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Do Surf Booties or Water Shoes Protect Against Stingrays?

Traditional Booties versus DragonSkin Booties


In addition to testing our own DragonSkin™ booties against stingray stings, we’ve also run testing on traditional booties to better understand if they provide protection from stingrays. We’ve recreated a stingray sting with a real barb to see how the materials stood up. In our tests, Neoprene provided nearly no protection against a stingray sting. Denser materials on booties helped more, but the level of protection provided by most existing booties overall was not very high. 

Even if the bootie isn’t specifically designed to protect you from stingrays, it will be better than wearing nothing. There are many booties out there and, although not designed specifically for stingray resistance, folks like Brian Chernicky have tested out some styles and shared their experiences. 

We purpose-built DragonSkin™ booties to be resistant to stingray stings. We’ve put in a lot of effort to make sure they are comfortable, effective, and overall the best booties/shoes to protect from stingrays. As far as we know, we’re the only team that has tested the resistance of booties to stingray stings.

Right now we’re working to finish bulk manufacturing for our booties. You can stay up-to-date on our progress by filling out our interest form here.

Wondering how to stop stingrays from ruining your day? You might also be interested in our take on how to avoid stingray stings.