The Astral Buoyancy Brewer Water Shoes help ensure your feet stay put while you lug your kayak over your shoulder and out onto slippery rocks to access the river. Built specifically for a kayaker, the Brewers feature bomber Stealth outsoles, rockered toes, a low-profile design, fast-drying and durable materials, step-down heels, plenty of drainage holes, and silt-dump heels to ensure the ultimate comfort, fit, and traction. Plus, the clean-looking design lets you go from the river straight to the bar for a celebratory beer after an epic run.
These shoes... Are amazing! Bought them to wear while kayaking, and was a tad bit skeptical, but boy was I wrong.
They are incredibly light, purge water very easily and quickly (there are small holes along the lower sides that drain, as well as a vent in the back to flush sand and rocks out of), they dry extremely fast, and have amazing traction when they are wet (rock, moss, you name it and it will have traction), they are also true to size (I wear a 9 and the 9 fits perfectly).
I find them quite classy for a water shoe,the look great and don't make your feet stink.
Only downside is getting used to walking in them, they feel...funny, at first, with their rocker style sole as well as the bumps on the inside (they actually feel kinda nice once you get used to them though =))
Overall I give them a 5/5, and would recommend them to anybody looking for a great water shoe. These cannot be beat!!
This is the next level when it comes to water sports, super comfortable, and that five-ten stealth rubber on the sole is a key factor in you not falling over. Use these for cliff jumping, kayaking, floating the river, and when you're done with your water extravaganza, take them off for a little bit, have a drink, and by the time you're ready to go out on the town, you can put these puppies back on and BOOM! they're dry already! I'm normally a 7 in shoe, their sample was slightly big on me, so I'm assuming I'd take a 6.5, all around KIIIIILLLLLEEERRRR shoe, I recommend this for anyone that's heading to Powell for an awesome lake adventure, or well, anyone for that matter :)
I got the blue/blue unisex ones. I found the sizing to be pretty accurate if you use the eu size. The shoe is cut to be fairly form-fitting, so they might fit into a kayak but you'll have to check. (I wear a 39 and paddle a creek boat, so I may have more bow room than many people).
I loved how close they fit through the heel and instep. Didn't feel like they'd shift around and cause blisters when wet. There's absolutely no lining or padding inside (small roll at upper back cuff) so if a seam or eyelet hits in the wrong spot it can be painful.
Super sticky soles. Dry fast. Drain well. Very cool looking as street shoes. Hope they work for you!
I've been using a pair of these all summer and I have to say that Astral nailed it. Kayaking footwear has traditionally been one of the weaker areas of gear that has been available. The Brewer is super durable, super comfortable, and actually fits in a kayak...plus, they actually look cool too. I highly recommend the Brewer for your next water shoe.
I bought these for rafting and fishing used together with waterproof pant and socks (thin, not neopren), liked the idea of 5.10 soles and light weight. Unfortunately, the shape of the shoes is straight and quite narrow, the main problem is it does not follow the natural curvature of the feet (at least mine). Even though I tried 2 sizes up, the shoes really pinch my feet at the tarsal joints. I have to continue use my fishing wading shoes (Patagonia) instead for trips with mostly fishing and my Salomon Techamfibian for packrafting.
Apart from the fit, the shoes seems really well made!