Suited and Booted: AquaPaddle Footwear Guide

Sunday 12 Feb 2023 | by Emily King

The stunning Swiss Valley Reservoir in Wales was the setting for another successful AquaPaddle event, with a fantastic turnout of paddlers enjoying the beautiful spring weather. Daffodils, snowdrops, primroses, and budding trees provided a cheerful backdrop, and even the laughter of a woodpecker could be heard. Despite the still chilly temperatures, participants were eager to make the most of the day.

One question that was frequently asked was, “What should I wear on my feet?” Footwear is a crucial aspect of any outdoor activity, and choosing the right pair can greatly enhance the experience while the wrong choice can lead to discomfort and even harm. There are many options to choose from, including white water boots for ultimate protection on the riverbank, wet suit boots for warmth, and lightweight trainers or beach slides for a more casual look.

When it comes to SUP paddling, it is important to consider specific needs. To help narrow down the options, the ideal footwear should have the following features:
• Non-slip on wet surfaces to prevent foot slipping
• Warm to protect against the cold water
• Offer protection from sharp objects and potential injury from dropped paddles or rough terrain
By following these guidelines, you can ensure that you find the perfect footwear for your AquaPaddle adventure. With the beautiful Swiss Valley Reservoir as the backdrop, don’t be afraid to show off your style and make a statement with your footwear choice.

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