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

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  1. Jeff Cheng

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    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!
     
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    Gumi tabis
    Sold on the island
    Cheap and lava proof
     
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    Thanks! That fits everything I'm looking for. I guess I'm ready to head out at the end of March.


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    Only if you want to protect your feet from damage/injury :oops:
     
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    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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    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!
     
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    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
     
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    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    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!
     
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    Irafly Bobber Downey Sr.

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    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.
     
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    Keens, I live in them.