Walking Shoes Over Waders

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  1. fisheromen

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    OK guys I have discovered that I have no foot or toe cramping when I put my stocking foot waders directly into my Force Fins. (I acquired a smaller size) Now I have the problem of walking around in my waders and not wearing, or worse puncturing, the feet.

    Slides don't stay on and neoprene booties are too hard to get on and off. I am considering over-sized Crocs. I don't want to lay out $40 only to find them unsatisfactory. Have any of you tried them or do you have a better suggestion?
     
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    I luv crocks but anything that will puncture your waders
    will go thru crocks get an oversize pair of teva sandals
    indestructible water proof easy on and off
    I cut myself bad at the Colorado river once years and years ago
    and now I use sandals at the river and the beach if there is a lot of rocks
    the crocks would be ok to just get from the water to you car or vice versa
    but if you wanted to walk a shoreline I would go with sandals
    a lot better sole
     
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    That is the purpose.
     
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    If neoprene booties are too hard to get on and off, you should try the next larger size bootie. Also, wetting the booties before putting them on (a spray bottle works or dip them in water the night before) makes them slide on a lot easier. I wear size 12 shoes but use a size 13 bootie over my waders, even then some size 13 booties will fit too tight. I put the fins over the booties and they work just fine. I suggest you wear your waders into a dive shop and try different booties and sizes on to find which one fits best (that is what I did).
    An old pair of running shoes with the insoles removed will work too, just for the walk from the vehicle to the water.
     
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    I use water shoes over my stocking feet and then my fins. So that when I get out of water I just slip off my fins and can walk to the vehicle.
     
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    I go two sizes above my regular shoe size. I use size 11 booties. They work great!
     
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    One size bigger, easy on, easy off. Price is right and they work better then the 20 other options I have tried.
     
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    Crock are what I use for short walk. Never had any issues with my booties getting punctured. I will say they are not the best choice when you have to walk up any seep banks.

    If the walk is long (upper otay) I use tevas.
     
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    I just put my waders on at the waters edge
     
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    I use neoprene booties as well. IMHO, its the only way to fly. Like MaxZ said, TWO sizes above your normal size.
     
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    The Mares short neoprene booties looks like a good idea as most dive booties have a zipper and longer ankle length and with most waders having a lot of material at the ankle that gets bunched up when the tighter part of the bootie gets zipped up. Add one size larger than your normal shoe size and it should work. If you can score a pair of Glacier Glove booties on the internet go for it. They have a wrap around ankle part that secures with velcro making them adjustable and work like a charm. However they are no longer made but some fly fishing/tubing supply outlets may have left over stock.
     
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    These are the best I have used going back to my first float tube which was all fiberglass.. circa 1983. Yep, I'm old. Easy on easy off. Flexible, yet strong enough to handle any punctures. Price is right!
     
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    Two sizes above and they won't fit in my XXL Force Fins. I now have a pair of large FF that fit well with just stocking foot waders. I have left booties behind and I'm not looking back. To much cramping and bunching.
    I just need something that I can wear to the water, kick off, and put in the back of my tube. Still thinking about size 15 Crocs.
     
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    I would kill myself trying to do that!
     
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    Are your waders a struggle to get on and off?
     
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    Well they are large! Evidently everyone with a size 13 foot also has a 54" waist! I have had two pair and they have both been huge! Yes, that makes them cumbersome and difficult to get on. That and my legs don't bend as far as they used to.
     
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    That is the main issue with booties. I think you got it figured out with the crocs.

     
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    For a short walk any old shoes will work..cut out the shoelaces and you’re good
     
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    I had the same problem as you fisheromen. Here's what I recommend.

    Step 1) Go to Walmart.
    Step 2) get the $3 slip on/off water shoes (I like the patriotic variety myself). Get at least 1 size larger than your shoe size to accommodate stockingfoot material.
    Step 3) Remove the insert.
    Step 4) Profit.
     
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