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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:17 am • # 1 
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Just came back from a fishing trip, and either my wading has gotten worse with age or those rocks have gotten more slippery (maybe a combination). It got me thinking about the new boots I had, felt soled Patagonia Ultralight boots, and wading boots in general. These things are built like monster boots, stiff and armor clad, which is probably why wading and feeling the bottom and rocks is so difficult with something so "blockish" on ones foot. Think about doing the same scramble with felt soled trail running shoes or anything that would give your foot a bit more flex and feel for footing. Those wading boots is like trying to dance with braces on your legs; I think unnecessary. Sure, would like some foot protection from rocks but I've done enough scrambling with sandals to know that I don't need armor cladding.

One thought would be to glue up felt soles onto the bottoms of another shoe, but past experience attempting this hasn't been great for what ever reasons; soles peeling up at the toes etc.. Think I came across a mention of gluing them under pressure in a vice or something to ensure the adhesion....

A search for ultralight boots on the net came up with the usual suspects; nothing that was truly flexible, light and agile.

Thoughts???


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:04 pm • # 2 
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I picked up a pair of water shoes from academy sporting goods. They are all mesh metal screens in the sole and have felt/ rubber sole. Mine are almost two years old now, and still going strong, course I only use them when wet wading in shorts during the warmer months.
https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/magellan-outdoors™-mens-backcountry-slip-on-outdoor-shoes#repChildCatid=3971121
Walmart also sells a similar pair, they look exactly the same, same price I think if there is not an academy near you.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:39 pm • # 3 
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Several months ago I picked up a pair of Soft Science wading boots. They have a sticky rubber sole and thick cushiony insole. The uppers are a heavy grade nylon canvas. I think these boots are lighter than my New Balance running shoes. They afford pretty good traction most of the time, but I am not sure how well they will hold on slick algae covered rocks. I also have a pair of Patagonia Ultralight wading shoes, and they are pretty light and flexible.

Larry


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:58 pm • # 4 
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I bought a pair of boots that look like flats boots and they have felt soles from Cabelas. Used them once and liked them, much better than clumpy boots.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:42 pm • # 5 
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I’ve played around with various lightweight options when wet wading but ultimately came to the conclusion that your feet need more protection than they could offer, whether wet or in waders. Between slick, algae covered rocks and challenging currents, feet often slip and go crashing into other rocks. A solid sole, stiff uppers and ankle protection all help make things safer and less painful. Back on terra firma I’m a big fan of minimalist footwear.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:09 pm • # 6 
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I have finally graduated up to those stiff, armor-clad boots after years of uneven, rocky bottoms hurting my feet. In the sand or mud I go as light as I can, and I use Everlast Reef Boots in the salt because of oysters. But I like those stiff, armor-clad boots on smaller rocks or karst. I got a set of the Orvis Boas. They aren't light, but the extra weight is worth it for the stiff soles.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:16 am • # 7 
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Simms now makes its RipRap shoes with a felt bottom. The bottom on the new ones will also take studs. The older ones wouldn't.

https://www.simmsfishing.com/riprap-shoe-felt-s17


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:37 pm • # 8 
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US Military jungle boots that fit over my waders. It's like 4WD traction for your feet, light weight to me, and easy to get.


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