NRS Crush Water Shoe
($79, nrs.com )
The introduction of the new Crush Water Shoe from the do-it-all raft, accessory and paddle-apparel crafters at NRS is another clear sign that midnight is fast approaching for the Era of the Croc. No longer does heel-optional, wet-dry footwear need to be relegated to society's margins, restaurant kitchens, and gardening projects. A shoe for paddling need not stay on the water; the Crush combines river-ready chops with the simple, stylish looks and flat-sole build of a skate shoe with subtle, neutral tones to carry you from the woods right into populated urban wilds. The coated, quick-dry Cordura outer and dual drain ports shed water while the siped rubber soles (yes those lugs are Idaho-shaped) provide surprising traction, making it an obvious river SUP pick. Integrated padding in the tongue and "crushable" heel add off-water comfort and clog-like slip-on ease. The silky smooth inner material provides a comfortable sleeve for soaked, bare feet. And though the pictured Men's Crush we tested (check out the women's Crush here) doesn't breathe like open- and mesh-sided alternatives, the lightweight, minimal and rugged Crush emerges as a better option for closed-toe camp cruising. Goodnight Crocs.
-- Check out our recent River Shoe Review.
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