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Patagonia Foot Tractor Wading Boots - Sticky Rubber

True To Size
December 1, 2022

What to say? The Best

A great product! Great support and fit.

October 26, 2022

Wading boot

Very good product. First trip out they were very comfortable and provided excellent grip with the studs.

October 21, 2022

Nice idea but a miss

I have enjoyed Patagonia products for many years. however these boots are a disappointment. They dry out to the point of having to wet them before hand is order to make them pliable and just discovered a cracked heel cup 2 yrs old and limited use

Response from Patagonia
October 25, 2022

Hi Joe! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about your experience with the boots. We definitely expect better quality out of our gear so we'd encourage you to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) the boots in for a warranty evaluation.

October 3, 2022

Addendum to Previous Review

I just put these through their paces for a week long trip. Much of my time in these was in a float tube. They did fit in my closed toe Buck's Bags fins with a bit of space at the toe of the fin. The toe box on these is substantial. They are heavy boots. Great support for walking on the head-sized boulders on the Big Wood in Idaho. The rubber p... Read Moreerformed very well for wading. Really no slipping. This was not my experience in previously on rock slabs in NC which is why I'm inclined to recommend the aluminum version. These boots are very comfortable, and very easy to put on and take off. After a week of tube fishing and hiking around the only wear is the finish came off the toes. They look even better now.

September 13, 2022

Great boot

I have the Foot Tractors with rubber soles and studs. I'm a size 12 with a fairly narrow foot, and the Foot Tractors in size 12 are a perfect fit with my normal setup of neoprene wader booties and hiking socks. The boots are incredibly easy to put on and take off. With studs, the traction is excellent on my local freestone rivers--better than ... Read Moremy previous studded Simms Freestone guide boots. The weight and ankle support provide nice stability for negotiating rocky stream beds and trails. I've used the boots four times, and I find them comfortable and supportive for 4- and 5-hour sessions on the river with no foot fatigue or sore spots. I even like how they look. But I really like that they can be repaired, unlike my Simms boots. You won't want to carry these boots for long distances in a backpack or daypack, but I'm sure you already knew that. I love these boots and doubt I'll ever need to buy another pair.

July 28, 2022

Great support comfy all day

Great support comfy all day wading. Wore with waders and wet waded with thick socks. Soles pretty sticky didnt put in the included studs as I have another pair of boots with studs so these are for float days

July 8, 2022

Great set of boots

These are a great set of wading boots. The tread is very sticky and provides a stable platform when wading and hiking. The leather is durable, however it is prone to scuffing. The leather has also stretched a bit so the boot runs a little larger than before. Overall its a good buy.

June 15, 2022

Not the boot for me

These boots seem to be great quality. Soles are very heavy like an old hiking boot uppers are soft and thin and are not supportive they remind me of combat boots. No where to clip gaiter hook from waders. Water drains out slowly adding to the heavy feel. I am wearing my old wading boots for guiding and looking for a new home for these foot tractors... Read More.

Response from Patagonia
June 16, 2022

Thank you for submitting this review, Robert. We're so sorry to hear these boots aren't meeting your needs! This feedback is very helpful to both our product team and other customers. We will reach out to you about options.

May 15, 2022

Best Boot I've ever owned

I read a lot of reviews before buying these boots. Having been fly fishing for over 25 years I've gone through many boots and wasn't sure about they hype. I will say having used these now for 1 month and about 10 outings - they are the most comfortable and sturdiest boots I have owned. As to sizing there were so many conflicting opinions ... Read More- I went with my gut. I wear a size 10 street shoe - and bought size 11 (one size up as I always do for wading boots) and they fit me perfectly. My feet slide in and when I lace up I feel like i'm wearing an old pair of hiking boots. Five stars all the way.

May 7, 2022

Well made boot but sizing runs small

This is a well constructed boot. I would not have returned them if size was correct. My only complaint is sizing with a boot foot wader. You need at least 1 size up if not 2 . I would not recommend ordering online as you really need to try them on with your socks and boot foot wader to get the correct size.

Response from Patagonia
May 11, 2022

Thank you so much for your review, Edward! If having any trouble figuring out your size online or do not have access to try on our Foot Tractor Wading Boots please, give us a call at 1-800-638-6464 or LiveChat with one of our representatives and we would be happy to assist you in finding your correct size. Agents are available Monday-Friday, 6 am (PST) - 6 pm (PST) and Saturday and Sunday, 7 am (PST) - 3 pm (PST). [Help Center](https://help.patagonia.com/s/)

May 3, 2022

Excellent selection for wading

The Patagonia Foot Tractor Wading Boots - Sticky Rubber wading boots with the studs provide excellent traction on slippery stream beds and the rubber compound provides good grip on dry rocks along streams. True to size, good support and comfortable. I would definitely recommend these wading boots.

April 11, 2022

Size issue

Wear size 10 normally so decided get 11 for wader boots they were tight with socks and waders also the EU size on box said 42.5. Should be 45 for US 11 so confusing. But to be fair Patagonia had good customer service and I ended up keeping size 11 even though a little snug hoping they stretch out a little with wear.

