Brewer

$ 99.95

Our signature model combines our stickiest G®Rubber outsole, balanced geometry midsole, and hydrophobic Canvas uppers that drain water and dry fast. The unique Lilo construction reduces weight while increasing flexibility. All the details add up to create the ultimate outdoor sneaker.

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Color: Murica

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Details

  • Intended Use: Water, Trail, Casual, Travel, Boat
  • Uppers: Hydrophobic PES Canvas with Airmesh at vamp and tongue; Foldable Heel has a slit for sand drainage; 210D nylon liner. 2 sets (different colors) water resistant laces provided.
  • Midsole: Balanced Geometry EVA foam with drainage ports at forefoot.
  • Outsole: Granite Grip high surface-contact, siped, and non-marking. Made with G.ss rubber (our stickiest compound).
  • Foot to Ground Distance: 17mm heel, 16mm ball
  • Weight/shoe: 230g (8.11 oz)
  • Sizes: Men’s US 7-13
  • Fit: True to size (Up to D width)

Granite Grip Outsole

Maximized sole-to-surface contact for increased friction on smooth surfaces. Razor-Siping increases quantity of edges for gripping. Beveled lugs help prevent mud accumulation. Thin profile for flexibility and sufficient sensory feedback promotes better balance and grip.

Water Ready

All Astral shoes have a special relationship with water. Every component, from the thread to the laces are critically evaluated and chosen for its ability to hold up after constant soaking, shed water, and not accumulate funk. Many models have engineered drainage for water to come out while minimizing entry of silt.

Balanced Geometery

We believe that a foot’s position in a shoe should be similar to when barefoot. This allows excellent balance and biomechanically natural lifestyle.

Foot-beds are essentially level (only 1mm drop from heel to toe ) and provide medium arch support.  Tapered instep and heel area for better foothold and control Wide forefoot allows your feet and toes to spread out for stability.

GSS

The “ss” is for “Super Sticky” and we can confidently say that outsoles made with it provide the best grip in water-sports. Unlike other maximum friction compounds, G.ss is non-marking and provides good abrasion resistance. Its low durometer (measure of hardness) lessens impact and provides excellent conformity to surfaces.

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  • I've been searching for this for 18 years!

    April 18, 2017

    In the summer of 1999 I began sailing Chesapeake Bay Log Canoes, a unique craft indigenous to a couple of rivers on the Bay, sailed since the mid-1800s and many of them built prior to the turn of the 20th century. These historic, wooden boats are sailed fast and hard; they have twice the sail area as similar craft their size, yet no lead keel to keep them upright. Capsizes do happen, but to stay upright, beefy guys like me throw 12- to 14-foot boards over the windward side each tack and climb out to the end, dashing in and out to maintain just the proper balance. It's a slippery task, and for 18 years I have sought a shoe that protects the foot from heavy, moving pieces of lumber, drains well and, most importantly, GRIPS. This is it! Not only is it the perfect shoe for log canoe sailing, I took them on a trip to Maine last summer and was amazed at the grip on slippery rocks and even comfort while hiking. The Brewer is my day-to-day multitask shoe. For a shoe meant to be worn without socks, I must say the footbed is far less odor-retaining than other shoes. I liked this pair so much I just bought the Filipe and am considering two more pairs of Astrals. My feet are notoriously hard to fit, and I think I've finally found a company whose shoes I'll be buying for life.

    submitted by: Will Chapman, Easton, MD

  • Highly Recommend

    April 15, 2017

    My brother has been talking these shoes up for some time now - I finally decided to purchase a pair - looking for a shoe for both kayaking and hiking. So far -very pleased.

    submitted by: Aaron, North Carolina

  • Two weeks in Costa Rica - Shoes took a beating, but but held up great. Terrific Shoe

    March 23, 2017

    Was looking for light-weight, closed shoes. Sure found the right shoe! Traveled the back-roads from Liberia to Osa Penn, up into the mountains off the Panamerican Highway and back up the Pacific side to Monteverde. Plenty of on and off trail use from dry forests to tropical rain forests and mountain terrain. Great in the water and refused to slip the grip on slick rocks in rivers and surf. Felt great from day-one and held up well.

    submitted by: sylvan, portland, or

  • Two weeks in Costa Rica - Shoes Took a Beating, but but held up great. Terrific Shoe

    March 23, 2017

    Was looking for light-weight, closed shoes. Traveled the back-roads from Liberia to Osa Penn, up into the mountains off the Panamerican Highway and back up the Pacific side to Monteverde. Plenty of on and off trail use from dry forests to tropical rain forests and mountain terrain. Great in the water and refused to slip the grip on slick rocks in rivers and surf. Felt great from day-one and held up well.

    submitted by: sylvan, portland, or

  • February 10, 2017

    By far my favorite shoes of all time. I've been using them every day for years for everything from paddling, to bike riding, trail building, tree climbing, rock hopping, and shuffling around town. They dry incredibly fast, but my favorite feature is the step down backs, which allow me to be lazy and to slip on the shoes to wear them in sandal mode. The traction is next level, and seems to only get better when on wet rock. These are by far my favorite shoes ever made, and I will continue to rock the Brewers day in and out.

    submitted by: Tim Koerber, Brevard, NC

  • Excellent shoe

    February 06, 2017

    Pros:
    -comfortable
    -supportive
    -light weight
    -breathable
    -drainage

    Cons:
    -none

    I would highly recommend these to anyone. Even people who plan to use them as daily shoes. These shoes are very comfortable, extremely light weight, very breathable, and they are very supportive under the feet.

