NRS Workboot Wetshoe

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Used by river professionals, rescue agencies and Navy SEALS, the NRS Workboot Wetshoe is the hardest-working river boot on the market today.
  • Lace-up synthetic leather and 5-mm neoprene upper provides warmth, unmatched ankle support and a secure fit.
  • 7-mm neoprene insole absorbs the shock of every step.
  • Heavy-duty lug sole keeps you on your feet in varied terrain. It is a marking sole.
  • Wear areas are reinforced with synthetic leather and rubber.
  • When you need a water shoe that works as hard as you do, on and off the water, the NRS Workboot is your best choice.
Whole sizes only.
Women order one size smaller.
1/2 sizes order one size larger

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Material Upper: 5 mm neoprene
Sole: Heavy-duty lug sole
Insole: 7 mm neoprene
Closure System: Laces and ankle strap
Taped Seams: No
Features:
  • Synthetic leather and rubber reinforced wear areas
  • 2.4 lbs (for a size 9 pair)

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  • NRS Workboot Wetshoe

    Q:

    what is the equivalence of the numbers referenced in the site (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, ... etc) with the numbers in Europe, particularly in Portugal.
    usually I wear 38.5 or 39, what size of these boots who advised me
    thanks
    Asked on 12/17/2013 by Esperança from Portugal

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi
      I can't tell you the specifics because it's pretty complicated believe
      it or not. If you look up shoes sizes on Wikipedia you can find a page
      that has all the international show size systems.
      I'm on my 3rd pair of these boots in 10 years, I REALLY like them but
      they are VERY small. I take a North American size 9, I can barely
      squeeze into a size 10 and a size 11 is quite tight if I'm wearing my
      (NRS of course) drysuit.
      Definitely go up a size or two maybe more if you want to wear a drysuit
      with integtrated latex or Gote-Tex feet.
      Hope this helps
      regards
      Ben

      Answered on 12/17/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I wear 8.5-9 Women's U.S. or 39 European and bought a Size 7.

      Answered on 12/17/2013 by Northern canoeist from Laramie, WY
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Take a look at the Shoe Size Conversion Chart that's linked off the product page, down in the More Information section. It lists both Europe and UK. I don't know Portugal is different.

      Answered on 12/17/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Workboot Wetshoe

    Q:

    im planing on using this boot for canyoning in pretty cold water.
    question is, should i take a bigger size so i can fit one more neoprene sock?
    is the boot completely coated in neoprene inside?
    thank you
    Asked on 8/2/2013 by Branislav from Stamford,CT

    9 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I use a neoprene sock with a Men 7. I have a Woman 8.5-9 foot. So no, I have not bought an extra big size boot. I can even fit my drysuit attached socks and the neoprene socks in those boots, although it is then a wee bit tight around the toes.
      Water gets in through the seams so I guess the sock keeps the foot drier. My feet always seem to get wet. Maybe it just goes over the top. My husband swears his feet stay dry in his boots whether or not he has inner socks on.
      For warmth, ease of drying, and ease of washing (and avoidance of foot odor in the boots), I always wear an additional neoprene sock in any neoprene booties.
      Teresa

      Answered on 8/13/2013 by Northern canoeist from Laramie, WY
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Inside is all neoprene, but there are drain holes on bottom edge that let
      moisture get out and in.
      I found that it fit rather tight, and would suggest getting next size up
      for thick socks.

      Answered on 8/2/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      This message was originally HTML formatted. View in a HTML capable client to see the original version.\r\n\r\n
      I bought these boots as a gift but I would think that yes, youd want a bigger size to fit a neoprene sock. Im not sure if the boot is coated in neoprene on the inside or not.
      Sorry I cant be of more help!

      Answered on 8/2/2013 by Noreen from Bluff, UT
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I can't imagine needing more warmth than these boots provide. They have 5mm neoprene throughout, most boots have 3mm. I've used these boots for over ten years, they very comfortable and very supportive and very durable. The only down side is they are also very difficult to put on when wet. Most wear and tear will comes from taking them off and putting them on. I've worn these in swift water rescue classes where I'm standing in cold Sierra Nevada rivers in late winter for hours on end and have never had cold feet.
      I hope this answers your questions.
      DaleHayes
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 8/3/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I use the boots in northern Canada in the spring
      The boot does has have a full neoprene liner so another full thickness liner might have your foot moving around under stress
      I always wear synthetic dress socks as the boots go on and off easier
      One of my friends wears gortex socks
      The boots are great one time I did a 15 mile portage through a swamp in them
      Thanks, Chris
      Sent via Siri, please excuse voice to text errors

      Answered on 8/3/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi!
      You dont need extra neoprene socks...This boots are completly coated in
      neoprene inside...

