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Teva Nilch Minimal Water Shoe

I recently wrote a detailed review of the Teva Nilch minimalist men’s water shoe for If you’re interested in minimalist shoes go check out my review and take a look around – it’s an amazing resource for all things minimalist footwear.

“Technically speaking, the Teva Nilch is a men’s water shoe, but in my experience the shoe is a not at all well suited to this function. Why? Well..”

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  • Indeed a very great review. I was thinking of purchasing one. It’s a good thing I read about your review. I really appreciate the honesty in it. Nice post!

  • Thanks. I was surprised at how badly they work as a water shoe, but very impressed by wearing them as a casual or camp shoe – for that they are extremely comfortable.

  • Nice review.  I am amazed at the weight.  I have been wearing some Vivobarefoot trail shoes lately as my first push into the barefoot shoe thing.  I love them but it will take a while before I actually get to backpacking with them.  Hopefully I will get to the point that I am hiking in my camp shoes.  

  • Dave, switch shoes is one thing but slowly easing in your feet to handle the additional workout of a minimalist shoe is another matter entirely.

    It’s taken me months to get to the point where I can run comfortably in my Merrell Trail Gloves and that’s on generally even surfaces. Wearing minimalist shoes on rocky and uneven terrain can be brutal on your feet if you don’t do it gradually.

    Barefoot Jake is writing a multi-part blog post on how to do this carefully and things to consider. Part one should be posted here very soon :) #BarefootBackpacking 

  • ConnieD

    I expect a water shoe to protect my feet in the water. The soles need to work well on the slick surfaces under the water. The shoes need to drain well. I need some warmth from a cold mountain stream. If there are sharp rocks or so many rocks I could scrape my ankle bone area, I want a water shoe with over the ankle protection. However, I do not expect ankle support.

    I change back to my trail shoes or approach shoes, for hiking. Why? Andrew Skurka has a recent article “Minimizing the effects and aftermath of wet feet”. I don’t let it go that far, either because I don’t go the places he goes, or, because I don’t let covering the distance get in the way of taking care of my feet.

    I do not hike distances like that. I am not determined to reach my destination, preferring to enjoy and camp enroute. I will camp to do what is necessary to take care of my feet.

    The only time I really cover distance in a hurry is to check on other hikers, if the ranger asks.