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Astral Men's Brewer Water Shoe

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$99.95

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The Astral Men's Brewer is a kayaking shoe for all walks of life. It's both a water shoe and a casual shoe. Hop out of your boat and stroll to the pub in style.
  • This is a water shoe that looks as good as it performs.
  • It is so lightweight - less than 8 ounces (214 grams)! This minimalist construction also reduces use of toxic adhesives.
  • The upper is made with Cordura® and Airmesh for durable, breathable performance.
  • New G.SS™ "Super Sticky" rubber in the outsole gives you outstanding wet or dry traction.
  • The rockered toe helps the front of the shoe ride up over rocks and is naturally articulated for the kayaking position.
  • The shoe has plenty of drainage ports in sidewalls, sole and heel to rapidly get rid of water.
  • EVA foam in the Balanced Geometry midsole provides cushioning comfort and protection from sticks and stones.
  • The Brewer also has a step-down heel so you can wear it as a slip-on when you're not likely to get chundered.
  • Marking sole.

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Gender Sizing: Men
Material Upper: Cordura® and Airmesh
Sole: G.SS rubber
Marking Sole: Yes
Insole: EVA foam
Closure System: Laces
Taped Seams: No
Features:
  • Drainage in sidewalls, sole and heel

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  • Astral Men's Brewer Water Shoe

    Q:

    Has anyone tried these on a SUP? I need a comfortable shoe to fit over my dry suit booties that will double as a good paddling and walking shoe without throwing off the feel of the board too much
    Asked on 2/18/2014 by HJ

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I haven't tried them on a SUP, however I've worn them in kayaks. They are a well-designed shoe and incredibly light weight. The soles are designed for traction on wet rocks or concrete, and they work great for that. But In my experience they don't do all that well on wet docks or other surfaces. Also, the soles marked my kayak, and the marks were tough to remove. You might want to check out the Astral Porter. I have a pair. They are non-marking and have a slip-free sole. They are also more comfortable (to me) than the Brewer.

      Answered on 2/18/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I purchased these for my husband last Christmas. He had a full season of
      kayaking in them and was extremely satisfied with the feel & fit. The
      bottom is fairly grippy & he is able to get good traction walking on the
      river bed. The shoe is not bulky or too thick though which allows him to
      feel comfortable walking & feeling the terrain as well. Hope this helps !

      Answered on 2/18/2014 by Anonymous
  • Astral Men's Brewer Water Shoe

    Q:

    I have size 13 feet. Will these shoes fit in my Dagger Nomad 8.5?
    Asked on 10/21/2012 by JJB from Portland,or

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The Brewer is a pretty low profile shoe. If you can wear other shoes with a full sole in your boat it should work. If you can only cram your feet in there with something super low profile, like the Desperado Sock, it's probably a no-go.

      Answered on 10/24/2012 by Clyde from NRS
  • Astral Men's Brewer Water Shoe

    Q:

    How well would the shoe endure or hold up to portaging; especially rocky portages as found in the BWCAW and Quetico?
    Asked on 10/2/2012 by Hrafn from Minnesota

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      They're very well made. Go to boatertalk.com; there's a forum thread there giving a report on performance.

      Answered on 10/8/2012 by Clyde from NRS
  • Astral Men's Brewer Water Shoe

    Q:

    I was wondering how big the sizes are. If you compare to a Nike sneaker, of which i wear 12. Is he Astral sizes the same, smaller, bigger?
    Asked on 9/13/2012 by Marty

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      This is a new shoe, so we haven't had much feedback. One of the fellows here who has a pair wears a size 12.5 Nike and says the 12 Brewer works for him.

      Answered on 9/24/2012 by Clyde from NRS
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      This is a new shoe, so we haven't had much feedback. One of the fellows here who has a pair wears a size 12.5 Nike and says the 12 Brewer works for him.