April 10, 2022

Love these Boots. Buy the Aluminum Bars if you fish on rock

Purchased these a couple of months ago. I tried a couple of times on the size. I usually wear a 10. Tried that, didn't fit. Went up to 11, still too small. I landed on size 12. I am wearing thick wool socks with Sealskinz waterproof socks with Patagonia waders. Once I dialed in the size, the boots are heavenly. They feel soo good on my feet. A... Read Morenkle support is better than expected on uneven ground. They are on the heavier side but I do not feel like I would have a hard time walking a few miles in them if I needed to. I live in Lower Michigan where there rivers I fish are mostly sand and gravel, but fish mostly on a spring creek so I went with the sticky rubber. I happened to be in western NC on rock/freestone last week. The rubber is great on un-slimy rock but if slime was involved I really whish I would have sprung for the aluminum plates or at least had the studs in. I don't like studs as I wear flippers for some of the water I fish and studs are a PITA. As for flipper fit. I used closed toe, Buck's Bag flippers for my tube but will have to change to an open-top flipper if I want to use these boots because of the substantial toe box. As for wear, after four days of moderate use the leather shows wear where I braced my foot against rocks and such. nothing substantial, just took the shine off. I would buy them again in a heartbeat because I love how they feel, how they are made and because they are recraftable. For as little as I fish freestone I still would have purchased the aluminum bar version.

April 9, 2022

So far so good

I have just received the boots so it tough to give a full review but so far so good. The fit is a little big but not bad. They are made well and feel pretty bombproof. Ill update on how they wear after some use.

March 29, 2022

No traction

The construction is bulletproof and a well-made boot. Comfortable. Fits well. But on the first day out Ive never slipped all over the place in a boot like this. No traction. Ive tried to move away from felt soles, but Im taking these back to exchange for the aluminum bars or felt.

March 28, 2022

Iron fist in a velvet glove

Great boots. Stable and consistent. These arent super light boots but they provide confidence and comfort while in the water. The footbed inside this boot is lined so it seemed to keep the booty moving freely as you adjust your footing. I found the boot to be just a hair on the large side. I am just inside of a size 14 and Im wearing a 13 in this b... Read Moreoot. They fit perfect.

February 23, 2022

Bullet proof boots

Ive had my foot tractors for a little more than a month and they are by far the best boots I have ever owned, comfortable in and out of the water, built like a tank, I think that I will be wearing these for a very long time. Im a size 10 but bought the size 11, very glad I did. The 11s fit perfect, there is no way that the 10s would have worked. Ma... Read Morey seem expensive but given the fact of how well the boots are made coupled with the ironclad warranty means that you will most likely never buy another pair of boots, that makes them actually quite reasonable. Cannot recommend highly enough!!

January 31, 2022


I thought the boots were well-designed and well -made. I couldn't get comfortable with the fit and had to return them. I am a 13 street and tried them on with my waders. I was disappointed but that's life in the slow lane. If the fit had worked, I would have kept the boots and I am sure I would have enjoyed them.

January 20, 2022

Really impressed

I recently purchased a pair of these and am incredibly impressed with their overall quality. Sizing was a slight issue. The sizing chart listed my size as a 10. My size in normal street shoes is between a 10 and 10.5 (depending on brand). I chose to go with a 10 per the sizing chart. I should have gone with a size 11 as the 10 were extreme tight. P... Read Moreatagonia was awesome in handling the exchange process. If you are between ½ sizes as I am I would recommend ordering up a size. I have worn them a few times so far. While it is still early, I could not be happier with the investment.

December 25, 2021


Came with screw in studs which I wasnt expecting, overall a super quality product that will withstand whatever the rivers, streams, and creeks throw at me!

December 18, 2021

Worth the high price tag

I thought I was going crazy when I bought these boots. I mean who spends that much on wading boots? But my old ones werent cutting it anymore and I didnt want to buy a pair every couple of years. I decided the Foot Tractor was the way to go. I mean if I didnt like them I could always send them back. I ordered two pair a 10 and an 11. I wear a size ... Read More10 shoe and wanted to get the best fit since they were so expensive. I ultimately went with the size 10 as they were a perfect fit with my waders on. My first day out I was shocked at how much better they griped the slick rocks in the river, as well as how much better they supported my ankle on the basketball sized boulders. I also really like how the entire boot can be rebuilt by Danner should they ever need repair. The only drawback is the high price tag but after wearing them in the river Id say theyre worth it. 10/10 Id recommend.

November 19, 2021

I waited too long for these

I have always had achy feet from fishing and routinely stumbled around while wading. Had wanted these for a long time but felt guilt replacing boots that still worked- well finally gave in and frankly this is a case where I wanted too long- they are the most comfortable wading boots Ive ever owned- I have wider feet and they fit great. I love how I... Read More can snug up the laces easily and the ankle support from the boot. They do stretch as they get wet and I have to adjust them but still in foot heaven. I followed the size recommendations of 2 sizes larger than street size- knowing this is men sizes and fit worked. Highly recommend-

November 9, 2021


These wading boots give a ton of support and have a wider sole bed that protects your feet when you are stomping around in bigger river rock.

September 7, 2021

Perfect New Fishing Boot

I'm usually a 9.5 Women's shoe. With waders, the size 7 was too tight but the size 8 was perfect and roomie. I made the mistake of going too small on my last pair of boots so this is dreamy for my feet while fishing. These boots seem intimidatingly heavy, but when your fishing and walking you will forget about them. They're burly, st... Read Moreurdy and exactly what you need in so many fishing conditions. These boots feel indestructible as well so I hope to heavily fish in them for the next handful of years.

