  • Difficult on and off (11)

Best Uses

  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (161)
  • Wading (59)
  • Boating / sailing (56)
  • Sailing (16)
  • Walking/hiking (12)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      85% 

      (111 reviews)

      Feels too large

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      94% 

      (119 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Intermediate (32), Advanced (19), Beginner (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (136), Yes (21)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

great boots

[...]they do help to keep your feet from getting wet, unfortunatly they don't breath so your feet sweat

[...]they do help to keep your feet from getting wet, unfortunatly they don't breath so your feet sweat

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Well built

I bought these for sea kayaking. I followed the suggestions for ordering one size below my own women's sizing (I wear a 10 and bought a 9). I find they are too narrow...Read complete review

I bought these for sea kayaking. I followed the suggestions for ordering one size below my own women's sizing (I wear a 10 and bought a 9). I find they are too narrow in the toe box for comfort (my toes need space!) and they come up off the heel while I walk, lending to blisters on the back of my heel.
I can only wear the thinnest socks with these boots; forget my usual combination of wool sock with thin liner socks. Even with thin socks, these boots squeeze my feet and are completely uncomfortable.
Other than that, they are well made with skookum construction. They are tall and the rubberized neoprene around the top cuff is buttery soft. Perhaps if I had ordered my true size they would be more comfortable. Too bad. For me it was money not well spent. If you are a woman with wide feet, do yourself a favor and order your true size.

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5.0

Love this boot

By Claude

from Rochester, MN

About Me Intermediate

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Easy On and Off
  • Good Traction
  • Lightweight
  • Muck won't pull it off
  • Stays dry in rushing water below top of boot

Cons

  • Dries Slowly

Best Uses

  • Kayaking

Comments about NRS Boundary Shoe:

River kayaking in Minnesota often dealing with muddy bottoms. Have Used the boot with shorts, when warm-70F- without feet and calves overheated, haven't tried in summer yet. Have Used boot over dry suit with sewn in booties. The booties for most people run oversize, but was able to comfortably position inside these high boots, works well. Stood in foot deep rushing water kept feet dry.

Service and delivery comments:

Prompt delivery in fine shape, timely fashion

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

These boots meet all my needs

By Water lover

from Longview wa

About Me Intermediate

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Boating
    • Kayaking
    • Wading

    Comments about NRS Boundary Shoe:

    I was looking for boots that were knee high for launching a canoe or kayak that I could still wear in the boat without being too bulky and cumbersome. These were the only boots I found that made these claims, and they have not disappointed. They kept my feet dry while launching a canoe and I wore them in the canoe very comfortably while paddling and fishing. I also plan to wear them while beachcombing in cold water. I would recommend them to anyone.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Fast delivery.

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

    Womens Sizing

    By skooter

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Kayaking
      • Rafting
      • Wading

      Comments about NRS Boundary Shoe:

      The sizing chart says order 2 sizes smaller for women. Wife wears a 6.5 women's so ordered a 6(smallest they have) and she couldnt get her foot in it. Swapped for an 8 and they're great. I wear a mens 11, got a 12 and fit perfect, had mine for 4yrs and they are still waterproof.

      Service and delivery comments:

      The exchange was easy and hassle free

      • Sizing:
      • Feels too small
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      5.0

      What a pleasure to find these for wading launches and return

      By Bob

      from Yonkers on the Hudson

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Kayaking

        Comments about NRS Boundary Shoe:

        Where have you been all my winters? Dry warm feet when the dock is out of the water...a true wonderful thing

        Service and delivery comments:

        prompt delivery-adequate packaging without excess waste

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

        Perfect for coastal stream mouth explorations

        By Photojack

        from Los Osos

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Wading
            • Walking/Hiking

            Comments about NRS Boundary Shoe:

            You sent this to my wife who is apparently in your database for some other purchases. She doesn't wear a mens size 11. I on the other hand do and am delighted with my purchase. They work great for my coastal explorations. I have also found that they work very well on multimile hikes down coastal canyons. They're are a real winner.

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

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            • NRS Boundary Shoe

              Q:

              My NRS Boundary Shoes leak. Should I send them back or is there some type of re-waterproofing that needs to be periodically applied to the boots?

              Also, what is the best way to dry the boots out after they become waterlogged?
              Asked on 5/1/2016 by Ben from USA

              5 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Mine don't leak - but I would send them back if they did.

