Encounter Wading Boots

Full featured, lightweight wading boots at an entry-level price.


All entry-level wading boots are made the same way, right? Wrong. Meet our Encounter boot. Built using welted construction, with a scratch rubber toe cap, fully lined interior, and durable felt sole, the only thing entry level about this lightweight wading boot is the price. In tan/olive. Imported.
Men's sizes: 5-14.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.6 / 5 based on 55 reviews


51 of 55 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Look No Further - 2/7/2015
    By: from York, PA

    Without a doubt, these are the best wading boots money can buy, great bang for the buck. The felt bottom provides superb traction on those slippery rocks and the boots are extremely high quality. Took them out on my first fishing of the year and I just know these will last me quite a long time. Thank you Orvis for the great product!

  • 3/5

    Good Entry level Boot - 1/15/2015

    First purchase of a wading boot. Seems perfectly serviceable for the price. Men's size 9 is fine on my women's size 10 foot. Would like to see Orvis make a women's specific boot at an entry level price point. We are, after all, an increasingly large part of your market!

  • 5/5

    Excellent Product - 1/14/2015
    By: from Rhode Island

    Exactly as advertised! Lightweight durable, perfect wading boots for those not trying to break the bank.

  • 5/5

    Great Product - 1/10/2015
    By: from West Lothian, Scotland
    Top 250 Contributor

    I bought these boots to go with my endura waders and what a brilliant product they are. Very light, but sturdy and the felt sole grips slippery rocks very well. I will be purchasing the studs for extra traction.

  • 5/5

    Best boot for the price - 1/9/2015
    By: from GA

    Bought this boot because I had a gift card to spend. I wasn't expecting much at this price point but they proved me wrong. Extremely durable, fast draining, and unbelievably light. Not to mention very comfortable as well. Why spend 3 times as much on a boot when the encounters are just as good if not better?

  • 5/5

    wading boots - 1/5/2015

    For the price these can't be beat! Super light and well constructed.

  • 1/5

    poor quality - 1/4/2015
    By: from Spotsylvania VA

    Originally purchased these boots in Jan 2014. By September 2014 the weep hole screens rusted out causing excessive debris to enter boot and partial sole separation. Orvis was very generous and gave me another pair in exchange in October 2014. After my last trip this week, I walked through a muddy area, and experienced complete sole separation from one boot. I had to reach into the mud to get the sole out...I recommend something different. Not worth ruining a trip over.

  • 5/5

    Encounter Wading boots rock! - 1/3/2015
    By: from North Georgia

    These boots are spectacular. They fit perfectly if you buy a size or two larger to allow for multiple pairs of wool socks and the grip is like walking on a dry sidewalk. I bought two pair.

  • 5/5

    courteous - 1/1/2015
    By: from mail order/store Nashville

    This is a review of the wonderful, courteous service we received. Only one boot came originally, but the Orvis staff acted quickly to find the mate and ship it to us pronto. It was such a pleasure to speak with intelligent, caring people. Thank you!!

  • 5/5

    Great boots - 12/15/2014

    Great boots for the price. Very well made, fit well, and hold up great! Good grip on slick rocks.

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  • PosiGrip Screw-in Studs £27.00
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