Surf Booties are one of the most important pieces of gear a surfer wears. To and from the beach your feet need to be protected against rocks, barnacles, and anything nature can throw at you. When you’re out in the water, your feet being the part of your body that is in the water the most, need to be protected from the cold. In the end you need something that will hold up to a beating, keep you warm in the coldest conditions, and feel comfortable when you wear it. Here is a list of our top selling best surf booties along with a brief run down on the features each boot has. If you are looking for sizing information check out our custom made wetsuit boot size chart. In the end if would like to talk to us about the best surf bootie for you, please don’t hesitate to call us and one of our expert staff can help you find what will work best for you.
#1 – O’Neill Heat Booties
The O’neill Heat Booties are our best selling boots hands down. They are also our boot of choice when it comes to keeping our wetsuit renters feet toasty and warm. These are possibly the most bullet proof booties out there, and definitely the best value when it comes to price verses durability. The Heat features durable rubber soles, and dual velcro straps to adjust the fit and keep water out. Made in 3mm, 5mm, and 7mm thicknesses there is a heat boot that will keep you warm in every water temperature. The O’Neill Heat Boots are a great choice if you are looking for something that will keep you warm, comfortable, and last longer than your average surf booties.
#2 – Rip Curl Flash Bomb Booties
The Rip Curl Flash Bomb Booties come in a close second to the Heat, but don’t let that discourage you. These are the most comfortable booties out there in my opinion. Super gooey neoprene makes them flexible, and the Flash Dry lining not only adds extra warmth but also makes it easier to slide the booties on and off. Featuring a velcro strap over the top of the foot, and around the ankle to adjust fitting, and keep water out, the Flash Bomb Booties are well rounded and being available in 3mm, 5mm, and 7mm thicknesses, there is something for every water temperature out there.
#3 – Patagonia Surf Booties “R” Series
The Patagonia R3, R4, and R5 Booties are updated this year with merino wool lining and they’ve done a great job. These boots are awesome. The merino wool lining is a great insulator(adding warmth), but is also very comfortable and makes it easier to slide your booties on and off. I think these booties have to take the award for most durable over the Heat booties. The rubber soles are solid, and the stitching is very high quality. Most importantly there is a quarter inch heavy duty nylon strap that runs up the back of the booties. This is wear most people tear their booties while putting them on. Not gonna happen with the Patagonia booties. I don’t know any cons for these accept they might be over the budget for some, though I have to say they are worth every penny.
#4 – Hotline Reflex Surf Booties
The Hotline Reflex Surf Booties have been a staple of surfing in the northwest for years. Some of our customers that having been wearing these for the last 10 years say it’s the only boot they find comfortable. Not only that, they are also extremely durable. Hotline doesn’t have as big as a marketing budget as some of the other companies that are selling wetsuits and surf booties, but year in and year out the Hotline Booties are top sellers. These booties feature everything you could need, and are made by one of the oldest wetsuit companies out there.
#5 – Quiksilver Cypher Booties
The Quiksilver Cypher Booties are one of the most flexible surf booties out there. Featuring a soft yet durable rubber sole that extends up the back of the ankle to prevent blowouts, and the unique Hydrolock on the cuff to prevent water from flushing up into your wetsuit. This is a good looking boot that will keep you warm and comfortable. Made in 5mm and 7.5mm thicknesses, these are geared for colder waters.
So there you have it. The surf booties you may want to look for in 2013. Keep in mind this is based on numbers of boots we sell through our online store, and in our local shops, so the numbers are slightly geared towards colder water climates based on that. Nevertheless this is a good look at 5 high quality surf booties that the staff here at Cleanline Surf use themselves, and approve of.
Questions or Comments? Tell us your thoughts using the comments section below. What’s your wetsuit boot of choice?