New Fishing Footwear for 2024

Whether fishing from a boat, a kayak, a SUP, or the sand, there's a practical and comfortable fishing shoe for you.

When it comes to fishing, it’s tough to find one do-it-all shoe. Some have non-marking soles that excel on boat decks, some feature Vibram grips ideal for rock jetties, some are ventilated for wading the flats, and others just flat out look good. When it’s time to choose the right fishing shoes for your pursuits, consider their composition, their purpose, their comfort, and most of all, their practicality. Deck boots aside, these are some of our wildly different in-house selections for the best new fishing footwear available this year, to cover every possible scenario on the water.

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New Fishing Footwear in 2024

Simms Pursuit Shoe

 

Best Use: In the streams or on the flats.

Designed to be worn barefoot or with a thin liner sock, these wet-wading shoes are composed of a ventilated, quick-draining mesh upper for breathability and comfort when submerged or bouncing between spots. The low ankle stretch collar fits snug but flexible, allowing for maximum range of motion while keeping sand and gravel out, which is a major downfall of other similar wet wading shoes. The non-marking siped outsole provides equally good grip and slip resistance on mossy rock beds or a slick boat deck, and high-abrasion TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) overlays flex with your foot, so they can be “broken in”, while providing reinforcement in areas of heavy wear, like the toe box and the heel. They’re available in Men’s and Women’s styles.

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Columbia PFG Castback TC 

Best Use: From the boat to the dockside bar.

These fishing performance sneakers are highlighted by Columbia’s Omni-Max technology which includes extra cushion and improved traction and stability, making these ideal for wet surfaces like boat decks and docks. Going further, an extra-light responsive foam in the TechLite midsole absorbs energy, maintaining comfort during choppy days on the water. The Castbacks are composed of a rugged but malleable fabric that protects against stains from fish blood and slime, and the collapsible heel and adjustable laces make the Castbacks quick and easy to slide on and off. Available in Mens’s and Women’s styles.

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AFTCO Deck Sandals

Best Use: Between bites on the tuna grounds.

Tough, comfortable, stylish and of course, slip-resistant, these Deck Sandals are the perfect on-the-boat backup to a deck boot. Along with the textured footbed, a polyurtethane upper leather strap and recycled polyester backstrap provide cushion, while the non-marking outsole grips slick surfaces so you can spring into action without hesitation when the rubber band snaps on your down bait.

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Grundens SeaKnit Boat Shoe 

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Best Use: Working the Trolling Motor on the Search for a 20-pound Limit

Stepping away from their deck boot style, Grundens introduced these lightweight fishing sneakers to provide fair-weather anglers with equal parts performance and comfort. The nylon knit upper is soft, flexible and designed to move with you, and the polyurethane overlay provides additional protection without adding weight or unnecessary bulk. The SeaKnit Boat Shoes also boast a supportive EVA midsole that absorbs shock while the non-marking natural gum rubber outsole generates the same stellar traction for which Grundens deck boots are sought after. Available in Men’s and Women’s Styles.

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Pelagic Offshore Performance Sandals 

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Best Use: On the bow of a skiff, sight-casting for stripers, blues, or albies. 

When it gets too hot for deck boots and you can’t sacrifice traction, the next best thing is this non-marking sandal with a water channel footbed to eliminate slippage, and a neoprene-lined strap designed for quick-drying comfort through wet conditions. For additional style, the upper strap features original gyotaku art as a nod to the Japanese fish-printing method.

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XTRATUF Riptide Sandals 

Best Use: Beach days, kayak pedaling, and wet wading.

These one-piece molded water shoes fit like a lightweight slip-on sneaker and provide closed-toe protection without eliminating breathability. They feature XTRATUF’s classic non-marking, slip-resistant outsole and BioLite construction—which is an eco-friendly performance EVA material—throughout the textured footbed, along with drainage holes throughout the upper, to create a comfortable and secure fit.

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