                Answered on 5/1/2016 by cokayak from colorado
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Ben, the shoes shouldn't leak. Please return them, clean and dry, for warranty evaluation, using our returns process - http://www.nrs.com/customer-service/returns.asp - This video give tips on drying shoes - http://www.nrs.com/learn/clean-deodorize-neoprene-wetshoes.asp

                Answered on 5/1/2016 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                How old are they? If they're under warranty, NRS is awesome to deal with. If not, get some neoprene cement and repair them. Pretty simple to do.
                Ciao!
                Clint
                Sent from my iPhone therefore, please excuse any auto-correct idiocy.

                Answered on 5/1/2016 by Clint from Eastern Sierras
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                send them back, they are pretty good about that stuff
                I hang mine upside down out of the sun

                Answered on 5/1/2016 by Calvin from Paradise, CA
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Send them back. NRS has great customer service. Same ing happened to me and they replaced the boots.
                Sent from my iPad

                Answered on 5/1/2016 by Frank from St Joseph, MI
            • NRS Boundary Shoe

              Q:

              Hi folks..... Firstly thank you for crating great products...
              I have few questions for you......
              #1....How do I pick the size for a boundary boot?
              #2....in cold weather can I wear thicker socks for warmth too in boundary boots?
              #3....if when I purchase my boots if the fitting isn't what I expected can you exchange them for another pair?
              Again thank you and safe paddling folks
              Asked on 2/28/2016 by Cozydram from Newmarket, Ontario,

              8 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Well the boots are great. I suggest 1 size up. U wear 10 shoe get an 11. I wear wool socks in water down to the 45°while my feet feel the cold it's not uncomfortable. The boots are incredibly comfy to walk in.
                Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S® 6 edge, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

                Answered on 3/1/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I'm generally a 10.5 shoe so I went with the 11 so I'd have room thick sox. I wear mine in winter months with boundry sox. They fit nicely with a normal pair of sox as well. Great boots, very dry, very comfortable. I can't answer your 3rd question.  Hope this helps. 
                Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 6.-------- Original message --------

                Answered on 2/29/2016 by sea kayak brent from Atlanta, ga
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                The size is pretty much true and you can wear thicker socks!
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 2/29/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I'll try to answer your first two Qs. I chose one size larger so I could wear a thick pair of wool socks during a recent winter raft trip. Worked well to have them a bit big so my toes weren't cramped - much warmer! I could still cinch down the instep strap for hiking.
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 2/28/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I ordered mine a size and a half larger because my feet are the first part of me to get cold. There is a strap that can be tightened at bothj the shoe portion and at the top of the boot. The adjustable straps allow you to loosen or tighten according to what number and the thickness of the sox you choose. I have never had a problem with returns at NRS. Hope this helps.

                Answered on 2/28/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I wear a 7, bought a 7 and have just enough room for a thin sock for colder weather.
                Sent from my iPad

                Answered on 2/28/2016 by Carbon from Long Island, ny
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                At least for Mens size 12, the NRS Boundary shoe runs a little tight for me, I had to give mine away and go for a size larger. One size larger than your shoe size also allows thick wool socks. Your feet will sweat and possibly feel damp, in everything except coldest weather, if you wear them all day. The black shoes really absorb sunlight, so when I use them in my canoe in spring, they get really hot because my feet are exposed to sunlight. Not so much a problem for a kayaker. But they are great boots for paddling.

                Answered on 2/28/2016 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                A small percentage of reviewers find them on the small size, most think they fit true to men's shoe size. You can certainly wear thick socks with the Boundary; just remember that you need to choose a size that lets you comfortably do that - could you wear those socks with another shoe of that size? Our returns/exchange process is easy and free. You can always order two sizes and return one.

                Answered on 2/28/2016 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS Boundary Shoe

              Q:

              Are the sizes unisex? How does that work?
              Asked on 2/6/2016 by Deb from Hilton head SC

              5 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                The boots are men's sizes - they hold true, in my estimation.
                Ciao!
                Clint
                If you're not the lead sled dog, the view is always the same...
                Sent from my iPad- Please disregard any Auto-Correct idiocy

                Answered on 2/6/2016 by Clint from Eastern Sierras
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Size shown is men's

                Answered on 2/6/2016 by cokayak from colorado
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Men's sizes. There is no unisex sizing system for shoes other than cheap sandals (S, M, L, XL) that I know of.

