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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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Gender Sizing: Men
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 - Closeout

    Q:

    When your feet are submerged does the water drain out if water gets in boot? I plan on using to wade and fish. Would you use these for that?
    Asked on 1/13/2015 by Jeff from Brick, nj

    10 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      These are waterproof. Any water that gets in will be trapped. They are
      meant to keep water out.

      Answered on 1/26/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      If it does drain, it is very slow. The pictures of kayakers drinking celebratory beers out of their booties offers testament to that. That said, if the shoe fits well(on the tight side), it doesn't offer a lot of space for fluid to accumulate. What fluid does accumulate warms due to your body temp and provides a little bit more protection against frozen feet when you're in the water. It's a wetsuit boot through and through.

      Answered on 1/15/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      A little water will seep out through the boot, but overall, no, water will remain in the boot until you take it off and dump it out. These would be fine for wading and fishing; your feet will be wet but much warmer than without the boot. A nice combination when it's really cold is the NRS neoprene sock under the boot, but then you need to get the boots an extra size larger to accommodate that. And the socks run fairly small. I wear a size 9 men's shoe, but I got the extra large neoprene socks, and wear wool or Smart Wool socks under those. (And extra large outer boots.)

      Answered on 1/13/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      These are not water tight, some water gets in, but they drain very well. Good wet shoe.
      Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

      Answered on 1/13/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The water does not drain out, but not that much gets in. I bought them to
      keep out small rocks while kayaking. I swim in them and they do keep out
      the rocks and protect my feet since they have a thick sole. They also keep
      your feet warm. When I dump them about a ¼ cup of water comes out. Sand
      will get into the zipper, but I have never had much trouble getting them
      off. After each use, wash them to remove the sand from the zipper and
      Velcro. Use soap inside to keep from stinking. I think they would be OK
      for wading and fishing.

      Answered on 1/13/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The water does not drain out easily unless the boot is unzipped. I think that you want some water to stay in the boot, since it has been warmed by your body. These are good sturdy boots that should be fine for wading & fishing.
      Good luck!

      Answered on 1/13/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No, water does not drain out. Once water gets in the shoe you'll need to
      take it off to dry it out. I'd recommend a much taller boot for fishing,
      these only go just past my ankles.

      Answered on 1/13/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No these retain the water so I don't think they would be ideal for you use.

      Answered on 1/13/2015 by Whitewater Will from Attleboro,MA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It drains out slowly; it squishes out the top. This is my third pair. I buy them one size larger; add neoprene socks as well. Then, your feet are warm.
      Gregory J. Kett, M.Div., D.Min.
      Senior Pastor of Calvin Church

      Answered on 1/13/2015 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Jeff, there's no drainage in these shoes, or in any of our neoprene water shoes. That being said, lots of folks wear our shoes when fishing.

      Answered on 1/13/2015 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe - Closeout

    Q:

    If I plan to wear these over a dry suits built in socks should I order a size larger than my street shoe?
    Asked on 12/30/2014 by Ben from Fairfield, CA

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      As I recall, these shoes ran about a size small to begin with, so with an
      extra layer I would go two sizes up rather than one.

      Answered on 12/30/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Ben, it's usually wise to add a size when wearing over drysuit socks and thicker wetsocks.

      Answered on 12/30/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I ordered mine a size larger and they fit perfectly with dry suit (built in
      socks) with thick wool socks underneath.

      Answered on 12/30/2014 by Whitewater Will from Attleboro,MA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The description indicates that women (myself) should order a size smaller;
      half sizes order the size up. For me size 6 1/2 tennis shoes meant I
      ordered a size 6. I live in a fairly temperate climate - south alabama -
      and I don't wear watersocks. To answer your question I have put on some
      smart wool medium hiking socks, then the wetshoe. It seems like a good fit
      (still) - not too tight, but not as roomy.
      I like these wetshoes. They do the job for me, but when you wade into water
      that is deeper than the top of the shoe, water (dampness) will prevail (I
      think that's why a watersock is also recommended).

      Answered on 12/30/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      That’s a good estimate. You can also use talcum (baby) powder to lubricate the 2 rubber surfaces.

      Answered on 12/30/2014 by Anonymous
  • NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe - Closeout

    Q:

    I want to wear a neoprene sock inside as well as a regular wool sock. My normal size is men's 8D. Should I go with a 10?
    Asked on 11/30/2014 by JB from Dalton GA

    8 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I would go 9 b/c the boats will stretch a little over time and you don't want them to be loose. I went one size up and wear two socks. If it's too tight you can always send back to get a bigger size.
      Good luck,
      J

      Answered on 12/1/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have been doing this for many year's with NRS boots and neoprene socks, with very good results, although I have to note that in really cold weather, I'm also wearing a dry suit that has Gortex booties and those are a very significant factor. I get the outside boots one size larger than I would normally wear, and that accommodates a heavy wool (or pseudo-wool) sock, the Gortex bootie, and the neoprene sock--and this is the only way I've been comfortable footwise in cold weather paddling.

