Wet wadin' footwear recommendations?

Buzzy

Active Member
Last week I hit a local lake - wet wadin'. I wore an old pair of Danner felts (with studs) and slipped a pair of neoprene socks on so I could snug the boots on my size 12 AA width foot. The boots hurt my feet, I only covered about half as much shoreline as I wanted. Yesterday I hit a lake with @Engee, I traded the Danner's for an old pair of broken down Brooks The Beast (a running shoe). I should have thrown The Beast away a few years ago but sometimes I'm a cheap old man. Anyway, my feet were tired and sore after about two miles of wet wading. Time for a better wadin' shoe.

My wife suggested the big Prime sale and found this shoe: It seems to me I won't be able to get this shoe too snug but wth do I know?

Other suggestions, please.
 

the_grube

Active Member
I usually do what you did.. wear my normal wading boots with a neoprene boots. If thats uncomfortable then I need different wading boots.
I did have a pair of Simms wading shoes with felt bottoms and threads for inserting studs. They were great, light and comfortable, but expensive. Sadly my dog chewed one up.
 

Calico Keta

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Soft science makes very comfortable boots for wet wading.
 

wanderingrichard

Active Member
Wet wading, I've used old leather sneakers, and like you neoprene socks, mine inside a set of leather work boots that I'd rubbed heavily with a good leather conditioner inside and out, then coated in another leather preservation product that I've forgotten the name of..placed a few small golf spikes in heel and toes and along the outer edges.. still have them, still work.
 

dustinchromers

Active Member
Check out Astral footwear and there's an Adidas (5/10) mountain bike shoe I believe called "cross trail" that works a treat. For heavy wading in tough terrain the Adidas canyoneer shoe is good but it's a boot feeling thing.
 

Old Man

A very Old Man
Wet wading, I've used old leather sneakers, and like you neoprene socks, mine inside a set of leather work boots that I'd rubbed heavily with a good leather conditioner inside and out, then coated in another leather preservation product that I've forgotten the name of..placed a few small golf spikes in heel and toes and along the outer edges.. still have them, still work.
I had a pair of cheap tennies with a ripple sole. Best wet wading shoes I ever had. I might of bought them at Wigwam a long time ago.
 

Freestone

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I have tried all kinds of lighter footwear but always ended up with injuries as I tend to wade more aggressively in the summer. Now I use normal wading boots (in a size down) with a pair of Patagonia neoprene socks. Perfectly comfy combo and they offer wonderful protection.
 

Salmo_g

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I used to have no alternative to my regular wading boots, but those are too large for any wet wading application. Now I have added some neoprene booties for tropical flats wading that might work well for lakes. I have also added lug sole wading boots for where felt soles are not permitted, like Yellowstone. And a pair of felt sole boots in my street shoe size for where they are. My latest addition are an old pair of Teva sandals I found in the garage and glued felt soles to this past weekend. I intend to give those a try this week. I'm hoping they work out well in the hot weather.
 

Zak

WFF Premium
I used to have no alternative to my regular wading boots, but those are too large for any wet wading application. Now I have added some neoprene booties for tropical flats wading that might work well for lakes. I have also added lug sole wading boots for where felt soles are not permitted, like Yellowstone. And a pair of felt sole boots in my street shoe size for where they are. My latest addition are an old pair of Teva sandals I found in the garage and glued felt soles to this past weekend. I intend to give those a try this week. I'm hoping they work out well in the hot weather.
Watch out for bashing your toes!
 

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