Time to update my Simms Flats Sneaker review. I got these critter back in the fall of last year from Bears Den Fly Shop. I did a preliminary review at the time – just first impressions. Since then I have used them twice a week for five hours at a stretch here in Florida’s Charlotte Harbor. Now I’m ready to tell you more, a whole lot more. And unfortunately its not good news.
Simms makes some of the finest fishing gear around, no question. But you can’t expect even the best manufacturer to hit a home run every time at bat. Nobody does that. Nobody. We all make mistakes. My pair of Simms Flats Sneakers is certainly no home run. In fact they might be a foul ball. They are literally falling apart. As you can see in the photo above, the exterior fabric is cracking and eroding away. The problem is extensive, especially in areas that flex, and both boots are heavily involved.
In the photo below, you can see that the welt is cracking too. Wow. So what’s going on here? I’ll take a guess. It appears to me that these boots are very susceptible to UV, good old sunlight. Now I do plenty of wading so the boots are in the drink much of the time. But I’m also poling around on an SUP. At that point the boots are facing the Florida sky. Bingo UV.
Now if you plan to use these shoes for a quick bonefish trip and them put them into a dark closet until next year, they might last far longer. In fact I bet you’ll be a happy camper. If on the other hand, like me, you’re going to use these puppies a lot, I can’t recommend them.
In the next couple of days I will return these boots to Simms. Naturally I’ll report back on how they respond. Hopefully they will help me out, although I’m not sure I want another pair of these Flats Sneaker. Would you? Perhaps they can give me a credit towards some other product.
Update May 16: As expected, Simms offered to replace the sneakers, but I opted for a credit toward a rain jacket.