Simms says that their Neoprene Wading Socks are “ideal to wear with our wading sandals when fishing cold rivers on hot days”.
That may be the case, but they’re also our favorite socks to wear when we’re wading on the flats of South Andros.
At Andros South we wade a lot. Some of our flats are literally miles long, and in a week of fishing with us you’re likely to walk through white sand, coral, mud, rough limestone, dry mangroves, turtle grass and more. It seems a little ridiculous to bother reviewing socks, but really– socks matter.
We think the Simms Neoprene Wading Socks are the best choice out there for wading on the flats, and yes, we prefer them to socks designed specifically for the flats. Here’s why.
- They’re not too bulky. Some ‘flats socks’ are really bulky in all the wrong places, and that screws up the fit of your flats boots. These socks are a nice uniform 1 mil thick and they feel great inside your boots.
- They’re comfy. That thin layer of neoprene provides just enough extra cushioning to keep your feet feeling good all day – even if that day means chasing Torrie through the mangroves.
- They don’t pick up as much debris. Getting chunks of coral, limestone or large-grain sand stuck in your socks can ruin a day of wading (blisters = bad). We don’t know why, but these socks seem to pick up a lot less junk.
Believe it or not, we think these socks make enough of a difference that they’re worth reviewing. Give them a try on your next trip to the flats and we think you’ll agree.
Simms wet wading socks worn in conjunction with Simms neoprene wading socks and Simms flats wading boots give my feet the best chance of surviving wading the flats of South Andros for my annual ten day visit. The wet wading socks and neoprene socks prevent almost all entry of the very fine coral sand while the boots give more than adequate protection form the sharp coral etc., while giving great ankle support. The new redesigned boot is an improvement on the older one as it does not allow so much debris to enter. If you coat the mesh area of the older boot with something like "Aquaseal" it will eliminate the problem.
Deneki Outdoors says
Thanks Tom – great input!
I have a question…
In a few weeks I m going to Cuba to fish for bones, tarpon and maybe permit.
I have purchased a pair of Simms flat sneakers and i’ve heard that it is better to whear socks with these sneakers.
Now the sneakers are allready fairly tight.
What kind of socks should I look for ?
Greetings from Holland,
The socks described in this post should be perfect for you – I’ve worn them for many days with the Simms Flats Sneakers and they work great.
Have an excellent trip!
Thank you for your quick answer.
I will try to find a dealer in Holland who can orde a pair of these socks.
It looks like Simms has discontinued the 1 mm socks and replaced them with 2.5 mm version. Would the new ones be too hot for the flats?