July 18, 2019
By Laura Kovarik
The best shoes for fishing and boating have to be an all-around contender that combine style, comfort, dependability and traction.
They’re shoes that either feature waterproof capabilities or are specifically engineered to dry fast and drain water quickly. This year several major companies have brought about some fresh kicks to keep you dry and comfortable on the water all day.
We rounded up a myriad of options. If you’re a fan of sandals or a more traditional sneaker, here are some of the newest and greatest from ICAST 2019.
Frogg Toggs Skipper
Named Best of Category at ICAST 2019 in the footwear category, the Skipper is constructed with premium water drainage technology featuring a quick drying air mesh, breathable uppers “hold tight” elastic lacing system. With color options in mossy green or black, it contains cushioned midsoles with water-expulsion release holes and lightweight outsoles featuring strategic slip grip rubber inserts. Available in the Spring.
SIMMS Men’s Flyweight Shoe
Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a newcomer to the sport, SIMMS is a company that is synonymous to high-quality fishing gear. This year they unveiled the Flyweight Shoe. It features a no-sew, welded TPU upper, and grippy Vibram outsole and midsole provide optimal support and maximum traction. It’s hailed as one of the lightest athletic-style fishing shoes on the market, weighing in at 20 ounces.
Columbia Women’s Low Drag PFG Shoe
A new addition to the Columbia shoe lineup is the Women’s Low Drag PFG Shoe. The quick-dry open mesh and leather and features Columbia’s signature “Blood n’ Guts Omnishield” technology. In plain terms, the fabric is designed to help prevent and remove stains without affecting the breathability of the fabric. Columbia stands behind its “no guts, no glory” and designs many of its PFG clothing to withstand harsh conditions and their new shoes are no different. Their Omni grip outer sole should provide optimal traction and help keep you on your feet whether you’re on the boat or deck.
HUK Makara Sandal
New this year from HUK is the Makara sandal that features waterproof leather and EVA grip pads to keep your foot secure and planted no matter the conditions. The Slice traction outsole pattern is specifically engineered for wet surface grip.
Frogg Toggs Mako
Some of the sharpest kicks we’ve seen at ICAST 2019, the Frogg Toggs Mako feature premium water-draining technology and quick-drying mesh breathable uppers. The patented Hold Tight elastic lacing system and cushioned midsoles with water expulsion release holes will keep your feet locked in all day. The lightweight outsole features strategic slip-grip rubber inserts. The FTX Aquaclear drainage system bottom construction makes the Mako an ultimate drainage shoe.
Under Armour Syncline
Under Armour’s new Syncline shoe showcases the perfect combination of fit and on-the-water performance with a unique L6 BOA speed closure system that won’t lose tension in aquatic environments. It’s dual mesh upper provides easy drainage and has plush foam collar for maximum heel comfort. The Syncline incorporates high traction rubber lug outsoles for grip on a variety of surfaces and conditions.