These boating and fishing shoes will keep you on your feet and make you look good at the same time.
Your grandfather may not have ever dreamed there would be such a thing, but fishing shoes and wading shoes are now a specialized piece of gear that really can help you keep your footing when it’s needed most.
It’s also a good idea to have a sturdy pair of non-slip, drainage-ready shoes if you’re going to fishing from a canoe, a deep sea rig, or anything in between. Even grassy or muddy banks can be slippery, so use common and sense and consider some fishing shoes.
Boating, beaching it up, and especially casting out a line from a dock really do call for a non-slip and ventilated shoe, so we rounded up a few good choices. We mixed in some wading shoes as well, but kept the sandals out of it.
View the slideshow to see our picks for boating, wading and fishing shoes, and leave your own choices in the comments.
The Men’s Boatdrainer™ Leather PFG Boat Shoe from Columbia PFG brings great non-slip technology together with great vent holes in the heel and forefoot.
And you don’t have to sacrifice the materials that make up the shoe, because the leather and mesh upper withstand water and the elements and still appear like a shoe should.
The Men’s Powervent PFG from Columbia is another great boat shoe that’s designed with the active angler in mind.
The streamlined look makes it seem as though it’s a typical running shoe, but the fast-draining midsole and super treaded outsoles will keep you firmly planted in wet conditions.
If you’re looking for something more outdoorsy, the Men’s Bahama™ Vent Camo PFG keeps it real with a camo upper.
The same ventilation and breathability, plus a high-traction rubber outsole add up to a great leisure fishing shoe.
For a pair of wading shoes that perform like boots, check out the Simms RipRap Shoes.
The StreamTread soles give great traction, and the design is meant to fully enclose the shoe and keep debris out.
Though not entirely designed for fishing, the adidas Boat Breeze Water Shoes will get you through the kind of bank fishing that calls for an occasional ankle-deep step.
They feature great ventilation to keep your feet cool and dry, and TRAXION outsoles for tough performance.
The Orvis Pivot Boot‘s closure system is high-tech; it involves a twisting dial with aircraft grade stainless steel laces to ensure a tight seal.
The felt outsoles give great and versatile traction capabilities, and the upper is made of synthetic microfiber.
A waterproof leather and mesh upper make the World Wide Sportsman Bayside Lace Fishing Shoes ideal for boating or fishing from a slippery dock or bank.
The tread design is created with a wet/dry scheme, so it will keep you on your feet no matter what.
The good old Sperry Top-Sider Bahama Boat Shoes are iconic, and will get the job done when you want to have some sweet kicks while reeling in fish.
Even if you’re just lounging around the pool, canoeing or going to a BBQ on the river, these are going to make you look good.
The durable and fast drying canvas upper combines with a special rubber compound that creates a great wet/dry traction element.