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Release time:2020-09-30    Article Source:

There’s no doubt that slipping is really dangerous in wading. That is why we are always seeking great boots that can offer excellent traction in different environments. You’ll find both felt soles and rubber soles in the market. But what are the difference between them? Which would you better to take? Wading Boots manufacturer will introduces to you.

What are felt soles?

Felt soles are generally a tight network of fibers made by condensing and matting wool. They are located on the bottom of wading boots to add traction on slippery surfaces such as rocks, streams, and rivers, allowing for stable movement as the felt fibers attach and form around surfaces. They perform well with better slip resistance when wading on flat, sloping ledges and while walking on irregular or rounded stones that were covered in moss or algae.

Although felt soles work great on rocks and moss, it is slippery once they get wet. Thus, they are not a wise choice when walking on grass, muddy, and snow.

Lastly, since some research has shown that felt and other fibrous materials can harbor invasive species for extended periods of time. Felts would keep damp for days after use and take much longer time to dry out, so, these organisms remain more viable than when carried by other materials.

What are rubber soles?

Rubber outsoles mean the bottom of the boots or shoes is made of rubber. They are extremely durable and wear-resistant. As per some tests from anglers, after three months of using, the stitching that holds the felt to the wading boot is mostly worn down, frayed, and in some higher wear areas completely abraded away. Additionally, there is noticeable compaction or wearing away of the felt in the high impact areas like the heel and the ball of the foot. In contrast, the rubber outsoles just show very little signs of hard wear and look almost new.

Besides, rubber outsoles provide more traction and an extra safety margin, especially while traversing steep, muddy, and grass covered banks. They also perform well on the small rocky bottom or in snowy conditions.

Meanwhile, the rubber-soled boot is easier to clean because it collects less stuff, to begin with, and takes a much shorter time to dry out.

However, waterproof rubber boots are not as good as felt in the water. But with studs, the rubber outsoles become really amazing. Thus, for wading boots with rubber outsoles, you can improve the traction easily by installing metal studs for instream.

Anyway, the rubber sole footwear is all-weather and suitable for all seasons. When you are walking on wet pavement or on snow-covered streets, you should definitely wear shoes with rubber soles as they provide better traction on wet surfaces. When wading in the water, you can improve the traction by adding metal studs.

Felt Soles VS Rubber Soles


Pros: Better grip without metal studs on a variety of underwater surfaces, including slimy rocks, moss, or algae.

Cons: Harboring harmful pathogens and invasive species; Little traction when getting wet and slippery on mud, grass, and snow. Not easy to clean, takes a longer time to dry out.


Pros: Best traction on wet grass, mud, and snow; Easy to clean of debris and invasive species; Quick-drying; Easy to install metal studs to improve traction.

Cons: Not as sticky as felt underwater and more slippery on rocks, moss, or algae.

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