    The only problem I had was fitting in my kayak. I am a playboater and the biggest problem I have with playboating is the limitation to the type of shoes you can fit in your boat. I had reached out to the guys at Astral to ask if many playboater's use there shoes and which one's if so. They recommended the loyak's or the hiyak's.

    As of late I have began to shift my focus the the realm of competition and have began to start creeking and running water falls, So I wanted to find a shoe that I could use for both. the reason I did not want to use the loyak or the hiyak was because of the sole. I want a sole that was thick and that could give a lot of support. So I chose the Brewer. I was not sure how well the Brewer was going to fit in my playboat and the boat I use is a Jackson Kayak Medium 2014 Rockstar.

    When I received the shoe I immediately went and sat in my boat. I couldn't fit with the jackson happy feet airbag in the front of the boat. So I removed the air bag and put in the stock foam foot block the is provided with the boat when it is purchased. I still didn't fit. I really liked the look, feel, and overall functionality of the shoe that I was determined to not send them back and figure out how to make them fit in my boat.

    I found that I could fit without the foot block but that was not an option because I would lose a lot of control over the bow of my boat. So I spent 3 hours cutting and sanding the foam block to make it small and to profile to my feet and the front of the boat better. And after spending time doing that's had success and it fit and I had much better control than before with the airbag. If you're curious on what size shoe I wear it is a 10.5.

    In the end I absolutely love the Brewers. They are the best kayaking shoe I have ever worn. If you want a shoe with a thicker sole for playboating and creeking without have to have two shoes then this is the best shoe and with a little bit of work on the foam block then you can have a very comfortable fit in your boat.

    submitted by: Alex Lewis, Buford, Georgia

  • Excellent!

    August 09, 2016

    I wear these things when I'm raft guiding, kayaking, or just chilling on the river. Nothing on the market comes close to the grip these shoes give on slick rocks. On top of that, they're a great trail running shoe. I put a lot of miles in last winter and spring, and the brewers were great!

    submitted by: Andrew, Long Creek

  • Brewer as a Canoe Shoe

    July 22, 2016

    For summer trips, I appreciate that this shoe is light, dries quickly, and doesn't come off in the deep muck. Just recently, this shoe saved me more than once on some tricky Quebec portages. Navigating a labyrinth of wet rocks with a canoe over my head and a pack on my back, the sticky soles stuck fast when I needed them to most. Dropping a kevlar boat (or my body!) on sharp rocks is a recipe for trouble in remote back country. A seam on both shoes started to fray, however within a day of notifying the customer service department at Astral, they agreed to ship a new pair immediately. My family also owns Astral PFDs. Weve never had a problem with them, but its good to know that these guys stand behind their products. Kudos.

    submitted by: Mark S., Ithaca, NY

  • I love these shoes

    July 12, 2016

    I got these shoes about a month ago and wear them for everything. I originally got them for skating and paddle boarding on the river, but now i wear them daily as my go to pair of shoes. I am going to grab another pair in a different color.

    Definitely recommend them.

    submitted by: Grant B., Cape Canaveral, FL

  • Best Shoes

    July 04, 2016

    Like my life vest I have had these shoes since they first came out. From the craziest of portages around jungle waterfalls to enduro races on the Kaituna River these shoes can handle anything. They are so lightweight yet so durable. They dry super fast and last forever for the amount of abuse I put them through. Thanks for making shoes ASTRAL!

    submitted by: Brenna, BC, Canada

  • Perfect.

    June 23, 2016

    I have a few pair of Astral shoes, and the Brewer is my favorite (if only because it's the most versatile). This shoe looks like an ordinary (but awesome) sneaker, even though it's deceptively lightweight, comfortable, versatile and fast-drying. You can use this shoe for practically everything. They're also incredibly easy to clean and handle a lot of wear and tear. The EVA foam footbed is extremely comfortable, and they're the goldilocks of firm versus soft cushioning. I bought my first pair of Astral shoes for their intended purpose -- kayaking/the water. I quickly discovered that the shoes excel on dry land, the sidewalk, trail and pretty much everywhere else. Overall, I'd say these shoes are perfect.

    submitted by: Dustin, Asheville, NC

  • Great water and summer shoe

    June 01, 2016

    I have a older version of this shoe that had the lacing run around the heel of the shoe. They have re-designed the Brewer and now does not have that feature, I think this a step in the right direction. I love the color I bought which was black with Lime green accents. I'm now going to buy another pair this summer.

    submitted by: Ehren, Juneau, Alaska

  • Bomber kicks

    May 29, 2016

    I use the brewer for work rafting, kayaking, canoeing and sailing! Super comfortable, grippy and wear well.

    submitted by: Tom Woolven, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

  • Best Shoe Period!!!

    May 21, 2016

    This is the best shoe ever made!!! I have tried so many different shoes and finally found this one. If I could only wear one shoe for the rest of my life it would be the Brewer. These shoes do everything: Daily Wear, Hiking, Rafting, and Everything else you can imagine. Only problem is that I hiked the Appalachian Trail and my foot grew a size, from 13 to 14. Now I no longer fit in these amazing shoes. Please Astral make them in larger sizes!!

    submitted by: Dustin, NY

  • Astral Brewer Rocks!

    May 01, 2016

    I use this shoe to work as a raft guide or for kayaking, super comfy, holds up to a lot of abuse and the sole sticks to every thing.

    submitted by: Fish, Wesser NC

  • So versatile

    March 29, 2016

    I travel a ton for work and fun, and my Brewers go with me everywhere. They're great for cruising around town, great for doing anything near the water, and the sticky soles make them really good for use with flat pedals on mountain bikes as well. It's almost unbelievable how light they are, and they look cool too. 5-stars!

    submitted by: John P., South Freeport, Maine

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