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Teva Terra-Float Churn It Up Review

An acceptable camp shoe, these miss the mark in terms of fit, traction, and sensitivity.
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Price:  $100 List | $49.83 at Amazon
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Pros:  Slipper-like comfort, decent traction on hard surfaces
Cons:  Almost no traction in mud, sand accumulates in shoe, low sensitivity, poor foot retention
Manufacturer:   Teva
By Dan Scott ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 19, 2019
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  • Comfort - 25% 7
  • Traction - 25% 5
  • Warmth - 15% 4
  • Versatility - 15% 4
  • Sensitivity - 10% 4
  • Durability - 10% 3

Our Verdict

The Teva Terra-Float Churn It Up water shoes are good for casual walks and do alright on hard surfaces, but lack the durability, adjustability, and all-around traction necessary for serious use. While their smooth soles stick well to wet rock, they slip like crazy on mud, making them a liability in some situations. As a camp shoe for walking along the beach or river, they can work great — they have slipper-like comfort and drain really well. For anything more serious, we'd recommend warmer, higher traction, and more durable water shoes.


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Pros Slipper-like comfort, decent traction on hard surfacesExtremely versatile, adjustable, excellent balance of support and flexibilityHigh traction, flexible, snug fit, great drainageComfortable, warm, great traction on wet rockGood traction, very sensitive, sock-like feel, fun to swim in
Cons Almost no traction in mud, sand accumulates in shoe, low sensitivity, poor foot retentionNot the stickiest rubber, not the most durableNot warm, not durableLittle support on rough terrain, no drainageSlip off feet slighty when walking, uncomfortable in rough terrain
Bottom Line An acceptable camp shoe, these miss the mark in terms of fit, traction, and sensitivity.These shoes are a jack-of-all trades that we feel confident using in practically any sport involving water.These kayaking shoes are top notch for their flexibility and traction, all at a bargain of a price.These water shoes check all the boxes for what we are looking for in a shoe to wear for long days on the river.The Kickers are great for kayaking or swimming, but not protective or secure enough for much else.
Rating Categories Teva Terra-Float Churn It Up Astral TR1 Junction Astral Loyak NRS Paddle Wetshoe NRS Kicker Remix
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Specs Teva Terra-Float... Astral TR1 Junction Astral Loyak NRS Paddle Wetshoe NRS Kicker Remix
Measured Weight (per pair, in lbs) 1.6 lbs 1.6 lbs 1.1 lbs 1.9 lbs 1.8 lbs
Size Tested (US Men's) 12 13 13 12 12
Drainage Features Side holes, top/side mesh Front/side holes, top mesh Front/back/side holes, top mesh None None
Removeable Insole Yes Yes Yes No Insole No Insole
Available Widths Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Footwear Closure Lace Lace Lace Zipper Pull-on/elastic synch
Upper Materials 56% synthetic/44% textile Hydrophobic canvas with TPU Hydrophobic canvas and Airmesh 3 mm neoprene Neoprene
Midsole EVA EVA EVA None None
Outsole Rubber G15 Siped G15 Rubber Rubber
Relative Fit Narrow toebox, low volume midfoot, medium volume heel Wide toebox, high volume midfoot and heel Wide toebox, medium volume midfoot and heel Wide toebox, and stretches to accomodate a wide variety of foot shapes Wide toebox, and stretches to accomodate a wide variety of foot shapes

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Terra-Float Churn It Up is a comfortable, street-shoe like water shoe. Made almost entirely of mesh, they drain exceptionally well and provide a lot of cushioning and support. However, their casual design makes them less than ideal for activities like whitewater boating or canyoneering.

Performance Comparison


Like slippers  these are comfy shoes. Unfortunately  also like slippers  they don't exactly perform well on the trail.
Like slippers, these are comfy shoes. Unfortunately, also like slippers, they don't exactly perform well on the trail.

Comfort


The Terra-Float has a soft, neoprene-like interior that feels great on bare feet. The mesh that makes up the upper of the shoe isn't stretchy, but the tongue is kept in place with a short piece of elastic that makes for an almost sock-like fit. However, the fit is somewhat low volume, so that sock-like fit might seem tight if you have high volume feet.

The non-elastic, quick cinch laces on this shoe work acceptably but pale in comparison to higher-end quick laces from other brands. The plastic cinch is hard to actuate, doesn't slide on the laces well, and doesn't hold the laces tight as you walk around. While drainage is excellent, with holes even under the insole, sand can quickly get in this shoe and is hard to remove.

