Astral Footwear began when whitewater kayakers from North Carolina needed the highest performing shoe – one so highly regarded that it was considered to be essential safety gear to go with Astral’s renowned life vests. Steep, rocky trails lead to creeks and rivers, leading Astral to the realization of light, fast, trail-hiking shoes with confidence-inspiring grip. Proprietary G-Rubber is on the outsole; non-marking, grippy on any surface. Comprised of Natural and synthetic rubber, G-Rubber was made specifically to grip on wet river rocks, and does it better than any shoe in the world. This time-tested outsole makes Astral shoes the best there are for trails, boats, stairs, rocks, sidewalks, sand and dirt. With respect to the body’s biomechanics and natural foot health, there is a level and balanced footbed, roomy toe box and medium arch. Astral shoes use hydrophobic and natural/organic fibers in the upper. They handle water and moisture like no other footwear – Washable, highly breathable and quick drying – odor resistant… and they float.