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Basic Footwear Selection

Basic Footwear Selection

PSST!! These are not river guide feet...

PSST!! These are not river guide feet...

Sandals

Recommended use: Warm Water to Cool Water

Pros - Good Drainage, Sturdy arch support, highly adjustable, great all around river shoe.

Cons - Little top of foot protection, you look like every other river guide, easy to mix up

Booties

Booties

Recommended use: Cold Water & Winter Boating

Pros - Adds punch resistance to drysuit socks, Keeps feet warm, cushions against foot and ankle impacts.

Cons - Does not drain well, Hot tub foot (if used without a drysuit), Can have poor traction, not good for hikes.

High Heels

Recommended use:  Not Advised

Pros - Look fabulous, Prepared for dinner party after rafting, Heel easily punctures your ex's raft, Makes calves good amazing

Cons - Heel easily punctures your raft, breaks ankles at put-in and take-out, Expensive.

Athletic Shoe

Athletic shoes

Recommended use: All water condition with modifications.

Pros - Low Cost, Looks good, Floats, Can provide decent traction on unpolished rock

Cons - Does not drain (Without Modification), Poor durability, Smells like dead skunk

Climbing Shoes

Climbing Shoes

Recommended use: Not Advised

Pros - You look like a Victorian court jester, Easily lets others know you don't know what you are doing on the river.

Cons - Can we say everything??? NO! Just, NO! 

Let's face it you are a river guide probably own this boot already.

Let's face it you are a river guide probably own this boot already.

Animal Print Ski Boot

Recommended use: Frozen Water & Speedo-clad Pond Skimming

Pros - Works well with many outfits, especially if you are actually an 80's pimp or 90's Eurotrash that has been transported through time.

Cons - You'll drown.


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