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Friday, 02 November 2018 13:40

Five Kayak Fishing Shoes To Keep Your Feet Protected

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When it comes to kayak angling, as with any hobby, there are a lot of gear that is essential and some that are either luxuries or gimmicky. Depending on who you ask, special shoes can fall into either category. 
Some anglers can't imagine ever setting foot on their fishing kayak without wearing special shoes, while others are just as content hitting the water with the bare minimum, even if it means going barefoot. However, there is clearly a market for fishing shoes, judging by the amount of manufacturers that have jumped on the bandwagon to release their products. Here is just a small selection of what is currently available and why some anglers are raving about them.
 

What To Look For

Unlike regular shoes where your primary concerns will be comfort and style, there are a couple of things to look for in shoes that will be used for kayak angling. One of these is the material as the chances are very good that the shoes will get wet at some point during your trip. Decent shoes will be made from material that not only expels water, but also allows your feet to breath in order to combat odors. These shoes also typically require more flexibility than regular footwear and must be able to provide grip even in wet conditions.
 

NRS Paddle Wetshoe

Website: https://www.nrs.com/product/30034.03/nrs-mens-paddle-wetshoe
 
Price: $54.95
 
If you like to kayak angle in cold water, then the NRS Paddle Wetshoe can help keep your feet warm and protected. It has a high-top, low profile design and offers plenty of warmth thanks to 3-mm Terraprene neoprene with heat-reflecting titanium adhesive. To repel water and keep your feet dry, these shoes make use of VaporLoft lining, which is also very comfortable. In terms of protection, the NRS Paddle Wetshoe offers a 3-mm thick high-traction sole along with 5-mm neoprene insole and extra padding over the outside ankle. Finally, it has stretchy rubber support bands to help with lateral stability. Another great feature of these shoes is the side zipper entry, which means you can easily put them on over wetsocks or even bare feet.
 

Crocs Swiftwater Sandal

Website: https://www.crocs.com/p/mens-swiftwater-sandal/15041.html
 
Price: $54.99
 
Crocs are a cheap and comfortable option for many kayak anglers, but their Swiftwater Sandal range is specifically made for use in or around water. These sandals are not only water-friendly, but very lightweight. They feature a mesh upper and adjustable strap for a comfortable fit. Since the sandals also make use of the original Croslite foam cushion design, they feel soft and comfortable even after wearing them all day. Unlike other sandals, the Swiftwater Sandal offers toe coverage protection, which is always useful when kayak angling.
 

Adidas Terrex CC Jawpaw II Water Sports Shoe

Website: https://www.adidasoutdoor.com/EFW40.html
 
Price: $65
 
If you need good traction, then these JawPaw II shoes from Adidas won't disappoint. They are slip-on water shoes that are designed to maximize your traction while also providing 360-degree cooling for your entire foot, thanks to Climacool. The shoes are snug-fitting, but very breathable thanks to the quick-drying textile upper that has synthetic overlays. They also make use of the Adidas Drainage System, which makes use of perforated midsole and outsoles for maximum water drainage. 
 

Neosport 3mm & 5mm Low Top Boots

Website: https://neosportusa.com/product/3mm-5mm-low-top-boots/
 
Price: $32.95 - $39.95
 
While not as flashy as some of the other shoes, these low top boots from Neosports are very practical. They are made with premium neoprene material and come with durable traction soles. The soles are also puncture resistant while the seams are all glued and sewn. For added durability, Neosport has also made use of heavy duty abrasion resistant thread for these boots. As with most neoprene shoes, these are better for colder months as they can become too hot during the summer.
 

Kokatat Scout

Website: https://kokatat.com/product/scout-fwuntb#product_page_nav
 
Price: $59
 
If you are lucky, then your favorite kayak angling spot is somewhere that is easily accessible by road. If not, you may have to engage in extended hikes or portages to get to where you want to be. If this is the case, then shoes like the Kokatat Scout can make life a little easier for you. The Scout is a mid-high paddling booty that is easy to slip on and offers protection as well as support while still being light-weight. It uses 3mm double lined neoprene uppers for protection both inside and outside your kayak, while traction is provided by a medium thickness vulcanized rubber outsole along with vulcanized rubber toe cap and heel counter. 
 

Conclusion

Tell us what do you think about using water sport shoes when kayak angling? Do you own a pair and are they genuinely useful or did they fail to live up to expectations? As always, let us know in the comments below or on the forum.
 
Last modified on Friday, 02 November 2018 18:45
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