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Used by river professionals, adventure racers, rescue agencies, and military units, these are the hardest-working boots on the water. Heavy-duty lugged traction sole keeps you on your feet in varied terrain, and the comfortable 7mm neoprene insole absorbs the shock of every step. Lace-up synthetic leather and 5mm neoprene upper provide warmth, unmatched ankle support, and a secure fit.
Whole sizes only. Women order one size smaller. 1/2 sizes order one size larger.


  • 7mm insole cushioning
  • 2mm midsole
  • adjustable velcro ankle strap
  • internal 5mm neoprene upper

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Review Summary

4.5 out of 5

15 Reviews

  • Build quality: 3
  • Great design: 2
  • Ease of use: 1
  • Performance: 1

  • Cost: 1
Durability: 4.7 / 5
Quality: 4.7 / 5
Fit: 4 / 5

15 Ratings & Reviews

A bit tight
June 21, 2002

Overall quality is excellent. Just a bit narrow for my foot.

May 08, 2009

I spent a lot of time in the upper Husdon as a kid. Not any longer - I service lawns in "The flatlands" now. I need durable and comfortable work shoes that keep me warm when it's wet, particularly in the fall. To my surprise, these boots exceeded my expectations. They're a bit tight when first worn, but broke-in and fit perfectly after a few wearings. I thought the stitching or glue might fail. Every other wetboot I have purchased has failed after a year or so. The NRS workboots are still like new after a year. Like any wetboot they need to be washed and dried every few wearings. Yes, they're wet boots - the best wetboots I have ever worn! As for Altrec and NRS, I made pre-sale inquiries of both, and they were answered promptly, and professionally -- just what I have always expected from my outfitters -- TOP QUALITY.

Good for the price
February 06, 2003

Used them for a six day canyoning expedition in Mexico. They were nice and warm but my feet shifted around a little in them even though they were the right size. Sole started to separate on 5th day of expedition but I have to say they we were doing serious canyoning and hiking in very rough terrain. The quality could be better but they are good for the price.

great boot for boundary waters canoe trip
September 07, 2004

I purchased this boot along with some .5 mil neoprene socks to use while canoeing and portaging in the boundary waters of MN. My ankles are pretty weak so I figured I needed the extra support from a boot. These boots fit really snug but only because I have narrow feet. If you have wider than normal feet I would not recommend these boots. They held up well and are extremely comfortable. A little care must be taken when putting them on and taking them off as they have a neoprene liner that fits really snug. My feet are 12.5s and I purchased the 13. It fit really snug, so I recommend getting a size bigger if you have any doubts. The ankle support was average but all in all a great boot for roughing it in wet conditions.

Best yet
June 03, 2009

My purpose for the NRS work boot is the BWCA in Minnesota. I have used sandles, hiking boots, and Chota wading boots. None has perform as well as the NRS work boot. They kept my wet, feet warm - portage after portage with the water temperature at 50. The traction on the slippery rocks was very good. They hold my feet tight on down ward slopes. I normally wear a 12 narrow shoe and a 13 fit well in this boot. The down side of this boot is that it is very hard to get off when wet and it is slow drying. All in all after the first 30 mile trip, I am very pleased with them.

Waterproof boot
December 01, 2008

Kayaking, scuba diving and fossil hunting on Rivers, Cliffs and the ocean requires a good waterproof boot. I found the perfect boot and tested them over Thanksgiving fossil hunting in cold water off a cliff. The best boots ever. I needed to not slip and yes I found the perfect Boot

Great in Swift Water
July 11, 2009

I was looking for a boot I could wear for my Swift Water Rescue Tech 1 class in which I spent more than 15 hours in the water over the course of two days. These boots performed great both in the water and climbing over rocks and sand on and around in the Chattooga River. In fact my feet were the only part of me that didn't hurt after the grueling two day class! I would recommend them to anyone needing a secure water boot that can go the distance.

Does the job!
October 17, 2007

I used these boots in combination with my Farmer John Grizzly wetsuit to fish MTK. My foot is a size 12 and I ordered the size 12 and it is indeed VERY SNUG! I suggest ordering at least 1 size up and if you are going to put on any type of neoprene sock, perhaps go even two sizes up. Since the material is thin, the laces will "choke" your lower calf. Support is good. Not really made for trekking over too many rocks but then again, this boot was not made so much for surf fishing in MTK. Would I buy another pair? Probably, but will want a larger size.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from wash dc
45-54 yrs

seal team 12
June 07, 2011

A very durable neoprone combo boot,dries fast and has great support. I was exsposed to NRS through their wetsuits. I did not know they made boots until looking at Altrec's site.The laces are reenforced along with thick sole.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use

Nice, but with a large flaw
August 09, 2007

One wonders if the designers actually have used this boot. As noted, getting them on is a struggle yet do-able; but getting them the seal forms a a royal pain! A baffled zipper just like employed on tactical boots would be a Godsend!

great BOOT!
June 18, 2005

I originally purchased the Tread 3 river shoes but they didn't have enough traction for my liking, and I needed more ankle support. I returned the booties and got the Workboot Wetshoes and they are nothing short of fantastic! They do run a little narrow as another customer stated, it would be nice if they expanded their width choices since not all feet are the same width! I wore these for the first time today on a 20 mile whitewater raft run, with the river up higher than normal and lots of technical class III's and tons of class IV rapids. These boots not only stayed put under the thwart, they provided most excellent traction in the river when putting in/taking out and the performance and comfort level was outstanding. My feet do not hurt and they were absolutely wonderful, I highly recomment these over any other river shoe.

treated my feet good!
July 24, 2003

I found them hard to get on and off, but they fit like a glove and kept my feet warm all day. My concern is the booty liner inside the shell of the boot. How long will they last after all the pulling and tugging on them to get the boot on and off?

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from minnesota
55-64 yrs

top notch boot for wet, rugged conditions
July 23, 2011

i purchased these boots for trips to the BWCA and isle royale after reading the other 2 reviews. they are very well made and a good price, but i needed to return them for one size larger. note, too, that these boots are snug fitting and are somewhat difficult to get on and pull over the heel, especially if you have a higher instep. i hope this will be less of a problem when i have the correct size. this item seems to be sized a bit smaller than my NRS kickers.

Pros: Great design, Build quality

Just what I needed
April 26, 2005

I am in the military and was looking for a shoe that I could use while running in the sand and then transition directly to the water where I could use my fins. These boots are very comfortable both in and out of the water and are exactly what I was looking for.

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
from Iowa
18-24 yrs

NRS Work boots
July 04, 2011

After using the boots in the boundary water I can honesty say they met expectations. They kept my feet warm in the water and were fairly good for moving over rough terrain. If your going to be getting your feet wet and moving over some rougher terrain I would recommend these boots.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Cons: Cost

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size 6, size 7, size 8, size 9, size 10, size 11, size 12, size 13, size 14 and size 15: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.

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