Surfers tend to don booties when water dips under the 16 deg C isotherm, -ish.
Personally, I don’t like to adjust my rubber according to ambient temperature, but rather dates on the Gregorian calendar. Much like the British seasider (usually the dad) grimly announcing, “I’m on ‘oliday, I’m wearin shorts” regardless of the weather, I too tend to make the switch to boots no sooner than Dec 1st.
That, usually, is a few weeks too late, but that isn’t the point. I can remember hobbling on the double yellow lines back to the car to stay off the agony of post-surf asphalt in those late November days of my formative years, but hey, I stuck to my guns.
Anyway, Wetty have come up with a delicious range of booties that are unlike most others in the modern surf boot era. Rather than packing in a bunch of (what they, presumably, would consider unnecessary) features, hidden split toes, velcro adjustments, drawstrings, grips and grappling hooks, they’ve gone very much back to basics; pretty much like a bodyboard sock with latex sole. A very thin sole.
They also come with a bunch of interesting prints. I chose the ones that said ‘FUCK 0FF’ for obvious reasons.