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: Wading boot sizing when used with stocking foot waders?

01-25-2008, 09:27 PM
When picking out a pair of wading boots to use with stocking-foot waders, how many sizes to you size up from your normal shoe size, generally?

Do different boot manufacturers maybe have different conventions? If so, could you also comment on what wading boots you have experience with (ie Simms, Danners, etc)?


01-26-2008, 01:43 PM
Yes different manufacturers have different conventions. Also, all size 12 shoes are not created equal. I wear a 14 wide of 15 shoe/sneaker depending on brand. My Orvis Henry's Fork boots are a size 15 and fit very nicely over my stockingfoot waders.

Bob Pauli
01-30-2008, 09:49 PM
This is where your local fly shop can be a great help. Wear one pair of heavy socks, and try your waders with several boots. Lacking a well supplied fly shop, order two or three pair from a mail order house that will accept return of the boots that don't fit.

"Oversocking" is to be avoided as it can reduce circulation and cause cold feet, unless your boots are truly oversize.

01-30-2008, 11:34 PM
A given:
Mail order can be hit n' miss...
There's no substitute for a well stocked fly/gear source.
Support your local shop!

I really like my Simms Guide Weight Waders... :)
'Had them for years and still going strong...(me too)
Finding comfortable, supportive wading shoes has been a challenge...
I have finally found my illusive Amphibious Golden Phleece... ;)

My size 11.5 foot...
Inside my Darn Tough Vermont Wool socks...
Inside my medium/long Simms Stocking Foot waders
Inside my size 13 Bites Primal Flats sneakers... BRILLIANT!!!

Noteworthy support/ Uncompromising comfort/ :p
I have finally achieved HAPPY PHEET!!! :biggrin:
NO going back!!! :tsk_tsk: :chuckle:

02-06-2008, 01:18 AM
I ended up getting Simms Freestone wading boots to go with my Bailey's Barebones waders. My foot is size 7.5, but due to high arches, I normally fit a size 8.5 street shoe, which always makes buying new shoes a pain--they all have different accomodations for my high-arched foot. I ended up sizing up to a size 10 wading boot and I'm glad I did. I can fit my foot, inside the neoprene stockingfoot of the wader, layered over some heavy wool socks, and it's a good snug fit. Not too tight, not too loose. The size nines worked too, and would perhaps have been a more logical choice given the heavy weight of these boots, but most of the time I'm wading in very cold waters and the ability to layer up with heavy socks is a plus in my mind.

01-19-2009, 03:09 PM
I have an old pair of Simms guide boots that I love - they have stood the test of time. I wear a size 10 street shoe and prefer a wide fit. My Simms boots are 12. That is great when I wear my thick wool socks, but I think next time (I plan to stick with Simms) I'm gonna go to an 11.

01-21-2009, 04:02 PM
A good rule of thumb is one full size over on the boots. Not all neoprene booties are the same. As others have mentioned, there's no substitute for trying them on with your waders and heavy socks.

I recently got a pair of discontinued simms freestones for short $$. I like how easy they are to get in and out of.

Patagonia boots are great if you want something a little lighter.

01-21-2009, 06:04 PM
I can not speak for every company but I know that Simms and Patagonia have taken this into consideration and you buy your normal shoe size. ie size 11.5 or 12 would buy size 12 The only time you need to go bigger is for winter wading when its nice to have the extra room for a thicker sock. Could be different with other companies.