May 27, 2021

Review after 2 years of use

It is the 2 yr anniversary since I began using the Patagonia-Danner Foot Tractor sticky rubber wading boots. During that time I have documented the use, wear, and maintenance of the boots. For a boot that claims to be the last boot you will ever buy it is of little value to provide any review before 2 yrs of use at a minimum. At the time of purchas... Read Moree I found only one review that had used the boots for an extended length of time (1 yr), which was not sufficient to make any judgement regarding the bold claim about the durability of these boots as no detailed information was provided regarding the extent and nature of use. My comments here attempt to provide a detailed evaluation of these boots, the first of a series for the lifetime of these boots. Hopefully, this will help others make an informed decision as to whether these very expensive boots are worth the price. Note, this will be a long and detailed review. If youre looking for one of those shallow influencer reviews that amounts to best boots ever, you need to buy them that would not dare to raise substantial criticism when warranted then look elsewhere. Another common problem with reviews regards vague statements like guide-tested and Im hard on gear. These can be difficult to interpret. Guides in my area spend most of their time in a boat so I don't believe this necessarily provides much of an endorsement. Does hard on gear mean you are careless, abusive, and put little effort into proper maintenance or that you use the gear extensively and under difficult conditions? If one ignores a manufacturers recommendations for care and maintenance then I believe you cant complain about premature failure. My gear sees a lot of use, but I also follow manufacturers recommendations when caring for my gear and I try to limit damage in the field. My gear is cleaned and dried after every use exactly per the manufacturers instructions. I need to make it last as long as possible. For wading boots its also important to consider how they are used. Are you someone who always fishes within view of the fishing access or do you hike miles every trip? I almost exclusively wade fish. Compared to my friends and other wade fishers I encounter I can say that I put a lot of hiking miles on my boots and spend many hours on the river in the water. I fish a freestone river. I typically hike on well-worn trails with occasional bushwhacking, in addition to cobble riverbed. The river has a wide variety of terrain from larger cobble rocks to small cobble, to gravel, to sand, but it is cobble of some form where I spend most time fishing. I spent a long time researching this purchase, reading every single review I could find at that time. Having owned a pair of Danner hiking boots of similar design to the Patagonia-Danner Foot Tractor boots for over 20 years gave me some confidence that the Patagonia-Danner boots might be as durable as advertised. I also learned a lot about the boots and their development from a phone discussion with a Patagonia customer service rep named Scott. Scott was involved in some of the testing prior to product release. He provided useful information that was not available anywhere else at that time, most of which is included in the current product descriptions. I can verify most of what Scott told me about the boots and hence he was a knowledgeable straight shooter, although there is one feature I have yet to test. I mention Scott by name to give credit where credit is due. So often customer service folks cannot tell me anything more than what is posted on their web site nor do they have any personal experience with the product in question. I hope this can be a lesson to vendors: be honest, omit the B.S., and dont overpromise. Consumers will eventually figure out the truth and this will dictate whether you have created a loyal customer for your business or your competitors. I have done my best to provide measurements of wear on the boots and define how they have been used, but some of these assessments are subjective because they are difficult to quantitate. As of the time of writing I have used the boots on 76 wade fishing trips, walking a total of approximately 253 miles (average 3.3 miles/trip). Most of those trips were full day (~ 8 hrs), but 24 were shorter trips of 2-4 hrs duration. I captured some video of the boots to attempt to provide information, which you can view here: https://youtu.be/JY4kWP67MgE There are also photos of the boots posted at the web site below, although you may need to be logged in as a member to view the photos without blurring: https://www.theflyfishingforum.com/forums/index.php?threads/patagonia-danner-foot-tractor-boots-2-yr-review.909947/ Please note that Im forced to submit a Rating and Recommend to a friend to post this review, which I consider highly premature and preliminary. Its far too early to draw any conclusions about whether these boots are worth what I paid for them. I cannot accurately answer these questions for another 4 years. Aside from seeing whether the uppers can survive >6 yrs of hard use, I need to evaluate other critical features such as how they fit and perform after Danner replaces the soles. At this point one can only put their faith in Danners reputation for boot building. I can say that so far Im mostly pleased with their performance, but there are caveats as explained below. Moreover, for the price the boots better not show signs of falling apart after just two years of use. Value/Price Back in 2019, even on sale these boots were still more than twice the price of top of the line boots from other manufacturers. The price has since dropped, but they are still much more expensive than other boots. That was the cost of being an early adopter. Like many Danner hiking boots, the Patagonia-Danner Foot Tractor boots can be recrafted with options for varying levels of recrafting from simple replacement of the soles to more extensive work. The Danner folks can do some impressive work reconditioning leather provided you have properly maintained the boots. Check out the images of other Danner boots on the Recrafting section of their web site for proof and images of boots that were ineligible for recrafting due to poor maintenance. The soles are most likely to go first. As of last year the cost for basic sole replacement for the sticky rubber soles was almost the price of a high end boot from other manufacturers. Therefore, this must be incorporated into the cost analysis. I