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NRS Freestyle Wetshoe

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Need to stuff your feet in a tight kayak? Take a page out of the freestyle kayaking handbook and wear the NRS Freestyle Wetshoe. A favorite of playboaters, the Freestyle (used to be called the Desperado Sock) gives you warmth and protection in a compact, flexible package.
  • We changed the name to reflect the new styling and features, but it's still your go-to footwear for tight cockpits and protection for put-ins and portages.
  • Say goodbye to cold, bruised, battered feet and ankles. Stretchy 3 mm Terraprene™ neoprene gives you lots of cushion and warmth.
  • Soft, fleece-like VaporLoft™ lining repels water and dries quickly for superior warmth and comfort.
  • Protective rubber on the toe and heel provides extra comfort in the boat along with outstanding durability.
  • 1.5 mm textured rubber sole won't add bulk, and still protects your feet both in and out of the boat.
  • A roomy, naturally shaped toe box frees your toes for all-day comfort.
  • Neoprene HydroCuff™ top grips your ankle, helping keep water out and warmth in.
  • Stretchy rubber support bands improve lateral stability without adding volume.
  • A handy webbing grab tab on the ankle helps you pull the sock on, but stays out of the way in your boat.
Whole sizes only.
Women order one size smaller.
1/2 sizes order one size larger.

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Gender Sizing: Men
Material Upper: 3 mm neoprene
Sole: 1.5 mm rubber
Insole: 3 mm neoprene
Closure System: HydroCuff™
Taped Seams: No
Features:
  • VaporLoft™ lining
  • Naturally shaped toe box
  • Protective rubber on toe and heel
  • Lateral support bands

video: NRS Freestyle Wetshoe

NRS Freestyle Wetshoe (1:26)

Need to stuff your feet in a tight kayak? Take a page out of the freestyle kayaking handbook and wear the NRS Freestyle Wetshoe. A favorite of playboaters, the Freestyle (used to be called the Desperado Sock) gives you warmth and protection in a compact, flexible package.

video: How To: Clean and Deodorize Neoprene Wetshoes

How To: Clean and Deodorize Neoprene Wetshoes (2:00)

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 Freestyle Wetshoe
 
4.6

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (8)

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    (3)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (12)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Easy on and off (9)
  • Good traction (9)
  • Great fit (8)

Cons

  • Dries slowly (4)

Best Uses

  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (14)
  • Boating / sailing (4)
  • Wading (3)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      83% 

      (10 reviews)

      Feels too large

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      92% 

      (11 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (6), Intermediate (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Booties that Need a Little Help Drying Out

Dear NRS,
I paddle a freestyle kayak close to 250 days a year and the booties lasted for almost 2 seasons - way better than most I have used over the last 20...Read complete review

Dear NRS,
I paddle a freestyle kayak close to 250 days a year and the booties lasted for almost 2 seasons - way better than most I have used over the last 20 years, but they never dry out completely. As a result, they smell super bad in no time at all. Would be great to figure out how to either get them to dry quicker and/or smell better. The form fit and low profile design are great as are the grip on rocks - sole is not too thick or too thin - just right! Let me know if you are working on any kind of prototype bootie similar to this and I will product test for you! Thanks, Jessie Stone

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

great fit BUT...

My husband loves these but after first use the stink factor is huge. Any suggestions?

My husband loves these but after first use the stink factor is huge. Any suggestions?

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5.0

Great Wet Shoe

By PaddleBake

from Myrtle Beach, SC

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Kayaking

    Comments about NRS Freestyle Wetshoe:

    Warm, comfortable, great fit. Like a glove for your feet.

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

    Best wet boots I have owned

    By Mikey

    from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Traction
    • Great Fit
    • Lightweight
    • Spacious toe box

    Cons

    • But hey, all wetsuit boots dry slowly
    • Dries Slowly

    Best Uses

    • Kayaking

    Comments about NRS Freestyle Wetshoe:

    Ocean racing ski paddling

    Service and delivery comments:

    On time, undamaged,as ordered.

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

    I would buy again.