      Answered on 8/2/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes. I recommend a bigger size for some extra insulation and the inside of
      the boot is neoprene. I used these on an October trip with snow and lots of
      time in the water. Boots worked great.

      Answered on 8/2/2013 by Captain Bill from Colorado
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have had 2 pairs of these boots, and worn them for many, many weeks working in the Grand Canyon. I highly recommend them for river work and play.
      And I recommend to anyone, that you order this shoe 1 size larger even if you do not wear another layer. I wear mine with no socks, and they are 1 size larger than my regular boots/shoes. They are a good fit, but still require a slight struggle to put them on and off. But worth it for canyon work, in and out of the water, with rough rocks.
      The neoprene inner sock is plenty to keep your foot warm, in most waters. I would not recommend another layer. However, if you want to add another layer of neoprene sock, you may need to go at least 2 sizes larger. Then it may get difficult to maintain balance. Remember that tight shoes make cold feet. Added layers will not keep your feet warmer.
      Good luck!

      Answered on 8/2/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The Workboot has a 5 mm neoprene upper and a 7 mm neoprene insole, so it's a pretty warm boot.

      Answered on 8/2/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Workboot Wetshoe

    Q:

    What size boot should I order to use with a drysuit? I normally wear a size 9 shoe.
    Asked on 7/6/2013 by Phil

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi Phil,
      depending on the type of dry suit foot you have and the width of your foot you may need to go up one to two sizes. I have a gortex foot and normally wear a medium weight wool sock underneath. I went up two sizes to get the width at the ball of my foot and allow for the double sock. Don't cramp your toes what ever you do. Hope this helps.

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

      A:

      I would order your size. I would wear socks or a thin neoprene sock if wet at it fit same size.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 7/6/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Phil, generally you need to go up a size for drysuit socks. Be aware that the Workboot has a narrow top that can cause difficulty of entry with bulky socks. I personally prefer the ATB Wetshoe, Item # 2335, with its zippered entry for a drysuit.

      Answered on 7/6/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Workboot Wetshoe

    Q:

    I am going on an expedition in the tropics later this year that will require some serious hiking 7 to 10 days at a stretch. Unfortunately, we will often be traversing rivers or walking in rivers for short periods of time, so feet and lower legs will be totally submersed. Hiking boots not really an option. Tevas don't protect my feet enough and ankles from thorny vines and and such. Was wondering if these would be a good option.
    Asked on 2/22/2013 by Chris

    7 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Chris, these shoes would certainly hold up for this type of use. One caveat, they do not have drainage, so your feet will stay wet. Other boots you might consider are the NRS Storm Boot, Item # 23391 and the OTB Abyss II, Item # 23301, both of which are built for wet conditions and drain.

      Answered on 2/22/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have had these boots for about four years.
      Each Year I wear them on a canoe trip for about six days; so I would have somewhere around 24 days worth of use.
      Normally I might do one or two portages a day maybe a mile to 2 miles per day.
      However one year we did do a portage of about 16 miles through a swamp.
      They held up reasonably well and are very good at protecting your feet From roots etc.
      Even though they have a Neoprene liner, I wear dress socks so that I can take them off easily and they do provide protection against rubbing from the seams of the liner
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 2/22/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Nothing is great for hiking in wet. These are great in the water. I felt very sure footed, and comfortable.
      You might want a dry pair of boots for dry parts of the trail in addition. Wet feet hiking for long periods add up to immersion foot I'm afraid.
      Hope that helps.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 2/22/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I only did day hikes in the Grand Canyon during winter from the raft but they were fine. With my drysuit I used a neopren sock that wasn't waterproof so I had wet feet; high enough and water proof you could keep your feet dry.

      Answered on 2/23/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Excellent boot use them surf casting of the beach in the spring and
      fall also when I kayak have had other shoes by far these are the
      best. Had mine for 4 years with rugged abuse still holding up fine
      but will need a new pair next year but will still use these as back
      up nothing worse then putting on wet boots to hike on dry sand Good
      luck Dave

      Answered on 2/23/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have used those boots about 20-25 times since I bought them. The are not your typical boot for hiking.They are not sturdy enough for long hikes if you need ankle support. My soles started to come unglued afterusing them for twenty or so days. All in all I was not to impressed. I would look into the higher end bootsthat are not made my NRS, think they have a couple listed on their website.

