Nike Shoes for Water Sports

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Nike Shoes for Water Sports
Kayakers can make use of Nike's water shoes. (Water Sports image by Vanessa van Rensburg from

Water sports present a much different set of requirements for footwear than sports on dry land. For example, heels require certain textures for gripping wet surfaces, and shoe materials need differing degrees of water resistance. Nike makes a number of water shoes with features for different aquatic sports.

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Nike Air River Spike

The Nike Air River Spike is a hybrid between a running shoe and a river sandal, thus making the shoe well suited for water sports that may include hiking or cave exploration, such as on a kayaking trip. The shoe itself is made from a water-resistant mesh that dries quickly when the shoe is removed from a waterlogged environment. Nike uses a single toggle lacing system, a single elastic cord that threads through the eyelets in the shoe's webbing, to secure the shoe to your foot without having to worry about a knot coming undone. The sole of the shoe provides effective traction both in water and on land.

Nike Aqua Sock IX

The Nike Aqua Sock IX is a slip-on water shoe and is best used for activities like white water rafting. The upper part of the shoe stretches to allow the shoe to slip onto your foot, then contracts to secure the shoe to your foot. According to Altrec Outdoors, an outdoor equipment store, this material secures your foot better than similar shoes with Velcro straps. The shoe uses Nike's All-Trac amphibious sole, a sole designed to be used in water and on land.

Nike 6.0 Mavrk Mid Wakeskate Shoe

The Nike 6.0 Mavrk Mid Wakeskate Shoe is an all-purpose water shoe. The shoe's styling is reminiscent of a land-based sneaker, with a thick sole and a raised ankle. However, Sure-Fit tongue straps take the place of laces on the shoe to keep it secured to your foot, and the upper material is an open-cell mesh that is quick drying and allows for water flow. The shoe also includes foam packaging to reduce the amount of water that the shoe absorbs. The sole is made of a tacky gum for traction. These features make the shoe ideal for non-competitive sailing.

Nike ACG Air Toketee Mid

The Nike ACG Air Toketee Mid is a tight-fitting water shoe with a supportive sole. The upper part of the shoe is made of a neoprene material that stretches four ways. The shoe also includes a hook and loop mid-shoe strap and an upper cinching forearm strap to secure the shoe on your foot. The sides are made from an abrasion resistant sueded material with drainage holes to efficiently evacuate water from the shoe. The supportive insole is a textured rubber, which helps the shoe dry quickly. These features make the shoe ideal for kayaking, canoeing, or any other activity where you may stop on land.

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