How to Buy Boots for Open Heel Fins?
(Los Angeles, CA USA)
We think that we want to buy boots or reef shoes for our open-heel fins for our trip to the Cook Islands this winter (thanks to those who wrote about their Cook Island snorkeling experiences!). What is the general rule for buying reef shoes and fitting them with fins (wearing both at the same time)? Do we look for thicker boots or are thinner boots OK? We have a set of snorkel gear from Costco (new, haven't tried them yet), and the fins are open-heel fins.
We hear that there are stonefish and rockfish, sea cucumbers, and coral, and we don't want to contact any of these while walking in the water. We will be kayaking around the shorelines and in the lagoons, and we want to be able to step out anywhere and be protected (and protect coral and other things from us). We are novices and have only snorkeled in Hawaii, so please correct me if I misstate any concepts or misuse terms.