    By KiwiAl

    from Maplewood, NJ

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Difficult On and Off
    • Dries Slowly

    Best Uses

    • Kayaking

    Comments about NRS Freestyle Wetshoe:

    A superb shoe for a crammed playboat. For me, the size was a little big, but the next size down would be too small. The shoe is not meant to be easy on/off; if they were they would come off too easily at the wrong time. They do not dry fast due to the comfortable lining, so rinse them, and stuff some newspaper or tissue in to sop up the water. Then air dry. The pull tag on the back of one shoe ripped off in first use.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Delivery was prompt.

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

    Love these booties

    By Paul in Cali

    from Sacramento

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Boating
      • Rafting
      • Wading

      Comments about NRS Freestyle Wetshoe:

      I just spent 5 days on the Owyhee River and wore these most of the time on the water. They are super comfortable and I wore them for sun protection on some days when I'd otherwise wear sandals. They are a loose fitting bootie, but don't feel sloppy. Other people on the trip were lusting for them.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      3.0

      great fit BUT...

      By None

      from San Clemente california

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easy On and Off

      Cons

      • Dries Slowly
      • Stinks after first use

      Best Uses

      • Kayaking

      Comments about NRS Freestyle Wetshoe:

      My husband loves these but after first use the stink factor is huge. Any suggestions?

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      • NRS Freestyle Wetshoe

        Q:

        does this Nrs shoe have a split toe?
        Asked on 1/10/2017 by Ken from Windsor, Ca.

        9 answers

        • A:

          No split toe, but this a good idea. A couple of decades ago Patagonia sold split toed booties modeled after what Japanese construction workers wear. Anyway I have these booties and they’ve been good. Very light weight, but they’re not designed to last forever. I use them kayaking. For rafting and walking on rough terrain you might want something with a thicker sole.

          Answered on 1/10/2017 by jock from undisclosed
        • A:

          No split toe.

          Answered on 1/10/2017 by bkossy from undisclosed
        • A:

          No it does not 
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          Answered on 1/10/2017 by eehrlich from undisclosed
        • A:

          No. It has a pretty decent sole for walking on but still fits in my lw volume Greenland boat.
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          Answered on 1/10/2017 by southwindbmd from undisclosed
        • A:

          No.
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          Answered on 1/10/2017 by hollierhall from undisclosed
        • A:

          No, it does not have a split toe, just a normal toe-box.

          Answered on 1/10/2017 by leadwhite from undisclosed
        • A:

          No, it doesn't.

          Answered on 1/10/2017 by jrridgeway from undisclosed
        • A:

          No it does not. It's a great shoe, and would recommended it.

          Answered on 1/10/2017 by devineskridge from undisclosed
        • A:

          No

          Answered on 1/10/2017 by jesse from undisclosed
      • NRS Freestyle Wetshoe

        Q:

        My son is going on a Boy Scout High Adventure 8 day canoeing trip. He was told to get boots that would allow the water to run thru, not waterproof but give him protection. Will these allow water to run thru and not fill up? is there something better?
        Asked on 5/27/2016 by Cynthia from maryland

        11 answers

        • VERIFIED BUYER

          A:

          These boots will fill with water when over-topped but the volume is small.
          The shoe is lightweight, low profile, and reasonably warm. As long as you
          don't need a stiffer or more supportive sole they should work fine.

          Answered on 5/31/2016 by Anonymous
        • Staff Reviewer

          A:

          Cynthia, this shoe is neoprene and won't allow water to flow out of it. Check out the NRS Velocity Shoe or the Astral Rassler or Hiyak.

          Answered on 5/27/2016 by Clyde from NRS
        • VERIFIED BUYER

          A:

          For sure water will run thru the boots, but the feeling depends by
          temperature of the water. Boots can give good protection, but if he go to
          use them in cold water may be good idea to add neoprene socks and decide on
          the boots size accordingly.

          Answered on 5/27/2016 by Anonymous
        • VERIFIED BUYER

          A:

          Hi there,
          I use the freestyle booties because they're slim and fit better inside my kayak. These would work for him, but you may want to go for the desperado which has a little more grip on the sole. I would also think that if the weather is relatively warm, he's really like something like the astral shoes (kind of look like skate shoes). They're great if he's in and out of the canoe and are comfortable around camp too.
          Hope this helps. :)

          Answered on 5/27/2016 by Anonymous
        • VERIFIED BUYER

          A:

          These aren't appropriate for a canoeing trip--they're not much more than
          reinforced socks, designed for extremely low volume kayaks (where the
          clearance at the feet is so tight that one *can't* wear shoes). Depending
          on your budget, he could use old tennis shoes or a
          paddling shoe--one with a much more stout sole.

