Best Fishing Sandals for 2024: Reviews and Buying Guide

Find the best fishing sandals in this buying guide
Reviewed by: John Baltes
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Best Fishing Sandals Reviewed

When the summer sun is roasting everything in sight, a good pair of fishing sandals are worth their weight in gold.

Ideally, you’re looking for comfort, durability, and easy cleaning. And you might want more or less coverage, depending on how you feel about UV exposure or potential risk to your feet like hooks or teeth.

If you’re looking for a pair of fishing sandals, you’ve come to the right place.

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As much as I love flip flops and my Keens, I have to admit that my Crocs are my all-time favorite fishing sandals.

Crocs Classic Clogs for fishing reviewed

My fishing crocs, still going strong.

I was reluctant to take the plunge, but once I tried them, I’ll never go back.

The Classic has numerous strong points as a choice for fishing.

They’re remarkably light, offer excellent underfoot cushioning, and provide a secure fit that won’t slip off. No, I wouldn’t say they rival Tevas or Keens if you stick your foot into deep mud - they’ll pull off without a doubt - and no, they don’t hold your foot as securely on slopes or other obstacles.

But they’re more comfortable than the Tevas or the Keens, at least to me, offering unrivaled all-day wearability.

And like the Keens, they provide excellent protection to your feet.

One place I can fault them as fishing sandals is grip. On smooth, wet surfaces like tile, they can get quick slick. On anything more textured, they hold just fine, and the soft soles hold their own against most other options.

As far as durability is concerned, they get the highest marks possible. You can rinse these off with soapy water, or for more stubborn issues, give them a spray of Windex or whatever you use in your kitchen. They don’t stain or stink, and they’ll look brand new no matter what you do to them.

Available in a wide range of colors and patterns, they fit true to size.

I don’t care how fashionistas judge these sandals; if it's warm and I’m fishing, you’ll find Crocs on my feet.

Pros
  • Very comfortable
  • All but indestructible
  • Very secure
  • Excellent grip
  • Available in a wide range of colors
  • Very easy to clean
Cons
  • Ugly?
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Keen’s Newport H2 are probably the toughest, most capable fishing sandals I’ve ever encountered.

I’ve owned a pair for more than a few years. That is, I’ve owned a single pair that have been there, done that, and come back in one piece on countless angling adventures.

Keen uses a unique strap and bungee system that provides security rivaling the Tevas, and I can attest that the fit is comfortable and true to size.

Keen Newport H2 Closed Toe Water Sandals reviewed

My Keens have proven all but indestructible.

The footbed is a bit stiff and not very cushiony underfoot. Chalk that up to some very hard, tough, and heavy soles.

In my experience, they've offered excellent traction in a wide variety of slippery situations.

Keen Newport H2 Closed Toe Water Sandals bottom

The soles are grippy, hard, and heavy.

They also provide amazing foot protection. I’ve accidentally slammed my toes into hazards that would’ve sent me to the ER in open-toes sandals, and they definitely offer more foot protection than flip flops or Tevas.

They’re cool-wearing despite this.

But they are heavy, and they’re not as soft underfoot as the alternative on our shortlist. The H2s are lighter than the Keens of old, but they’re still hefty enough to notice.

The H2 is amazingly durable. I’ve washed mine in a bucket of soapy water, sprayed them off with hoses, and rinsed them in lake, stream, and sea water.

They come out clean and no worse for wear.

If you’re looking for bomb-proof, nigh-indestructible fishing sandals that offer good foot protection and great grip, the Keen Newport H2 is just the ticket.

Pros
  • Comfortable
  • All but indestructible
  • Super secure
  • Excellent grip
  • Available in a wide range of colors
  • Easy to clean
Cons
  • Heavy
  • Stiff, hard sole
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Grundens means quality.

From deck gear like rain coats and bibs to boots that don’t know when to say quit, I love Grunden’s professional-grade fishing gear, and their Deck-Hand sandals are no exception.

Made from premium rubber, the footbed is supportive while offering excellent cushioning when you’re on your feet all day.

