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Boat Shoes

Boat shoes--shoes with rubber soles designed to not pick up sand/dirt/rocks-- used to be available in the form of construction of athletic shoes. They were also comfortable for walking.

Now what I find is either a high tech, fast draining sailing shoe or the old topsider available in more colors than a rainbow, plus patterns (or your favorite baseball team logo). Neither of which would be as comfortable walking, at least I don't think. I'd like support, and have them laced up snuggly.

We like to walk when we cruise. It would be nice to be wearing shoes that, when we arrived back at the dinghy, didn't bring along a scoop of dirt. Plus, they would be comfortable on the boat.

I've looked online and haven't found exactly what I'm looking for, for both me and my wife. Does anyone know of such a shoe being sold?
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Theres a specialist shoe emporium thats world wide, justabout but very secret cos no one knows.... SHHHHHHhhhhhhh! Cos their stuff is ULTRA affordable.


But don't tell anyone!!!

Don't even tell yourself!!

K-mart.

I have been buying my sailing shoes for 43 years from them and worn them in international regattas all over the world. They are the cheapest runners you can find in K-mart. Made of nylon, synthetic soles don't mark. Comfortable to wear and so cheap you can buy two pairs for $20.

Seriously. Just buy cheapies. They do the job and if you need them to look like "pro" sailing shoes who are you kidding?


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Re: Boat Shoes

Absolutely LOVE these

SPERRY Men's Harbormaster Shoes | West Marine
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Re: Boat Shoes

There is a huge traction difference between the typical walking or running shoe and a proper non- skid marine sole.

The street shoes come off when boarding. No matter what. Everybody knows that. Except if they are glitter red pumps after a certain hour of the evening....but I digress.

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Re: Boat Shoes

I have been wearing Vibram Five Fingers, laugh it up, They are the most comfortable go anywhere shoe ever. I'm not keen on wearing them everywhere for the seeming disdain of the public, but I can climb all over the boat with no worry for traction, and I can feel everywhere my foot is going. It's very very nice. I will keep wearing them for the foreseeable future. I would not wear top-siders on the boat though, even though I own a few pair ( love them for walking etc.)
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I have been wearing Vibram Five Fingers, laugh it up, They are the most comfortable go anywhere shoe ever. I'm not keen on wearing them everywhere for the seeming disdain of the public, but I can climb all over the boat with no worry for traction, and I can feel everywhere my foot is going. It's very very nice. I will keep wearing them for the foreseeable future. I would not wear top-siders on the boat though, even though I own a few pair ( love them for walking etc.)
I own Fila Skeletoes, similar to your Vibrams, and wear them when racing. The traction is amazing and you can feel everything. Far more grip than barefoot or any other shoe I've every worn on a deck covered with salt water. I've tried a variety of the big name big $ stuff and like these much more.
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.........The street shoes come off when boarding. No matter what. Everybody knows that. ..........
I'm in agreement with this. My favorite are the super soft rubber on Sperry but I've witnessed first hand that venturing into town for an hour then getting back on the boat transforms the shoes. They just don't stick as much after walking around on pavement, dirt, and dust.

It also goes both ways. The very soft rubber of the stickiest boat shoes wears our really quickly when walking on concrete.

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I own Fila Skeletoes, similar to your Vibrams, and wear them when racing. The traction is amazing and you can feel everything. Far more grip than barefoot or any other shoe I've every worn on a deck covered with salt water. I've tried a variety of the big name big $ stuff and like these much more.
OMG! I totally agree! Just like jackson said though, you've gotta keep them on the boat only. using them everywhere takes down the grip quite a bit.
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I have been wearing Vibram Five Fingers, laugh it up, They are the most comfortable go anywhere shoe ever. I'm not keen on wearing them everywhere for the seeming disdain of the public, but I can climb all over the boat with no worry for traction, and I can feel everywhere my foot is going. It's very very nice. I will keep wearing them for the foreseeable future. I would not wear top-siders on the boat though, even though I own a few pair ( love them for walking etc.)
I was at a Cabella's the other day and they had Body Glove barefoot shoes on sale for like $29, I should have bought them. I was on a road trip and did not want to spend any more money as I had just bought an expensive (for me) fountain pen that morning. If the store was not so far away I would visit it again. They are $49 on there web site so the sale may have been over on Sunday.


I am partial to Keen Newport sandals. They are comfortable, grip great, seem to wear for ever and have great toe protection. They are not cheap, but can be found on sale for under $70. My current pair are running on 6 years or so of all weekend wear.

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I was at a Cabella's the other day and they had Body Glove barefoot shoes on sale for like $29, I should have bought them. I was on a road trip and did not want to spend any more money as I had just bought an expensive (for me) fountain pen that morning. If the store was not so far away I would visit it again. They are $49 on there web site so the sale may have been over on Sunday.
I just looked those up, they look pretty comfy! Probably easier to adjust to than the vibrams as well as your smaller toes get to stay together.
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