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Say goodbye to cold, bruised, battered feet and ankles. The NRS Desperado Sock lets you stuff your tootsies into even the smallest kayak, but still provides the warmth and protection you need.
  • 3-mm Terreprene™ neoprene with a stretchy spandex exterior ensures your feet will be warm and comfortable.
  • Extra padding in the toe and heel gives superior in-the-boat protection and a ToughTex™ wear patch adds durability.
  • 1.5-mm textured rubber sole won't add bulk, and still protects your feet both in and out of the boat.
  • Neoprene HydroCuff™ grips your ankle, helping keep water out and warmth in.
  • Bungee pull-cord at the ankle helps secure the sock, so they'll stay on if you swim.
  • These shoes are running snug - If you are in between sizes or have wide feet you may want to consider the next size larger.
(Available in whole sizes only.)
Women order one size smaller.
1/2 sizes order one size larger.

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  • Neoprene: 3-mm Terraprene neoprene upper
  • Sole: 1.5-mm rubber sole
  • Insole: 3-mm Terraprene neoprene
  • Closure System: Hydrocuff with elastic pull cord
  • ToughTex wear patch
Size Men's Women's
XXS 6 7
XS 7 8
S 8 9
M 9 10
L 10 11
XL 11 12
XXL 12 13
3XL 13 14

video: How To: Clean and Deodorize Neoprene Wetshoes

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Commonly heard complaints from boaters are "My wetshoes dry slowly" and "My shoes really stink." The problems are related. Neoprene shoes don't "breathe" so moisture escapes slowly unless you work to eliminate it. And bacteria and other microorganisms in the water and from your feet can generate odors in those moist conditions. This video shows how to clean and dry watershoes to head off odor. And if stinky shoes happen, we show how to eliminate it.

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  • NRS Desperado Socks with HydroCuff - Closeout

    Q:

    Do you have size M in stock for NRS Desperado Socks?
    Asked on 4/6/2014 by Brian from San Diego

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Brian, this is a closeout item, so only sizes shown are in stock. The Freestyle Wetshoe, Item # 30017.03, replaced this sock.

      Answered on 4/6/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Desperado Socks with HydroCuff - Closeout

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    What shoes size does the available 3XL correspond to?
    Asked on 11/6/2013 by Jonathan from United States

    3 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Jonathan, the 3XL corresponds to men's 13, women's 14 shoe size. Thanks for pointing out that the sizing was missing.

      Answered on 11/7/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I Love the shoe, I live in Long Island Sound, Connecticut and use the shoe most of the time while kayaking off the sandy beaches here in New England. For sharp rocky areas I have a thicker soled bottom. This is not a waterproof shoe! But very comfortable!!!

      Answered on 11/7/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It say 13 on the package - I'd say a large 13 or small 14.

      Answered on 11/7/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Desperado Socks with HydroCuff - Closeout

    Q:

    How many cms long is size M?
    Or inches, I'll convert
    Asked on 8/18/2013 by Omen from Australia

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Omen, the internal length is 25.7 cm (10.125").

      Answered on 8/19/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Desperado Socks with HydroCuff - Closeout

    Q:

    Would like a pair of the Desperado socks with hydro cuff in a womens size 8, blue first choice but will accept red. can i get a pair?
    Asked on 7/8/2013 by expert paddler from Driggs, Idaho

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The Desperado Socks are a discontinued item and we're out of your size. The Freestyle Wetshoe, Item # 23051, replaces it.

      Answered on 7/9/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Desperado Socks with HydroCuff - Closeout

    Q:

    What's the best/safest way to clean these?
    Asked on 6/6/2013 by Rudy Mang

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      This being my first pair...I limit cleaning to hand washing w/mild soap
      and laying out to air dry...

      Answered on 6/10/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I ran them through the gentle cycle in the washing machine and then air dried them. They came out good as new.

      Answered on 6/6/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I've washed mine in the washing machine and dried them in the sun. That
      seems to work.

      Answered on 6/6/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I've sent them through the washing machine with soap before (front loader, so likely more gentle than the old type with that agitator in the middle).

