Review: Zem Shoes for Rowing

I’ve recently switched over to wearing Zem shoes for rowing, and I think they are perfect.  They were originally designed as beach volleyball shoes, so they look weird but function well.  They are essentially ankle-height neoprene booties with reinforcing bands and a split toe for mobility.  They are also great for SUP.   They are sturdy enough for minimalist running, and can slip right inside the shoes in the boat, hence minimizing dock  time and solving the problem of wet socks and shoes on the dock!  Plus you can crumple them up, store them in the car, and just throw them in the washing machine when they get smelly.  Check them out!WP_000851

2 thoughts on “Review: Zem Shoes for Rowing

  1. Kind of makes you look like a Ninja Turtle though 😉 I love the fact they crumple up though – means you can just put this footwear in your pocket until you need them. What is the material of the sole?

    1. Hi Emma, the soles are a kind of thickened neoprene – not rubber, more like the soles of yoga shoes. So they are quite flexible and yes, you can roll them up. The downside is that they do not offer as much sole protection as FiveFingers, so if you are on really rocky ground or places where there is glass, I would be careful.

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