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DescriptionSimms has reintroduced felt to a selection of its wading boot line-up, including the Guide Boot. Felt has solid grip, it’s lightweight, and offers advantages in certain wading environments. Please follow clean angling practices, limit felt soles to single watersheds, and help keep these vital resources healthy.
- CleanStream™ design utilizes Schoeller®-dynatec mesh panels and waterproof nubuck leather upper for easy cleaning
- TecTuff™ coated leather surrounds ankle for greater support
- Perforated neoprene lining with closed-cell foam and full-coverage molded rubber toe cap
- Contoured NATO speed lacing system with high quality nylon laces
- Waterproof nubuck leather construction with Schoeller® NanoSphere® water-resistant finish
- Approximate pair weight (size 10): 56 oz
- Men's whole sizes: 7 - 14, Width: EEE
- 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.)
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
Guide Boot Care:
For proper cleaning of your footwear to descrease the likelihood of spreading Aquatic Invasive Species, please reference our CleanStream™ page.
Guide boots are made water-repellent full grain Nubuck leather. They require little maintenance but should be cleaned and dried.
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 boots in a place where temperatures are stable and normal. Do not store boots in attics, garages, car trunks or any unventilated spaces.
Never put boot 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.
Schoeller® NanoSphere® - the nanotech-based finishing technology allows dirt and water to simply run off the surface of the textiles. This mimics the natural self-cleaning effect of certain plants whose leaves always remain clean, because dirt simply cannot adhere to the finely structured surface, and is easily washed off when it rains.
- Great boot Review by Tim
OverallI've had my felt soled guide boots for five years. I'm ready to get another pair as they are starting to fall apart. The seams and plastic supports are letting in sand and pebbles in a couple places. I've patched them with shoe goo which seems to be holding. I fish 50+ days per year in Wisconsin's driftless and am I the water constantly. These boots are the best I've owned and have more than held up to my satisfaction. My questions to Simms are these: why no felt/boa combination available and why aren't the felt $20 less than the vibram? I'm going to try make it to next year and see what is offered in terms of new features.
(Posted on 5/4/13)
- Paying For a Name Review by PA Joe
OverallI had a pair of these for about 3 years. Completely demolished. Seams fell apart, holes in the leather, and soles worn through. I want to say that I fish pretty hard and this is the main reason for the boots' destruction but I'm not sure. I don't think that I fish harder in these boots than a guide getting paid to do the same. They are made overseas, as are all others, but leather products- especially boots- ultimately become junk. I understand that there are certain things to do to take good "care" of the Guide Boot but I also feel that the design of the boot should take into consideration that these boots are made to be worn in water and then dried 1,000 times in the lifetime of the boot. Water and leather don't mix in such extreme conditions. I roughed it last season with pebbles in my boots and poor support because I felt I had to justify the money I spent on these boots. Going synthetic with Korkers KGB.
(Posted on 2/19/13)
- Long Lasting Boot! Review by Edward L
OverallI bought these boots 5 years ago in felt and just about to replace them. I fish for salmon and steelhead in the Pacific NW about 90% from a drift boat, 10% from bank (between 50-100 days/ year), long days through various conditions. We go 12 hours with the boat filled with water on rainy days, hiking into upper river backcountry, etc. These boots have lasted. I have been through 2 pair of laces and the Simms logo is worn off, but the boots are still the most comfortable I have ever owned in my 20+ years of fishing. Looking forward to a new pair!
(Posted on 10/22/12)
- AWESOME BOOT Review by TRENT
OverallI am new to fly fishing and bought these boots and Headwaters Stockingfoots based on the recommendation of my guide. Let me just say these are the most comfortable boot I have worn and I have Italian made boots for hiking and these were more comfortable. I fished for a week in them and they provided excellent traction and comfort. I am sold on the Simms product.
(Posted on 7/16/12)
- Awesome Review by Jared G
OverallAwesome boot, wore one pair out and am on second pair. Also have G4 Guide Stream Tread. This is a better boot, felt sticks to rocks like no other. I fish 100+ days a year and hike a lot. These boots will last several seasons. If you need felt replaced, have Simms do it. Boot shops probably won't do it to your satisfaction and Simms quality standards. Speaking of Simms, they have the best customer service in the industry. I have had the pleasure / opportunity of having them repair self inflicted wound on gear. They are very reasonable and stand behind their gear. If you break it out of warranty, they will help you fix it at minimum cost to you and no profit to them. I will never wear anything but Simms due to product quality, product service and product comfort / durability.
(Posted on 7/16/12)
- Field Tested Review by Bishfish
OverallThese are nothing new. I've had the predecessor to these boots in felt (without the orange stripe) for three years now. I have not been even remotely gentle on these boots. They've been hiked hard, fished harder, and worked over in all four seasons. They offer great support, far superior traction to any Vibram sole, are extremely durable, and amazingly comfortable. My only complaint is that after three years of kicking rocks, I've worn the first 3-4 inches of felt off the toe of the boot and reduced the thickness of the felt overall by at least 50%. I'll make due this winter, but I plan getting another pair after the rivers calm down in the spring.
(Posted on 7/16/12)
- Problems with Simms's shoes Review by Rene
OverallBought a pair in February 2010, and they lasted until beginning septembre 2010, only ! The rubber straps on each side, going from the heel to the ankle, broke on each pair...! The result ? within two days, the heel, openned and let sand and pebbles get in between, and the sole broke. A few years before, I had problems with another guide model, that was changed by the shop, and the second pair got the same problem. My wife had a similar problem with her shoes ; Seems that the chineese are poor craftmen.....but Simm's should check the products. That's why I don't buy Simm's shoes anymore.
(Posted on 7/16/12)
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