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Astral Men's Brewer Water Shoe

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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: No
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
 
4.3

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (15)
  • Good traction (14)
  • Comfortable (12)
  • Easy on and off (10)
  • Great fit (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (22)
  • Boating / sailing (9)
  • Casual wear (8)
  • Wading (7)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      69% 

      (11 reviews)

      Feels too large

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      87% 

      (13 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Intermediate (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16)

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!

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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

Best Kayaking Shoe for Me

By pskihiker

from Placerville, CA

About Me Intermediate

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Wear
    • Kayaking
    • Rafting

    Comments about Astral Men's Brewer Water Shoe:

    This is my second pair of Astral Brewers. I had the original pair that I wore for about two years. The soles were getting worn down because I wore the shoe so much off the river, I decided it was time for a new pair. These shoes are comfortable once broken in, they have great traction (the new ones seem even better than the original) and they dry quickly and drain well. A big plus for these shoes for me is that when you are just hanging out it is like having a pair of your favorite knock-around tennies on. The midsoles are very well cushioned and they have a zero drop - which I really like. The materials are very durable. This is a really great pair of shoes. The only negative I can think of is that they took a little breaking in - the inner materials started out a little rough on bare feet - but it only took about three sessions for that to go away. I love these things!

    Service and delivery comments:

    Quick and no hassles

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

    Comfy in and out of the boats

    By Jimmie Paddler

    from Clearwater, FL

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual Wear
      • Kayaking

      Comments about Astral Men's Brewer Water Shoe:

      Very light weight. Much easier on and off than neoprene though not as warm. They dry quickly and without odor. In cold weather I wear neoprene socks with them and the laces allow for a comfortable fit either way. The sole is just the right amount of stiffness for kayaking.

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

      Comfortable paddling shoe

      By Scalawag

      from Travelers Rest, SC

      About Me Intermediate

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Good Traction
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Kayaking

        Comments about Astral Men's Brewer Water Shoe:

        Very comfortable quick drying shoe with excellent traction on slippery river rocks. Drainage ports help sand and grit get out of shoe and avoid squishy feel of shoes that do not drain. Trim profile of sole fits very well inside boat. I normally wear 10.5 shoes. The size 11 Astral fits me well.

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

        I would buy these again.

        By Kayak Fisherman

        from Alabama

        About Me Intermediate

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Kayaking
          • Rafting
          • Wading

          Comments about Astral Men's Brewer Water Shoe:

          Took a couple of trips to break in. I'm wearing them with no socks though. Perfect for kayak fishing smaller rivers where you are in and out of the kayak and do some wading. Drain and dry quickly and have good traction.

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

          Great shoes

          By Shaggy

          from Atlanta

          About Me Intermediate

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Astral Men's Brewer Water Shoe:

            Have used hiking in the jungle of hawaii and in the ocean. Used them for the intended purpose of kayaking. Only recommendation is to wear socks if hiking or walking far they will rub

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

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            • Astral Men's Brewer Water Shoe

              Q:

              Is the shoe compatable with wide feet? I am a 13 EEE
              Asked on 9/10/2015 by Don from Manasquan, NJ

              4 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Yes, the toe box is wide and is similar in design to the Chaco saddles in this area. The instep area is tight on each side at first, however stretches out quite easily after a couple wears. I would say the ankle area is average, not wide however definitely not narrow here. I usually wear a standard size 9 in my trail running shoes, with the brewer I needed to drop down to a size 8 to get a comfortable water shoe feel. I love em.
                Tony
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 9/10/2015 by Tony from Ocoee
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I'm not sure exactly how wide a 13 EEE measures, but I can tell you that
                this is the widest water shoe I've found and there is plenty of width for
                me (average width feet). It fits more like a shoe as opposed to a water
                sock. Might be best to contact the manufacturer regarding the 13 EEE fit.

                Answered on 9/10/2015 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                No, they are fairly narrow

                Answered on 9/10/2015 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Don, the shoe is built on the standard men's D width.

                Answered on 9/10/2015 by Clyde from NRS
            • 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 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
              • 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
            • 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

              2 answers

              • A:

                I also have wide feet. I bought one size up from my size and for a day or two they were a little tight. But they just kind of molded to my feet and are seriously my favorite pair of shoes I have ever worn. If your feet fit in your kayak the shoe is barely there you will have no problems.

                Answered on 9/10/2015 by Aroostook paddler from Caribou, Me
              • 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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