While decently comfortable on the foot  we found that this shoe's lacing didn't hold our feet snugly for very long while hiking.
While decently comfortable on the foot, we found that this shoe's lacing didn't hold our feet snugly for very long while hiking.

Traction


With a pretty much entirely flat sole, these shoes reminded our testers of sleds in the mud. While it can be fun to be able to slide around on flat ground, we quickly got gripped descending a steep, muddy trail. Whereas most shoes will slide initially, then dig in with their lugs, these shoes will just keep on sliding.

If you can avoid mud, however, these shoes do decently well on hard surfaces like rocks and logs. They performed above average at sticking to hard surfaces, which you might be a lot more likely to encounter walking along rivers.

The flat sole is decent for sticking to hard  smooth surfaces  but is slick as snot on mud or dirt on our tests.
The flat sole is decent for sticking to hard, smooth surfaces, but is slick as snot on mud or dirt on our tests.

Warmth


As an almost entirely mesh shoe, these are not warm. The tongue is sewn in relatively high up on the shoe, meaning you have much less adjustability compared to most other water shoes we've reviewed. This equates to being unable to add insulation in the form of thicker socks on cold days while also being able to thin down your socks (or not wear them) on warmer days.

Because drainage is so awesome on these shoes, they don't retain much water. That makes them dry fast, but also allows evaporative cooling to chill down your feet rapidly once out of the water. This isn't a problem in warm climates, but we wouldn't recommend these shoes for cold regions.

This shoe is only as warm as the insulation you can cram into it  and with a narrow fit and low adjustability  that probably isn't much.
This shoe is only as warm as the insulation you can cram into it, and with a narrow fit and low adjustability, that probably isn't much.

Versatility


As a casual shoe, these are fairly versatile for mostly-land activities, but not when it comes to the things we like to use water shoes for, like boating, canyoneering, or taking wet hikes and runs. Their lack of soft surface traction makes them a total bummer on muddy hikes, and their lack of warmth and adjustability makes them a no-go for cold days on the water.

That said, they work fine for hanging out at camp, taking easy strolls along the beach or river, or having a party at the lake. They are pretty light, and we wouldn't hesitate to use them as dedicated camp shoes on a rafting trip. Their flat soles stick well to smooth surfaces, like those found on SUPs and boat decks. They also don't look any different than typical street-shoes, so unlike some water shoes, you won't feel odd roaming around town in these.

We pushed these shoes to their limit  which our testers felt was met before the limits of other shoes in this review.
We pushed these shoes to their limit, which our testers felt was met before the limits of other shoes in this review.

Sensitivity


Like a more traditional, high support running shoe, the Terra-Float Churn It Up features a thick, supportive sole with substantial heel to toe drop. They don't wrap around logs or rocks much at all due to their stiff outsole, which can impair stability in rough terrain.

That said, the substantial cushion in these soles does give you decent proprioception, which can be nice when walking across variable terrain such as in and out of a riverbed.

While the sole is decently flexible  we didn't like how little ground feel this shoe provided.
While the sole is decently flexible, we didn't like how little ground feel this shoe provided.

Durability


Mesh just isn't te most durable material to build a shoe out of. Around the toe, there are some stiffened and reinforced sections of mesh just adjacent to the toe bumper, but we doubt they will do much to prevent punctures and abrasion.

We also don't like the combination of rough laces and lace keepers (at least the upper two) made out of a thin, string-like material. On other shoes with this style of lacing, we've had bad experiences with lace keepers breaking entirely, which more or less ruins the shoe.

The lack of protective reinforcements makes the mesh especially vulnerable to punctures.
The lack of protective reinforcements makes the mesh especially vulnerable to punctures.

One plus side to these shoe's almost entirely flat sole is that as you wear it down, the traction is unlikely to change much. Unlike most shoes that have lugs, you won't be losing lug height as you wear down these soles. That said, the flat sole design is problematic for traction.

Value


For the cost, these shoes just don't have the versatility or performance we'd expect. For a significantly lower price, you can get high-performing water shoes that are just as versatile (and arguably more stylish).

Conclusion


If you're really looking for maximum drainage and slipper-like comfort, these might be the shoes for you. For most water shoe applications, though, these lack key features that would enable them to work well.

We had a hard time stuffing insulating layers into these shoes. While ineffective for boating or canyoneering  they make a decent and comfortable camp shoe.
We had a hard time stuffing insulating layers into these shoes. While ineffective for boating or canyoneering, they make a decent and comfortable camp shoe.


Dan Scott