If anyone sees a form of them not made in China, please make some noise. These are great for whitewater kayaking; we've used things like these for years, in fact, either this or a neoprene bootie, or ww sandals (everyone knows what Tevas are now, right?). I'm still using the same funky footwear from before the Chinese takeover of this type of shoe and these things should be Superfund eligible by now. And NO, you don't wear them except for the activities they're for. Just like you don't wear cleats or bowling shoes or hiking boots to dinner.