Get a "sure" footing with Redington's top selling Sure Shoe
Total Score: 8.41
Introduction: A good
pair of fishing boots is a must for the die hard fishermen. They will be your
best friend on a great day, or your worst enemy cursing you with swollen feet
and a bad experience. Redington’s new wading shoe offers a new design with
durable materials ensuring that these shoes last more than one season.
Sure Shoes Wading Boot Specifications
Full Grain Leather, mesh uppers
Felt soles, or felt w/
Brn, Blk, and Grn|
Quick Lace system, Heel
tab, good year welt.|
Felt Sole $69, Felt with
With the introduction of new hi-tech materials to the fishing
industry, manufacturers seem to be constructing boots lighter and more durable
than ever before. Unfortunately this usually comes with the trade off of a steep
price. My first impression when looking at the Redington Sure Foot boot was its
smooth sleek appearance. The use of brown, black, and green, colors give the
boot a solid fashion appeal compared to some of the more dull looking boots of
After picking this boot up off
the rack I noticed how light it was in comparison to other felt soled boots. If
you wear these boots for 10-12 hours at a time the lighter the boot the
better. Upon first inspection this boot seemed to be stitched together quite
well making it appear to be both light and durable.
handsome in design the Sure-Shoe is extremely lightweight
When it comes to features there shouldn’t be to many things that
stand out that make you consider one boot over another. The main things an
angler looks for in a boot are comfort, durability, and price. Quite simply ask
yourself, “Will this boot keep me dry and comfortable?”
However, we do realize that
some are obsessed with paying attention to all the little details, and for those
Redington’s boot does have something for you.
Quick Lace system
Full grain leather and
Heel tab for easy in/out
Option of felt only soles or
Holes for easy drainage
A padded tongue to keep stones
For some these features might be obsolete, while for others they
may be the decision makers. In either case probably the most notable feature
worth mentioning is the padded soles. The stiff padded soles provide a layer of
cushion and act as a shock absorber as you hop from rock to rock. These boots
help take some of the stress off your ankle and joints.
The Sure-Shoe features high quality full grain leather and ballistic-mesh
A boot is most notably measures by how comfortable it is on the angler’s
foot. In this department I think the boot needs a bit more additional
padding. After trying these boots on it seemed that they were too wide for my
feet. After walking around and putting a thicker pair of socks on they still
seemed a little awkward and clumsy to walk in. Most notably they just seemed to
be made a little too wide for what is required. There also seemed to be a lack
of taper in the boot that follows the natural curvature of the foot. However,
Comfort is measured in the eyes of the beholder, and every individual angler
will have his/her own level of comfort so the only way to determine if these are
a good fit for you is to try them on.
The Sure-Shoe has a padded tongue to keep rocks out
These boots come in both studded soles and all felt soles. In determining which
will be better for you, it will be important to assess the type of fishing you
do. If you primarily wade fish, especially in areas of large boulders and rocks,
the studded soles work well to grip the large boulders. However, they are not a
good choice for drift boat fishing because they tear up the bottom, so if you
plan on fishing with a guide or out of a boat of your own go for the felt
soles. Redington’s new Goodyear welt design has these soles stitched in a way
that they just about indestructible.
Protection is offered through a tough barrier through the
thickness of the boot, and they level of support provided in the ankle. The
sides, bottom, and toe of the boot is very tough and protects the sensitive
areas of the foot well. If there is any weakness it will be noticed in the
ankle where mesh just can’t protect your foot as well as top grade
leather. Redington could have made these boots extend a little higher up the
ankle giving it more support, without adding much weight to the overall boot.
hook up the last thing you want to do is slip and lose tension on your fish,
the Sure-Shoe will make sure you always have a good footing
The durability of the Sure-Shoe is its most notable features.
Somehow Redington found a way to construct a lightweight boot without
sacrificing durability. With all the new innovations, FULL-GRAIN leather just
seems to be the best material for fishing boots and until something proven comes
out it is likely to be the material of choice for all boot manufacturers.
to chase your fish downstream with confidence can make the difference in
landing that trophy fish or losing it
The MSRP of these boots is $69 for the all felt soles, and $89 for the studded
soles. Not a bad deal if you consider that Simms and Patagonia make similar
products $109 to$139. Avid anglers will argue that they might be more
comfortable, but for the angler fishing on a budget these boots will definitely
do the job for your feet and your pocketbook.
Sure Shoes Wading Boot Ratings (?/10)
grain leather, the choice material for wading boots.
Good drainage and good
gripping with felt soles.
the materials used, there should be no complaints about the price here.
Most of the features you
could expect in a wading shoe. Heel tab, quick lace, and padded tongue.
Some concerning issues
with the width of the boot, modest foot taper, and the lack of ankle
Good for all around wading
and use in boats.
Pluses and Minuses:
May be wide for some|
Durability is good
Ankle support |
Good overall value
Picking a boot is not a rocket science. Is it comfortable? Will it keep you
dry? Will it last? If you can answer yes to these 3 questions you probably have
a winner. Redington’s sure foot boots offers a shoe that beats most competitors’
prices even in using high grade materials. Since the measure of comfort is
determined by the user, I’m confident that if these boots fit you well you will
be hard-pressed to find a better all around value. Try these on and the chances
are that if they lead you comfortably out of the store, you will be satisfied on