Rivershed™ Boot



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Rivershed Boot - Grey


Hell hath no furry like a river scorned. And with the easy-cleaning capabilities of this CleanStream™ inspired boot it takes little more than a quick rinse and scrub to keep the AIS demons at bay. Housed in a full perimeter of burly rubber, Riversheds™ fuse the exceptional support and durability of a true hiker, with the lightweight capabilities of your favorite runner. Fishing nirvana awaits.


  • CleanStream™ design utilizes high abrasion-resistant panels with water repellent treatment for minimal water absorption & easy cleaning
  • Full perforated neoprene lining with closed-cell foam and full-coverage molded rubber toe cap
  • Full perimeter rubber offers superior durability and ease of cleaning
  • Non-corrosive hardware with high quality nylon laces
  • StreamTread™ Platform
  • Waterproof synthetic leather rubber coated ballistic panels
  • Approximate pair weight (size 10): 62.4 oz
  • Men's whole sizes: 7 - 14, Width: EEE
  • Click here for StreamTread™ cleat patterns and Vibram® Resoling resources


Size Chart

Men's Wading Boot Size Chart

To allow proper room for the neoprene stockingfoot, find your regular shoe size in the right-hand columns and order the corresponding Simms Boot in the first column. This will typically be one size up from your normal shoe size for men and one size down for women (ie: a women's USA size 8 would take a men's boot size 7).

(Simms Boot size 5 will fit a Youth Size 4, etc.)

Simms Wading
Boot Size
5** 4 37 3 22
6** 5 38 4 23
7 6 39 5 24
8 7 40 6 25
9 8 41 7 26
10 9 42 8 27
11 10 43 9 28
12 11 44 10 29
13 12 45 11 30
14 13 46 12 31
15** 14 47 13 32
16** 15 48 14 33

Not all styles available in all sizes; please see individual boot for size specifics
** Freestone Boot - Streamtread only



Product Care

Footwear Care:

For proper cleaning of your footwear to descrease the likelihood of spreading Aquatic Invasive Species, please reference our CleanStream™ page.


If using in saltwater always clean and rinse to prevent corrosion.

Use a brush to remove dust and dirt. Choose an old vegetable brush or toothbrush. For maximum thoroughness, remove laces prior to cleaning. Use specialized boot cleaner, saddle soap or maybe a mild dishwashing soap with luke-warm water.

Do not use bar soap or detergents.

Do not place wet boots close to a heat source (fireplace, campfire, wood stove, radiator, heater, sunny windowsill) as this can weaken adhesives and cause materials to become brittle or shrink.

Dry using natural methods (air dry) and try to keep them out of the sun for long periods of time. Boots dry faster when positioned upside-down. If desired, stuff a sheet or two of newspaper into each boot to absorb moisture. Change the paper each hour.

If you see any mold on your boots, brush in a mixture of 80% water and 20% vinegar.

Over time the use of leather conditioners may provide increased water repellency and can prevent cracking and drying of the leather.

Store footwear in a place where temperatures are stable and normal. Do not store footwear in attics, garages, car trunks or any unventilated spaces.

Never put footwear in washing machine.



  • CleanStream™ is a design philosophy that runs through our line of wading footwear. While not specific to a product feature, this designation does indicate that the product includes features and/or materials that are more resistant to "hitch-hiking" organisms – have less exposed stitching, fewer ridges & pockets and utilize non-absorbent materials – all making the boots easier to inspect, clean and dry faster. All of these elements assist anglers in doing their part to prevent the spread of invasive species. For more information, please visit our CleanStream™ page or these organizations: www.cleanangling.org, www.protectyourwaters.net or www.tu.org.

  • The STREAMTREAD™ platform is designed for the angling enthusiast looking for all-round, heavy-duty wading footwear. All the styles that feature the STREAMTREAD™ platform have been proividing our faithful with years of reliable, trustworthy wading confidence.  The die-cut footbed offers a sturdy, wading-reading deck and the molded TPU heel clip offers secure heel-hold & lateral stability for all day wading security.  Die-cut and molded single density EVA midsole creates cushioning for all day wading comfort.  Die-cut, full coverage TPU retention plate allows for maximum rigidity and cleat retention for heavy duty wading.  All of this wrapped in a molded VIBRAM® IDROGRIP® rubber outsole with 3MM multi-directional lugs for slip resistance in water and toe protection.  Also available in a 12mm Felt outsole.

  • Vibram® soles are built from the bottom up and are designed to overcome very specific obstacles on a variety of terrains. Vibram® invests heavily in research and development of products never overlooking even the most minute detail. Vibram® soles boast innovative compounds and technical sole patterns, specifically developed to meet the challenges of many different environments and applications. www.vibram.us


Customer Reviews

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Good grip, quality lacking Review by PeaceOutBrownTrout
I saved up for a few months to have "one of the best" boots out there. I will say they do grip well, and I have not added studs or cleats yet. I have been out more than 30 times thus far, so I have had enough time to give my thoughts: The right boot is considerably tighter than the left. I double checked that the sizes matched up, I have laced and relaced several times, even had the fly shop double check the size for me. The left boot is perfect, the right is tight. It makes for a full day on the water uncomfortable. I thought maybe after they broke in it would be better, but that is not the case. I am wearing G3 waders with these. The soles seam to be wearing exceptionally fast. I only put them on when I park the truck by the river, and hike out to my spots. The soles are chunking apart at the toe. Laces are already starting to fray. Last thing which is cosmetic is the gray fabric by the laces does not match boot to boot. One boot is gray, while the other has a green tinge to it.