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

      A:

      Rudy, this video gives some good info on taking care of your Desperados - http://www.nrsweb.com/shop/Video_Library.asp?vid=387&cv=1

      Answered on 6/6/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Desperado Socks with HydroCuff - Closeout

    Q:

    I have had frostbite before with pretty bad nerve damage in my feet and am trying to find the best and cheapest way to keep my feet dry and warm. Can these be worn underneath the 'NRS Paddle Wetshoe' or any other shoe?
    Asked on 5/11/2013 by mitch from the open road

    6 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I dont know they are rather bulky.. Sounds like ya need neoprene socks under these babys

      Answered on 5/24/2013 by Scooter from The 'burgh
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Not sure about any other show but I usually just wear them with wool socks and I've been warm so far, and this is paddling winter months in western nc. Hope this helps!!
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 5/12/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      HI Mitch.
      I tried wearing them under my water shoes but no luck. The sole on the
      sock is too thick to wear inside another shoe. Unless you are wearing them
      in a winter boot like a Sorel. We have not tried them in the water yet but
      will next week.
      Good luck
      J

      Answered on 5/12/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Mitch, this would not be a good choice to wear inside another shoe. The Expedition Sock, Item # 23411, is a very warm liner for shoes. The HydroCuff top will keep splash out, but if immersed above the top, water will enter. The SealSkinz Submerge Socks, Item # 23511, will block water entry, but are not very warm by themselves. The Boundary Shoe, Item # 2308, has a high top, 5 mm thick neoprene and has waterproof seams. Give us a call, 800.635.5202, and we'll be able to help further in getting what you need.

      Answered on 5/11/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

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      I'd probably look for something else. Despite being called a sock, there is a tread of sorts on the bottom. It helps with traction though it's thin enough that the gravel in the parking lot is still uncomfortable. I think that tread would be too thick to fit comfortably into a shoe.
      Also, I find that these do help with keeping my feet warm, but they are not ideal for keeping them dry. It's easy to get water past the draw cord at the top and the tread keeps them from draining. If I've gone for a swim, I often find that it's a good idea to take these off and drain the water out so that I'm not sloshing around.

      Answered on 5/11/2013 by Scott from Warren, NJ
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I'd never thought of wearing them under anything. They work great for what I need; a thin layer of padding in a tight carbon bow. It would work if you oversize your outer shoe.
      But these aren't water tight (esp. the top fit). I'd think you may be better w thick tight neoprene socks under the paddle wetshoe or such.

      Answered on 5/11/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Desperado Socks with HydroCuff - Closeout

    Q:

    how much doe this shoe weigh?
    Asked on 1/21/2013 by bob

    6 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      One Medium (Size 9) bootie weighs 6 ounces

      Answered on 2/12/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      A pair of Mediums (men's size 9) weighs 0.70 pounds.

      Answered on 1/24/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It is a very light shoe. You will hardly know you have it on.

      Answered on 1/22/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Around 5 0z per shoe.

      Answered on 1/22/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Each shoe weighs 6 ounces. Yes they are light and yet they keep you warm. I like these shoes!!

      Answered on 1/21/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I just paddled. 1 wet shoe weighs 9 ounces, so I'll guess that dry shoe weighs 6 ounces, i.e. quite light.

      Answered on 1/21/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Desperado Socks with HydroCuff - Closeout

    Q:

    Can they be worn with a long wetsuit that goes down around my ankles? Will the bootie fit over the suit?
    Asked on 9/19/2012 by SUPer

    8 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I think that would work, I bought a pair a size too large to fit over
      the neoprene socks of my dry wear. They do run small from what I've
      read anyway. But that is the length of the foot part, the cuff is
      plenty stretchy. Hope that helps.

      Answered on 9/19/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, the bootie should easily fit over your wetsuit as the "hydro cuff" has some stretch to it.

      Answered on 9/19/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Sure, no problem, I have worn mine with a wetsuit in the past. The bootie
      slides up easily over the wetsuit.

      Answered on 9/19/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, in my case it would. The shoe has bungee type strap around the ankle that can be adjusted to fit over a wetsuit. With bare ankles I kept the strap snug, so there would be enough room to let it out to accomodate a neoprene wetsuit.
      Wendy

      Answered on 9/19/2012 by Wendy from Forestville, NY
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The sock material is so flexible and the top is only a mid height, you could go either way (wetsuit over or wetsuit under the booties). There might even be (likely will be) a small gap between the two.

      Answered on 9/19/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      They don't go much higher than your ankle....with that being said if the
      water is cold enough to need a wetsuit you may want to buy different
      footwear with more mm of neoprene

      Answered on 9/19/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The Booties will fit find over the wetsuit without any problems.
      I purchased two pairs of the Desperado Socks with HydroCuff, XL and XXL. I wear a size 10.5.
      I purchased the XL to wear normally and the XXL to wear over my dry-suit that has feet embedded in the suit.
      I have to agree with prior reviews that these boots run a little small.
      The XXL is a great fit for normal wear. I could use an XXXL to wear over my drysuit feet/booties.

