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Re: Best Footwear for summertime racing?
I now use these for $40-45
Bogs Footwear Crosswater Lo Water Shoes (For Men) - Save 41%
Great grip, don't slip, and no more broken toes. As an extra bonus, if they do start to stink, you can wash them or hose them out and the smell is gone. I tried everything with the Harkens, but there was just too much fabric for smells to get into. These shoes are mostly rubber. Neo uppers, drain holes in the bottom, bungie sinch.
They don't look the best, but they're cheap, and I stay on the boat.
Nice, I may try those next if I don't go with Keens.
I'm currently using Sperry products (Billfish for knockabout's/cruising and a "performance" sailing type tennis shoe for racing). I had already sworn off Sperry, but they contacted me after I posted a scathing review on their site, requesting I send back the shoes I was complaining about. They sent me the two pairs mentioned above in an effort to change my opnion. The jury is still out, as this is the first full season with them and I more or less expect them to be crap next season.
My wife heeded my advice and got Keens for the boat. She was worried at first because they gave her some blisters, but either the shoes or her feet are now broken in and she loves them.
I can't for the life of me understand why top dollar "performance sailing" shoes seem to either become slick as ice after one season, or smell like death if they last more than one year. I have a pair of West Marine flip flops that are at least 5 years old and have been worn on and off the boat that still grip the deck tenaciously. They grip so hard the problem is your feet will slide off the sole long before they slip on the deck. Why can't they use whatever the hell these things are made of for a decent inexpensive shoe you could afford to throw away when they got stinky?
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36