NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe

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When you paddle, solid traction and a secure fit are a must. The Cross-4 wetshoe is built with 4 mm neoprene for reliable insulation, and a supportive instep strap that ensures your shoes stay snug on your feet.
  • Adjustable instep strap tightens the top of the boot around your foot for increased stability and a comfortable, secure fit.
  • 4 mm neoprene upper provides warm insulation and extra padding.
  • Traction sole provides good grip for solid footing.
  • Slim, rounded sole design eliminates uncomfortable edges. Great for kayaking and canoeing.
  • Hi-top design with gusseted zipper is easy to get your foot in and out.
  • 7 mm padded insole cushions impact from heavy hiking.
  • 2 mm mid-sole shim protects your feet from sharp rocks.
  • Titanium neoprene adhesive for increased warmth.
Whole sizes only.
Women order one size smaller.
1/2 sizes order one size larger.

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Material Upper: 4 mm neoprene
Sole: 5 mm rubber
Insole: 7 mm neoprene
Shim: 2 mm plastic shim
Closure System: Ankle zipper and instep strap
Taped Seams: No

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  • NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe

    Q:

    I am looking for a pair of neoprene shoes to wear over breathable waders while float tubing in cooler weather. I need something that will fit over the neoprene feet in the waders and still allow me to put on a pair of adjustable Force Fins. My problem is I wear a size 13 wading shoe and am wondering if a size 14 will give me enough room? Has anyone ever tried these for my application?
    Asked on 4/8/2014 by Goobs from Harrisburg, PA

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Not exactly but close; I use the boots over the following combination:
      fleece sock, dry suit booty, Seal Skin sock, then boot.
      I wear 9's but the boot I use is a 10. I use this combo for cold water in
      an ocean kayak and/or a whitewater canoe.
      Bottom line: snug, plenty of toe room, "width" is "adjustable" with the
      Velcro strap and also gives arch support for walking, etc.; just a little
      tight around the ankle with all those layers.
      enjoy
      brent/bj
      "If we could change ourselves,
      the tendencies in the world would also change."

      Answered on 4/9/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      We don't seem to be getting customer feedback for you. Whether a size 14 will work depends on how bulky are your wader feet and any socks you wear inside them. If you're in a hurry for the shoes, order both 14 and 15 shoes and keep the ones that work best. Returns are easy and free.

      Answered on 4/9/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe

    Q:

    why does this shoe come up when I do a search for Kids and kids booties?
    Asked on 2/28/2014 by Christina from United States

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The Cross-4 comes in men's sizes down as low as size 2. These smaller sizes are great for most young folk.

      Answered on 2/28/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe

    Q:

    Since I usually get in my kayak in a few inches of water, I'm looing for something that will keep my feel warm for the rest of the kayak trip in cooler weather. Do these keep feet dry? or, at least, warm? If not, any other ideas?
    Asked on 11/9/2013 by Sam

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      These have not failed me. I have, during challenging times, added the
      neoprene sock. But I can't think of a time either the sock or the shoe have
      failed me when I wore them alone. I had just the sock with me during a trip
      in the grand canyon during a freezing rain storm that lasted over 24 hours.
      My feet were the only thing that stayed warm.

      Answered on 11/10/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Warm but not dry, they are "wet shoes". I like mine they are comfortable and not bulky so they fit in tight playboats.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 11/9/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I find these work fine to keep feet warm when boating in cool water, but neoprene booties are not really designed to keep feet dry. IF you want waterproof (but not as insulating) you might look into Seal Skinz waterproof socks.

      Answered on 11/9/2013 by Gary from northern California
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Certainly not dry, but warm enough in low 40s, as long as you loosen the
      straps a bit and remember to wiggle your toes. Works pretty well with NRS
      HydroSkin wet socks. Just back from a 150mi water + 20mi portage + 50
      beaver dams Adirondack trip with only minor blisters. The memories of
      pulling on frozen socks and shoes in the morning eventually fade.
      No 'waterproof' footwear ever kept my feet dry.

      Answered on 11/9/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Sam, if you step in several inches of water you'll probably go in over the tops of the Cross-4s. Once you've warmed up that water the 4 mm neoprene will still hold in warmth. Please take a look at the Boundary Shoe, Item # 30035.01. They have waterproof seams and the top is 15" high.

      Answered on 11/9/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe

    Q:

    Clyde said the Paddle wetshoe would be better for my use (canoe, kneeling, weight 220 male - want protection from rocks/gravel) than this model. Since this has a "shim" (pls describe how long,etc), would this item be better?
    Alan
    Asked on 10/3/2013 by Big Al

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I am not sure which would be "better", but I have had this shoe for a few
      years and I really like it. Offers flexibility as well as decent protection
      of the sole and toes.

      Answered on 10/5/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Alan, on your question about the Cross-4, the shim is a plastic sheet that covers the entire foot bed. This shoe would be another good choice for what you're doing.

