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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.
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Gender Sizing: Men
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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4.3

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (55)
  • Good traction (50)
  • Durable (38)
  • Great fit (34)
  • Lightweight (32)

Cons

  • Difficult on and off (34)
  • Dries slowly (14)
  • Poor quality (4)
  • Poor traction (3)

Best Uses

  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (54)
  • Wading (35)
  • Boating / sailing (16)
  • Walking/hiking (11)
  • Casual wear (4)
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      64% 

      (30 reviews)

      Feels too large

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      93% 

      (43 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
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Protect Your Feet!

I am a 40+ year kayaker, and I have observed that most injuries to kayakers occur when loading and unloading kayaks from the water, and to the feet when landing and launching on...Read complete review

I am a 40+ year kayaker, and I have observed that most injuries to kayakers occur when loading and unloading kayaks from the water, and to the feet when landing and launching on rocky and slippery surfaces. These boots solve the second problem! I have had a pair for 4 years and have used them hard on over 100 nights of kayak camping in remote areas. They work well for kayaking, hiking, exploring tide pools, and anywhere you need a tough, protective, and warm boot. They are tough to get on and off, but very comfortable and secure when on. Wetting the neoprene liner before putting them on helps a lot. They can be worn comfortably over a drysuit sock, with liner socks, or barefooted. And they really protect your feet! The high grip soles work well on all types of surfaces. You may occasionally need some Shoe Goo to re-glue the stiff soles to the more flexible components, but that is just good maintenance. I will buy these again when this pair wears out.

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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

Awesome for swiftwater rescue

By VolunteerRescue

from Tennessee

About Me Intermediate

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Rafting
    • Swiftwater Rescue

    Comments about NRS Workboot Wetshoe:

    These boots were perfect for swift water rescue performing superbly both in and out of the water.

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

    Best Rugged WetBOOT period.

    By MNSwen

    from Storden, MN

    About Me Advanced

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Traction
    • Great Fit

    Cons

    • Difficult On and Off
    • Dries Slowly

    Best Uses

    • Boating
    • Kayaking
    • Rafting
    • Wading
    • Walking/Hiking

    Comments about NRS Workboot Wetshoe:

    Beside a few local creek kayak runs, I pretty much broke them in while on a 35 mile (29 lake/6 portaging) Boundary Waters Canoe Area voyage. These boots slid in my tight kayak easily, and were comfy while paddling. The boots gripped the various muddy, rocky & wet-terrain very well as we crossed the Laurentian divide twice. I bought them in May of '15, I've probably kayaked 100 times, and every lace, strap, glue & stitch look new, but dirtier.. They provide immediate confidence in or out of the water. The 3 drawbacks, they're not exactly light, but they're not too heavy when dry, nor do they dry fast. And... they are not a joy to remove. Still, I'm the only one in our crew not to lose footwear in a current. And frankly, they just look badask. Highly Recommended.

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

    When you need more than a soft sole neoprene boot

    By Frosty

    from NH

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Traction
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Kayaking
      • Sailing

      Comments about NRS Workboot Wetshoe:

      I always order neoprene a two sizes larger so they don't restrict circulation, you will stay warmer longer. True for gloves and body wear also!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Boot style water socks.

      By Flip

      from Forsyth, GA

      About Me Intermediate

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Kayaking
        • Rafting
        • Wading

        Comments about NRS Workboot Wetshoe:

        Great for canoeing. It basically is a boot version of the neoprene water sock I wear when scuba diving. The boot concept should be great when having to portage my canoe. I've only wore them a couple of times but they already feel comfortable.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Arrived as promised.

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

        Great Boots, comfy and durable

        By Doug LB

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Advanced

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Good Traction
        • Great Fit

        Cons

        • Difficult On and Off

        Best Uses

        • Canoe Trip
        • Rafting
        • Wading
        • Walking/Hiking

        Comments about NRS Workboot Wetshoe:

        This was a great boot. Wore it for 8 days in Queticao National Park with Seal Skin socks and was a great combination. It is a little bit of a hassles getting them on and off because of neoprene. But you want it to seal around your ankle. Drained great and kept me dry. Really comfortable boots. I wear a size 13 but had to reorder a 14 to get fit right.

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

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        • NRS Workboot Wetshoe

          Q:

          How do I get my feet into these shoes? I know they go in the top, but they get stuck. My shoe horn is too short and when they are wet, they are clingy. Help please!
          Asked on 4/18/2016 by Doug

          5 answers

          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I have exactly the same problem. Talc powder helps when they are dry but obviously not when they are wet. We have several members that use nylon stocking (shoe style). Sounds kinky but does work. For a couple of $$ worth a try.
            Regards
            Trevor
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            Answered on 4/19/2016 by Trevor from Australia
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            Sounds dumb, but wear socks. Works for me every time.
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            Answered on 4/18/2016 by Andrew from Texas
          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Doug, try putting a thin "dress" sock over your foot. It will help with the off-and-on with this shoe.

