Make a Splash

Nine river-ready kicks engineered for endless summer fun

Jul 1, 2004
Outside Magazine
whitewater rafting shoes: Salomon's Pro Amphibian

whitewater rafting shoes: Adidas Mali

whitewater rafting shoes: Teva Gamma Pro

If you're into fording streams during Heart of Darkness rainforest treks, forget about keeping your feet dry. Instead, try these shoes that take in agua—then send it on its way.

1. SALOMAN's PRO AMPHIBIAN is what you get when you cross-pollinate a running shoe (Kevlar laces, low-profile design) with an amphibious shoe (sandal-style exoskeleton, quick-draining synthetic mesh). Cinch the collapsible heel's ankle strap for hiking—or fold the heelpiece flat for a mellow tube run. ($85; 800-225-6850,

2. Evidently, ADIDAS is code for "All Day I Dream About Steepcreeking." The proof is in the MALI, which looks like a track trainer from the seventies but is surefooted enough to keep you upright on slime-covered boulders. Credit a super-sticky rubber and flow-through outsoles that drain in a flash. ($75; 800-448-1796,

3. With a hydrophobic synthetic-leather upper and mesh side panels, the TEVA GAMMA PRO is bomber but not needlessly beefy. Wraparound sticky-rubber outsoles cling to wet stone when you're hoofing it on rocky streambeds. Minor bummer: The water-hogging insoles can turn toes into prunes. ($60; 800-367-8382,

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