have been replacing my top end model wading boots roughly every 3 yrs, with the first signs of failure beginning to appear within 1.5 yrs. By my rough calculations I need to make the soles last at least 3 seasons and the remaining boot upper last at least twice that long for this boot to be worth the price for me. This also includes what I hope will be the additional benefit of not spending time and money fussing with repairing and re-glueing failures on other boots as I try to extend their life. Traction Among the three sole options I chose the sticky rubber sole. I mostly wade fish, walking at least 3 miles on almost every trip, so soles tend to wear out quickly. Felt soles wear out the fastest in my hands. The aluminum bar soles offered exceptional traction but at the cost of increased price and weight compared to the sticky rubber soles. I had some reservations regarding the unusual design of the sticky rubber soles, the interior of which have a pattern of cylindrical lugs with slightly concave suction cup-like ends rather than the star-shaped designs on most other wading boots. Scott explained that these are made with Vibrams stickiest rubber and the lug design was modeled after climbing footwear to maximize traction on slippery rock. Wearing them in my house I noticed evidence of this as I could feel and hear the rubber sticking to my vinyl flooring even to this day. On the river the traction of the sticky rubber soles has been fine, but there are limits. On rock covered in river snot, such as occurs in late winter-early spring, the traction is not great. It feels a bit more like skating than walking at times. Since these conditions coincide with relatively low flows on my home water it does not prohibit using the boots during those conditions, but they are not ideal. Traction is not great on smooth wet logs, but the same is true for anything without studs. I have had no major issues climbing up/down wet grassy or muddy banks, circumstances where they have been better than felt but not as good as studded rubber. On clean rock I find the boot will initially slip a bit before it catches grip. If youre pushing the limits crossing in fast deep water, an unexpected slip like that might send you swimming. Consequently, I use the boots for a short period in early spring and then summer post-runoff through late fall as well as when fishing spots where I know I will not face the most challenging wading conditions. Its hard to be certain, but I have a sense the traction is not be quite as good as when the boots were new. This is hard to measure accurately outside of a laboratory. The boots come with screw-in studs to supplement the traction. According to Scott these studs can be used at any time because the pre-made holes to receive them on the boots are pretty well-sealed so the holes dont tend to become plugged with sand. Thus, you dont need to commit to using the studs when the boots are new. People accept the fact they will lose studs over time, something that is hard to take if those are expensive studs from a boot manufacturer rather than cheap, short-lived hardware store alternatives. Regardless of the stud you choose each time one is ripped from those factory holes damage results that will reduce its ability to retain a new stud. Its a downward spiral that is a relevant concern for a sole I need to survive 3 seasons or more of long distance hiking. Scott claimed the midsole does a good job retaining these studs. I cannot verify this as I have yet to try the studs, but I have seen at least one review from someone who had serious issues with stud loss. Initially I wanted to spend at least a year evaluating the traction of the rubber sole by itself. After over a year of use it seemed like I had worn down the rubber sole a fair bit. I think it would be an unfair test of the studs if I install them now because they would protrude a good distance beyond the rubber, thereby reducing the ability of the stud and rubber to work in concert. In addition, the more the studs protrude above the rubber the greater chance of being ripped out while walking. I will try the studs after replacing the factory soles, whenever that day arrives, so I can assess their performance until ideal conditions. Fit and comfort Unlike other boot manufacturers I found that for the typical fishing season it was best to choose my regular shoe size rather than sizing up. The boots have a large toe box, which helps someone like me who needs that space. However, this sizing prevents me from using the boots in winter because I cannot wear my warmest, thickest wool socks as is needed for fishing in near-freezing water. I can wear them with some thermal socks (e.g. Alpaca survival socks), but any thicker than this (e.g. Alpaca superwarm socks) will not fit for me. I would need a pair of boots sized up specifically for winter use, which could be a good setup if used in conjunction with the studs. I tried a size up from my shoe size and it was definitely way too big for me to use under any circumstances other than winter with super thick socks so I ended up purchasing boots matched to my street shoe size. The height of the boots works well with the gravel guards on my Simms waders. I have seen some boots that are taller than the height of the bootie, which could increase wear and stress on the seam between the bootie and lower leg portion of the waders. The boots come with insoles that have thus far been comfortable and durable. I see no signs of breakdown at this point. The boots come with a spare set of laces, which is helpful and likely incorporated into the price. One reviewer complained the laces were too long. I completely disagree. Those long laces allow me to loosen the boots enough to slip them on/off without having to remove lacing from any eyelets. If theyre too long for you then simply cut them to the length you want. The laces are also high quality. On other wading boots I have found the need to replace laces after one season. The original laces are doing just fine after two seasons of use, something I have also seen on my Danner hiking boots. Moreover, these laces seem much less apt to collect burrs and other junk off weeds compared to factory lacing on other boots with the exception of BOA lacing. Some people commented on the lack of ankle support on the boots. Its true the upper ankle section is not inherently stiff although the heel section is stiff and stable. However, I have found that once laced up snugly there has been sufficient ankle support