Grundéns Deck-Hand Sandals rubber bottom

The soles are a razor-siped natural gum rubber that offers outstanding traction on wet surfaces, making these flip flops as secure as footwear of this design can be on a wet, bloody, pitching deck.

And when they get dirty - and you know whatever’s on your feet will get dirty - you can simply toss them in your washing machine and they’ll come out looking brand new: no stains, no smell, no fuss.

If you’re in between two sizes, order up, but overall, the Deck-Hands run true to size.

Pros
  • Really comfortable
  • Available in a wide range of colors
  • Great cushioning footbed
  • Excellent traction
  • Very easy to clean; machine washable
Cons
  • ???
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While Teva’s Originals aren’t for everyone, one of my fishing buddies swears by them. And if his experience with their performance, durability, and comfort is anything to go by, you should pick up a pair right now.

Their unique strap system delivers a comfortable, secure grip on your feet, and there’s simply no way these are coming off, even if you misplace a foot on a muddy bottom. They also stay put when you push sandals to their limits, scampering over rocks, crawling up steep banks, or climbing into a tree to retrieve a prized lure (don't ask how I know!).

They're comfortable, too, offering a well-cushioned footbed.

Teva Original Universal Sandal bottom

The soles are soft and grippy, and I’d say the underfoot traction is excellent, even when wet.

And because your foot is held firmly in place, there’s no concern about slipping around on the footbed.

I’ve seen my buddy’s pair get nothing short of filthy, and a quick wash in a bucket of soapy water had them looking new again in minutes.

Available in a wide array of strap designs, if you can look past the aesthetics of these sandals, they’re a very strong choice for fishing.

Pros
  • Really comfortable
  • Super secure
  • Excellent grip
  • Available in a wide range of colors
  • Great cushioning footbed
  • Easy to clean
Cons
  • Ugly?
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Crocs offers its Swiftwater Mesh Deck Sandal as an alternative to Keen’s H2.

Lighter than the Keens by a huge margin, I’d give them the win in comfort as well.

As you’d expect from Crocs, the footbed is cushiony and surprisingly supportive. The sole is tougher than a Classic Croc, offering better underfoot protection should you step on something sharp, and providing excellent grip on wet, slick surfaces.

Crocs Swiftwater Mesh Deck Sandal bottom

In this regard, they’re superior to the Classic Clog, as I’ve definitely had some near misses on slick, wet surfaces like tile.

The mesh and single strap work really well to keep these sandals on your feet, and like the Keens or Tevas, you can push the Swiftwaters into all kinds of adventures without worrying about ending up barefoot.

And the enclosed toe of the Swiftwater offers a tough barrier between your toes and the world. If you’ve ever hit a ragged stump or the edge of a stair by accident, you’ll know why this feature is a winner.

In terms of durability, you wouldn’t expect mesh to be very trough, but you’d be dead wrong.

These sandals are amazingly resilient, shrugging off abuse and cleaning up relatively easily. Here, they lose to the Classic Clog, however, as the mesh is more difficult to get well and truly odor-free if you’ve gotten them coated in fish slime, scales, and blood.

But a brief dunking in soapy water, a good scrub with a soft brush, and a spray or two of Windex should have them smelling good as new in no time. Unlike the Classic Clog, a quick rinse won’t get the job done, though.

The Crocs Swiftwater runs true to size, and the all-day comfort and protection it offers your feet are something to take seriously.

If you’re a half size, order up.

Pros
  • Very comfortable
  • Really tough
  • Super secure
  • Excellent grip
  • Easy to clean
Cons
  • Black is the only color
  • Not as easy to clean as the alternatives on our shortlist
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Pros & Cons

Columbia’s PFG line of fishing clothing has been a favorite of mine for quite some time, and here at USAngler, we simply love their shirts, pants, and shorts on the water.

Their Rostra Beachcomber PFG Sport Sandal is a great option for anglers, but overall, we prefer the Grundens if you’re looking for a flip flop.

Why?

Columbia manufactures the uppers and lowers of these sandals from synthetic rubber. Unfortunately, the now discontinued Techsun PFG was grippier on both the sole and the footbed, making your footing far more secure than in the Rostra Beachcomber.