                Answered on 2/6/2016 by Turnawheel from Sonoma County, Ca.
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                We've found that the women's size is about 1.5 less than men's. I wear a size 14 man's, but the 13 boundary shoe gives me room enough for fleece socks inside my dry suit. Consider that.
                Whit
                Whittier & Selma Patrick
                Continuous Travelers
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 2/6/2016 by Sel from Oregon Coast
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Deb, they're in men's sizing. Most women find a good fit by ordering one size smaller, over bare feet or relatively thin socks. Say you wear a women's 8, you'd get a 7. With thick socks go up a size.

                Answered on 2/6/2016 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS Boundary Shoe

              Q:

              I have wide short feet, usually 6.5 - 7, men's. Would likely wear a wool sock (do I need this if they are well insulated?), and wonder if I'm wise to order up to an 8?

              Thanks
              Paul
              Asked on 1/13/2016 by Paul from WA

              14 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I would order an 8 if you are going to wear a sock,

                Answered on 1/14/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                You don't need to wear wool sox with this boot.  It's plenty warm. I wear a nylon sock to make for easy on/off.
                Ralph
                Sent from TypeApp

                Answered on 1/14/2016 by kayak river exporer from Warner Robins, GA
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Paul, I use my Boundary boots most of the winter and would certainly order them larger than you need to allow for socks. But my feet are the first thing that get cold when I paddle. BOB

                Answered on 1/14/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I tell everyone that I would put a good foot insert to give the bottom more strength. Plus the extra socks would make it more comfortable.
                Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

                Answered on 1/13/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I would wear the sock and the boots are usually right on for size. I wear and eight and am able to wear socks with them!
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 1/13/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                They are well insulated, it's neoprene. I wouldn't add a sock. They are
                hard enough to put on/take off as it is. Great product, tho.

                Answered on 1/13/2016 by George from Seattle, WA
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I would

                Answered on 1/13/2016 by Calvin from Paradise, CA
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                It depends what the temperature is for wool socks. I'd order a size larger if you intend to wear wool socks. The boots are very comfortable, but fit is snug, but not tight.

                Answered on 1/13/2016 by Reelmandan from York PA
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I wear wool socks with them and 7 prob ok but 8 prob safer.
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 1/13/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Yes, I have an 8.5 wide and had to go to a 10. Wonderfull product, sad I
                can't wear mine more often.

                Answered on 1/13/2016 by Ben T from Peoria, Il
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I would definitely buy the 8 if you want to wear wool socks with these
                boots. I always wear wool socks with mine since I tend to have very cold
                feet.

                Answered on 1/13/2016 by Happy Paddler from Homosassa, FL
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I had to size up from the size chart for length but my feet are narrow
                Sent from my iPad

                Answered on 1/13/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                You will need the wool socks. Opinion; go for the larger size if your
                kayak has enough room.

                Answered on 1/13/2016 by Pieman from Washington State
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I started with size 9 & ended up with a 10 to accommodate thin socks, which
                I recommend.

                Answered on 1/13/2016 by cokayak from colorado
            • NRS Boundary Shoe

              Q:

              Hi - I'm a guy. 6'-4"; 185 lbs. My shoe size is 13 narrow (B). My calves are not thick. Will your boundary shoe work for me in a size 13 for a week-long sea kayak trip?
              Asked on 12/14/2015 by Bob from San Francisco

              9 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I don't know if I can answer your question but - I wear size 12 shoes/boots
                and bought size 13 boundary shoes. I wear them over heavy wool socks and
                they work well for me.
                Jon
                Original email:

                Answered on 12/22/2015 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I would buy these one size larger, I ordered my size and they fir a little snug, after 7-8 hrs they start to hurt my toes.
                These are an excellent boot, if I ever wear these out I will get another pair. Very well made and very tough.
                If you get these and they are a little tight send them back for the next larger size, they will not loosen up after you get them.
                NRS Boundary Shoe at nrs.com
                The NRS Boundary Shoe is knee high, waterproof and warm. Great for those wet, soggy put-ins and portages. Individually tested to ensure waterproofness.
                Read more...<http://www.nrs.com/product/2308/nrs-boundary-shoe>

                Answered on 12/15/2015 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                They should work. I love mine and even have to use my husbands once in a while!

                Answered on 12/15/2015 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Probably... I am 6'4", 195lbs, shoe size 13 1/2 D and 13s fit fine with heavy wool socks. Great shoe!
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 12/14/2015 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I'm 6/4 also, same weight, 12EEE shoe size. Spent 2 weeks sea kayaking
                last summer with these boundary shoes, worn over dry suits booties and
                thicker synthetic socks. Comfortable all days in cooler temps. Having
                enough foot room in inside your kayak is important!
                Great foot gear.