to navigate all the obstacles I have encountered on my hikes and in the water. I do typically find the need to tighten the boots up after I have been in the water for a short period, but this happens with every other boot I have worn. Everyone has their own preferences with respect to fit so this may or may not work for you. Weight The specs on the sticky rubber sole boots are among the heavier boots on the market. They are similar in weight to other boots I have used like the Darkhorse boots with Studded Vibram Idrogrip soles so Im accustomed to this. You also need to keep in mind that the Patagonia-Danner Foot Tractors with sticky rubber soles have no foam in the ankle section and no water-absorbing felt on the soles. Felt soles will absorb water and add some weight. Likewise, although boots use closed cell foam it still accumulates water. If you dont believe me try inverting your wading boots and squeezing that foam after your next trip. Doing so can help your boots dry faster. Durability Since the upper halves of the boots are protected by gravel guards during use this portion of the boots looks almost new and provides a basis for comparison to the lower worn portion of the boots. The Cordura panels have few signs of wear. The leather sections are most heavily worn on the toes with less severe scuffing on portions of the lower sides of the foot and the heels. When new the leather has a glossy grey coating. This coating was scuffed off over time. Over time I noticed that the scuffed leather portions did not bead up water quite as well, roughly after 1 yr of use, suggesting they were due for maintenance. The stitching has held up well. I only see one spot on one tongue with one small tuft of thread sticking out and a spot near the bottom eyelet (see video). There is a thin crack in the midsole foam on one boot. The cause of this crack is unknown, whether due to a flaw in the midsole foam or a scrape by some sharp object (see video). The notable area where durability may be questionable is the soles. Scott said the boots had undergone several years of field testing. Thus, I was surprised to learn he could not give an estimate of the expected lifetime of the soles from their testers. For boots that are being advertised as having unprecedented durability I think testers should have been measuring the durability of the soles since they are most likely to wear out first. Its easy to claim that it will totally depend on the nature of the surfaces where you use the boots. On the other hand its also easy to do as I have done, provide numbers on how far you hike and the general nature of the terrain to serve as a reference point for people to have some ballpark idea of what to expect. The lifespan of these soles is an important factor in the calculation of whether the boots are worth the price since the cost of replacing the soles is expensive. Wear pattern obviously varies depending on your personal gait. I tried to capture images of tread thickness in a few different areas. High wear areas for my boots tend to be on the heels and balls of the feet. In those spots there could be roughly 2 mm of tread thickness remaining. In other less worn areas the tread was up to 3.5-4 mm thick. I forgot to document tread thickness on new boots so I cannot say what % of tread wear has occurred, but perhaps you can use my numbers and photos to determine this. Compare my images (photos and video) with the photo of a brand new boot, which provides a somewhat helpful before/after comparison. Im hoping to squeeze at least one more summer/fall season out of the boots, which is the bare minimum for the math to work vs the purchase price. That would be on par with what I have seen for Korkers studded Vibram Idrogrip soles, from which I also achieve 3 seasons of use if Im lucky. Maintenance These are full grain leather boots. They have been waterproofed, but like any leather product they require periodic maintenance if you want them to last and ensure they can be recrafted when the time comes. This will sound like a lot of work, but the maintenance is not drastically time-consuming. However, if youre not willing to routinely spend 5-10 minutes caring for your boots then you might be better off with another option. Rinse them off with clean water and dry them after every use to keep dirt from embedding in the leather. Per Danners recommendation I use a PEET boot dryer as a means to achieve rapid but gentle drying that will not damage the leather by over-drying. This usually takes about 12-14 hrs. Without the extra foam and bulk of other boots these boots do dry a little faster. Once dry I brush off any embedded dirt with a soft bristle brush. Maybe 3-4 times per season I clean them with Danner Boot Cleaner, dry, then apply either Danner Clear Boot Conditioner or Danner Waterproofing Gel if necessary (all as instructed by Patagonia and Danner reps). They say water-based Nikwax cleaner and waterproofing products are also acceptable, but I have used Danner products since they made the boots. If a problem arises they cant blame a third partys products. There are lots of great leather conditioning products on the market that would likely work just as well or better (e.g. Montana Pitch Blend). As noted above, after about one year (50 trips, 14 half-day + 36 full day, 160 miles walked) I got the sense the factory waterproofing was wearing off a bit in the highly scuffed areas. At that time I cleaned the boots with Danner Boot Cleaner and applied multiple coats (until saturation) of Danner Waterproofing Gel, which restored the beading of water on the boots. See video for images of how the boots look after this treatment. The Danner Waterproofing Gel was not what I would consider long-lasting and started wearing off about 10 trips. It appears that I need to retreat at least once per year with this product under my usage conditions even with multiple coats. I have the sense that cleaning with the Danner Boot Cleaner removes some of the Danner Waterproofing Gel treatment so for well-worn areas you might need to commit to retreating with Waterproofing Gel after every deep cleaning. Im told that its not necessary to obsess about whether water is beading on the boots, but I do think it is relevant when its happening on the most well-worn areas. Also, they say it is repeated wet-dry cycles that damage leather over time. It follows that the best way to minimize these cycles is ensuring the boots remain well-waterproofed so they never get soaking wet in the first place.

