Information about William Joseph W20 Wading Boots (For Men and Women)
Closeouts. Boasting the lightweight, durable construction of a climbing boot, William Joseph W20 wading boots have a reinforced toe and heel and a combination sole with felt in the midfoot and rubber on the toe and heel for traction.
Nubuck upper with drain ports
Reinforced toe and heel counter
Neoprene collar and gusseted tongue
Felt outsole with rubber toe and heel for traction
Reviewed by ole bill from Appalacia on Thursday, June 13, 2013
I purchased these W.J. wading boots after giving up on the customer service of a number of "big name"brands, when on more than one occasion the felt separated from the boot with less than a couple of seasons use. Although, I have fly fished for nearly 40 years, I had never heard of William Joseph ...
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Reviewed by Gofish from Northern Ca. on Thursday, March 6, 2014
The 4 rating is only because of size. I ordered the same size as my old boots but the W20 boots were too big so, sent them back 3/3/14 for exchange. They were easy to put on and take off and easy to lace up. The lace to toe design is good and should allow for a more comfortable fit once I get the right size. I am not a fan of rubber soles in wet conditions but maybe the combination with the felt will work.
Reviewed by LuckyLeo from California on Thursday, March 6, 2014
Some of the reviews left me skeptical of the quality of this product.
I have worn them 3 times walking several miles and they are holding up fine. They have a large opening when the laces are loose and easy to put on over my waders. They have could traction on slippery rocks and are comfortable for a long day of wading.
Reviewed by Jimmy the fly fisher from Western NY on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Upon receiving my new boots the first task was a thorough inspection of their craftmanship....Boots are spot on with constuction and materials...stiching is spot on with no flaws..I put them on for several hours to check sizing and comfort and am pleasantly surprised with the result...I will be fishing these boots on friday for the first time and expect good results...They rival any $200+ boot out there...Size up 1/2 to 1 size up when ordering....
Reviewed by MonTex from Texana on Saturday, February 1, 2014
So I've had Korkers, SImms, Orvis, Chotas, and now William and Joseph. I've had this WJ pair now for a year and I'm an all season fly angler. So far it has surpassed my expectation considering the price I paid for mine thru STP. It's comfortable, light, and appears to be durable enough. I like felt bottom wading boots over rubber, it just works much better for slippery surface. If I can change one thing on this boots, it will be to make it full felt instead of having a rubber tip. I've not had any issue with slippage with the rubber tip but I don't understand the logic behind it. Overall, I would highly recommend this pair to anyone, period. Truly a great value IMHO from STP.
Note: Korkers are just gimmicky, I'm honestly too lazy to be switching bottoms. It's also the least durable of all wading boots I've used. Orvis, overrated overall for value. Simms, best and the most durable of all wading boots I've owned but ridiculously expensive. Typically heavier than my other wading boots but I'd say buy it if you can swing it. Chotas, oh I love em for sheer comfort. Most comfortable wading boots ever! It's reasonably priced as well but didn't last as long as my Simms.
Reviewed by Mary from Boulder on Wednesday, December 4, 2013
After some online research I determined these would be a good choice for my planned future fly fishing, but with 7" of snow on the ground right now it's not happening anytime soon. In the spring, there will be hiking to get to fishing spots, so this appears a good combination of combination sole with midfoot felt.
They are comfortable on, and the overage of fabric up the laces do not seem to be a problem.