The ForEverlast Flats Boots are great for the beach, boat deck or surf wading where urchins are not as likely. The ForEverlast Flats Boots have plenty of room in the instep and a neoprene inner gusset for maximum comfort. The hard sole bottom is designed for the coastal angler who prefers a lighter weight boot or for those who like site casting from the deck of the boat. The hard sole bottom combined with a layer of vulcanized rubber provides moderate protection from sharp rocks and coral while remaining very lightweight and comfortable.
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I liked these so much I bought another pair as a gift for my Mexican guide. He said "see, very nice bone boots." These boots are tough but relatively light. Very easy on/off. Nothing can help you in soft coral sands except maybe snowshoes. I suppose a square sole might be better for that, but the rounded soles slip around mangroves roots and hard coral bottoms better. They do fill a little (not a lot) with sand, but they are flexible enough that sand and small shells don't chafe your feet. Plus they are so easy to take off and clean out that you don't even need to sit down to do it. Very stealth, soft shoes, with great protection. Overall, I'd say very good to excellent. And the price is right. Now, if these guys would make something that would help me with my casting . . .
I'm not sure how to address this issue I had with these boots. At first I was happy with the value and I thought that they fit well over my SIMMS wading socks. After my first day of wading thew flats I developed a problem with my feet that I can only attribute to the fit of these boots. I don't believe there is enough space for toe movement. I ended up with bleeding under my toe nail beds which caused enough future discomfort to spoil a Bonefish trip. I hope this is an Isolated issue, I wear a size 12 and ordered size 13. If I didn't have this issue I would have rated them very high.
I bought these to wear over my stocking foot waders while float tubing. I haven't actually worn them in the float tube yet but I have tried them on with my waders and they fit fine and seem comfortable when wading around in them. They are smaller in profile than my wading boots so they fit into my adjustable Force Fins more easily. I am confident they will be just fine when hit the water in a few weeks once it warms up a bit. If you buy a pair to wear over waders for float tubing like I did I suggest you purchase a pair that is at least one size larger than you wading shoe. To me at least, they seem to run a little bit on the small side. I ordered size 14 and wear a size 13 wading shoe.
Soles are heavy duty for a flats-style boot. Not as heavy duty as the ForEverlast Reef Boots, but they are not the same design. I like the nimbleness of the flats boots personally...the reef boots are nice and offer superior protection, but are a little too cumbersome for me. I've waded in heavy shell areas and these flats boots performed great. I have two pairs, one for warmer months, and one for colder months that I wear over stocking-foot waders. I bought two sizes larger than my normal size to fit over the waders and it's a perfect fit, even with heavy socks. Very soild quality overall.