Five Ten Footwear, founded in 1985, has long been known for making high quality and innovative outdoor shoes. Utilizing their Stealth Rubber compounds, Five Ten shoes are extremely grippy and excel in a wide variety of applications: from hiking and rock climbing, to mountain biking and (maybe most importantly) watersports.
The brand had two styles of water shoes that were quite popular; the Canyoneer was a full-on hiking boot designed to be immersed, and the Water Tennie, based off of their extremely popular Guide Tennie approach shoe, was an excellent mid-top option. However, in regards to paddling, the Canyoneer was often too bulky to fit comfortably into many kayaks, and the Water Tennie, although lower profile and with a more flexible sole, was still too much for many paddlers. Enter Five Ten’s new water shoe options, the Eddy and Eddy Pro. Finally, Five Ten has brought low-top options to the paddling market, and they have their Stealth Rubber outsole!
The Eddy is a sneaker style shoe with a quick-drying and lightweight mesh upper for breathability and drainage, as well as welded rubber in high-wear areas. A decently stiff midsole helps to protect your foot from pointy rocks and other ground hazards. The Stealth Rubber outsole, as expected, is extremely sticky and its light grey color is non-marking. It also has a smooth (sans tread) area in the toe area called the ‘Climbing Zone™’ to help aid during any sketchy and exposed portages. As is typical of Five Ten footwear the toebox is quite narrow, so anyone who has wider feet might feel cramped in these shoes; but such a toebox can help significantly in finding toeholds climbing rocks while scouting or portaging. It does not come with an insole, probably to aid drainage through the 14 holes in the sole of the shoe. Because of this, the shoe has minimal cushioning and people who get sore feet easily might find them uncomfortable. However, I have not had any issues.
The Eddy Pro is very similar to the Eddy, with a few important changes. The synthetic mesh upper is heavier and more abrasion resistant, the welded rubber extends farther along the length of the shoe providing more structural support, and the mesh tongue has been replaced with neoprene. There is also a loop at the heel so pulling them on is easier and you can hang them up to dry. Overall, the Eddy Pro is a more durable and rigid version of the Eddy, designed for paddling excursions where your contact with nature is more intimate, and you’ll be spending more time on your feet.
All in all, both the Eddy and Eddy Pro are great new additions to an ever-increasing lineup of awesome paddling shoes. With the Eddy being priced at $100 and the Eddy Pro at $120, both of these shoes will compete well with top products from Astral and Adidas. Come and try on a pair!
Note: We JUST got these new shoes in, and they are not on our online store yet. Give us a call, or (even better) come in and try them on! 503-285-0464