                Answered on 12/14/2015 by Anonymous from Washington State
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I have wide feet and big calves so they work for me. I'd recommend you go
                to the store and try on a pair.

                Answered on 12/14/2015 by OC Paddler from Seattle
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Hi Bob! I'm also 6'4" 215lbs. I'm a dedicated walker, so my calves are pretty thick.
                I wear size 14 shoes, but find the boundary shoe fits well in 13, wearing heavy wool or poly-fleece socks. I find the circumference of the calf to be about 1" too big when I'm not wearing my dry suit.
                I recommend that you try a size 12. That will give you a bit more under-deck space during your travels.
                Hope this helps!
                Whit
                Continuous Travelers
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 12/14/2015 by Sel from Oregon Coast
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Should be fine, Bob, if you're wearing them over bare feet or thin socks. I too have narrow feet; the hook-and-loop instep strap keeps them firmly anchored to your feet. I've worn them on a two-week trip, very comfortable.

                Answered on 12/14/2015 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I've used mine up to 5 days with no discomfort (w/ thin socks)- bring
                something else for any hiking you'll do.

                Answered on 12/14/2015 by cokayak from colorado
            • NRS Boundary Shoe

              Q:

              sizing question...
              My foot size is womens 9 1/2 NARROW. There are not a lot of narrow 9 1/2 shoes around. I often go between a 9 and 9 1/2 medium. (When I try to wear a 10, it is too wide.) What size do you think I should order? Thank you,
              Asked on 11/1/2015 by Laurie

              11 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Since the Boundary Shoe does not come in half sizes, I would order 9 and
                then try different weight socks with the shoe. Also there is some
                adjustment with a strap across the top which may help with fit.

                Answered on 11/2/2015 by Happy Paddler from Homosassa, FL
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Get a size 8 men's. My roommate (female) wears size 10 women's and she really likes the size 8, which allows her to use socks underneath routes for warmth.
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 11/2/2015 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I have narrow feet also, I found that putting on a pair of thick sox helps with the size, warmth, and removing the boot.  Hope that helps.
                Ralph
                Sent from TypeMail

                Answered on 11/2/2015 by kayak river exporer from Warner Robins, GA
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Laurie, this shoe is in men's sizing and most women find that ordering one size smaller works; in your case that would be an 8 1/2. There aren't half sizes, so I think a size 9 should work for you. I too have a narrow foot and find the Boundary a comfortable choice

                Answered on 11/2/2015 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I would go with a size 9. I wear an 8 or 8 1/2 and my size 8's are fine!

                Answered on 11/2/2015 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I treated this boot as a cold water garment so I wanted tons of room for extra socks. I wear a 10 1/2, I bought a 12 and on cold cold days wished I had gotten a 13 for the extra socks I could have stuffed in. And remember: You are not going to be walking a lot in these boots. You're trying to keep warm in a kayak.
                Sent from my iPad

                Answered on 11/2/2015 by Frank from St Joseph, MI
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                My foot is somewhat regular nither wide or narrow and for me these are a
                wee bit on the wide side... but they feel and work great
                I hope that helps

                Answered on 11/2/2015 by Calvin from Paradise, CA
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I'm a man and wear size 14d shoes. I have to do what I can to maximize foot room in our sea kayak. I am comfortable in the size 13 even wearing polyfleece booties. I think you'd do fine with a 8.5 or 9. Hope this helps.
                Whit
                Whittier & Selma Patrick
                Continuous Travelers
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 11/1/2015 by Sel from Oregon Coast
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                It runs small, I think you will be fine. I have a bit of a wide foot and
                had to go a size up

                Answered on 11/1/2015 by Ben T from Peoria, Il
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Consider the larger size, since the fit is easily adjusted with different thicknesses and/or layers of socks and the instep strap, but you can't make a too small boot bigger, and a half size is probably still within reasonable comfort limits in this rubber boot. Warm feet will keep you happy.

                Answered on 11/1/2015 by Turnawheel from Sonoma County, Ca.
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I can only speak to men's sizes - I bought size 9 to wear with thin socks &
                ended up trading up to size 10, so they seem to run small.

                Answered on 11/1/2015 by cokayak from colorado
            • NRS Boundary Shoe

              Q:

              Same question just different boot as I want a pair of each! If my normal shoe size is Men's 8D and I want to wear a wool boot sock with a neoprene sock should I order a pair of 9's or 10's?
              Asked on 11/30/2014 by JB from Dalton GA

              6 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I love these boots. I have a pair and my son has a pair. We both think that they run a little large leaving plenty of room for the heavy socks. I wear a 13 and it still has a little room with a heavy sock.
                enjoy.
                jkv
                '
                Live inspired, Be inspiring!
                www.johnkvictor.com

                Answered on 11/30/2014 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                JB, wearing it with a HydroSkin Sock, Item # 30011.01, you'd probably be okay with an 8, but I think you'll be safer to go with a size 9.

