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Wow, my new ports were a few years old when the doc got them. I saw your new shoes in your report on the PB. Look good.

 

They are very comfortable John - They were delivered on Monday of last week, and I wore them three days straight around the house and running errands in the rain before taking them out on the water.  As someone with high arches, it is difficult for me to find shoes in general that are comfortable to stand in for any length of time.  I love my Keens for everyday wear to work, but for casual and on the water, the Porters are primo!

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I have bounced back and forth between various hiking style shoes and boots over the last 5 or 6  years. I have had some back issues and good support in a shoe is a huge factor in not having a sore back and  hiking style foot wear offer the best support I have found. Over the last two years  Merrell and Oboz have become my favorites. 

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I would love to fish barefoot but I have trouble working the switch on my foot-operated trolling motor in bare feet.  I have had incredible service from a pair of Teva water sandals... they just don't seem to wear out after I-don't-know-how-many years!  I like Crocs, but after the first season or two, they are a real hazard to wear on a slimy boat ramp.

 

My flip-flops are also Teva.  They were pricey for flip-flops but feel wonderful and last a long time.  I'd really like to try a pair of Keen water shoes, but I wear size 15EEEE and they don't have 'em in really big and wide sizes.

 

For conventional casual shoes, I would heartily recommend New Balance Cross trainers.  I'm on my feet for lots of miles every day (I'm a mailman) and that's what I wear.

 

Tight lines,

Bob

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On the boat, and on the kayak I wear the crocs swiftwater sandals. They're super comfortable. From the bank it's just an old pair of Nikes.

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22 minutes ago, DP82 said:

What are these?

 

KEEN Men's Waimea H2 Sandal

 

Saved my toes a bunch of times!

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Crocs and crocs flip-flops, or barefoot. If it's cold I'll be rocking my Muck Rangers. 

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Bank first fishing I usually wear some old $19 Champion memory foam sneakers that I don't mind getting muddy. 

 

When I am on a boat or canoe it's Crocs for me:

 

They cover enough of my foot to avoid a burn.

Slip on and off easy.

They float. 

I don't worry if they get wet when I launch.

They clean up easy.

Best of all they are comfortable. 

 

No Flip flops for me. I have seen to many accidents with people wearing them to chance hurting myself. I am a notorious toe stubber.

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4 hours ago, Finesse Wayfarer said:

When I am on a boat or canoe it's Crocs for me:

 

They cover enough of my foot to avoid a burn.

Slip on and off easy.

They float. 

I don't worry if they get wet when I launch.

They clean up easy.

Best of all they are comfortable. 

 

No Flip flops for me. I have seen to many accidents with people wearing them to chance hurting myself. I am a notorious toe stubber.

 

I felt the same way about Crocs for about a year until, one day, I happened to wear my Teva water sandals fishing instead.  I found out that the treacherously slippery boat ramp wasn't really that slippery... it was just that my well-worn Crocs couldn't get a grip on it.  I had never realized it was my footwear, not the ramp.

 

The Crocs I loved for a long time were the standard models in a sort of Khaki/grey color.  Maybe other models or even other colors don't have the same issue, but mine ended up being darn dangerous at the boat ramp if I had to wade in (and I launch alone and usually get in the water a bit).

 

I still love Crocs for the convenience, utility and great comfort, but I'm now very wary of how they grip on a slimy ramp.

 

Tight lines,

Bob 

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For comfort and economy, I can't imagine footwear that will beat 'Crocs'.

I recently bought a pair of Crocs at Rural King for $5.

I wear them around the house, in the yard and on the boat.

However, I don't wear them to funerals and black-tie events  :)

 

Roger

 

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I don't have a specific make/model recommendation for you (and others in the same boat) but will concur with walking or cross training shoes (sneakers) as usually being the most "comfortable" for fishing (essentially standing around for a long period of time) In a previous life I was an athletic footware buyer. As shoes have become more and more specialized, some make for poor choices for certain endevors, in extreme cases they can cause extreme discomfort or even injury. That being said, what works for one person may not for another for various reasons. Also one's age and physical conditioning (or rather lack of) can be a big factor. For those who sandals work for, that's a very good option, but most won't offer much support or cushioning. What should be avoided by most is a shoe that raises the heel above the fore foot, or binds or pinches anywhere. In short (too late) It's a personal decision with quite a bit of preference involved, Oh, and after a year long deployment to Africa, my favorite "fishing shoes" are a well broken in pair of combat boots, or Reef  smoothie sandals, so go figure.

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On 7/14/2015 at 11:18 AM, Hanover_Yakker said:

Astral Porters - best shoe Ive owned and so comfortable, you can wear them as casual shoes to boot.   I've had Keen Newports, Columbia PowerDrains, Salomons, Crocs, Tevas and more.  Until I tried the Astral Porter, the Keen Newports were my favorite until they came apart after only one year of use.

 

I have a pair of their Brewer line and, combined with thin neoprene socks, are the best wading/bank fishing footwear I have found.  The shoes have amazingly grippy soles and drain fast to keep your feet light.  The socks keep sand and fine grit from bugging me and add a ton of comfort.  I also use them both on my kayak, which is a peddle drive, so going barefoot isnt comfortable for long periods.  Plus the socks give me a super funny tan lines, by the end of the summer my ankles and feel almost glow white.  

 

The only drawback is that they are not great for more then a mile or three on a trail and maybe half that over rough ground, for those trips I fall back to hiking boots/shoes.  

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I've tried shoes,boots,flip flops,you name it, but the only foot wear that doesn't kill my back when standing on my aluminum deck are Crocs! I also wade fish in them during the summer months. Now fishing on the bank in snake infested areas...Boots!

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On ‎4‎/‎22‎/‎2017 at 1:38 PM, desmobob said:

 

I felt the same way about Crocs for about a year until, one day, I happened to wear my Teva water sandals fishing instead.  I found out that the treacherously slippery boat ramp wasn't really that slippery... it was just that my well-worn Crocs couldn't get a grip on it.  I had never realized it was my footwear, not the ramp.

 

The Crocs I loved for a long time were the standard models in a sort of Khaki/grey color.  Maybe other models or even other colors don't have the same issue, but mine ended up being darn dangerous at the boat ramp if I had to wade in (and I launch alone and usually get in the water a bit).

 

I still love Crocs for the convenience, utility and great comfort, but I'm now very wary of how they grip on a slimy ramp.

 

Tight lines,

Bob 

 

I wear regular Crocs most of the time but if I am dealing with slippery boat ramps I wear the Crocs Swiftwater Fisherman Sandal instead. The bottoms on those are better equipped to deal with that issue.

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I wear Keen Newport H2 sandals in the summer.  Like, literally, every day of the summer - fishing, the office, hiking/backpacking, and everywhere else.

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