By Mike Thayer
Water shoes, a.k.a., aqua socks.... They're great for fishing, they beat any other foot gear when it comes to launching a boat or even if just bank fishing. If you're stuck on the shoreline, water shoes give you the confident ability to wade out from the bank a bit and extend your casting range. There's no fear of slipping on rocks and your feet won't feel like two anchors once you step out of the water because water shoes drain and dry so well.
So what kind of water shoes should you buy?
Last year, when taking a fishing vacation, I went cheap and while the shoes I purchased did the job intended, the quality was less-than-stellar. What I bought amounted to a disposable pair of water shoes. You can read that review here.
This year I spent a few more bucks and my focus was on buying a pair of shoes with a much thicker sole and hopefully, improved tread life.
I bought a pair of water shoes made by Athletic Works at Walmart for $10.
Athletic Works Water Shoes are easy to slip on and take off, they include a Velcro fastener for a nice, snug fit and most importantly, they're comfortable. The mesh breathes and dries well and the tread held up nicely to three days of bank fishing, walking on rocky shoreline, on gravel paths, sandy beaches, through some muddy/grassy areas and side trips to town for gas and munchies. Traction on multiple surfaces was never a concern with these shoes, they're solid.
Athletic Works Water Shoes gets 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. They're priced right at $10, comfortable, dry well, and the tread holds up. This is a quality water shoe at a low price.
$pend Wisely My Friends.....