                Answered on 11/30/2014 by Clyde from NRS
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                Based on my experience only in my size (11D), a medium weight wool sock is comfortable when either walking or paddling, but something thicker in any material crowds my toes. For your anticipated layers, especially including neoprene, I think two sizes up would probably work better paddling than portaging although the instep straps actually work pretty well snugging up the fit. If you can be comfortable with one thick woolie, a thin liner and a woolie, or just neoprene, one size up would probably work fine. My pairs, owned sequentially not simultaneously, have been very serviceable over time--not entirely leak free but kayaking is a wet sport, intentionally or not, so we equip appropriately. Warm feet, even when wet, are a good thing. Hope this helps.
                Ol' Salty Bob

                Answered on 11/30/2014 by Turnawheel from Sonoma County, Ca.
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                I normally wear a 11EEE in a New Balance, 11 2W in Dexter, I did purchase
                12 in the Boundary Shoe and generally wear Smart Wool or Starter socks
                underneath. I find the boots extremely flexible and comfortable, no
                problems getting in or out of the tight cockpit of a P&H Capella 166. For
                years I wore the standard height booties and often had wet feet, but since
                I kayak all year long I switched to the Boundary Shoes. Two of my kayaking
                partners have purchased the since I got mine and they couldn't be happier.

                Answered on 11/30/2014 by JT from Outer Banks, NC
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                I would think a 9 would suffice. Don't want it too loose and just one pair
                of socks wouldn't do that. But two sizes too big would be too much.
                Rebecca

                Answered on 11/30/2014 by Rebecca from VA from Bent Mountain, VA
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                one size up should do it

                Answered on 11/30/2014 by George from Seattle, WA
            • NRS Boundary Shoe

              Q:

              I just received my new boundary shoes. I thought the 2 mm shim on the outside of the boot would be directly over my ankle bone bulge. Its actually higher up my ankle. Is that good?
              Asked on 11/1/2014 by Kate from Cherry Tree, PA

              7 answers

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                Hi
                I've had and worn these boots for several years and haven't noticed the ankle thing. So I guess it's no problem. I did buy them several sizes larger so I could wear lots of socks.
                Have fun!
                Frank
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 11/1/2014 by Frank from St Joseph, MI
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                A:

                I have the same issue. I've worn my boots for two seasons without any
                issues. It doesn't seem to make a difference.
                They're great boots!

                Answered on 11/1/2014 by Anonymous
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                Kate
                I bought these boots several years ago as an outer shoe to keep my feet dry while getting in my kayak in the winter.Comfortable and the strap is not a concern as it is adjustable---you can make it as tight as you want.Striking high on your foot actually holds your foot in the shoe a bit better than if it rode lower down the top of your foot.
                I did have one issue though---one of the boots leaked at the point of entry of the strap and the sole.Rather than send it back I saturated that area with Pliobond contact cement and that fixed it.
                Think you will like them.
                Herb

                Answered on 11/1/2014 by Anonymous
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                NRS usually has a reason for design features and I have noticed small gussets and tripled stitching on gear that I am sure are wear or stress points--but the ankle patches you refer to don't line up against any part of my boats so far, no ankle cushioning function or wear point protection. Maybe just a decorative bit. These are good boots, but both my pairs developed leaks over time where the sole attaches to the neoprene uppers, especially at the toes. Paddle safe.
                Ol' Salty Bob

                Answered on 11/1/2014 by Turnawheel from Sonoma County, Ca.
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                Kate, you must be referring to the round rubber patch on the side of the shoe. It's there to provide extra protection to the foot as it rests against the inside of a boat hull. Whether or not it is next to the ankle bone depends on the person's anatomy. The 2 mm plastic shim is in the midsole of the shoe; there to help protect the foot from rocks and other sharp objects.

                Answered on 11/1/2014 by Clyde from NRS
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                A:

                Two quick things to consider -paddling position and your boat hull. If your
                ankle bone tends to rub in your boat might see a bit of wear in this area
                but not a major issue in my opinion.