I will say these are really easy to clean, as I do with them after every excursion. They do grip exceptionally well. My left foot is very comfortable at least, and they are great hikers in boulder fields. For the price, and for saving up for a long time to buy them, I expected more.

[Response from Simms Customer Care Team]
Thanks for the straightforward review. At Simms, we are always looking for ways to improve our products, and hearing from our customers is a great way to find out how we can build better gear. To talk to us or provide more feedback, ring us at 888.585.3570 or email [email protected]

(Posted on 8/26/13)

Beefy Review by Jesse
I bought these to replace the 3rd pair of a competitors boot that I wore through in 6 months a piece. After the 3rd pair the free placement wasn't as appealing. I would note that comparably the Rivershed are a heavier boot than most. But what you give in weight you gain in comfort and especially durability. The ultra clean design and lack of excessive styling make them a great choice for those looking for function. With only the laces being permeable, this makes a good choice and an easy clean if you live near an area with a invasive species like didymo. The laces could be more durable, and the Simms replacement laces are not as nice as the originals. Streamtread sole works well, and if you pair in studs(I used Alum and Carbide) they are ready to take on anything you can pitch to them. Overall this is a great buy, and I highly recommend them as a boot. You won't need to worry about it falling apart.

(Posted on 8/21/13)

Perfect for long hikes Review by NZ and MT Angler
I bought these for a trip to New Zealand. Felt boots are banned in NZ so if you are in headed to NZ, I recommend these boots. These boots were perfect for long hikes. I recently used them during some of the more crowded weeks (and brutally hot temps) in Montana and put 70 miles on them in 7 days. My feet were fine. No blisters. The one thing I recommend for the Vibram soles is to buy the AlumiBrite studs because without them you will be slipping and sliding. The studs help a lot especially for river crossings and navigating through pocket water while chasing South Island browns upstream around boulders and steering them out of snags only to have them take you into your backing as you stumble after them downstream...

(Posted on 8/8/13)

Top of the Line Wading Boot Review by Kisutch Katcher
Going on my 4th year in these boots and have yet to even replace the laces. I fish salmon and steelhead rivers over 100 days a year. These are the best boots for wading rocky, muddy or mossy rivers with excellent traction provided by the studs or cleats. At $180, they are pricey, but the quality and comfort make the purchase justified, especially if you are a serious angler. Simms at its finest!

(Posted on 8/8/13)

Excellent Boot Review by DaddySteve
Very Very Comfortable, Hike extremely well... I wear a 9.5 in running shoes, went with a 10 in the Rivershed

(Posted on 7/14/13)

needs better speed lace hooks Review by leopard 'bow
When I discovered the water I fish each summer in Alaska no longer allowed felt soles, I bought these on a friends recommendation. Boots were comfortable and fit well over my new G4's, but were slicker than snot on river rock. Maybe I'm just spoiled by felt soles? The real dissappointment was when at the end of the second day, the laces started cutting through at the speed eyelets. First the outer sheath on the laces cut, then the the inner lace cut. I tied them in knots to get two more days, then finished the week out with the laces from my hiking boots. Cheap stamped hooks on 180 dollar boots? Really Simms? Machined hooks would add, like, 2 bucks to the price? Oh well. The G4's get a solid 5 stars.

[Response from Simms Customer Care Team]
Thanks for the straightforward review. At Simms, we are always looking for ways to improve our products, and hearing from our customers is a great way to find out how we can build better gear. To talk to us or provide more feedback, ring us at 888.585.3570 or email [email protected]

(Posted on 6/27/13)

Fantastic Boots Review by TroutManD
I've had these for a year now and just love them. They handle rough terrain like a great hiking boot. I did add a pair of "Superfeet" insoles to them for additional arch support. With the Alumibite cleats they are just fantastic along the river or in it. These boots are not cheap but I must say they deliver and you will not be disappointed.
Tip my hat to Simms for making a great quality product.

(Posted on 6/7/13)


(Posted on 4/26/13)

Best wading boots that I have ever owned. Review by Alex
I have had these boots for 3 years now and love then. The only thing that I ever had to do to fix these boots was only to replace the laces once! I recently put in the hard bite cleats on and love them even more (which I didn't think was possible). They handle everything from ice to mud to boulders very well and with great ankle and foot support. Once my current pair finally wears out I will get another pair to replace it. Simms, as usual, developed an exceptional product again!

(Posted on 4/14/13)

Rivershed Boots conquered The Miracle Mile and Grey Reef in Wyoming Review by SalmotruttaSLaYeR
Having grown up wading one stream in felt boots, i was very skeptical of the grip potential of the so-called 'streamtread.' I decided, however, that for my latest trip there would be quite a bit of hiking, rock jumping, climbing in and out of canyons, and some swift wading. Taking those things into account I immediately went to Simms website and after some research, ordered the Rivershed boot. I was absolutely blown away by the amount of grip i got on mossy and smooth submerged rocks. My boots dried everynight and were ready for the next days fishing. And I simply cannot say enough about the Streamtread soles, as I waded on all surfaces through waist deep current without a hitch. Thank you Simms.

(Posted on 3/20/13)

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