Simms Freestone StreamTread Boot - Men's

A solid boot for serious trout bums.

Whether you're navigating a freestone stream in Montana or just fishing your local tailwater, the Simms Men's Freestone Stream Tread Boot will give you the traction you need to work those hard-to-reach seams. Built on Simms' proven StreamTread platform, this updated version of the Freestone features a burly synthetic leather upper along with bomb-proof rubber overlays to protect you from submersed rocks and logs. Their neoprene lined collar enhances the comfort of the boot for when stream access entails a long walk, and with Cleanstream technology, you don't have to worry about transporting any invasive species from river to river as you fish your way across the West. 

  • Synthetic full-grain leather and rubber upper
  • StreamTread platform
  • Neoprene lined collar
  • Vibram Idrogrip rubber sole
  • Standard lacing
  • Cleanstream technology
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great boots!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Most of the fishing I do is in the northwestern part of Oregon, mainly tributary rivers off of the Columbia river. Sometimes in order to get access to the river, I have to hike a mile through the woods. Hiking this much takes a toll on my boots. Previously I bought cheap boots and after about a month they started to fall apart on me. So now I decided to spend the money and get some good wade boots, and these are fantastic. Hiking up and down the river these boots are comfortable, and have great ankle support. Very durable. I fish at least once a week so I need something that's going to live up to harsh conditions and the beating I put on my gear and these are living up to that standard.

Better than skat shoes.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Well, I have used skate shoes since I started fly fishing. These are Definitely better than those. I don't know how they are compared to other wading boots. But, it's nice not having my foot slip between rocks. They fit great and I catch more fish when I wear them too.

Quality wading boot

    After wearing these boots for a month they show very little wear. The boot itself is very comfortable to wear on the hike in as well as wading. One issue I've had is losing wading studs during my fishing trips. I compared these with my dad's boots that are the older model of this boot and the rubber on the sole is much harder on his. The new softer rubber provides decent traction on its own but isn't the best for retaining studs. I'd give the boots 5 stars, but losing studs is an issue.

    Great Service & Great boots

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    First, Chazz and Backcountry offer fast shipping and outstanding service. I needed new boots in my hands within 3 days before leaving for a trip and Backcountry came through. The Simms boots fit perfectly. I wear a size 10 dress shoe and the Simms size #10 boots fit perfectly with the my Simms waders. Thanks Chazz!!

    Simms Freestone Streamtread

      I normally wear size 10. With Bass Pro waders and thick wool socks, 10 is too short and 11 is roomy. This boot hikes well. Grip in river is obviously less than felt, but reasonable even without studs. Quality of construction is good.

      Excellent grip!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These boots are super comfortable and provide excellent traction in and out of the water. Mud, dirt, and rock are no match for the grip of these boots. Sizing is also spot on, get you street shoe size and know that they are made to fit the extra bulk of waders and thick socks.

      So far, a good boot for the money.

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      Most of the fishing I do is in the Colorado backcountry. My requirements for a good wading boot are: (1) a good, supportive, and comfortable fit that will hold under hikes of up to 3 or 4 miles into and out of the waters I fish, (2) good traction on the slippery rocks I often run into the water, and (3) durability. These boots (Vibram soled, size 11) have provisionally proved themselves out on requirements (1) and (2); I'll have to wait and see on (3). They got their first test on three little expeditions a couple of weeks ago. The first was a float down the Snake River in Wyoming. When I first put them on, I got a little concerned about how good the fit was going to be --- they seemed a little roomy (I wear an 11D) --- but the several times we pulled the drift boat over and walked to wade fish some side channels they felt just fine. A few days later I had the chance to fish the Metolius and North Santiam rivers in Oregon --- both a better test of both fit and grip. The fit felt fine --- it was sure both in the water and hiking to / back from it. I can also attest that the Vibram soles --- even without the studs I also bought --- are a significant improvement over the old Aquastealth rubber on my previous Simms boots. I normally fish with a wading staff, which I didn't have with me on the trip, but the grip felt secure even on slippery rocks, when I ran into them trying to maneuver for a good drift while casting into the deeper pools on the Santiam. I do hope the Freestones hold up over time. I specifically selected these because there is no fabric mesh in the boot upper. Prior to these, I went through 3 pairs of older model Simms boots (I think they were the "Guide Boot Light" or something, built on a hiking last) that had a lot of mesh fabric in the boot's upper. They were great on the trail, and the Aquastealth worked OK, but in all three boots the mesh wore out and failed well before the soles themselves (and, as near as I can tell, the rest of the boot) were done.

