That's why I hike in lightweight trail runners. I just splash across the stream and keep hiking. With wool socks, they are sufficiently dry in an hour. If you stop and wring out the socks after crossing, they dry even faster. Trail runners give me very stable footing--more stable than boots. I have to lift less weight with each step, and don't have the weight of extra footwear.
I agree that crocs are unstable (as I found out from bitter experience--I fell midstream and got to test the waterproofing of the dry bags in my pack). I gave up boots in favor of trail runners 7 years ago, but before that found out that once goretex-lined boots get wet inside, they take several days to dry. Besides, without socks your feet will slip around inside the boots, making them almost unstable as the crocs.
Edited by OregonMouse (10/22/15 01:07 PM)
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey