Gear Review: Simms Pursuit Shoe


Simms Pursuit Shoe


Simms calls its Pursuit Shoe the “ultimate wet-wading cross trainer,” and the description fits. The shoe is constructed with an ultra-breathable and quick-draining mesh upper, stretch collar and high abrasion TPU overlays in key wear areas for durability. That equates to a quicker drying shoe when worn in a boat, kayak or paddle board or while wading. The quick-lacing system allows for easy fit adjustment and low fishing line snag when wading. A non-marking outsole provides wet slip resistance. Sizes: M’s 5/W’s 7 through M’s 14/W’s 16. Colors: Riffle Green, Steel. 


Waders, flats booties and sneakers, wet-wading shoes and sandals all have their place in the quiver of multi-environment outdoor pursuits. Why not have an all-in-one solution that you can wear anytime? That was the design goal of the Pursuit Shoe. Relentless research, development and testing led to the end result — a versatile shoe that finally passed the test to be worthy of Simms branding. The Pursuit Shoe is designed to be worn next to the skin, although you can don a pair of socks for added protection. 





When Simms puts its name on a wading shoe, you can bet it’s like no other on the market. That’s why I was eager to put the Pursuit Shoe to the test after seeing it for the first-time last July at ICAST. 

No more squishy, soggy waterlogged wading shoes for me. I also don’t worry about having to take off the shoe and shake out pebbles after exiting a stream and hiking to the next hole. The Pursuit drains quicker than any shoe I’ve ever worn, and I no longer worry about my feet and can focus more on the fishing. What else I’ve noticed is the durability. I don’t have to deviate my wading path when encountering larger rocks on the bottom, which also means I can make more effective casts. 

Same thing on the deck. These are my all-around favorites for kayaking. I can slip in the water and get back out with the assurance the Pursuit will quickly dry without having to take them off to air out. 

The Pursuits are very lightweight, comfortable and fit to size. Simms designed the shoes to be versatile for more than one type of angling scenario. Mission accomplished there. What else I like is being able to wear my Pursuits with a rainsuit for full protection from head-to-toe. 

And when could you even think of wearing a wading shoe to the office, date night our around the town? Simms breaks that myth with the cross-trainer design that combines performance and comfort with style.