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The Best Fishing Shoes

From sturdy lace-ups to casual slip-ons, these are the best shoes for fishing and boating
BY MICHELLE ELDER
Whether you’re in search of the perfect catch or you simply enjoy the thrill of boating with friends, you need proper footwear if you’re going fishing. The selection of fishing shoes is vast and can be challenging if you’re not sure where to start or how best to level up on your current fishing shoes. Our experts at the Tough Mother Outdoor Guide have rounded up a list of the best shoes to wear fishing, from casual boat-to-bar slip-ons to tough shoes that will help you navigate slippery decks, rocks, docks, and even fish guts.
What to look for in fishing shoes
Before diving into our selection of the best footwear for fishing, it’s helpful to have an idea of what to look for. Traction is obviously a priority, but depending upon your planned activity, you’ll also want to consider features like good venting and waterproofing/water-resistance, as well as quick-drying and moisture-wicking materials. So be sure to look for shoes that include technologies like Omni-Grip™ for advanced traction and Omni-Shield Blood ’N Guts™ for water- and stain-resistance and easy washing.

The Best Men’s Fishing Shoes

Best Lace-Up
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Men’s PFG Slack Tide Lace

These casual lace-up shoes combine Omni-Grip traction and a shock-absorbent foam midsole to help you keep a comfortable grip on deck all day. Lacing allows for a custom-fit snugness compared to slip-ons, and the mesh upper provides both breathability and quick drying. The additional feature of an odor-resistant footbed makes this stylish, comfortable shoe an ideal choice for boat-to-bar.
Best Slip-On
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Men’s PFG Slack Tide Slip

If you prefer the ease and comfort of a slip-on shoe, the Slack Tide Slip is another option that can take you from boat deck to cocktail lounge in style. After a long day on the water, your feet will appreciate the shock-absorbent foam midsole and you’ll appreciate the odor-resistant footbed. And the soft textile upper comes in several colors and patterns to make your own fashion statement.
Best Flip-Flop
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Men's PFG Tidal Ray

If flip-flops are your idea of true foot comfort and freedom, Columbia's Tidal Ray is the choice for you. This isn’t just any flip-flop. The quick-drying EVA comfort midsole provides more support than your standard flip-flop, and the lightweight rubber outsole is specifically designed to give you plenty of traction wherever you’re fishing, boating, or walking along the beach.
Best for Fishing in the Rain
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Men’s PFG Tamiami

When your fishing excursion takes you off the banks and into the water, the PFG Tamiami fishing shoes are the shoes you’ll want to have on your feet. While not fully waterproof, these fishing shoes offer the best in water-resistance and lightweight comfort. The quick-drying upper features Blood ’N Guts water- and stain-resistance technology, while the midsole provides superior cushioning as well as ports for air ventilation and cooling. And the wet-grip outsole will help keep you steady in any wet-weather condition, from summer waves splashing across the boat deck to the rainy days of fall fishing.
Best for Traction on Slippery Rocks
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Men’s Low Drag PFG Shoe

If bank fishing is your idea of the perfect day near the water, Columbia's Low Drag PFG Shoe is an excellent choice and the best fishing shoe for slippery rocks. Featuring Omni-Grip technology with a wet-grip outsole and razor siping, this shoe is designed to be lightweight and flexible to give you top-of-the-line traction when the going gets slippery on rocks, docks or jetties. Plus, the quick-drying upper and responsive cushioning will help keep your feet comfortable for as long it takes to land the catch of the day.
Best for Grip on Wet Boat Decks
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Men's PFG Bahama Vent Loco Relaxed III

For those offshore days when your line is in the water and the waves are splashing, these are Columbia's best fishing shoes for both wet boat decks and soggy docks. With non-marking Omni-Grip technology and razor siping, you’ll be able to stay steady no matter how much water makes its way onto the deck. The Techlite midsole provides superior cushioning, while the leather and canvas upper features Blood ’N Guts water- and stain-resistant treatment for easy cleanup.
Best for Wide Feet
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Men’s PFG Bonehead Shoe - Wide

Sometimes finding the right shoe width is even more challenging than finding the right style. The Bonehead Shoe is a great option for folks looking for a wide fishing shoe. Not only is this shoe stylish and lightweight, it provides shock-absorbent cushioning for all-day comfort that will help you avoid blisters and chafing. And Omni-Grip traction technology with razor siping will keep you on sure footing.

