Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 19, 2011

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing Shoes

When one of my fishing buddies was a bachelor, I helped him move several times.  Amazingly, his possessions consisted of little more than half-empty containers of brown mustard and dozens of pairs of shoes.

Yet I do not recall any fishing shoes.  But then, except for waders, what are “fishing shoes?”

My “fishing shoes” are usually shoes that once served other purposes but now are in the later stages of their life. If fishing from shore, well-worn “clodhopper” boots help, well, hop clods en route to a rural farm pond.  If fishing from a boat, old sneakers usually do the trick but sometimes I will go with a sturdy pair of sandals.

Normally, I don’t notice shoes but I was sorting through some photos recently and realized that maybe I too, have a shoe problem; I have actually taken photos of some professional anglers’ shoes.  Rather than dwell on what this means, I have decided to turn this into a fun little quiz.

Can you guess the angler by the footwear?

(Hint: Two have won the BassMaster Classic, one has a T.V. fishing show, and one is just a  dude who loves to fish.)

Angler #1

Angler #2

Anger #3

Angler #4



Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad living in Oklahoma. Visit him at

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Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”. One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”... To the point it could be classified as borderline illness. Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie." Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up. Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US. He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well... And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to since 2011.                                                                                Find out about the rest of Take Me Fishing Blog Authors.

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  1. largofishingnut says:

    haha id have to say my favorite ones are the ones with the green striped socks…. this things are sick! I typically rock flip flops, but id say the absolute best all around fishing shoes are actually old diving boots. They protect the bottoms of your feet if you want to get out of the boat and wont get sucked off your feet when walking in sandy bottom. i use them all the time when kayak fishing. has some cool fishing tips too!

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