NRS Boundary boot; $80 (

Our reviewers loved the NRS Boundary Boot for tromping through the muddy trails of the Boundary Waters. Its 5mm neoprene high calf design enabled hopping in and out of the canoe a dry foot affair. The insole beefs up to 7mm over a high-traction wrap up sole. Paired with a lightweight hiking sock gave the best comfort. Ladies should take care when ordering to get a size smaller than they normally wear. If you plan on carrying heavy portage loads you might find some lack of ankle support with the boot however. But for tackling any kind of cold and wet conditions, or just having a good boot at the house to run outside in, the Boundary Boot is an excellent choice.

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C&K’s team of expert gear testers reviews the year’s best paddling shoes before the 2017 season.

Five Ten Eddy

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Level Six Creek Boot

A classic, low profile neoprene bootie with a thick rubber outsole.

Chaco Outcross 2

A trail-focused water shoe with breathable mesh on top and plenty of support underfoot.

Astral Rassler

A purpose-built paddling shoe with ankle support, grip, and a thick sole.

Keen APhlex

A sturdy hiking shoe for heavy loads and muddy conditions.

NRS Velocity Shoe

The NRS Velocity is a sturdy. purpose-built, high-top paddling shoe with plenty of support and cushion for long portages.

Body Glove Dynamo Rapid

The Body Glove Dynamo Rapid is a minimalist water shoe for light and fast adventures.