These slip on water sports shoes have extremely pliable and protective rubber soles with a unique mesh drainage system in the mid sole comprised of six articulated slats for maximum drainage. The Jawpaws slip on and off like a pair of slippers and the high degree of flex in the soles enable you to still feel your board beneath your feet. We tested them SUP surfing throughout Southern California in areas known for their rocky bottoms such as Surfrider Beach in Malibu, Sunset and the SUP Surfing mecca of San Onofre.
The Climacool Jawpaws are lightweight 6.9 oz (195 g) and have a triangle patterned tread in the shape of the Adidas logo which gives the soles a three-way flex not found in other water sports shoes. The three-way flex is our favorite attribute and the one which gives the Climacool Jawpaws a barefoot feel with the benefits of protection and comfort. The rugged rubber soles offer plenty of traction in addition to comfort and the rubber wraps around the heel and toe area for increased protection in your foot’s most vulnerable points. These would be a great water shoe for river paddling where foot protection is essential. They are also a great option for excursion paddlers as the rubber soles on the Cimacool Jawpaws would negate the need to bring a separate pair of shoes for terrestrial activity once your day of paddling is complete. If you are looking for a comfortable slip on paddling shoe, you may wish to consider trying out a pair.
Climacool Jawpaws MSRP: $60, www.adidas.com
Disclosure: SUP Examiner received a sample of this product, however, the opinions expressed are our own.