Re: Good Deck Shoes?
Well, I'm two seasons into Vibram Five Finger shoes and prefer them to any other sailing shoe I've used. The thing about these shoes is that they give you a grip and balance like you are barefooted, but have protection against stubbed toes. They are cool and comfortable, but are not intended for hiking great distances on concrete. If you break yourself in gradually, you will strengthen the muscles in your feet, which is a good thing. My son runs 5-10 miles in them on a track. At 69 and with an artificial hip, I can only walk 5 or so miles in them, but its not the shoes. Also, they are designed so that you can wear them without socks and not get that sweaty foot feeling and can be thrown into the washer when needed. Socks are available should you so desire.
Sure wish I had a financial interest in them as they seem to be the in thing with the cross fit crowd. They certainly are not "old man shoes", my age not withstanding.