The Best Women's Wading Boots
Three of the five women’s wading boots in this test were designed expressly for women—with a women’s-specific last. And not all models are intended for entry-level anglers: The Simms Women’s VaporTread Boot ($180) and Patagonia Women’s Ultralight Wading Boots ($189) are both built for diehards—and their price points make the most sense for those who wear such boots regualrly.
Fly-fishers who are looking for a bargain might consider the Orvis Women’s Encounter Wading Boot ($119) or the L.L. Bean Women’s West Branch Wading Boot, Studded ($149), which is an exceptional value in a studded sole.
Anglers who are sure-footed in the water—and fond of long approaches to less-trafficked fishing holes—should consider the Simms Women’s VaporTread Boot. Although it didn’t deliver best-in-test traction, it was the lightest, most agile boot we tested.
And women who have slender or low-volume feet should try the Patagonia Women’s Ultralight Wading Boots. Not only did they offer the best, most foot-hugging fit of this test, but they also delivered superior traction, comfort and support. For any angling ladies who believe it’s impossible to love your chunky, blocky wading boots—try these, and prepare to swoon.