      Answered on 2/24/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      My son used them during his working as a river guide during the rafting season. so he would
      be in the raft, then out in the water, back in the raft, on the banks. He said they worked really well
      and were comfortable but still gave you a little bit of protection from the elements. They also seemed
      to be designed well.
      Don C

      Answered on 2/25/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Workboot Wetshoe

    Q:

    How wide are these boots ,I need a wide fit do they come like that
    Asked on 1/20/2013 by having fun in water from NZ but going to grand canion

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I found that they run about a medium width. I had a problem getting my dry suit sock into them . I went up a size and that helped alot.

      Answered on 1/20/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Can't help on that. They work OK for me and I wear a wide also, but that's
      all I know.

      Answered on 1/20/2013 by Bill from Escalante, UT
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      They are approximately a D width.

      Answered on 1/21/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Workboot Wetshoe

    Q:

    Is there any way that you could make these boots in such a way as to allow the neoprene portion to come out of the boot portion. You know the way a snowboard boot has a removable insert. This would not only allow for easier on and off, but would allow for faster drying. Also, the stress on the neoprene portion would be totally eliminated. Please send this idea to your boot manufacturers and don't take no for an answer. Get back to me at jungle49@live.com. Thanks, Shawn
    Asked on 12/6/2012 by TRZN from Swampy Florida

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Thanks for the feedback, Shawn. The R&D folks will definitely see it.

      Answered on 12/6/2012 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I love the boots from a functional perspective, but I rarely use them anymore, since getting them on and off is a huge struggle in the field.. and they have to be put on sitting down. I have even had leg cramps trying to get into them and have had to switch back to my old trusty LLBean LTRB boots, sad to say
      John

      Answered on 12/6/2012 by Anonymous
  • NRS Workboot Wetshoe

    Q:

    Hello! I'm going to be competing in a 24-hr endurance race in November, which will require spending quite a bit of time in frigid water. I feel that the NRS workboot will offer a lot in the water, but I'm concerned about how they'll perform on land. More specifically, will I be able to comfortably run for many, many miles in these? Thanks for your time. Tim.
    Asked on 9/5/2012 by Ex-Navy Tim from Niskayuna, NY

    7 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I bought these boots for a hundred mile canoe trip--we had a bunch of portages
      and beaver dams to cross--I loved these boots--but I did not run in them--I'm
      really flat footed and need a motion control shoe--but if you have a high arch
      or are comfortable wearing those new minimal shoes I'm sure these will more than
      fit the bill. Good luck! I'm a grad of the Navy War College--even though I was
      an AF guy!
      Jim Lynch

      Answered on 9/5/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      While these are great for water sports, they are meant to be worn without socks, and I just don't think I'd be comfortable running in these for a mile, let alone for a race. They're also kind of heavy, so take that into consideration as well.

      Answered on 9/6/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I wouldn't recommend it for extended overland running/etc. The sole
      is-imho-too flexible over it's entire length to provide comfort...

      Answered on 9/6/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I use my shoes to wade fish and they are great.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 9/6/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Don't know - I don't run in them. I do a lot of hiking, using them mainly in
      water, but also over some rocky terrain. They don't hold up all that well in
      the rocky stuff, and generally last about a year and a half.

      Answered on 9/6/2012 by Bill from Escalante, UT
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hey Tim
      I bought these boots when I ran the grand canyon in February of 2009 and wore them again when we did a 21 day grand canyon trip in December of 2011. I also bought them for hiking the zions narrows and other slot canyons. They are true boots. Rugged and warm, hike well and really grip wet surfaces. I love them. I'm not sure how they will handle a long run. They are heavy and built to take a pounding on the river. If your endurance run is more of a hike in lots of wet conditions to include totally submersion of the boat the yes I would recommend them. Other wise I would buy a really nice pair of trail runners and were grotex socks. Good luck with the race.
      Rich
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 9/6/2012 by Papa snow from Cottonwood heights Utah
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I'd pass on this boot for what you'll be doing. Mine were uncomfortable and
      I received a pretty bad rash if worn for extended periods of time. Hope
      this helps. Dan

      Answered on 9/7/2012 by Anonymous
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NRS Workboot Wetshoe
 