      Answered on 9/20/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes .......the boots are somewhat flexible at the top cuff and have a adjustable drawstring at the top. they would easily fit over a wetsuit. I have been using these for about 5-6 yrs. to kayaksurf ....they are great.. dan. Dan WardWard ConstructionP.O. Box 53231San Jose, Ca. 95153***.****
      .....Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.

      Answered on 9/20/2012 by Danride from Boulder Creeek, Ca.
  • NRS Desperado Socks with HydroCuff - Closeout

    Q:

    Can this type of sock be worn under back-strap adjustable swim fins; the type with pockets for your foot or are they to bulky?
    Asked on 9/10/2012 by Waterlover from San Luis Obispo, CA

    8 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I wear these socks with my swim fins with no problems.

      Answered on 9/10/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have never tried using mine as anything but the outermost layer. I can
      think of nothing about the Sock that would prevent use with a swim fin. It
      is pretty smooth on the top foot portion which is where I would expect
      abrasion. Likely would need to change the fin size up at least one size.
      Give it a try.
      Joe

      Answered on 9/10/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I haven't tried that but would think they would OK. They are the thinnest sock/boot that I've been able to find. I wear them while sailing and started with the Desperado BOOT but found it was to bulky and hard to get under the hiking straps. I like the thin sole and flexibility of the sock, I think you'll like it and be able to use it.
      Buxton

      Answered on 9/10/2012 by Buxton from New Brighton, PA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have never tried them under fins but I imagine they would be too bulky.
      They have a flexible rubber sole on the bottom that would take up a bunch
      of space. I would go with more of a straight neoprene sock.

      Answered on 9/10/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I never tried wearing them with fins but they are very low profile. I'm able to survive wearing them in my tight playboy with no problems.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 9/10/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I'd suspect it would be a bit tight. The upper is a layer of neoprene, which could probably be shoved into a swim fin, particularly if your foot is a bit small, so there's a bit of room. The lower in a relatively thin layer of rubber, but it is designed to give some protection against whatever you might step on in the parking lot or river. That might keep your foot from going into the fin as far as you'd like.
      Also note that they retain water fairly well. I wear mine for kayaking. If I go for a swim, I usually need to pull each of them off my feet and turn them over to dump out the water when I get to shore. I'm not sure how that would work if swimming, but it seems like it might be inconvenient.
      Good luck!
      Scott

      Answered on 9/10/2012 by Scott from Warren, NJ
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I would imagine that you could wear these under fins. The bottom of the
      sock has a rubber sole, but I don't believe that it's thick enough to
      affect putting on the fins.

      Answered on 9/10/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      This sock could definitely work in that type of swim fin. They're maybe 1.5mm thick in the heel and above area.

      Answered on 9/11/2012 by Anonymous
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  • Good design (11)
  • Durable (8)
  • Warm (8)
  • Cushy (5)
  • Regulates temperature well (5)

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    Best Uses

        • Fit:
        • Feels too small

           

          Feels true to size

           

          58% 

          (7 reviews)

          Feels too big

           
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      NRS Desperado Socks with HydroCuff

      I was looking for a sock/shoe that was not too bulky. I paddle a whitewater play boat and the foot-room in the boat is tight. These relatively thin sock/shoes are comfortable,...Read complete review

      I was looking for a sock/shoe that was not too bulky. I paddle a whitewater play boat and the foot-room in the boat is tight. These relatively thin sock/shoes are comfortable, they appear durable (I have not had them long enough to wear out), are well constructed, are warm and they allow my feet to fit into the boat.

      I wear a wide shoe, so I had to go up a size - from the recommended large to an extra large. I suggest if you have a wide foot, you will need to do the same.

      The soles on these socks/shoes are thin, but they are surprisingly comfortable for hike into the river. However, they are not good for hiking on large stones/gravel for long distances, as the soles are not heavy enough for this purpose. They provide good traction on the wet rocks.

      I believe that I will be happy with these socks/shoes over their service life. Another good product from NRS!

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      who sizes these?

      I wanted to use these socks for swimming after foot surgery. My foot size is a true size 8 (Asolo/Salomon/ColeHaan, etc.) I ordered the socks for a size 9 shoe...Read complete review

      I wanted to use these socks for swimming after foot surgery. My foot size is a true size 8 (Asolo/Salomon/ColeHaan, etc.) I ordered the socks for a size 9 shoe to accommodate the foot swelling. The socks were too small even for the foot that had not been operated on. I then ordered the next size up (L) and they were gigantic. Despite the no-hassle return policy, it is a waste of time to order items that are so poorly sized.

