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Old 05-06-2020, 07:44 PM   #1
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Footwear for Float Tubing?

Picked up a float tube (Wilderness Lite) and gave it a test run today....super comfortable but takes FOREVER to deflate.

What do you float tubers use for footwear over your boot foot waders. I really don't want to bring wading shoes along and was hoping to find something packable. I tried crocs today and they felt ok while using the fins but crocs are slippery especially while getting in and out of the water in some areas. The crocs I used were my normal shoe size and were difficult to get over the neoprene of the wader booties so sizing at least one size up would probably work. Looking for light, packable and traction.

Suggestions? Thanks!
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Old 05-06-2020, 08:19 PM   #2
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If you don't like Crocs then try Caddis lightweight flats shoes, about $40. They have a side zip. Order 2 sizes bigger than your foot size because they run small. And they are a bit heavier than crocs.

One hack for your Wilderness Lite: get a vinyl blow up inflatable cushion. Get some adhesive backed velcro. Attach it to the seat and you'll be in a much happier casting position...
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Old 05-06-2020, 08:25 PM   #3
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If you don't like Crocs then try Caddis lightweight flats shoes, about $40. They have a side zip. Order 2 sizes bigger than your foot size because they run small. And they are a bit heavier than crocs.

One hack for your Wilderness Lite: get a vinyl blow up inflatable cushion. Get some adhesive backed velcro. Attach it to the seat and you'll be in a much happier casting position...
Thanks, great advice!
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Old 05-06-2020, 08:32 PM   #4
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I use cheap 2mm dive boots. I think I paid $20 on Amazon. They have a nice rubber sole that offers plenty of grip when walking on solid ground too. The brand is Mares.
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Old 05-07-2020, 03:39 PM   #5
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Check out special Crocs model

You might consider Crocs - Swiftwater model. Sturdier & far better sole for traction on wet or slippery surfaces than std crocs. See this thread with a few comments from fishermen.


https://adkforum.com/showthread.php?...ght=swiftwater
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Old 05-07-2020, 04:35 PM   #6
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Sneakers wouldn't be out of place
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Old 05-08-2020, 10:48 PM   #7
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You might consider Crocs - Swiftwater model. Sturdier & far better sole for traction on wet or slippery surfaces than std crocs. See this thread with a few comments from fishermen.


https://adkforum.com/showthread.php?...ght=swiftwater
Thanks for the info again. I couldn't find a size 14 which I would need to fit over the neoprene on the stocking foot waders.

I will be ordering my regular shoe size for everyday wear though.
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Sneakers wouldn't be out of place
I would have to find a pair in size 14 and at a good price. I like the neoprene style because they are a little lighter and probably easier to fit into a pack. Trying to find a balance of price/ packability/ sole build.

Years ago I would glue some carpeting to the bottom of an old pair of sneakers and use them for wet wading. Worked well and couldn't beat the price!
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I use cheap 2mm dive boots. I think I paid $20 on Amazon. They have a nice rubber sole that offers plenty of grip when walking on solid ground too. The brand is Mares.
These look good too.
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