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Despite countless cuts, slashes, and penetrations of my feet over the years from broken shells, stones, sharp twigs, coral, etc., I have always resisted water shoes. After my last visit to the beach in 2014, Mrs. BD sent me to the store to get some.
They are excellent. You can swim in them, and they protect you from burning-hot sand too. Now I will not go to a beach without them.
Another good use of them is exploring shallow waters for critters and things at low tide. No more slipping on rocks or getting a toe sliced by a sharp oyster shell. They might look a little pussified, but they can keep you functional. I also use them for kayaking.
Sometimes we become old enough, or perhaps even wise enough, to know better. I became one of those things a couple years ago when I decided I was going to get water shoes or never again go anywhere near a coral reef. I got the water shoes. Good choice, IMHO.
well said. Walk barefoot more often and your feet get capable of taking a lot that they otherwise couldn't.
If they're so weak they can't even survive walking on a warm beach there's something wrong with you...
Of course if you've diabetes or some other condition that kills nerve endings in your extremities things change.
I have a pair of watershoes made by Shimano, the fishing gear company. I wade both the Suwannee and the St. Marys rivers when water levels are low. They enable me to get up close and personal with snakes, gators, alligator snapping turtles, bears, swamp deer, birds that nest over the waters, and no other humans. They are of a dark camo pattern, and I can run in them back to the vehicle(2 bears).
Had some on in a waterpark when the kids were little. Lost track of how many guys came up to me and told me what a good idea they were. Even in a sanitized environment like that there are a lot of things that end up in the bottom of your feet.
Come down to Florida and say that. I'll bring the first aid kit for your burnt feet, And don't even try to walk across a parking lot to the bar at 2 in the afternoon. You'll need that drink to put out the smoke coming from your feet.
Thanks for the tip BD, look great for going fishing, etc
BD, you is a bit old to be having' a mid-life crisis, ain't you. All that is behind you, isn't it? Do you have a sports car, trophy wife, new dental fixtures, girlfriend, or water shoes?
I like water shoes; they are foot savers. I am particular where I diddle my toes.
"If they're so weak they can't even survive walking on a warm beach there's something wrong with you..."
A warm beach is one thing, midsummer sun on sand is a whole 'nother animal of a different color. Being barefooted was a fun thing, and resulted in many foot injuries and stitches in the younger days. I like to wear shoes at all times in the great outdoors.
What is exactly wrong with me?
Are water shoes really a "normal aspect of life?" BTW, they do say puss, but so do a lot of other things in this wonderful postmodern life.