Top Surf Booties for 2014

It’s about that time of year. You know, that magical time when all those great booties come out. No, not the kind in tiny shorts, the kind you slip your feet into before paddling out. It’s almost winter time so you’ve still got to stay warm. Start with picking a pair of one of the best surf booties for 2014.

Xcel Drylock Split Toe Surf Booties The Xcel Drylock 5mm Split Toe Booties are everything you could want in surf footwear. Liquid sealed seems deny entrance to water and an ankle seal won’t even let the wet stuff sneak in by coming down your leg. While the neoprene is thick and warm, it is quick to dry and the split toe feature keeps your foot from rolling in the boot for advanced stability. If toasty toes are your priority, you can’t go wrong with the Xcel Drylock.

Can’t get enough Xcel? Well here’s another taste. The Xcel Infiniti 5mm Split Toe Surf Xcel Infiniti 5mm Split Toe Surf BootiesBooties are some of the most burly chunks of footwear in the ocean. No matter how frigid the swells are, your feet are guaranteed to enjoy premium warmth thanks to ThermoCarbon materials made from recycled fabrics and bamboo charcoal infused fibers. If that sounds techy and environmentally friendly, that’s because it totally is.

O'Neil Skins Psycho Split-toe 4/3mm Surf BootiesOne peek at the O’Neill Skins Psycho Split-toe 4/3 Surf Booties and the high level of quality and craftsmanship is clear. But what else would you expect from O’Neill? The Psycho rocks an Ultraflex Firewall for the ultimate in comfort and warmth. A cuff strap prevents any flushing and even though this split toe model enhances control, it also features a toe guard to stop your leash from getting stuck in the split. Work the waves with authority in the O’Neill Skins Psycho Split-toe 4/3 Surf Booties.

While the Quiksilver Syncro 5mm Round Toe Surf Booties are obviously dedicated to Quiksilver Syncro 5mm Surf Bootieskeeping your feet warm, they are also super focused on delivering crazy advanced traction. The rubber soles feature all kinds of texture and gripping powers that give you the ability to really feel the control placed beneath your feet as you forge a legit connection with your board. Reinforced stress points make the Quicksilver Syncro Booties some of the toughest around, so if grip and durability are your style, this is the pair for you.

O'Neill Heat 5mm Surf BootiesLock in some serious performance with the O’Neill Heat 5mm RT Surf Booties. Velcro straps snuggle you comfortably while providing dynamite warming capabilities.  Loads of attention to detail is commonplace with all O’Neill boots, but it is the Heat’s commitment to functionality in icy conditions that really sets it apart. Glued and blind stitched to perfection, the O’Neill Heat Booties have no equal.

Legendary along every beach and in each lineup, the Quiksilver Cypher 5mm Split Toe Quiksilver Cypher 5mm Split Toe BootiesSurf Booties will transform you from a boogie boarding squid to a billabong ripping shark. Nylon webbing locks everything into place while plenty of Biofleece Neoprene does absolute work to crank up the warmth. Beadlock angle gripping features give you more control so you can really make that rip stick your own.  Mangle those chilly waves with a true passion thanks to the Quiksilver Cypher.

Roxy Syncro 5mm Round Toe Surf BootiesLadies, don’t think we would forget about your feminine feet. Specially designed just for chicks who chew up waves and spit out excellence, the Roxy Syncro 5mm Round Toe Surf Booties give you the advantage you need in cold water. Advanced gluing and blind stitching processes have taken these booties to the next level of functionality and performance. Make it happen harder than anyone else who paddles out with the Roxy Syncro Booties.

Summer is here and the booties are out. It’s easy to see that there are some highly desirable options. So grab your favorite pair of top surf booties for 2014 and give your feet the protection they need to stand up to cold conditions.

5 Surf Booties to Keep You Warm all Year Long

When you choose to ignore that plummeting mercury and paddle out anyway, you better be sure that you gear up with nothing by the best. Not just any surf booties will do when it comes to doing battle with frigid waters. You need a pair of booties that will not only ensure the warmth of your feet so they can constantly perform at their peak, but a set that will also provide you with an intimate connection between you and your surf board. Check out our top five favorite surfing booties for 2013 that will undoubtedly enhance your entire surf season.

Whenever you need to crank the thermal dial, slip your toes into the O’Neill Heat 5mm RT O'neill Heat 5mm Round Toe BootSurfing Booties. This pair is crafted from high quality neoprene Fluid Foam for a fit that feels phenomenal every time you paddle out. The whole package is sealed up with blindstitched seams and ultra durable glue that is in it for long haul. A rugged textured rubber outsole delivers plenty of grip and protection while the forefoot is outfitted with torsion control so that you can establish a flawless connection with your surf stick. The Anti-Flush shin strap pulls the whole deal together and lets you pick exactly how tight you fasten these bad boys. If the O’Neill Heat 5mm RT Booties seem like the total package, that’s because they are.

Quiksilver Cypher 5mm Split Toe Boot Cold water has got nothing on the Quiksilver Cypher 5mm Split Toe Surf Booties. A dual seal treatment covers this pair and teams up with a highly effective ankle strap to keep frigid fluids from frazzling your feet. Perhaps the best part about the Cypher is the biofleece material they are constructed from. This fabric is highly flexible so that your feet can behave naturally, and microscopic air cells capture and hold warmth better while remaining impressively lightweight. Finally, a soft textured sole gives you all the traction you need to seize complete command even in the roughest seas. The undeniably sensational combination of high quality materials and fantastically functional features ensures that the Quiksilver Cypher 5mm Split Toe Boots have to be on this list.


The attention to detail and superior craftsmanship that went into the Xcel Drylock 5mm Xcel Drylock 5mm Round Toe BootRound Toe make it a must have in any top five. This pair of high performance booties undergoes quadruple gluing and features blindstiched seams to achieve a pressure bonded state that never fails to put your feet in the perfect position to rip extra hard. Xcel engineered the Drylock to withstand all kinds of abuse while never failing to fit you just right. Given the dual level ThermoBamboo lining that repels water and the added support in the heel and toe, it is no wonder that so many experienced surfers are choosing this unstoppable set of foot huggers.


Xcel Infiniti 5mm Split Toe BootWhen the waters are extra chilly and few are bold enough to paddle out, the Xcel Infiniti 5mm Split Toe Surf Booties answers the call by delivering an impressive blend of board feel and warmth. The Infiniti features a ThermoCarbon lining, Ultrastretch ankle panels made from neoprene and 100% blind stitching so that water is less likely to seep in and hassle your feet. While the split toe design enables you to enjoy a more natural connection with your board, a solid sole has been installed underneath to prevent your leash or any stray seaweed from getting hung up. For those of you keeping score at home, yes, that is two pairs of Xcel surf booties on this list of the best, so obviously Xcel is doing something right. We love Xcel wetsuits and surf booties and you will too!


Ladies, this one is for you. The Roxy Syncro 5mm Round Surf Booties are a robust solution to Roxy Syncro 5mm Round Toe Bootsyour needs for cold water footwear. Premium insulating materials ensure that your toes stay nice and toasty all session long. Wraparound rubber soles add bonus protection and reinforced stress points enhance durability so that you can keep going strong the entire season. Easy to get off and on, but never one to flinch during use, the Roxy Syncro 5mm Round Surf Booties straight up dominate the most treacherous conditions.


There you have it. Get some booties. Put ’em on. Paddle out.

By Jennifer Frost