Fishing Shoes, Columbia Drain Maker Review


As many of you may know I’ve been a big fan of the Croc Ace as the shoe of choice for fishing. I want to make it clear it’s the “ACE” not the regular Croc. Unlike the regular Croc the Ace has a non marking, grippy, durable, non slip bottom to them. It also does not mildew up and very comfortable.

5.16.2011 Follow up: We recently took a fishing/kayaking trip to the Dry Tortuga for 3 nights and 4 days. Besides sandals to walk around in I used this shoe the entire time. The shoe held up nicely even walking on wet rocks. Like any other shoe when you get sand in them it’s not fun but it definitely did it’s job in draining water out immediately.

I’m using them now as a boat shoe. I have a high arch so I have added an arch support in sole I picked up for $12 at a local CVS.  So far so good.

Besides the looks, the one thing I do not like about the Croc is that during the summer months they get very hot in direct sunlight. Not to mention the big holes in them letting harmful UV rays sunburn my feet. 🙂

It’s been a year since I bought that last pair of Croc ACE so it was time to buy another pair of fishing/boat shoe.

So when I was over at Flintcreek the other day, they showed me a new pair shoes they just go in called the Columbia Drainmaker. When I walked over to the shoe section I was expecting to see some kind of flip flop looking shoe. Sandals are cool and all but I wanted a toe protection for all day fishing.

I was looking for it but really didn’t see anything that looked like “water” shoes. Max came over and said that the running shoe looking thing was it. I’m thinking great, it’s a running shoe with boat bottom, who cares. When he grabbed a cup of water and poured it into the shoe and it drained instantly I got curious. I”m thinking will it stink after one day? Is it durable? Is it heavy? Is it comfortable?

I came home and Googled it and see if I could find more information. I even posted the question on Facebook to asked people about it. Since the shoe is fairly new, the response after watching the video for the most part was basically “sounds awesome”. A few guys commented that they had a pair and loved it so far.

So I went back and got me a pair last week to see if they will work for me. I have not a chance to wear it much on the boat but so far here is the first impression.

  • Super light weight
  • Very comfortable with lots of cushion
  • Breathes very well
  • Excellent traction on a boat
  • Non Marking soles so it’s boat safe

I have yet to test the drain ability and how fast it dries. The arch could be higher for my feet but other than that so far so good. Next week I will be using it to Kayak fish with. It will definite be well tested on that trip. Columbia Drainmaker a cool new fishing shoe perhaps.

Columbia Sportswear Men’s Drainmaker Water Shoe,Castle Rock/Lime Green,10 M US