Response from Patagonia
May 27, 2021

Thank you for this very detailed and thoughtful review, Gerald! In addition to being helpful to other customers, this is good information for our product designers. We've also passed along your feedback to Scott and we appreciate your kind words on that!

May 22, 2021

Slippery When Wet

I purchased the Patagonia Foot Tractor Wading boot thinking this would be the last boot I would ever need. On the plus side they are well built with the capability to be resoled. Their downfall is they are extremely slippery on any wet surface. I did not install the studs due to I use these in conjunction with a drift boat and do not want to ruin m... Read Morey glass boat. Other brands have a better/ stickier rubber compound that have superior grip.

Response from Patagonia
May 24, 2021

Hi Chuck! We're sorry that these boots aren't performing as you expected. If you haven't already, we would recommend installing non-slip traction on the drift boat as it might be cheaper and longer-lasting in the long run. These boots are covered under our Ironclad Guarantee however, so please note that you are welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) them under warranty.

May 20, 2021

Comfortable, Hardy, and All-around great boot!

I went wet wading with a pair of wading sock and these fit like a glove. Normally, street shoe Women's 8.5, from the size chart I sized up to a Women's 9 and went with the size 7's. At first they did feel a little tight with the wading socks and boots together but after getting in the water helped "loosen" the fit and I was... Read More way better the rest of the day. They do come with some extra studs that can be installed for extra traction if needed.

April 27, 2021

The name of the boot says it all, The Foot Tractor

I love these boots. These boots are made in the USA. I thought they might be a little too bulky to wear all day, they are not. I thought they might be too heavy and cumbersome trudging through water and rock hopping, they are not. I wondered if I could climb a steep slope out of a canyon, I could. I wondered if they would take awhile to break in, t... Read Morehey were great right out of the box. I wondered just how sticky the rubber soles would be, I fished in the rain and snow this weekend, rock hopped wet rocks all day long and these soles stuck like glue. The sole is stitched not glued and these can be re-soled for a nominal fee. Some may complain about the price, but how many boots out there can be re-soled and check this many boxes? For me, this boot checks every box. You will not be disappointed, as this is the boot you have been looking for.

April 26, 2021

This is what a fishing boot should be

after wearing out a previous pair of patagonia fishing boots - I was given an upgrade to this boot when the old pair was not repairable. I spent 3 long days on the Big Horn river to break these in - not one of the normal fishing boot issues (laces getting wet and untied/boots not bailing water making them heavy/hard to get off when wet/or unstable ... Read Moreon slick rocks) even reared its ugly head. I can say without question these are the best fishing boots I have ever used and as long as the partnership with Danner and Patagonia keeps making these boots I will swear by them and shout it from the banks of the river - go try and buy these boots

April 26, 2021

Frankenstein was the doctor's name

I have the aluminum studs version. The traction on these boots is outstanding across the board, from loose dirt slides, to railroad embankments, to slick cobbles and boulder gardens. The lace system is smooth and robust, with a ton of leverage to easily cinch the boot from instep to ankle and lower shin. The materials selection and build quality an... Read Mored are both manifestly top notch. They are a true fit with a moderate wool sock and a Simms neoprene bootie. They're also reeaaalll big and heavy. My son asked if they were weighted down to help with wading. The fit and comfort are both terrific, but long days covering lots of ground get a bit more strenuous with this much mass swinging around at the end of your leg. I doubt I'll buy another pair of wading boots. Super happy to be able to obtain quality boots made for the long haul.

March 4, 2021

Quality built in

Combining Danner and Patagonia was the best thing that could have happened to these boots.

March 4, 2021

Durable and comfortable

So wading in these boots was such a great experience! Highly recommend them to anybody looking for a solid pair. They do come slightly larger than expected. I suppose this was on purpose to allow more room for the neoprene waders they support. Overall, great job Patagonia!

March 3, 2021

The Best Fishing Boots

I've had these boots since day 1 in early 2019 and I love everything about them. I have probably used them 40+ days of fishing in that time, mostly in the cold wintery Olympic Peninsula. They fit well and provide amazing traction with the Patagonia studs and I love that I can send them back and get them refurbished. Well done Patagonia and Dan... Read Morener. Thank you.

February 16, 2021

not for people wide feet

it seems comfortable,but for me its not for people with wide feet

January 17, 2021

awesome boot!

Makes a day on a cold river warm and full of fish!

December 11, 2020

My last boot

I bought these back in August and wanted to get at least 30 days fishing in them before I wrote a review. To get the right fit I ordered size 12 & 13 so I could compare the fits in my wading pant vs my full waders. My normal street shoe size is 13 but I ended up keeping the size 12 boot. The 13's were just too roomy for warmer weather wadi... Read Moreng without bulky wool socks. I usually wear wader "pants" because I rarely need to go over my waist. Hiking in these is fantastic. They are solid and comfortable, just like the handmade boot it is - think Limmer! The quality & craftsmanship are top notch. Traction is great for scrambling around on ledges and over boulders. In-stream traction is just what I expect with rubber soles without bars (I didn't install the screws that came in the box. Nice touch by the way!) With leather boots the fit is always snug when you first put them on but as soon as you step in the water the leather relaxes and the fit eases no matter what waders or sock combo is used. After the first few days out the leather started looking pretty scuffed up. I called customer service and they recommended treating the leather so I picked up some clear, Danner Boot Dressing and it worked great. With one application they looked like new for the rest of the season. My only misgiving is that I would prefer lacing hooks that go all the way to the top rather than the threading the last few and may have a local cobbler do that. Bottom line- this is the lifetime boot I have always wanted.

December 3, 2020

Not a great product

These boots start of a touch large, after a year they shrunk to where I cant wear them. The toe caps also are collapsing. I would not recommend this boot especially for the price. I know a few other people where they have the same issues.

Response from Patagonia
January 7, 2021

Thanks for providing feedback. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed. Please contact our customer service team for a warranty evaluation.

November 6, 2020

Excellent Traction

I had been fishing in sandals all summer and thought slipping on rocks was just what you did when wading... then I bought these (no bars) and I don't know how I'll go back to the sandals and keep my sick tan lines. These are excellent, love that they can be recrafted, and I'm probably going to spring for the zippered waders now tha... Read Moret I've gotten a taste of the Patagonia product line. I do wish they came in half sizes but a thick pair of socks does the trick.

