My wife and I hiked Smith For Canyon earlier this week. Due to a rain storm the prior day, the stream was running, so some of the time we were walking in water and some of the time on dry land consisting of sand and rocks. However to start the hike we had to walk through about 20 yards of the Lake Powell mud / quicksand that pulls your shoes off. We chose to take both a chacos's type sandal and a standard low top hiking shoe. We found the sandal did not work in the mud, it was so sticky you could not get your feet out, so we ended up going barefoot through the mud and the early portion of the stream until it got rocky, then switched to the sandal. We never find a long enough stretch of solid dry ground to switch to the hiking shoe, so we did the entire hike in the sandals. We hiked for just over 4 hours and with all of the rocks, sand and debris in the mud and water it was brutal on our feet. Is anyone aware of a better type of shoe to do this type of hiking in or is there something we could do differently that would make it easier on our feet on this type of hike?