Feet Free Fins FAQ

The main questions about having your feet free with shinfin™ leg fins, are answered below. Or you can go to the complete FAQ list.

Are fins easy to walk in & safer?


Yes, shinfin™ leg fins are easy to walk in, and safer to walk too. Your feet are free to walk at the pool, at the beach and even over rocky shorelines.

With regular foot fins, it is hard and dangerous to walk. There is always the danger of the foot fins tripping you up or causing you to slip and hurt yourself. This applies to water activities in the pool, sea, lakes and rivers. Many people would prefer to walk to and from the water wearing their fins. But they can’t walk easily or safely wearing foot fins.

Wearing shinfin™ leg fins is similar to walking barefoot. They are not worn on your feet. These fins are flexible. They bend when your ankles bend. So they don’t interfere much with your walking. That is why it is easy to walk wearing these fins, even on wet poolsides and rocky shorelines. Water entry and exit is much easier and safer with these fins.

You can also wear shinfin™ leg fins with water shoes, if you would like to protect your feet. To minimize drag, water shoes should be streamlined and flexible so you can point your toes easily. It is best to wear lightweight, flexible water shoes designed for swimming and beach walking. Try to avoid water shoes with heavy soles and thick areas around the heels.

Finally, fins that are easy to walk in and safer!

Do fins let me swim naturally & move easily?


Yes, shinfin™ leg fins leave your feet free to move easily and swim naturally. You move your feet the same way you move them when swimming without fins. They give you extra power and still let you kick naturally.

Regular foot fins restrict your feet and stop them moving easily. They force you to keep your feet and ankles stiff, to hold the foot fins in position for the kick. They destroy your natural kicking movements, that your ankles and feet make when you swim without fins. Wearing foot fins, you can’t move your feet easily so you can’t swim naturally.

shinfin™ leg fins avoid all these problems because they have no foot pockets. They attach to your legs above your ankles. So they don’t enclose or restrict your feet in any way. Your feet and ankles can be relaxed and supple. This is how they should be for a good swimming kick. Your feet and ankles are free. It feels good too.

You can also adjust the position of the fins on your legs to match your kick. This allows your entire leg movements and kicks to be natural too. This, in turn, allows your arms to pull with a good balanced stroke and the correct timing. By leaving your feet free, shinfin™ leg fins release your entire body to become free for natural swimming.

Now you can wear fins for extra power and leave your feet free to move easily and swim naturally.

Do fins let me dive safer into water?


Yes, shinfin™ leg fins leave your feet free, so you can dive safer and easier into the water. It’s very similar to diving into the water barefoot, with no fins.

Wearing regular foot fins, people find it difficult and more dangerous diving into the water. The tips of the fins stick out and can trip you up. There is a danger of slipping and hurting yourself. The foot fins don’t grip the ground for a proper dive. You can’t curl your toes around the pool edge for a proper, safe dive. Now you can get rid of these foot fin dangers.

shinfin™ leg fins avoid these problems. They let you dive easier and safer. Firstly, you can walk safely to the water’s edge. You grip the ground with the entire soles of your feet. Then you curl your toes around the edge. Then you can dive in easier and safer.

Now you can wear fins and dive safer and easier into the water!

Do fins let me flip turn & push off from pool wall?


Yes, shinfin™ leg fins leave your feet free for flip turns (tumble turns) and for wall turns too. So they are good fins for doing laps in the pool.

Regular foot fins mess up your turns. In particular, they make it difficult to get your feet in the correct position to push off properly from the wall. Using foot fins can give you bad turning habits for your normal swimming too. They cause problems with flip turns and wall turns. Sometimes the water suction holds the foot fin on the wall and this suction can even pull the fin off your foot.

shinfin™ leg fins avoid these turning problems because they leave your feet free. They have no foot pockets. So the entire soles of your feet can make contact with the wall for a proper push-off. You can push off the wall the same as you do without fins. So they don’t give you bad turning habits. They don’t suction onto the wall like foot flippers.

For flip turns (tumble turns), go into the turn a little bit harder. Keep your knees straight until the fins lift out of the water. This can be a training benefit. Complete the flip turn by pushing off from the wall with your feet as normal.

For wall turns, bring your knees up and forward as you come to the wall. Then push off from the wall with your feet as normal.

Now you can wear fins for pool swimming and flip turn or wall turn normally!

Do fins make it easy to stand, kneel, drop-knee on boards?


Yes, shinfin™ leg fins leave your feet free to stand, kneel and drop-knee on boards. They let you ride boards wearing fins, for extra speed and safety in the water.

Regular foot fins obviously get in the way when you kneel and stand on surfboards, kneel on kneeboards and drop-knee on bodyboards.

With shinfin™ leg fins, kneeling on your surfboard, kneeboard and bodyboard is easy. Kneeling with your ankles and toes pointed, the fins lie on your board, comfortably along your shins and the tops of your feet. So the fins also protect your shins and the tops of your feet from rubbing on your board.

With shinfin™ leg fins, standing on your board works well too. The entire soles of your feet are free to grip your board. Standing on your board with your ankles bent, the fins flex comfortably around the front of your ankles. Only the tips of the fins touch your board.

Drop-knee on your board is easy too. It is a combination of standing and kneeling. Your front leg is standing on your board. Your back leg is kneeling on your board.

Now you can have the extra speed and safety of fins and stand, kneel and drop-knee on your boards!

Do fins make it easy to climb boat ladders & pool steps?


Yes, shinfin™ leg fins leave your feet free for an easy climb up and down boat ladders, pool steps and pool ladders. It feels very similar to going up and down ladders and steps in bare feet.

When wearing regular foot fins, it is often very slippy and dangerous climbing up and down ladders and steps. You need to do this at the pool, the sea and when climbing on and off boats. So some people have to put their foot fins on in the water, and take them off in the water too. This is difficult and can be dangerous. Doing this next to a boat in choppy water can be very dangerous. There is also a danger that you may drop your fins and loose them when they sink down into the depths of the water.

shinfin™ leg fins can be put on before you climb in. You can take them off after you climb out. This is much easier and safer in the pool and in the sea. It is especially convenient and safer when you are snorkeling or scuba diving from a boat bouncing around in the waves. Generally, it is much safer to keep these fins on when you climb up and down boat ladders and pool steps. By keeping them on, you also avoid loosing these fins in the water.

Overall, shinfin™ leg fins make it much easier and safer to climb up and down boat ladders and pool steps.