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#1 TimothyHD

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 12:26 PM

What is people's favorite 'into the water' footwear?



#2 olaf

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 01:43 PM

If it's warm enough, then whatever running or trail running shoes I've had long enough that I don't care about making them smell terrible. Running shoes with lots of mesh are best since they drain and dry better. If it's shallow, and I don't want wet feet, then relatively cheap rubber boots, the tallest I can get. I usually wear out a pair of rubber boots in 2 seasons--and it's the same whether I get the cheap ones or more expensive ones. I hate all sandals for wading--normal ones just lead to me stubbing my toes on rocks and logs, and the ones with toe caps (e.g., Keens) fill up with sand and gravel. 


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#3 MtFallsTodd

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 02:40 PM

An old pair of Chuck Taylors
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#4 Chasmodes

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 03:50 PM

Of course, this is a personal decision...but I'll weigh in.

 

I wear Simm's wading boots, an older version of this boot:  https://www.simmsfis...2-boa-boot.html

 

I've had them 5 years now.  They had the BOA wire lacing system, which worked great and was very convenient for getting them off of wet socked feet.  I love the boots because I have wide feet and their very roomy.  They toe protection is excellent, and the studs and sole combination work very well in strong current on almost all types of algae covered rock.  They don't work as well as felt soles, IMHO, but we can't have them in Maryland.

 

After three years, the BOA system broke.  So, I modified them to accept laces with my handy DeWalt drill, and now I'm on my 3rd season after the modification.  I wade fish the rivers and creeks with these.

 

The drawbacks are the price on the initial cost and they're heavier than tennis shoes, not much of a problem in the water but makes for a slower walk back to the vehicle.  However, if you average the cost of mine over all 6 seasons, it's $33 per year.  I like the Simms the best of all that I've owned over the years, and I'd tried many brands.  Why?  Because they fit the best for me.  

 

If I have to buy another pair though, I'd buy a regular lace up version, perhaps the Headwaters boot.

 

Why wading boots instead of cheap tennis shoes?  I've fallen many times using tennis shoes and I swore, after many bruises and near drownings, that I'd never wear anything other than a sturdy wading boot.  Also, when wading deeper rocky rivers in my area, you can slide down a sloping boulder into another one and jam your toes in regular shoes.  Not much of a problem with wading boots, except for your shins maybe.  Since I've worn them, falls are a very rare occurrence and never because I slipped.  Most of my falls are because I'm wading/walking in waist deep water while fishing with my eyes up, not watching where I'm going, and I trip over a big rock that is about a foot under water that leaves no current signature, tripping me face first.  That happened to me once last year and twice the year before.  You'd think that I'd learn...  #-o


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#5 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 08:17 PM

Agree with Chasmodes. I bought a pair of Simms and they have lasted several years. I wade with them and the fit my sick foot waders. Well worth the extra money. And I think my wife got a good deal on the online. Maybe only $100.
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#6 trygon

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 07:37 AM

Astral Hayaks.  They are designed for kayakers so they drain really well and are very light, the uppers are made of a nylon mesh and the sole is very sticky kind of like a climbing shoe so they offer really good traction on wet rocks.  Excellent for approach walks, wading and diving.


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#7 Chasmodes

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 07:38 AM

Michael's comment about using them with waders made me think of something to add.  I use them with waders and also for wet wading.  When I wet wade, I wear two pair of thick hunting socks to fill up the room the waders take up.  I pull the outer sock down over the top of the boot to keep out rocks and sand, kind of like a gaiter that I own but and too lazy to find, bring with me and put on.  The socks also provides a little more cushioning.  The past two years, I got rid of the insoles and don't notice much difference, just slightly firmer.  I think that the insoles compacted over time the first three years anyway and were just taking up space.


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#8 TimothyHD

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 07:41 AM

Thanks all!



#9 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 03:50 PM

Yeah. Simms. Felt if you are going to be in crazy slick Appalachian streams where felt is not prohibited. Otherwise rubber with studs. Not familiar with what Bryce is suggesting. They may be great, but they may or may not be ideal for kick seining(protecting your feet from the rocks you are kicking). Not sure that one shoe is best. Felt is the best on slippery rocks, but is not as durable when kick seining and can transfer invasive algae. Rubber with studs are more durable, but not as sticky as felt. I think the rubber on Simms boots is supposed to be sticky, but from experience it is not as sticky as climbing rubber. So maybe Astral Hayaks have the best of both worlds if they protect your feet. I have both studded rubber Simms, and felt bottom Simms. Love them both, and they have outlasted any $60 dollar boot by 3 times.


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#10 Josh Blaylock

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 06:21 AM

I'd agree on a good quality wading boot, Simms or other.  I have a pair of Hodgman H3 felts, and like them just fine.

 

What I'll add here is I use Frogg Toggs Wade socks and they are well worth the money.  It's a neoprene sock to wear with wade boots.


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#11 littlen

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 07:09 AM

Personally, I like to be economical and recycle trash that I see stream-side to fashion me a pair of these bad boys:

 

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#12 TimothyHD

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 11:41 AM

Ummmm...



#13 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 12:07 PM

What I'll add here is I use Frogg Toggs Wade socks and they are well worth the money.  It's a neoprene sock to wear with wade boots.


I like the Simms socks. They are not neoprene. They seem to be some weird blend of wool and polypropylene. Very durable.
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#14 keepnatives

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 05:51 PM

Simms my favorite for reasons already mentioned.


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#15 MtFallsTodd

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 07:13 PM

Those are great Nick!!!
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#16 4WheelVFR

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 08:47 PM

Mesh trail running or running shoes seem to work well for me.  Comfortable and dry out fast.  



#17 Chasmodes

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 02:34 PM

Too funny Nick!   :fishy:

 

 

That reminds of of "The Office" episode where the Character named Kevin attended Jim and Pam's wedding wearing Kleenex boxes as shoes.  He left them at the front desk to be cleaned and they tossed them out because they said that they stunk too bad.  I think the bottles are much more streamlined and will hold up better in water though...good choice!  :D/


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#18 mattknepley

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 04:09 PM

Dang, Nick. With those Sasquatch paws you shouldna need nuttin' in the footwear department...

I would love to get a pair of Simms, but I tend to run with $10 Wally World "running shoes". Some last longer, some shorter, but they usually give you plenty of warning before they crap out.
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#19 littlen

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 07:04 AM

As much as I would love to claim those Frodo Baggins feet as my own, the image was from the internet.  But the idea is sound.

 

To put some valuable input in to this thread, I like to use hard bottomed dive boots.  Still not the greatest if you plan on kick seining, but definitely comfortable for walking around various stream bottoms.


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#20 EBParks

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 12:27 PM

I use a wading shoe by Simms called Rip Rap. It looks more like a running shoe than wading boot, has a draw string instead of laces, breathable, and can be worn for wet wading or with my waders. I love em.

 

I've always just used regular socks with them for wet wading, but I just got the Simms socks Josh referred to. However, I have yet to try them out.


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