Different seasons and styles require different fishing footwear. Fly fishing almost always requires special wading boots, except when your fly fishing waders already have ones permanently attached (the bootfoot waders). Hot-weather deck fishing and shore fishing will likely require something lighter, like fishing flip-flops. To fish comfortably during winter, you’ll need insulated boots with thick soles featuring deep lugs for better traction. But is there something more of a happy medium?
A good women’s / men’s fishing shoe is perfect for lighter applications. It gives less bulk than fishing boots and ensures protection and long-term comfort better than flip-flops. The style encompasses lots of variations, but the general idea behind them is to keep your feet dry, airy, and comfortable. So what things to consider to choose the best fishing shoes:
Here you’ll find an ocean of various women’s and men’s water shoes, wading shoes, and waterproof boat shoes for fishing. Shop for Xtratuf, Shimano, and other brands at GRITR Outdoors.
Good fishing shoes should be comfortable, durable, and provide solid traction. They should also have water drainage features and quick-drying material.
When fishing on a boat, your shoes should have non-slip soles to prevent accidents. Breathability is also important to keep your feet dry and comfortable.
Fishing on rocks requires shoes with excellent grip to prevent slips and falls. The shoes should also be hard-wearing to resist sharp edges and rugged terrain.
Many fishing shoes are water-resistant or waterproof to keep your feet dry in wet conditions. However, some are made with quick-drying materials and drainage holes, which allow water to flow out when wading.