            Answered on 4/19/2016 by Clyde from NRS
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            They can be a challenge. I haven't had too much trouble getting them on, even wet. Getting off was harder. I found that I needed to get a finger or two behind the heel to break the "seal". Yours sound just a little bit tighter.

            Answered on 4/19/2016 by Matt from Akron, Ohio
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I use thin neoprene socks inside the boots, so with the laces loose and carefully gripping the inner lining, they slide in fine. However, they can be hard to get off when wet even with the neosox. A suction action can get going so even with pushing on the heel bump, it can be tough. I end up forcing rain pants and even running tights over the boots when I am modifying for weather rather than dealing with getting them off. Off/on is the main negative of these boots.

            Answered on 4/18/2016 by Northern canoeist from Laramie, WY
        • NRS Workboot Wetshoe

          Q:

          My son is looking to go to the Boundary Waters in Canada on a canoeing trip. He will be stepping in the water and wearing these boots for 9 days canoeing and carry gear from lake to lake. He also has wide feet. Will this boot work for this application?
          Asked on 3/22/2016 by Tiny from Floyds Knobs, IN

          1 answer

        • NRS Workboot Wetshoe

          Q:

          do these shoes drain?most reviews indicate yes but one says no? are the soles non marking? how heavy are they.will use for flats fishing in so. florida and canoeing and portaging in lake placid new york areas.boots need to drain and also keep sand out. also use for trout fishing in new york (hard, rocky stream beds) also have ankle problem and need as much padding on same as possible. am looking at these and the ATB wetshoe
          Asked on 12/7/2015 by Joe from Venice fl and Lake Placid new york

          5 answers

          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            Its a great work shoe, I use it for cold water shore diving. Might be a bit warm for Florida and I call it my all day boot - comfortable all day and will take that much time to get it off.

            Answered on 12/7/2015 by phatguppy from Petaluma, CA
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            Hey Joe,
            I can't tell you about weather or not the soles mark the floors because I don't
            actually have the boots with me at this time. I can tell you that they do hug
            your ankle at the top (neoprene-like) but are not actually waterproof. When I
            want to keep my feet dry I use dry bottoms with built a in sock and and then put the
            boots on. The rubber and neoprene are probably waterproof but the seems in the
            neoprene are not and the top can let some water in.
            These are great boots for rocky conditions. I've used my on multiweek kayak
            trips in B.C. and Alaska and have been very happy with the extra ankle protection
            they give. They might be a little bit lighter weight than a leather work boot
            but not much.
            Hope this helps.
            Thor
            PS If I remember right, I had to order a couple sizes larger than my actual foot size.

            Answered on 12/7/2015 by Anonymous
          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Joe, when you're looking at the online photo you'll see a half-oval shaped mesh panel at the instep. This drains the outer portion of the shoe, the part that cinches with the lacing. There is an inner 5 mm neoprene sock that does not drain. With the lacing and the above ankle cinch strap the sock fits snugly to the foot, keeping most debris out. The sole is non-marking. The neoprene and outer shell will give you very good padding and support. The ATB is another good choice, also with a non-marking sole. With its side zip it's easier to get on, but doesn't offer the same ankle support as the Workboot.

            Answered on 12/7/2015 by Clyde from NRS
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            No.

            Answered on 12/7/2015 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            The boots do drain pretty well. I've used mine for several canoe trips through Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario. Lots of muddy portages and wet entries and exits from canoes. The soles are very study for all types of terrain and work well on slippery rocks. Good padding and ankle support in a relatively lightweight boot.
            A good boot!
            Eric

            Answered on 12/7/2015 by Anonymous
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          Q:

          Sizing question: I have a pair of NRS Paddle Wetshoes, Item # 30034.02.102, US size 8. When I wear my drysuit and my shoe orthotics together, the Paddle Wetshoes are tight and uncomfortable. When I wear the drysuit without the orthotics, or the orthotics without the drysuit (wear a wetsuit instead, which does not go inside the shoe), the Paddle Wetshoes fit fairly comfortably. Due to an arthritic left ankle, I need the support of the NRS Workboot Wetshoe. What size should I try in the NRS Paddle Wetshoes, US size 8 or US size 9? Thank you.
          Asked on 6/22/2015 by Tammy from Port Angeles, WA

          8 answers

          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            Try a size bigger. Or try both and return the one that doesn't fit.

            Answered on 6/29/2015 by Northern canoeist from Laramie, WY
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            The NRS Workboot Wetshoe is a snug fit. If you went up a size, you could use a pair of sock liners (wool or a thinner style) to help absorb some of the room. You may want to order both sizes, try them on with your orthotics and try them on with the liners. You can always return the pair you do not want - free return shipping. We did that for my son who has a very wide foot and we needed to find the right fit for him between 2 sizes. Hope this helps.

            Answered on 6/25/2015 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I would wear US size 9.
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            Answered on 6/23/2015 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I also find that the boots fit tight and are difficult to get on and off in normal situations. Next time I will go with one size larger.
            I like the excellent support they offer, especially on river rocks and the trail.
            Zimo
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          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I usually wear size 10.5 and I got size 12 to wear with my drysuit and it fits great.

            Answered on 6/23/2015 by Gumby from Durango,co
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            When I use the boots and dry suit with a heavy for insulation. sock, I went two sizes over. Try the nine, but you might need the ten.
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            Answered on 6/23/2015 by JT from SC
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            The boots have a wet suit lining and are very tight. I would get the bigger size.
            Ryan Leahy

            Answered on 6/22/2015 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I wear this wet shoe using s semi dry suit and they run narrow and tight. I went 1 size over my regular shoe and they are still tight to put on, really takes an effort, but once on, feels great and all day support, can walk the tide pools in these!

            Answered on 6/22/2015 by phatguppy from Petaluma, CA
        • NRS Workboot Wetshoe

          Q:

          Do any of your wet shoes come in an E width?
          Asked on 3/12/2015 by Chuck from Cary, NC

          1 answer

        • NRS Workboot Wetshoe

          Q:

          I am having trouble determining if these are suitable for fresh and salt water both.
          Asked on 8/30/2014 by The Whippet Whisperer from Summerland Key, FL

          4 answers

          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            i've only used them for saltwater excellent boot

            Answered on 9/2/2014 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            Yes they are. I use them in salt water full time, and they have always
            performed great!

            Answered on 8/31/2014 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I have used them in fresh only. Don't know about salt. I expect the same answer as for all neoprene. I have used neoprene in the ocean on occasion without ill effect.

            Answered on 9/1/2014 by Northern canoeist from Laramie, WY
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I haven't used in salt water. I would think so.
            Matt

            Answered on 8/30/2014 by Matt from Akron, Ohio
        • NRS Workboot Wetshoe

          Q:

          Got a pair of these a year ago; they're great when wet, but when dry the bottom seams rub my insteps raw. Polypro sock liners don't seem to help: when wet, they wad up and cause more rubbing (just in different spots). I'll be trekking in two weeks, and I'm worried about blisters: any suggestions?
          Asked on 7/16/2014 by Tebark from Columbus, OH

          2 answers

          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            Wear neoprene socks inside the boots if this is referring to the NRS Workboots. Bonuses are that the socks dry more quickly and can be laundered more easily.

            Answered on 7/16/2014 by Northern canoeist from Laramie, WY
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I have taken the same pair of boots on 2 separate treks. I wear a pair of
            hiking socks (Wool or Wool/Synthetic Blend) with the boots and have had no
            blisters (though I blister easily normally). Good Luck!

            Answered on 7/19/2014 by Anonymous
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          Q:

          I've had my workboot wetshoe for many years and I know some things don't last forever. I've used the boot on many expeditions to Boundary Waters and Quetico Canada with heavy haul portages, canyoneering adventures as well as Baja ocean kayak tours. They have served me well. BUT they are falling apart! The rubber is separating from the fabric. Can I save my boots? Do you know of a bonding material to "glue" them back together? I have a week long Boundary trip planned in August and would like to make all those portages in my workboot without them totally falling apart. Thanks
          Asked on 6/16/2014 by Terry from LA (soon to be northern Idaho)

          5 answers

          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            Try SIKAFLEX !
            Michael Manousakis

            Answered on 6/16/2014 by Anonymous
          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Terry, I suggest Aquaseal Adhesive, Item # 35001.01. It should bond to the materials in the shoe and when it cures it's flexible. Good stuff for lots of outdoor item repairs.

            Answered on 6/16/2014 by Clyde from NRS
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I have not had mine that long. I have used "Shoe Goo" on light hikers
            and such. Mission critical as these are would require more thought if I
            had to repair like you. Thanks for reminding me to check mine before I
            head out on the Green..

            Answered on 6/16/2014 by Matt from Akron, Ohio
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            My recommendation is to get a new pair. I have been through three pairs in
            the last 10-12 years. There is no easily obtainable glue that will hold up
            to Quetico or BWCA portages. Even if you could replicate the original glue,
            the fabric is dirty and degraded beyond a secure glue bond. Get a new pair
            and save your old pair for the stories they can tell.

            Answered on 6/16/2014 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            You can try looking into wet suit repair glue not sure if it will work but it is worth a try

            Answered on 6/17/2014 by Anonymous
        • NRS Workboot Wetshoe

          Q:

          Can you scuba dive with this boot?
          Asked on 5/2/2014 by SWR

          3 answers

          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            This is a good boot if you are doing a short shore dive or any dive
            requiring a longer walk to the water. It holds fins well, as long as your
            fins are a few sizes larger. I use these with search and recovery dives
            that are less than .5 hour with minimal kicking.

            Answered on 5/3/2014 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            you can, the inner sock is similar to a wet suit bootie. The outer sole gives good stability on rocks and uneven surfaces. The only issue would be getting a fin over the boot as it is much larger on the outside than the standard wet suit bootie. They work well with the shredder fins.

            Answered on 5/3/2014 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I have never scuba dived. It is a light boot and it doesn't hold water.
            I use it for white water canoeing.

            Answered on 5/6/2014 by Matt from Akron, Ohio
        • 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

          • 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
          • 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
          • 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
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