Shoes for flats/reefs/beaches (headed to Kauai)

#1
Hey everybody,

I'm going to be headed to Kauai at the end of March. Any suggestions for footwear? I've seen the flats shoes but is it really nessisary?

Thanks!
 
#5
So I'm guessing the tabi's will be good? Just hard to beat at around 20-30$, especially as I don't think they will see that much use here at home


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Ham

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#6
Hey everybody,

I'm going to be headed to Kauai at the end of March. Any suggestions for footwear? I've seen the flats shoes but is it really nessisary?

Thanks!
I would recommend some type of bootie. I wore sandals when I fished on Oahu and the tops of my feet got these stinging little micro cuts that were annoying. Now I just wear some cheap kayaking booties for saltwater. Good luck with the o'io!
 
#7
If the flats are hard you'll be ok bare footed. BUT..... many will be like shell filled muck and will suck some footwear right off your feet. I would get some sort of booty - of the shoe variety
 

Dipnet

The wanted posters say Tim Hartman
#8
Not sure I'd wanna go barefoot in those tropical waters as there's too many sharp, stingy, bitey and venomous things! :eek:

When I was fishing Oahu and Kauai last September I wore these, which is what I wear here for warm weather salty wading: http://www.skechers.com/style/63647/pebble-viktor/blk.

I got them really cheap - a lot less than half of the listed price. They weren't the best for gripping slippery rocks but I managed.

OTOH, I think the Tabis are a great way to go as they provide more protection and better footing and the price is right. I believe you can get them both rubber and felt-soled.

Regardless of what you wear and catch, you'll have a great time! Be sure to pick up some poke for lunch or dinner! It's awesome! :)

BTW, be sure to post a report of your endeavors over there!
 

Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
#9
Tabi's felt sole and you are done. I've used mine that I bought on Kauai all over the place now and they work great. The only problem I have found is they got a bit stinky.