      Answered on 10/4/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Hi Alan. I'm working from home today, so I put on my ATBs and got down on my prayer bones. Not bad. The sole bends easily enough. Some bunching of the rubber where the toes flex but didn't feel bad at least in the short run. The ATBs are my go-to shoes in cold water, especially when wearing a drysuit. The zipper entry makes it easy for off and on, and the instep strap holds them to my narrow feet.

      Answered on 10/4/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe

    Q:

    Sizing mens vs womens?
    Asked on 6/20/2013 by dk from muskegon, michigan

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The shoe is in men's sizing. Typically a woman will fit fine in a size smaller, that is a woman who's size 8 should choose a size 7.

      Answered on 6/21/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I wear a men's 8.5 typically, and I had a size 9 in this shoe which fit
      nicely with NRS neoprene socks.

      Answered on 6/21/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe

    Q:

    Do these booties run as short as the Paddle Wetshoe? And do they have the same shape toe box as the Paddle Wetshoe?

    I ordered the Paddle Wetshoe in a size 7 and size 8 (I wear a 7 1/2 women's shoe) and both sizes were so short, I couldn't straighten my toes. I will wear my booties with a heavy wool sock and a drysuit sock. What size should I order?? I've tried contacting local dealers and they seem confused about the sizing as well. I'm hoping the third try will work out ok.
    Asked on 5/20/2013 by Little Red from Bellingham, WA

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I wear a women's size 8 but can fit in a 7.5.  I ordered the size 7 and the booties fit me perfect.  When I wear the NRS wetsocks with them, there is still room to spare. 

      Answered on 5/22/2013 by spiramity from Auburn
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The Cross-4 has a more conventionally shaped toe box than the Paddle Wetshoe. There are 36 reviews of the shoe and they state that the sizing is accurate, to a bit on the large side. With your heavy wool sock and drysuit sock I think the size 8 will probably be best.

      Answered on 5/21/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I wear a size 8 but can fit in a 7.5.  The booties fit me perfect.  when I wear the NRS wetsocks with them, there is still room to spare. 

      Answered on 5/20/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I wear men's size 9 cross-4 with a light sock liner. It fits my size well. Not familiar with the paddle wet shoe. You may need to find a dealer where you can try on with your socks & dry suit.

      Answered on 5/20/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe

    Q:

    What if your stuck in the drink and have to swim for it to shore, Will these booties weigh you down as posted by a user, or is it a non-issue?
    Asked on 3/17/2013 by AE from Twain Harte CA

    10 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I haven't had that problem (though I've swum a few times with these on)

      Answered on 3/18/2013 by Gary from northern California
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Remember, the upper is neoprene, which floats, so it won't "weigh" you down. It does add bulk to your feet but having some sort of shoe on your feet is important to protect them, especially in a swim.

      Answered on 3/17/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Disagree, I find them to be a advantage. As a Open Boater swiming is always
      a factor though do have a mindset of not to but when needed these boots
      almost act as fins! With the solid foot/ toe protection it adds to your own
      strength & just as I stepped off the James River RVA in some cold high
      water, feet warm with the wet socks under. Simply a plus all around to the
      advantages....

      Answered on 3/17/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Actually, not too bad to swim with. I had practice in Dubendorf on the
      Grand. They do protect your feet.
      However, I certainly would not want to swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco
      with 'em.

      Answered on 3/17/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Not a shoe I would buy to go swimming in, but if I knew or thought I might have to walk on bad surfaces upon reaching shore I would most likely swim in them.

      Answered on 3/17/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Anything on you that doesn't assist in moving you through the water likely creates some drag however; the little bit of drag these booties create must be weighed against the protection they provide which, assumably is why you were wearing them in the first place...
      Non-issue for me.

      Answered on 3/17/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I've certainly done my share of "swimming" on numerous whitewater canoe trips. These shoes are not remotely heavy or cumbersome in the water. With sufficient flex in the upper part of the shoe, the rubber sole almost performs similarly to a narrow flipper. The most valuable aspect of this model is the adequate thickness/cushion of the sole protecting from the lumpy walking conditions alongside the rivers, creeks, and lakes that I hope you find yourself.. Lesser models feel better than socks, but not like these.
      Happy camper
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 3/17/2013 by Carlos from Cincinnati, Ohio
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      These booties are the only river boots my whole family will buy. They offer
      excellent ankle protection and support, reinforced toe, and keep your foot nice
      n warm when its cold. They may be slightly heavier than others but it is a
      complete non-issue. We are open boaters, so they are perfect for us in the boat
      as well as walking in the river, portaging, or just adventuring on islands in
      the river. I give them a 10!

