Most of the time when I paddleboard I’m barefoot. When paddling, going barefoot allows me to “feel the board” which give me more control on the water. 80% of the time I paddle this way, barefoot and loving it!
There are some situations where I don’t want to be barefoot and require something protecting my foot. The major situation I encounter includes rivers and most specifically whitewater rivers. When paddling on a river, or anywhere you might have to get out and walk, having a good sole supporting your feet and protection covering your toes is essential.
Recently I had the chance to test out one of the newest products offered by CrossKix, a pioneering footwear company creating functional footwear. The sleek, aggressive and stylish designs coming from this newer organization sets them apart from your normal EVA (Ethylene-vinyl acetate) mold injected shoe company.
I instantly noticed how light yet solid these shoes felt. The soft EVA material seemed to hug my foot as I slipped them on. The holes on the bottom of the sole and sides of the shoe give the water a place to drain out as your paddling through rapids or just walking in the rain.
You can be sure that I’ll be keeping these shoes with my quiver of paddling gear to protect my feet when paddling.
- Ultra Lite Kix Upper
- Wear Moldable Footbed
- Completely Water Submersible
- Daily or athletic use