Foot disorders and pain are common complaints as a person ages. These conditions can make it difficult to maintain balance and increase the risk of falling. The ability to stand, balance, and walk is very precious for fisherman. As an aging angler, I can appreciate foot related issues more and more every day. That’s why at this year’s Bass-A-Thon the foot apparel at the Simms Booth, with good reason, caught my attention.
Simms Currents Shoe
Best of ICAST 2015, the Simms new Currents Boat Shoes are built for all day fishing comfort on boat decks. They’re designed with ergonomic ‘Footbed’ technology, and an arch supporting replaceable sole insert.
- Seamless TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) welded & quick-dry mesh upper resists water retention
- Bungie lacing closure
- No-line catch upper
- EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) footbed
- Siped (tread pattern) for maximum slip resistance
- Non-marking rubber outsole
Simms Atoll Flip
For those of you who prefer sandals, Simms offers three models. I’ve personally tried the Atoll Flip. Not only are they comfortable, but these flips also feature an integrated arch support. That feature is lacking in most outdoor flip flop sandals.
- A new, fishing flip that perfectly blends technical angling needs with relaxed, all-day comfort and styling
- Platform features molded EVA midsole with integrated arch support, water channels, and toe grip for water-ready foot alignment
- Full ground contact, non-marking razor-siped gum rubber outsole with medial and lateral heel wrap for stability
- Fully lined straps with neoprene for all-day water-ready comfort
As adults after your body has stopped growing, have you ever had your shoe size increase? Mine has changed three times, from a size 10.5 to 12 and now size 13. Decades of standing changes your feet. The natural cushion under the ball of your foot and heel diminishes. The arch becomes flatter and flexibility lessons. Your joints can become stiffer, and the foot becomes wider and longer.
I know many of us like to fish all day long. You might find yourself walking a rugged shoreline, or standing on the deck of a rocking boat, and the last thing you want to worry about is your feet. We have all heard that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Don’t wait until there is a problem to deal with things. Young or old, start now and ensure you have proper footwear. It will keep you in the game longer, with fewer distractions providing more focus on what matters most, catching fish!
You can check these Simms footwear products and others at http://www.simmsfishing.com/shop/shoes-sandals.html
*Title photo John Sherman of Simms