      Comfy comfy

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Best bang for your buck. This product is for anyone looking for a really goof entry level boot without breaking the bank. Sizing is spot on, just get what ever size shoe you normally where. Constructed well and will last a long time if you take care of them.

      exceeded expectations

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      A great alternative if you don't want to drop the $ on the simms guide boots. These boots are comfortable, have decent traction (add studs), good ankle support, have a good fit, and a solid rand to protect your feet. I bought the guide boots for myself so I am a little biased, but i got these as a gift and after giving them a try I would recommend these to anyone looking for good boots at a good price.

      Traction in and out of the water

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      When looking for a good wading boot, I didn't want to break the bank, but I also didn't want something that would put me in a situation where I was headed foot first down a river and my waders full of water. I had already broke the piggy bank for the waders and that is where the Simms Freestone boots came in. They are reasonably priced, yet offer the traction, fit, and comfort that I'm sure the more expensive counterparts offer. Whether it is a long hike into the river, wading down the stream bank for that perfect cast, or standing chest deep in the ocean dip netting for sockeyes, these boots can do it all. I do recommend the studs, they offer so much more traction on the mossy river bottoms than the stock vibram soles. Not quite as much as felt offers, but nowadays felt isn't allowed in most streams due to the cross contamination of various algae and insects. These boots are easy to lace, stay tight, and are comfortable to boot! No pun intended.



      I wear a size 9 shoe normally and with the advice of my local fly shop, I purchased a size 9 boot and it fit like cinderellas slipper. They already accommodate a stocking foot going into them which is nice, eliminating the need to try on multiple sizes to find a good fit.

      Traction in and out of the water

      Better than expected

        Just received these boots with free two day delivery from Backcountry...absolutely amazing service as always from Backcountry. No shipping cost and no sales tax...saved a bundle. Haven't had a chance to field test the boots but the boots are absolutely beautiful in design and construction. Simms is a quality company and make durable long lasting stuff. (I still have one of their first Gortex waders and they still work....) Anyways I was pleasantly surprised by the quality construction of these boots and bought the 11 even though I wear size 10 shoes. I put on thick wool socks inside the neoprene socks of my Simms waders and it makes the fit almost perfect with a little room to spare in case I want to put another pair of socks or heating pads inside the boot as well. ...As with all shoes I know how well they will feel when I walk or hike in them when I first try them on and these boots were extremely comfortable to wear on the first try. Can't recommend these wading boots enough...

        Great boot. Studs recommended

        • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

        I got the freestone’s as a gift for a friend, so while I don’t have personal experience with the boot, I have some input to share: “They are an incredibly burly boot with excellent ankle support for hiking into that secret spot, and feeling stable once you’re in the water. The soles are also beefy and offer great traction. However, when the water is freezing the rubber hardens up and loses some of its traction, so I would highly recommend buying metal studs. Once I added these, cold or really cold, the boots felt solid crossing rivers. All in all a phenomenal boot and I would highly recommend it”.
        “P.S: I am a size 11.5 and so I went with the 12 wading boot. It is ever so slightly roomy but better than being too tight and my toes going numb.”

        Great Boots for the Money

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I have put these boots through hell. From hiking in a couple miles to fishing spots to wading slippery rocks on bigger rivers and wading fast wader in scary situations. I had these boots for 5 years (average of 100 days a year on the water) before the sole started to separate from the boot itself. The tread on the sole never showed very much signs of fading, even after the sole started to separate. I loved how these boots gripped rocks on the stream bottom and provided exception ankle support. If weight is a concern, you may want to think a little harder about this purchase, however I absolutely never noticed the weight of these boots. Otherwise, these boots are a no brainer (unless you want to spent the extra money on the Simms G3 guide boots, which are definately worth the money). These boots fit fairly true to size, I wear a size 11.5 in normal street shoes and I had the size 12 in these boots which was the perfect fit. I would highly recommend these boots for any application.

        Exceeded High Expectations

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        My first use with these boots was a 3 mile hike on a snow-covered trail to a very chilly river. I expected these boots to have good drip and be durable, which they are. What I didn't expect was how comfortable they were during my first hike and river use. I typically expect a "break in" period for new boots, but my Freestones came right out of the box feeling like well worn boots. Incredible.



        I can wear anything between a size 10 in certain dress shoes and 11.5 in some running shoes. I ordered a size 11 in the Freestones and they fit perfectly with my waders and a sock of medium thickness.

        Exceeded High Expectations

        Solid Boot

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I have about 15 days with these boots so far and I've really enjoyed them. Great support and traction. My normal shoe size is a 10 and the 10 in this boot fits great with my waders on.