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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (44)
  • Good traction (40)
  • Durable (31)
  • Great fit (28)
  • Lightweight (27)

Cons

  • Difficult on and off (29)
  • Dries slowly (12)
  • Poor traction (3)

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  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (41)
  • Wading (29)
  • Boating / sailing (13)
  • Walking/hiking (7)
  • Casual wear (4)
    • Sizing:
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      Feels too large

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      92% 

      (35 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
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Great Boots for Northern Tier

Use these boots for Northern Tier July-August 2012. We had most of our two crews in the NRS Workboot. Make sure you size up the boot. They will dry out over night if...Read complete review

Use these boots for Northern Tier July-August 2012. We had most of our two crews in the NRS Workboot. Make sure you size up the boot. They will dry out over night if the wind is strong.

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Great for wet caves.

I use these boots in caves. Very warm in cold water. Good traction on wet rocks. Hard to get off when wet.

I use these boots in caves. Very warm in cold water. Good traction on wet rocks. Hard to get off when wet.

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5.0

Good for fly fishing

By John

from Park City, UT

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Good Traction
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Boating
    • Rafting
    • Wading

    Comments about NRS Workboot Wetshoe:

    I'm using these boots to fly fish/wade when it is too warm for waders and regular fishing boots. They are particularly good for situations where you have to walk some distance to the stream. Much less "clunky" and lighter than regular wading boots. The comments on using a sock (I'm using hiking liners) to make it easier to get the boots on and off are right on. Also, the comments that these run large are right on as well.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels too large
    • Width:
    • Feels too wide
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great work shoe, but order it large.

    By Firefighter Kyle

    from Minnesota

    About Me Professional

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Ankle Support

    Cons

    • Difficult On and Off

    Best Uses

    • Rescue

    Comments about NRS Workboot Wetshoe:

    We ordered several pairs of these boots to wear for water rescues. We ordered them large to be worn over dry suit socks and they were still very small in size. I normally wear a 9 1/2 shoe and had to go to a 12 to get it on and feel comfortable. So if your using with a dry suit, order at least 2 sizes bigger. Other than the size issue, the boots are great. Durable with great support and fair traction on river banks.

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

    Im thinking of ordering extra pair!

    By Mountain Recuer

    from New Jersey

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Traction
    • Great Fit
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Difficult On and Off

    Best Uses

      Comments about NRS Workboot Wetshoe:

      Great boot for everyone who is planing to do some canyoning!!

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

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good Wetshoes for the BWCA

      By Frank

      from Minnesota

      About Me Intermediate

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Great Fit

      Cons

      • Poor Traction

      Best Uses

      • Wading

      Comments about NRS Workboot Wetshoe:

      I bought the Workboot Wetshoes to replace my old wading boots just before a canoe trip to the BWCA. Other reviewers are correct about sizing them up when you order. Mine are a half size larger than my normal shoe size and fit perfectly. Some reviews led me to believe the wetshoes would be difficult to get on and off, but I found them to be pretty easy to slip in and out of by sliding my fingers between my foot and the neoprene liners. These wetshoes worked well in the BWCA. The ankle support was fantastic on portages and they kept my feet exteremely warm in some unseasonably cold damp weather. I wore them during a 10 mile hike on the first day with no break in whatsoever and got just one tiny blister where my big toe was rubbing on a seam during some steep downhill sections of the trail. I have just two minor criticisms of the the Workboot Wetshoes. First, when hiking on very rocky portage trails it was apparent that the sole isn't very stiff. A stiffer sole or shank would be a definite improvement. Second, the traction on wet surfaces wasn't quite as good as I was hoping for. It rained for two straight days on the trip so every rock, root and log on portages was slick. I lost my footing a few times while carrying a canoe and heavy pack. I had to be more cautious about my footing in these wetshoes than ever before, but to be fair my old wading boots had a felt sole that provided amazing traction. All in all I'm pretty happy with the Woorkboot Wetshoes and would recommend them to a friend.

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

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great water boot for work on patrol boat

      By Ranger Bob

      from St Croix Falls, Wi.

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Good Traction
      • Great Fit
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Difficult On and Off

      Best Uses

      • Boating
      • Kayaking
      • Rafting
      • Wading

      Comments about NRS Workboot Wetshoe:

      I have used this boot for marine patrol, canoeing and kayaking and in a pinch with dive fins. Very comfortable and wears well as I am very hard on gear. A little hard to get on and off but I cant think of a way to get around that and still be the same functional boot.

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

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