                Answered on 11/1/2014 by Anonymous
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                The boundary shoe is awesome.  I assume you're referring to the small round pad on the outside edges.  I've never even noticed it until now so it has played no roll in regards to comfort.  Mine sits just above my ankle bone too so you shouldn't have any problems.  This is a great boot.  Hope this helps
                Sent on a Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy S® III

                Answered on 11/1/2014 by Anonymous
            • NRS Boundary Shoe

              Q:

              I'm a big guy and have large calves, my bare calves measure 19" in circumference. I would be buying these for winter paddling which means I would be layering my clothes and tucking them into the boots. I would be ordering a size 10. Would these fit my calves with clothing also?
              Asked on 10/25/2014 by smitty from Hazel Green, Al

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                On a size 11, 15 inches off the floor, the inside circumference is 14 inches.

                Answered on 10/25/2014 by Anonymous
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                I think no, not for 19" calves plus clothes.

                Answered on 10/25/2014 by George from Seattle, WA
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                My calves are 18 inches and I have never felt constrained in the boots. I can wear a thick wool sock, long underwear and thin pants and they are still not tight in the calves. So my leg plus layers is probably about equivalent to your bare leg. The boots are neoprene so they have a lot of stretch and are meant to be form fitting. I think you could definitely get your leg and several layers into the boot but I think it will start to grip a little. Not sure if that grip would be uncomfortable. I think a lot would depend on where the band at the top hits you because it does not stretch as much as the boot. The shoe size is pretty true so if you go up in size you would probably need to wear a big sock to get good fit on the foot. They don't really relax much over time since the rubber is so thick so I think your first impression when you try them on would be right and NRS is great about returns.

                Answered on 10/27/2014 by Anonymous
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                Smitty, the circumference at the top of the shoe is about 15", so it's a no-go.

                Answered on 10/25/2014 by Clyde from NRS
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                A:

                They fit snug. Kind of like a wetsuit. I went up one size so I can fit
                My waders under them and that was about it I could fit.
                Hector

                Answered on 10/25/2014 by Anonymous
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                I wear a size 11 1/2 shoe but my calves are small -14" (runner's build, low
                bulk). I wear an NRS water sock and tuck in the pant legs of NRS paddle
                pants.The fit at the calf is snug but not tight - just right. You might
                want to call NRS and see how much the calf size change with shoe size.

                Answered on 10/25/2014 by snowshoe from michigan
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                A:

                I have larger calves myself, I wear variety of different weigh underarmor
                under my dry pants depending on the weather. The only thing I do is fold
                the pant legs back so the boots slide on easily with no pitch points. The
                boots are very comfortable.
                i

                Answered on 10/25/2014 by JT from Outer Banks, NC
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                A:

                Very difficult to say...I have 16" calves and wear a size 12 in this boot. I really do not think it's going to work for you....just too tight a fit, especially with another layer to two.
                I wonder if a drysuit or drysuit bottom might work better.....
                I'd phone NRS and talk to them about your unique situation...there have to be other big legged paddlers who have worked this out.
                Best of luck,
                Dave Gibson
                Walla Walla, WA

                Answered on 10/25/2014 by Anonymous
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                I have big calves too and my size 9 boot is very snug around my calves and
                makes it tough to tuck even thin nylon pants into them. You might have the
                same trouble. The good thing is being snug, they are very warm in cold
                weather.

                Answered on 10/26/2014 by Anonymous
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                A:

                I have very large calves as well. The boots foot great with a thin layered pant or base layer. It would be tough to fit thick clothing into the boot along with the big calves. This is by far, though, the most giving boot as far as room for my calves.

                Answered on 10/26/2014 by Anonymous
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                I have size 11. My calf is about 15 inches and they are loose. I just crammed a pool noodle into the boot top with it on so there is room, I think, for your leg. Not sure about layering. I would order them from NRS and try them on. They are really great about returns, and I have done that several times. It's the only way to know for sure.
                Peter Greer

                Answered on 10/28/2014 by Anonymous
            • NRS Boundary Shoe

              Q:

              Are these boots non-marking? Like will they leave black marks on the deck of a boat?
              Asked on 8/27/2014 by MJC from Nevada City, CA

              3 answers

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                I haven't had any marks left on my boat deck but I'm not sure how many times I've either kicked or brushed the deck. I would consider them "non-marking"

                Answered on 8/31/2014 by Anonymous
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                A:

                These do not mark your boat. These boots are great fitting and very confortable. Buy them !!

                Answered on 8/27/2014 by Anonymous
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                A:

                The rubber sole is non-marking.

                Answered on 8/27/2014 by Clyde from NRS
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