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best shoes to wear white water rafting?

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best shoes to wear white water rafting?

Will be on vacation next week and plan to go white water rafting. After reading forum, looks like Smoky Mtn Outdoors looks like a good choice for rafting. They even offer a $12/pp coupon.

Is an old pair of tennis shoes good? Coming with a large family group and some have water shoes, but I don't.

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2. Re: best shoes to wear white water rafting?

Tennis shoes would work but you would do better with something that will drain and not hold water. Any of the river shoes with a nubbed rubber bottom to provide some 'grip' on the slippery rocks are good choices and most come with a mesh top to drain water. Or strapped sandals like Tevas or any of the similar knock offs are popular choices.

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Yep, go get some cheap Walmart water shoes. If you'd like to invest in a good pair of water sports shoe, Keen offers several options. I'm partial to the Keen Newport H2.

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4. Re: best shoes to wear white water rafting?

Definitely go with water shoes; our family went white water rafting 3 yrs ago, and that's what we wore. Keep in mind tennis shoes will get really heavy when they get soaking wet, which is exactly what will happen. Also, check with the company that you are going rafting with. Some do not allow any type of sandal-like shoe, they require you have a closed toe and closed heel shoes. Hope you have a good time!

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5. Re: best shoes to wear white water rafting?

Another vote for water shoes!

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6. Re: best shoes to wear white water rafting?

Ditto on the water shoes. Even the

Cobbly Nob store on 321 sells them. They are great for just picnicking near the streams at Greenbriar and in the Park itself. You will get your money's worth--abt ten dollars.

Carol

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