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      3.0

      Returned Without Using

      By Dad the Runner & Kayaker

      from Aurora, IL (west of Chicago)

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Tight On Toes
        • Way too small

        Best Uses

          Comments about NRS Desperado Socks with HydroCuff - Closeout:

          Couldn't get this through the local paddle shop, so I ordered. Really wanted these to work, but was greatly disappointed because they were extremely tight. And what's all this pointed toe box about? We're not about water ballet! NRS got it right with Sasquatch, though (see my review on that).

          • Fit:
          • Feels too small
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Good product, but very inaccurate sizing

          By Parrothead

          from Nashville, TN

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Kayaking
            • Whitewater Rafting

            Comments about NRS Desperado Socks with HydroCuff - Closeout:

            I wore blend socks and these neoprenes to go whitewater rafting. They were great for the purpose. They got full of water, but my feet stayed warm throughout the trip.

            The sizing is tremendously inaccurate. I wear a size 9, which would be a small according to the sizing chart. After reading reviews, I decided to order a medium, the next size up. They were too small. Exchanged for a large, which was the size needed. The sizing chart really needs to be changed.

            Service and delivery comments:

            The customer service was absolutely awesome! I placed the order just in time to receive them two days before the trip. Called immediately after receiving the mediums about the inaccurate sizing chart and that I needed them for the trip. NRS worked with me and shipped the large pair the day I called. I got them the next day in time for the trip. This was my first purchased from NRS. I would definitely recommend ordering from them!

            • Fit:
            • Feels too small
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            1.0

            who sizes these?

            By scb

            from Chicago

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

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                  Comments about NRS Desperado Socks with HydroCuff - Closeout:

                  I wanted to use these socks for swimming after foot surgery. My foot size is a true size 8 (Asolo/Salomon/ColeHaan, etc.) I ordered the socks for a size 9 shoe to accommodate the foot swelling. The socks were too small even for the foot that had not been operated on. I then ordered the next size up (L) and they were gigantic. Despite the no-hassle return policy, it is a waste of time to order items that are so poorly sized.

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  When I returned the size small socks, I asked for an exchange for the next size up (1 pair) and a pair of Desperado shoes. Instead, I got two pairs of Desperado socks. Also, the items were sent UPS when my original order had been UPSP. The latter took 3 days to arrive, but the UPS shipment took over a week. Before I returned the socks, I spoke with NRS about the sizing and was informed that someone would speak with me about the return when it was received. Seems like that would have been a good policy to follow.

                   
                  5.0

                  Great, simple shoe

                  By Fred

                  from Fredericksburg, VA

                  About Me Avid Adventurer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Good Design

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Paddling

                    Comments about NRS Desperado Socks with HydroCuff - Closeout:

                    Can't beat this for the price. Very comfortable, good tread. Not bulky so they don't get in the way in the cockpit. Dries out quickly.

                    The sizing does run small. The average size of all the shoes in my closet was 9.2, so I ordered a 10 and the fit is good. I'd recommend going a size up from what you typically wear.

                    • Fit:
                    • Feels too small
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    4.0

                    NRS Desperado Socks with HydroCuff

                    By Big K

                    from Rock Hill, SC

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Cushy
                    • Good Design
                    • Regulates Temperature Well
                    • Warm

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Flatwater Kayaking
                      • Whitewater Kayaking

                      Comments about NRS Desperado Socks with HydroCuff - Closeout:

                      I was looking for a sock/shoe that was not too bulky. I paddle a whitewater play boat and the foot-room in the boat is tight. These relatively thin sock/shoes are comfortable, they appear durable (I have not had them long enough to wear out), are well constructed, are warm and they allow my feet to fit into the boat.

                      I wear a wide shoe, so I had to go up a size - from the recommended large to an extra large. I suggest if you have a wide foot, you will need to do the same.

                      The soles on these socks/shoes are thin, but they are surprisingly comfortable for hike into the river. However, they are not good for hiking on large stones/gravel for long distances, as the soles are not heavy enough for this purpose. They provide good traction on the wet rocks.

                      I believe that I will be happy with these socks/shoes over their service life. Another good product from NRS!

                      Service and delivery comments:

                      I ordered the recommended size (Large), but due to my wide foot, I had to return them for the next larger size (XL). Returning the item for replacement is very easy when dealing with NRS. Shipping was on time, and I have no reservations about ordering anything else from NRS. NRS is a professional, service-friendly entity.

                      • Fit:
                      • Feels too small
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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