The Best Women’s Fishing Shoes

Best Lace-Up
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Women's PFG Slack Water Lace

Like the men’s Slack Tide Lace, the women’s version offers the same great traction with non-marking Omni-Grip technology in a snug lace-up style. The combination textile and mesh upper is quick-drying, and the lightweight TechLite midsole offers superior cushioning to keep your feet comfortable all day long. And it comes in three different colors and patterns to suit any style.
Best Slip-On
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Women’s PFG Slack Water Slip

For stylish comfort in a slip-on shoe, the Women’s Slack Water Slip is a great choice. In addition to the non-marking Omni-Grip wet-grip outsole, this fishing shoe is built with a shock-absorbent foam midsole and soft textile upper to help keep your feet feeling good from the first cast to the last. Plus, it’s fashionable enough to pair with just about any outfit.
Best Flip-Flop
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Women’s PFG Tidal Ray

Nothing says summertime quite like flip-flops and getting out on the water. But spare yourself thin rubber soles and treat yourself to the extra comfortable, lightweight Tidal Ray flip-flops instead. Your feet will be grateful for the midsole support as well as the soft one-piece strap. And the outsole design will give you great traction wherever your summertime activities take you.
Best for Fishing in the Rain
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Women’s PFG Tamiami

These are Columbia's best fishing shoes to have for those times when you might find yourself fishing in the rain. They’re not completely waterproof, but water-resistant technology and venting ports will keep your feet from feeling waterlogged. Omni-Grip technology helps maintain traction when the going gets wet, and the lightweight midsole with stylish breathable upper will keep your feet comfortable from boat-to-bar.
Best for Traction on Slippery Rocks
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Women’s Dorado PFG

Sometimes the best fishing spots include wet, slippery rocks. The Women’s Dorado PFG is the best fishing shoe to help you safely navigate that terrain. In addition to being stylish, the combination mesh and synthetic upper of this shoe features water- and stain-resistance technology to dry quickly and stay clean longer. Omni-Grip technology with razor siping helps you maintain firm footing, and superior cushioning and shock-absorbency keeps you feeling comfortable and secure on any slippery surface.
Best for Grip on Wet Boat Decks
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Women’s PFG Bonehead

When you’re out on the water, waves have a way of finding the boat deck. These stylish fishing shoes are made with Omni-Grip wet-grip technology to help you stay steady whether you’re standing on a wet boat deck or a slippery dock. The mesh and synthetic upper features water- and stain-resistance technology, and the lightweight midsole is constructed with shock-absorbent cushioning to provide all-day comfort. Plus, you can choose from several colors to match your fashion style.
Best for Wide Feet
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Women’s PFG Bonehead Shoe - Wide

Like its regular-width sister, the Women’s PFG Bonehead Shoe - Wide offers superior comfort and traction technology for those who may need a little more room in their shoes. The same open mesh and synthetic upper and superior cushioning work together to keep your feet from feeling soggy and help to prevent blisters and chafing sometimes caused by ill-fitting shoes. This stylish choice will keep your feet comfortable from casting at dawn to dinner at dusk.

The Best Kids’ Fishing Shoes

Best for Big Kids
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Big Kids’ Bahama PFG Shoe

Grownups aren’t the only ones who need good fishing shoes and this one is the perfect slip-on for young adventurers. Constructed with an Omni-Grip non-marking traction rubber outsole and a combination canvas and leather upper, these shoes easily go from sandy beach to boat deck. And the casual slip-on style makes for a quick exit to the best fishing spot.
Best for Little Kids
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Little Kids’ Bahama PFG Shoe

Like its older sibling, the Little Kids’ Bahama PFG Shoe is made with the same advanced traction technology and kid-sturdy rubber outsole. The combination canvas and leather upper is comfortable for little feet, and the slip-on design makes it easy for both little kids and grownups to keep those tiny feet protected on rough boat decks and splintery docks.
Need more fishing gear? Check out Columbia Sportswear’s PFG collection.