November 4, 2020

Best boots ever!

These wading boots are comfortable right out of the box! Good ankle support and the rubber soles provide solid traction. These boots run a tad bit larger then my previous Patagonia wading boots and at first I was concerned. But as previous reviewers have noted, they fit perfectly with the neoprene boot of Patagonia waders. And with my other waders ... Read MoreI just add another pair of socks. I'm tempted to buy a second pair but they are supposed to last forever!

October 30, 2020

Great Boots

Purchased these bots for a late Sept trip to Jackson Hole. Wore them with double socks and light waders - fit was very good. Three days of fishing - 2 float trips and a day of wading. Float trips also involved frequent wading stops. Boots were great, easy to enter and exit the boat, and very comfortable for all wading situations.

September 26, 2020

Exceptional quality.

I have a pair of brand new Foot Tractor Sticky Rubber Boots, size 12, in the box waiting to be exchanged (pandemic) because they run small. I bought them to replace a pair of size 12 boots that I wear with my Patagonia Rio Gallegos waders (2015), and I will need to go to size 13 in the Foot Tractors for a correct fit. I assume the reviewers who thi... Read Morenk they run either large or true to size are not using them with conventional waders with neoprene booties. As always, exceptional quality and design.

July 12, 2020


These boots are by far the most comfortable wading boot I have ever been in. They also grip the bottom of the streams as well as my old boots with the aluminum bar. These boots are worth every single penny.

February 12, 2020

Great Quality, Need a larger size

I'm looking for a quality pair of wading boots. As soon as I heard about these boots I put my search on hold as I knew these would be the boots I'd want. As soon as the closest flyshop got them in stock I drove the hour and a half to try them. They had the size 14 in stock. Put on a wading boot, put the boot on, and just a little too tigh... Read Moret. Tight enough to not want to buy them. PLEASE make these in a size 15 as soon as you can. I'm willing to wait on purchasing a new pair of boots until this happens. I don't want to continue throwing boots away when they're done, I want to get them repaired like I do all of my everyday shoes/boots. Everything about this boot in the hand was amazing, the quality was great and made by two great companies, now I just need them in a size that I can wear.

January 13, 2020

Best boots that I have ever worn while wading.

I love my Patagonia boots made by Danner. For years, I seemed to receive knee and back injuries when fishing . It occurred to me that I needed to invest in the best boots that money could buy. Just like a change in good athletic shoes, my new boots knocked out my knee and back irritation on the first trip out. I use the bolt cleats and these make c... Read Morelimbing over rocks pretty easy. I chose 1 size higher than my shoe. These have a large toe box and I am able to wear two pair of socks for the frigid water. I wear my ultralight waders and my feet haven’t been cold once.

January 7, 2020

Expensive, but worth it

Products built for a lifetime of use are rare these days, but this boot should do the trick. Well-constructed, comfortable, and sticky, I expect to get many years of use, and if there's an issue down the road, Danner will be there. I wear a size 12.5, ordered the 13, wear them with the Rio Gallegos foot stockings and a thick pair of socks, and... Read More the fit is perfect.

November 8, 2019

Like them, but they're BIG

Wore these boots a lot over the past few months guiding and overall really like them. I do however wish i would've bought them one size smaller. They're pretty big and even tied tight they are too roomy with waders and socks. Now the good, they're fairly light and I think the new rubber sole is MUCH better than the old ones. I haven&... Read More#x27;t felt the need to put the studs in yet. I bought these because they're made in the USA and i really like the idea of sending them in to be repaired rather than throwing away boots every year. My only suggestion would be to give them a little bit of ankle support on future boots.

October 30, 2019

Awesome boots

Awesome boots

October 12, 2019

Worth Every Penny...I Hope.

From visual construction quality to grip, all around fantastic boots. Ordered my street shoe size. With heavy wool socks and waders they fit great. Volume is a little much for my foot, however an additional flat insole under the footbed dialed them in. Have tried so many brands of boots over the years, none seeming to last much over a season. Purch... Read Moreased a pair of felts and rubber...suspect these will last for many seasons, time will tell.

October 9, 2019

Feeling good right out of the box

This is really best feeling boot I have ever bought right out of the box. The upper is constructed a little differently, and it conforms to the instep well, even on my skinny foot. They would adjust faster if they had more open lacing, but I understand why the design team made them the way they did. Once on, they grip and walk better than my old bo... Read Moreots, both in the water and on the bank, and they actually feel a bit lighter than I was expecting. Here’s hoping they last a long, long time.

October 2, 2019

Best Boots

Wow Wonderful, Great, Marvelous

September 29, 2019

Finally boots that can be repaired!

