Fishermen: Watch Your Step

Good fishing may be about more than just what’s in your tackle box-it could be about what’s in your shoe box, too. The right shoes can keep fishermen dry, help them grab traction against big catches and keep them comfortable.

These tips for choosing fishing shoes come from Sperry Top-Sider, the company that invented the boat shoe in 1935:

1. Water compatibility-Look for quick-drying materials, removable footbeds, drainage systems and anti-microbial treatments.

2. Traction-Look for wave-siped, nonmarking rubber outsoles to provide superior traction on both wet and dry surfaces.

3. Stability-Look for extra lateral support, wide outsole surface areas and adjustable closure systems to ensure extra stability.

4. Shock Absorption-Look for shock-absorbing midsoles to cushion impact.