Best Shoes for Boating and Fishing

Your feet are the key to maintaining your balance on a wet and slippery boat, they deserve the best fishing shoes.

Whether you're targeting monster fish or just out for a casual day on the water, you need to be equipped with proper footwear. The best shoes for boating and fishing combine comfort, style and dependability. Here are the best fishing shoes when you're on the water.

Columbia Megavent Dorado PFG

Columbia Megavent Dorado PFG
Columbia Megavent Dorado PFGZach Stovall

If you want to stand out in a crowd, you'll love these Megavent Dorado PFGs from Columbia. They feature a breathable mesh upper treated with the company's Blood 'n' Guts water and stain treatment, plus the Omni-Grip non-marking outsole with razor siping. columbia.com.

Sperry Shock Light Boat

Sperry Shock Light Boat
Sperry Shock Light BoatZach Stovall

Weighing just 6.7 ounces, Sperry's Shock Light Boat shoe has ASV Technology built into the heel, absorbing vibration and reducing shock up to 30 percent. There's also a 360-degree lacing system for extra security with a comfortable bungee system. sperry.com.

OluKai Nohea Lace Mesh

OluKai Nohea Lace Mesh
OluKai Nohea Lace MeshZach Stovall

Hawaiian for handsome, the Noheas have a dual-density polyurethane gel insert that's removable and washable. The uppers have breathable mesh with a tightly woven mesh quarter panel and microfiber lining throughout. The drop-heel design means you can slide them on too. olukai.com.

Under Armour Kilchis

Under Armour Kilchis
Under Armour KilchisZach Stovall

The Kilchis features Under Armour's J-Step non-marking outsole for great traction on smooth, wet surfaces. A quick-drying upper with welded synthetic overlays helps with abrasion protection, and the contoured midsole with full liner adds softness and comfort underarmour.com.

Simms Currents

Simms Currents
Simms CurrentsZach Stovall

Simms' new Currents are ready for the deck with seamless welded quick-dry uppers, bungee lacing system, EVA insoles and non-marking siped soles for a sure grip. And your buddies will also appreciate the Agion anti-odor technology. simmsfishing.com.

The next set of shoes is for when you're back at the dock.

Sperry Captain's A/O

Sperry Captain’s A/O
Sperry Captain’s A/OZach Stovall

When you want the classic look combined with upgraded technology, reach for the Sperry Captain's A/O. There's ASV Technology in the heel and toe to reduce shock by up to 50 percent, along with Hydro Grip rubber outsoles, and they weigh just 9.7 ounces. sperry.com.

Paul Sperry Flex Deck Boat

Paul Sperry Flex Deck Boat
Paul Sperry Flex Deck BoatZach Stovall

Part of the Paul Sperry Collection, these are available through select Sperry retailers only. The patented SON-R Technology has an interactive insole for greater sensory feedback, which means greater stability. The soles feature Adaptive Wave-Siping to help increase traction in slippery conditions. sperry.com.

OluKai Kapua

OluKai Kapua
OluKai KapuaZach Stovall

Leave it to the Hawaiians to design one of the best fishing sandals. Named for an ancient surf break near Waikiki, the Kapuas dress it up a bit with full-grain leather straps and a molded midsole wrapped in high-character full-grain leather. A brass accent tops it off with understated style. olukai.com

Sebago Docksides Ariaprene

Sebago Docksides Ariaprene
Sebago Docksides AriapreneZach Stovall

A new material from Sebago, Ariaprene is an ultra-lightweight, nontoxic and recyclable synthetic that's combined with an EVA-cushioned removable insole for the ultimate in comfort. Non-marking soles and hand-sewn construction round out the entire package sebago.com.