I’ve been a Danner man for 5 years and I wear two styles of boots almost everyday. Guess what, I wore both boot treads off and getting my original boots back with a resole is AMAZING. No weird break in period just my custom leather boots with new tread. Ugh it’s so nice to have my boots back and not new ones. When this colab came around I was very ... Read Moreskeptical ( sorry but most companies don’t work well together) but I trust both these brands so I dove in with out trying them on. First got them and was very impressed with the construction/ Minimalistic design. No bells and whistles just leather boots built for guides. They took a bit to break in and thats when I knew these boots are going to kick ass. I wore them for 141 days straight guiding in Alaska, hiking 4-8 miles a day and standing all day on uneven surfaces. Which also means I wore them cutting trees down, building construction, splitting wood and basic grunt work of running a lodge in a very remote section of Alaska. My skeptic was silenced and I was impressed how tough they are, hardly any signs of wear and the treads are still holding strong. Some things to know, they fit better with Patagonia waders, their booties seem to be thicker than Other brands. Still comfortable with other brands but a much more comfortable fit with Patagonia waders. I think I needed a size up from a 10 but that is my fault because I didn’t try them on in a store before purchase. They are a bit heavy, but feel great in the water. But hey these boots will last forever. Side note my feet aren’t your average humans foot, most of my toes have been broken and my arches are different from one foot to the other. Finding any boots that fit well is a blessing and these are better than any other boot out there for me. I did pair them with custom insoles.

September 11, 2019

Patagonia Foot Tractor Wading Boots

Just back from a Montana fishing trip. We hiked/ waded 3 to 10 miles a day for a week in the the boots, so I ran the boots thru a lot of varied terrain. They held up well through all the scrambling and wading, and were comfortable. I think they run a touch large but they are a wading boot not a hardcore hiking boot. My one complaint: I have studded... Read More boots in the past and almost everyone of the screw in studs pulled out and I ended up with one stud left in each boot by the end of the week.

August 30, 2019

Luv them!

Having several pairs of Danner boots in my closet and that these were made by them immediately got my attention. And they didn't disappoint. I was amazed at how well they performed walking around a river bed made of small to 6-7" mossy stones. At no point did I feel like I'd slip. I went with the sticky rubber option. Being a rock cl... Read Moreimber I'm familiar with sticky rubber shoes and wondered how it would perform wet, as I said they performed great. No Danner boot is cheap but you will wear them for years and years and years, and when they do wear out most can be sent back to Danner and have life breathed back into them. Patagonia did a great job teaming with Danner. Being a bonehead I ordered a size to large and patagonia went the extra mile to get me the right one overnight. I kept the over sized, they'll be my winter fishing boots.

August 22, 2019

These boots are made for wading and that’s just what they’ll do!

So comfortable and they dry quickly. Perfect for spending the day exploring the river and walking to different spots. The sticky rubber with metal studs grip mossy rock well and are light enough to not be an issue fishing a full day. These boots are comfortable right out of the box. Very stoked and highly recommend.

August 11, 2019

Finally found a boot !

I have used more boots in the past two years than I care to admit. Nothing has held up for me longer than 4 months of use. This boot from day one I know I can count on. The build quality speaks for itself just from the initial use I feel these are going to last. The best part is I know I can have them recrafted for when the times comes. I felt they... Read More fit very true to size like all other danner boots. The extra pair of laces is a huge plus too!

May 23, 2019

Best wading boot I've had

I had a pair of Danner Matterhorns in the Army (Infantry) and never regretted spending my meager enlisted pay on them. I came to love them for their durability, the fact they could be resoled, and all around comfort. I owned other Danner footwear over the years, and was really excited when Patagonia partnered with Danner for the new wading boots. M... Read Morey first time out, they were easy to get on, lace comfortably, and had perfect traction (the sole + kold kutters - not a fan of the included cleats) for the GL tribs I fish. They accommodate bulkier socks (I wear a size 10 shoe, and purchased these in size 11) and they fit just like my Matterhorns did. I put a good amount of miles on these already, and am a big fan. Well done, Danner and Patagonia (I did condition them with Danner boot conditioner) Tweak the included cleats to something better would be my only recommendation for improvement.

May 8, 2019

What Lasts Forever???

I really like my New Patagonia Wading Boots. Really comfortable and traction like I’ve never experienced before. I’ve hiked in them, and spent a few long days in them so far. Things I don’t like: A) I have some heel lift that I need to address- almost too much room in the heel pocket. B) the lacing system is hard to keep tight. I re-laced them ... Read Moreto cross each other and that helps. C) the top 2 or 3 eyelets on the boot could have been “quick lace” or open hooks. Untying them each and everyday is a pain. I think they are a good boot- probably the best I’ve ever tried on. Not sure about the last forever part of the deal. I’m curious about New Designs they come up with, or modifications down the road that I’ll need to upgrade to. Overall a great boot though.

May 8, 2019

Dinner Wading Boots are the Finest Ever

I fish. A lot. I have probably worn out over 7 or 8 pair of wading boots over the last 30+ years. These new Patagonia/Danner boots are as comfortable as my best hiking boots. Here’s to another 30 years with only one pair.

April 9, 2019

Been waiting decades for this boot...

Have been fly fishing most of my life, since I was 3 years old in fact and been in the sport professionally since I was in my early 20's and have worn nearly every boot made for US companies in that time. This is the most comfortable boot I have ever worn and for someone who has been accustomed to felt in local rivers, a rubber only sole was a... Read Moren apprehensive adjustment. That said, on some of the slickest rivers in the PNW and around the world, I have rarely felt more secure and sure footed than in these boots. Over a year in them now and they have molded to my considerably messed up feet so well I can spend 12 days in them easily and could sleep in them if necessary. Foot slips in easily, more than ample support around the ankle with much less fabric and other contents than other boots usually have. Pricey they are but I simply can't imagine someone feeling any degree of disappointment with this boot. Made in America is nice as well!

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