I think the discontinued Techsun was the better fishing sandal.

When your feet get wet, you’ll definitely feel some slippage between your skin and sandal, and I hate that when I’m fighting a pitching deck.

That said, the soles offer pretty good traction in most circumstances.

Columbia Rostra Beachcomber PFG Sport Sandal bottom

These sandals are definitely comfortable, offering plenty of cushion. And they’re pretty easy to clean, too, with a quick dunk in soapy water, a scrub with a soft brush, and a few hours to dry being the norm.

They tend to run a tad small, so I recommend ordering up at least one half size.

Given a choice between these and the Grundens, I’d go with the latter every time.

Pros
  • Really comfortable
  • Available in a wide range of colors
  • Great cushioning footbed
  • Easy to clean
Cons
  • Not as grippy as the Grundens

Buying Guide: What to Look For in a Good Fishing Sandal?

Comfort

If you’re thinking about a fishing sandal rather than a shoe or boot, it’s clear that warm weather comfort is at the top of your list.

You’ll want a cool-wearing option with plenty of cushion underfoot, especially if you’ll be standing a lot for casting and fighting.

You’ll also want some support for your arches, as that will reduce fatigue over long days on the water.

You might think that flip flops are where it’s at for absolute comfort, but I was really surprised by how good the Crocs were in this department.

Grip

sandal grip is important for fishing

This is a safety issue that you need to take seriously.

Good fishing sandals should provide secure traction, especially on a wet, pitching deck. Fortunately, boats of all kinds tend to have textured materials underfoot, and this helps a good sandal get better grip when awash in blood, slime, and water.

But keep in mind that nothing is going to grip slick, wet surfaces particularly well.

Also remember that flip flops don’t nail your feet to the insole very well, allowing your skin to slide even if the sole is providing grip.

The best sandals on this front are designed like the Teva, Keen, and Crocs, as they secure your foot and provide a grippy sole.

Protection

sandal protection is important while fishing

Sun exposure is an issue to take seriously, and increasingly, anglers are heeding the warnings of doctors about the potential for skin cancer.

And as much as I love flip flops, I don’t wear them fishing anymore, selecting something that offers more cover from the sun while still providing all-day comfort.

I’ve also slammed my feet into sharp, hard objects and been really happy to have toe coverage. And with fish with sharp teeth writhing on deck, I prefer something a bit more protective than flip flops!

Durability

This is a big issue, as any angler knows.

From fishing on a muddy bank to bloody decks, we all know how filthy our shoes can get.

You want a sandal that’s easy to clean, even if you’re just talking about a quick rinse with a hose.

The Crocs Classic Clog really excels in this regard. Not only are they tough, but they’re also made from a material that can’t hold stink and grime.

Soapy water will have them looking new again, and in the worst of cases, a spray with a cleaning agent like Windex will finish the job.

Final Thoughts

I can’t tell you which fishing sandals are right for you, but I can all but guarantee that one of the picks on our shortlist is going to be perfect.

If flip flops are your thing, and you want to be able to transition from fishing to socializing without wearing ugly sandals, Grundéns Deck-Hand Sandals are very hard to beat.

Attractive, grippy, comfortable, and relatively easy to clean, they’re the best example of a flip flop for anglers.

If you want excellent protection and grip and don’t mind a bit of weight, Keen’s Newport H2 are ideal. Offering outstanding security, great grip, and plenty of protection, they’re almost indestructible, as my own pair have proven year after year.

Finally, if you want comfort, protection, security, and the ultimate ease of cleaning all in one package, look no further than Crocs’s Classic Clogs

We hope that this article has helped you pick the right fishing sandals for your feet, and we’d love to hear from you if it has!

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About The Author
John Baltes
Chief Editor & Contributor
If it has fins, John has probably tried to catch it from a kayak. A native of Louisiana, he now lives in Sarajevo, where he's adjusting to life in the mountains. From the rivers of Bosnia to the coast of Croatia, you can find him fishing when he's not camping, hiking, or hunting.
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