Bam new gear smell all the time, well maybe.
I had to try it ;).
Now too the real gear.
I like water shoes about like I do knife's. Don't ask why because I don't know. But I've been looking for the perfect pair. It's important while canoeing to have a good pair of shoes. You have big rocks to climb on and sometimes pea gravel to walk through. Regular sandles don't really protect your feet.
These are my current water shoes.
On the right are the five fingers, which I love, their only downfall is the lack of support on the bottom. In soil or sand they are hands down awesome! On rocks, not so much. The rocks can poke the bottom of your feet and make hard to walk after a bit.
In the middle are the new Keens. The cool factor is really high with scout geeks and these! Who doesn't want shoes made from paracord!
On big rocks these shoes are awesome! On small rocks, they get stuck in your toes causing problems. Not so much fun then. They are pretty comfortable though. And the lacing system is very nice.
On the left is my newest additions. The Adidas boat shoe. So far I like them, they have good support and they drain well. I don't like the laces, so I'm going to put a bungee style lacing system in like the Keens.
Anyway maybe this will help you find your perfect canoe shoe, in the mean time I'll keep looking and let you know what I find.