          Answered on 5/27/2016 by Anonymous
        • VERIFIED BUYER

          A:

          he may want a sturdier water shoe. these are more like socks. they will keep your feet warm in a kayak but are not sturdy enough for hiking on rough terrain. cheers, chris

          Answered on 5/27/2016 by Anonymous
        • VERIFIED BUYER

          A:

          I wouldn't recommend these cause they will get wet and stay wet for the whole trip.
          A Teva or a water shoe designed to dry quickly would be better
          Sent from my iPhone

          Answered on 5/27/2016 by Anonymous
        • VERIFIED BUYER

          A:

          The Freestyle Wetshoe is not waterproof and it will let water in. That said it is a great wet-foot canoeing and kayaking shoe for days on the water. the tall ones are waterproof, and also warm. I have both depending on weather. The Desperado is another one to consider if there will be portaging, because the soles are thicker and have more grip (still the wet-shoe style though)

          Answered on 5/27/2016 by Anonymous
        • VERIFIED BUYER

          A:

          these are neoprene water shoes. there is any drainage. look at a water sandal..Keen, Teva etc.

          Answered on 5/27/2016 by Anonymous
        • VERIFIED BUYER

          A:

          I use the boots for kayaking. They're sturdy and have good support, and the catch and hold water - but it runs out. If they're used for canoeing and portaging - YES. But these are "water" shoes, and altho you can portage w them - no problem ... l wouldn't want to wear them HIKING.

          Answered on 5/27/2016 by Anonymous
        • VERIFIED BUYER

          A:

          These neoprene boots are good for keeping feet warm in wet / cold conditions, such as on a river or lake. They provide good grip and lite protection for walking along the shoreline. Spending too many hours a day repeatedly in wetsuit like booties will make the skin soft and cause foot issues. They should be taken off at the end of paddling and you should have dry walking boots/shoes to wear the rest of the day. Also consider a shoe like the nrs crush for casual or summer canoeing.
          DW

          Answered on 5/27/2016 by Anonymous
      • NRS Freestyle Wetshoe

        Q:

        My son is a 6 in youth boys How does that translate into sizing in your adult shoes I noticed you have a size 5 not sure how that translates.
        Asked on 3/29/2016 by jim from scottsdale< AZ

        2 answers

        • VERIFIED BUYER

          A:

          I just bought size 10, they do not come in 1/2 sizes. My shoe size is 9 1/2. Shoes fit okay, but I wish they were a little tighter.

          Answered on 3/29/2016 by Anonymous
        • Staff Reviewer

          A:

          Jim, online I find charts that list the youth size 6 as taking a 9.5" foot. The size 7 in the Freestone is 9.5" inside. You can give that a try; returns/exchanges are easy and free if it doesn't work.

          Answered on 3/29/2016 by Clyde from NRS
      • NRS Freestyle Wetshoe

        Q:

        will this work with a drysuit that has attached goretex feet?
        Asked on 5/29/2015 by Silentnite

        5 answers

        • VERIFIED BUYER

          A:

          Yes absolutely!

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

          A:

          Yes they work great for my dry suit! Especially in a play boat. The soul is pretty thin. For creek boating or rafting I would go with a heavier duty bootie.

          Answered on 5/31/2015 by Anonymous
        • VERIFIED BUYER

          A:

          Cannot see why not, sizing maybe an issue but I would try normal size first unless you think you have too much excess material in the bootie in which case I would go up one size.

          Answered on 5/30/2015 by Paddler from Williamsport, PA
        • Staff Reviewer

          A:

          Yes, the Freestone will work for you, as long as you size it properly for the drysuit sock and any insulating socks you wear inside. If you don't need the more flexible sole of the Freestone, the Paddle Shoe, Item # 30034.03, has a side zipper, which makes it easier to insert bulky socked feet.

          Answered on 5/30/2015 by Clyde from NRS
        • VERIFIED BUYER

          A:

          Should work. But they will fill with water when I wear them but I will note
          that I have skinny ankles.
          Hope this helps.

          Answered on 5/29/2015 by Anonymous
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