      Answered on 11/30/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      I would doubt it. I wear & ordered a 9; it fit snug but not uncomfortable nor made my feet cold with mid weight smart wool socks and dry suit bootie. I think you would do well with a size 9 at most.
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 11/30/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Im a size 12, bought a size 12, and comfortably wear knee high wool socks
      with mine. I definitely wouldnt go more than 1 size up.
      Hope this helps!
      Dave

      Answered on 11/30/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      They run a little big to start with, you could probably stay with an 8 or 9 and have enough room.

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

      A:

      JB, the Cross-4s are pretty roomy. If you are wearing something like 0.5 mm HydroSkin Sock, you'd probably be okay with the 8. For heavier neoprene socks go up a size.

      Answered on 11/30/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      You should be good to go, though you may have some wiggle room. I am size 9 and wear a poly sock and a 3mm neoprene sock over it and am toasty.

      Answered on 11/30/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Good question. I'd probably just go up one size. If you were only wearing
      one sock, I'd say you'd be ok with the 8, but wearing two, you probably need
      to go up one.

      Answered on 11/30/2014 by rightmuch from martinsville, va
  • NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe - Closeout

    Q:

    I am trying to get a water shoe that will last more than one commercial rafting season as well as a shoe that keeps my feet warm during winter boating excursions. How well does it hold up in cold conditions (outside temp 25-40 degrees F and river temp around 35-60 degrees F)? Also, I wear a size 9-91/2 shoe. What size should I get to stick a wool or polyester sock underneath?
    Asked on 9/4/2014 by Jonathan from Walla Walla, WA

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have used this shoe for awhile, but I only use it about 4-6 days a year.
      Everything has held up well, although the zipper won't stay ALL the way up
      anymore (only drops an inch or so). With neoprene sock under, my feet were
      not too cold in air temps of around 20 deg. F. I can't help you with an
      exact size, but I got the recommended sizing and there was plenty of room
      for 2mm neoprene socks under. Other than zipper and zelcro, I think these
      would work for you.

      Answered on 9/13/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Jonathan, the Cross-4 is a tough shoe and its 4 mm neoprene upper should keep your feet warm. It doesn't come in half sizes so you might want to go with a 10, especially if you think you might wear them with a drysuit sock.

      Answered on 9/5/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      They seem to run a little large but I needed that since I was putting them
      over Dry Suite Booties. I wear them with my Dry Suite and they are very
      warm. I've probably worn them without the dry suit in water about 50
      degrees and they performed very well.

      Answered on 9/5/2014 by Anonymous
  • NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe - Closeout

    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 - Closeout

    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 - Closeout

    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 - Closeout

    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 - Closeout

    Q:

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

    2 answers

    • 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
    • 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
  • NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe - Closeout

    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 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
    • 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
    • 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 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
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4.5

(based on 53 reviews)

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    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (49)
  • Good traction (45)
  • Easy on and off (39)
  • Great fit (31)
  • Durable (30)

Cons

  • Dries slowly (7)
  • Difficult on and off (3)

Best Uses

  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (67)
  • Wading (19)
  • Boating / sailing (14)
  • Sailing (4)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      89% 

      (39 reviews)

      Feels too large

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      93% 

      (38 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (3), Intermediate (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (48), 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

warm comfortable

By randy

from PA

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Boating
    • Kayaking
    • Rafting
    • Sailing
    • Wading

    Comments about NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe - Closeout:

    I use for racing a very small sailboat. perfect boot

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

    NRS Cross 4 Wetshoe

    By Crackedboat

    from Gilman,Vermont

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Warm

    Cons

    • A Little Narrow
    • Hard Sole Digs Into Heel

    Best Uses

    • Boating
    • Kayaking
    • Rafting
    • Sailing

    Comments about NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe - Closeout:

    Good for winter or cold weather. I've worn these in temps as low as 16 degrees with a pair of smart wool socks on and my feet have stayed warm. I've ported my kayak 1.5 miles through 6-8" of snow and feet never got cold. I would like the boot to be wider like the NRS Men's Paddle Wetshoe. Also didn't like the way the hard sole wrapped only a part way up the heel causing it to dig in making it uncomfortable for the first 5-10 minutes of wearing. But other then those 2 things I'm completely happy with them.

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

    Good multi use paddling boots

    By Kayak Bob

    from Elkhart, IN

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Dries Slowly

    Best Uses

    • Kayaking
    • Rafting

    Comments about NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe - Closeout:

    Boots are great in every way, except that you should put them in the sun, or under a dehumidifier so they dry quickly. Otherwise, can get that wetsuit funk.

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

    Solid Wetshoe

    By Skookumchuck

    from Kirkland, WA

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Kayaking
      • Rafting
      • Suping
      • Wading

      Comments about NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe - Closeout:

      Comfortable, well made wetshoes. Easy on & off. I use them primarily for cold weather Stand Up Paddleboarding, but they work well for rafting, kayaking & tidepool exploring.

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

      Good shoe for the money

      By Kayak lassie

      from Michigan

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Kayaking

        Comments about NRS Cross-4 Wetshoe - Closeout:

        I purchased the Cross-4 Wetshoe because I needed a neoprene shoe in a larger size to fit over thermal socks and the booties of my drysuit. I wear a Women's size 6 shoe and started out with a Size 6 in the Cross-4 Wetshoe, but had to exchange it for a size 7. The size 7 fits perfectly.

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

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