The ground and the river aren’t always the easiest to navigate barefoot — or with the wrong shoes. We recommend that you get some water shoes, which will protect your feet without getting weighed down when they’re wet. If you don’t have water shoes, old athletic shoes will work to the same purpose. Just make sure that your sneakers are broken in before the trip if you decide to wear them; blisters hurt!
What you don’t want are flip flops, boots or bare feet. Boots will weigh you down if you end up swimming, and flip flops and bare feet will not properly protect you.
It’s bright on the river, and you should do what you can to protect yourself. Wearing a hat with a brim will help to keep the sun off of your skin, but you will also want sunglasses to protect your eyes from glare coming off of the water. Don’t forget to wear a retention strap with your sunglasses so that you don’t lose them.
What you don’t want is to be squinting the entire time. It’s bright out on the Ocoee River!