      Answered on 9/24/2012 by Clyde from NRS
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Astral Men's Brewer Watershoe
 
4.0

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    (4)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good traction (9)
  • Lightweight (8)
  • Comfortable (6)
  • Easy on and off (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (13)
    • Boating / sailing (8)
    • Wading (4)
    • Casual wear (3)
      • Sizing:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        70% 

        (7 reviews)

        Feels too large

         
      • Width:
      • Feels too narrow

         

        Feels true to width

         

        89% 

        (8 reviews)

        Feels too wide

         
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    At 1st OK, Now Stoked!

    So first, these cost less than my normal footwear and since they are supposed to be river specific I thought I'd give them a go. On arrival I was far from stoked. The...Read complete review

    So first, these cost less than my normal footwear and since they are supposed to be river specific I thought I'd give them a go. On arrival I was far from stoked. The rubber seemed stiff on the soles, the uppers were a coarse material that didn't not seem like it would work with bare feet, and I was concerned the large drain holes would let in too much silt.

    Turns out once you wear them in the river for a few days the uppers soften up, the rubber gets soft and sticky. So good!

    Now I wear them everyday. It's super cool to wear the same shoes to work, over the drysuit, and into the playboat.

    What's best: no cloth footbed, its just rubber. This way there is not stink! Wicked light weight is awesome too. And they dry plenty fast, the uppers aren't cored with an absorbent material the way most shoes are.

    Finally, I'd been looking for a non-absorbent shoe to wear over drysuit booties for near 32f winter boating. Neoprene booties in this environment just hold really cold water to your feet and generally suck. These are going to be perfect!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Liked at first, but wore blister

    After a couple days into a river trip, the left shoe wore a blister on the top of my foot, behind my big toe, and I had to start wearing socks. I like...Read complete review

    After a couple days into a river trip, the left shoe wore a blister on the top of my foot, behind my big toe, and I had to start wearing socks. I like the shoes, and I will try them again next trip. Maybe I can smooth out the seam between the tongue and laces somehow.

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    5.0

    Astral does what no others do!

    By Emdexpress

    from Ann Arbor, Mi

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Kayaking

      Comments about Astral Men's Brewer Watershoe:

      I have bought hundreds of boots and shoes and until I bought this shoe, a spare laces was never included. I often ask if I can buy another matching pair and the answer is always no. These shoes came with an extra pair and a different color too. Of course the shoe is very light and comfortable. Great shoe, good price. Did not include durability as have only used a few times, so far, great!

      • 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

      Better than expected

      By Wiley creeker

      from Sweet Home. Oregon

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Traction
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Pesky Fart Sound

      Best Uses

      • Boating
      • Kayaking
      • Walking/Hiking

      Comments about Astral Men's Brewer Water Shoe:

      Great water shoe. My wife and I each bought a pair for kayaking. We're more than pleased. Easy in and out of kayak and they also work as a great walking shoe when Leaving the boat and following a trail. I'm most impressed though with traction. We have a killer slippery boulder to negotiate in order to reach the creek in our back yard. These soles stick like glue! Unbelievable! Get a pair.

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

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      tad smallish

      By my feet are wet

      from Atikokan, Ontario

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Good Traction
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Sailing

        Comments about Astral Men's Brewer Water Shoe:

        I have some Astral Porter's as well. The two shoes are very similar but the Brewer's feel 1/2 size smaller than the Porter's.

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

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Liked at first, but wore blister

        By Tom

        from Phoenix, AZ

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Traction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Boating
          • Rafting

          Comments about Astral Men's Brewer Water Shoe:

          After a couple days into a river trip, the left shoe wore a blister on the top of my foot, behind my big toe, and I had to start wearing socks. I like the shoes, and I will try them again next trip. Maybe I can smooth out the seam between the tongue and laces somehow.

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best water shoes yet

          By Nate

          from Athens, GA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Boating
            • Casual Wear
            • Kayaking
            • Rafting
            • Wading

            Comments about Astral Men's Brewer Watershoe:

            I've owned a pair of Teva's before that were more of shoe than a sandal and they were ok as a "shoe". But these Astral Brewers are amazing. They perform really well as a both a water shoes and as shoes to wear out. They do seem to run a little small, as others have said, so I went with a half size larger than normal and that worked great. I imagine you want them to be a little snug for better water performance.

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

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