Getting out on the water for a day of fishing is a great way to spend your afternoon during those long, beautiful summer days. Whether you’re fishing from a boat, offshore or getting your feet wet and actually getting in the water, you’ll need to get yourself a good pair of fishing shoes.
One thing that you’ll want to take into consideration is that they should be waterproof. We’ve all been there, out on the boat or on the shore in our everyday tennis shoes, and we slip or get splashed! Those shoes will be out of commission for the next 24 hours, minimum. This is where shoes specifically made for fishing and boating come into play.
These shoes are not only stylish and comfortable, but they’re also water resistant. This mean you can walk right in the water if you so choose and these shoes will not become waterlogged and they will dry off extremely fast once you exit the water. So grab your favorite crappie rod and reel combo, landing net, fishing shoes and hit the water for a day full of fun and fishing.
If you’re looking for some of the best shoes to wear on a boat or the best bass fishing shoes, you’ve come to the right place. Here are our picks of the best fishing shoes for the money in 2020.
SoftScience The Fin 2.0 Men’s Boating Shoes Review
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The Fin 2.0 by SoftScience is a lace-up boating shoe that’s perfect for fishing. SoftScience has long been known for its functional footwear boasting supreme comfort. As a collaboration between the chief designer of Crocs and the man behind Reebok, The Fin 2.0 doesn’t disappoint.
Among its most outstanding features is its self-draining system, keeping your feet away from sloppy, soggy shoes even after walking along lakes and trailing across river rocks.
This system also makes it easy for you to move through water quickly and with minimal fatigue. The forefoot is covered by a woven microfiber that gives it its traditional boat-shoe design but in a breathable and fishing-friendly construction.
Apart from being lightweight and comfortable, The Fin 2.0 offers great arch support and impact resistance. Its outer sole, as well as its removable insole, are made of Trileon, SoftScience’s proprietary slip-resistant material that grips to both dry and wet surfaces and does so without leaving a mark.
It is also incredibly easy to clean and resists odors. It is available in a wide variety of colors including black, blue, light gray, sage green, and sage digi camo.
The Uminder Men’s Water Shoes is a lightweight laced fishing shoe that’s made specifically to dry quickly when they get wet (as they typically do on any fishing adventure).
The upper is made of a premium breathable mesh that’s fastened using an elastic buckle. That way, you never have to worry about tripping over your laces.
These fishing shoes were specifically designed with thicker toe caps to give ample protection to your feet. For your convenience, it was also made to slip on easily using the pull tab.
All the soles of the Uminder fishings shoes are black, speckled with bright primary colors. The uppers come in either navy, black, or gray. They are incredibly flexible to provide remarkable comfort. Yet, they are durable enough to protect your feet from rocks or even sharp shells when you’re fishing on oyster beds.
The shoe also features an anti-skid design to keep you steady on both wet and dry surfaces. However, they tend to mark so that’s something to consider if you’ll be using them on a wet boat deck.
The Evair Shoes by Shimano don’t just provide excellent drainage but also ventilation. The design definitely helps keep you comfortable even after long hours of fishing under the hot summer sun. Plus, whenever you’re at the beach, it’s easy to clear your shoes of sand.
It is made of an incredibly lightweight yet durable ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) and comes in a wide variety of muted colors including black, khaki & black, gray, navy & gray, and camo.
The midsole of the Shimano Evair Marine Fishing Shoes are made of EVA as well. This offers stability and helps disperse your weight. This foam-like material acts like a shock absorber and greatly reduces foot fatigue. Additionally, it provides ample cushioning, makes the shoe remarkably flexible, and also offers a non-skid surface.
Shimano Evair Marine Fishing Shoes are completely waterproof. It comes with a removable insole that’s waterproof as well. Should you have any specific foot support requirements, it should be easy enough to replace. Plus, because they don’t absorb any water, they dry quickly and odor-free.
SoftScience’s Fin 2.0 for Women offers all the benefits of the men’s version, but in a sleeker, more fashionable boat shoe design. Perhaps its most important feature is its Trileon sole.
It is designed with a self-draining system that doesn’t just help dry the shoe up quickly but also makes it easier for you to wade through water. Plus, the proprietary material doesn’t just make it comfortable and lightweight. It also gives it its non-slip and non-marking attributes.
The upper of the SoftScience Fin 2.0 Women’s Boating Shoe gives it its traditional boat-shoe look. But, unlike typical boat shoes, this one is made of breathable, woven microfiber with a forefoot water flow system. When worn, it boasts a relaxed and roomy fit that’s perfect for long days on the boat or fishing under the sun.
The Women’s Fin 2.0 insole is made of Trileon as well. It is removable and replaceable. Because of this proprietary material, it is washable and odor-resistant. The shoe comes in light gray or dark blue, both with light gray soles.
SoftScience The Fin 3.0 Men’s Boating/Fishing Shoes Review
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Supposedly an upgrade from the previous Fin model, the Men’s Fin 3.0 looks more like a typical sneaker than your traditional boat shoe. It boasts a sturdy construction that combines SoftScience’s trademarked Trileon material with textile, microfiber, and EVA.
The shoe features the same forefoot water flow system that The Fin line has become popular for. Combined with the breathable and woven upper, the shoe makes it incredibly easy to wade through water. Plus, it drains fairly quickly.
The Trileon sole of The Fin 3.0 is slip-resistant as well as non-marking. You can be assured of stable footing whether on dry or wet surfaces. The insole is made of Trileon as well. This allows it to offer excellent cushioning and stability. Additionally, the insoles are removable, washable, and replaceable. They’re also odor-resistant.
The Fin 3.0 comes in black, blue, light gray, and dark gray. All color options come with light gray soles. It has 4 eyelets so you can be assured of a good fit. It also has a pull-on tab to help you slip it on. Lastly, it has EVA reinforcements to provide extra protection for your feet’s most critical areas even in the most challenging conditions.
Combination of Trileon, textile, microfiber, and EVA
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