      Answered on 3/18/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes. These are best used for wading. Avoid any extensive swimming
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 3/18/2013 by C.R.A.C. from Windber, PA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have had the misfortune of being in that situation, and the booties
      didn't weigh me down at all. I wear a pair of NRS Titanium wetsocks under
      them, and so there is not really much of any room for water to "fill" and
      add weight. I'm sure a little bit of water did sneak in the top, but it was
      negligible and I didn't notice. I actually swam twice that day (late March
      in Northern PA; it was quite cold). It wasn't my finest paddle!!
      I also like the Attack Shoe (a bit lighter if you don't need such a heavy
      sole). I take both on my trips.
      Hope this helps!.

      Answered on 3/18/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe

    Q:

    are the sizes listed M or W
    Asked on 8/29/2012 by cindy

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Are you asking medium or wide, or men or women? They are men’s sizes. He
      has a fairly wide foot, usually wears 10 ½ or 11 and the size 11 worked
      fine. Good Luck

      Answered on 8/29/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      All I can say is my foot is on the wide side and the Cross-4 wet shoe seemed to
      fit fine.
      That said I won't really test them out until late October when the drysuit comes
      out.

      Answered on 8/29/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have medium-wide feet. These wetshoes provide plenty of room, and are comfortable. I have had no problem with them being too snug. Michelle

      Answered on 8/30/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Thanks for making smell my stinky bootie. The size is simply a number in whole sizes

      Answered on 8/29/2012 by Anonymous
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NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe
 
4.5

(based on 43 reviews)

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    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (39)
  • Good traction (36)
  • Easy on and off (31)
  • Durable (24)
  • Great fit (23)

Cons

  • Dries slowly (6)
  • Difficult on and off (3)

Best Uses

  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (54)
  • Wading (16)
  • Boating / sailing (10)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      86% 

      (30 reviews)

      Feels too large

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      94% 

      (30 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (3), Intermediate (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (38), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The best at what they do

These have been the best shoes for working in the surf while I metal detect. I have two pair so I rotate them every other day so they will dry out between uses. One...Read complete review

These have been the best shoes for working in the surf while I metal detect. I have two pair so I rotate them every other day so they will dry out between uses. One pair have over a year on them the other about 7 months and both pair show very little wear. They are the only water shoes that I could find in a size that fit my big feet (size 15).

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

NRS Crosss-4 Wetshoe

Great shoe for getting in and out of your kayak or canoe. Sole provided solid traction over hazardous river stones. However, not recommended for swimming. Shoe fills with too much water, and...Read complete review

Great shoe for getting in and out of your kayak or canoe. Sole provided solid traction over hazardous river stones. However, not recommended for swimming. Shoe fills with too much water, and drags you down. Perfect for any wading scenario though!

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5.0

Great Boots for Year Round Use

By ValleyKayakDude

from Saint Petersburg, Florida

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Dries Slowly

Best Uses

  • Kayaking
  • Paddleboarding
  • Rafting
  • Wading

Comments about NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe:

Great pair of boots, and I definately a repeat customer. I am not only using these for my own personal kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding, but also for work. I am involved with a local kayak shop and handle rentals, demos,and student classes. These boots get a real workout and take a beating. The strap across the top of the foot keeps them on when you are pulling your foot back out of the muck. Probably my only complaint is I wear a hole in the bottom of the boots in about a year. This is a direct result of moving the rentals boats to and from the water; ohterwise, I would expect these boots, under normal use, to last several years.

Service and delivery comments:

None. Fast, friendly, and timely.

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

great with drysuit with goretex socks

By nb_nyc

from NYC

About Me Intermediate

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Kayaking

    Comments about NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe:

    i was looking for a wetshoe i could put on over the goretex socks on my kokatat drysuit more easily than the original kickers i've had (and loved for non-drysuit use) for 10+ years.
    these have the same fit as the kickers but the zipper allows me to put them on without scrunching up the toes of the non-stretchy drysuit socks, meaning my toes and feet are appreciably more comfortable and dont lose circulation on super-cold days.
    the instep strap keeps them secure when wet.
    just what i needed.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Great value and preformance

    By trucker pat

    from Puyallup, WA

    About Me Beginner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Kayaking

      Comments about NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe:

      Perfect for fall and winter trips in our sit atop tandem, warm and comfortable.

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

      Just what I needed

      By dkay

      from boston

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easy On and Off
      • Good Traction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Kayaking

        Comments about NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe:

        I bought this (and about 4 other water shoes) for use with a new dry suit with gore tex socks. Finding the right fit was hard, not just for my feet, but within the small cockpit of my kayak. This one wit the best. Good traction. Easy on and off.

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

        Great Boot for boating

        By hallf38

        from Belding, MI

        About Me Beginner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Great Fit
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Boating
          • Kayaking

          Comments about NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe:

          Boats are comfortable and are perfect for getting in and out of the kayak. They have a nice snug fit and so far my feet are really warm in them. I wear a drysock in them while wearing because people say they are hard to get off. With the socks I haven't had any issues.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Delivered as promised. Happy for that since was in them kayaking the next morning.

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

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