We boaters and anglers are tough on our feet. We make ‘em sweat in the summer, we make ‘em cold in the winter, we walk over rough stuff like oyster shells and river rocks, and we spend hours standing on unforgiving fiberglass decks. After a few decades or so of aquatic abuse, they hurt. You want to stop torturing your tootsies? Good – then read on.
Body Glove can end the podiatric persecution, especially for kayak anglers, clammers, wade-anglers, river fishermen, and others who spend a lot of time walking through the water. Their new 3T Barefoot water shoes have a three-toed design. Since the first two toes on your foot articulate more than the last three, giving them their own slot allows you to walk through the water more comfortably. It also makes it easy to put the shoes on, offers good drainage and air circulation, and provides rugged protection against those foot-offending items you might be stepping on. I tried a pair and found them surprisingly comfortable to wear, while seine netting for minnows prior to a flounder fishing trip.
When it’s a chill that threaten your toes, Heat Holder socks are the item you’ll be interested in. Hunters, in particular, are used to remaining still for hours on end no matter how chilly it maybe, even when it’s raining. These socks have moisture-wicking “performance” fibers, thermal pile, and a soft-brushed inside, which work together to hold the heat in. They’re 91 percent acrylic, five percent nylon, three percent polyester, and one percent elastane. I’m not sure what “performance” fiber is, but I am sure of one thing: these socks are both warm, and comfortable. When my feet got cold one dreary morning I put them on to test them out—and I didn’t take them back off.