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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

BARE FEET. since age 7 i have been barefooted on board except in upstate ny in winter. then i wore sneakers and heavy sox... we didnt even have lifelines on boat back then.
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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

Whatever's on sale.
Just bought a pair of something called "Reel Legends", mainly because I needed something pretty for Christmas dinner.
I normally tend to wear sneakers or sandals on the boat, but offshore in inclement weather I go to boat shoes for the extra grip.
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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

Regarding the issue of moisture and bacteria, Delta-T is spot on. But if alcohol wipes aren't likely to become a habit for your shoe maintenance plan, I suggest you get two pairs so that one will always have the benefit of a day to dry out. Yes, two pairs of boat shoes may be more than you want to spend. An alternate and less costly approach would be to buy, instead, a pair of good yet generic non-marking slip- and oil-resistant shoes: the Tred-Safe brand found at Wal-Mart have served me well for the last 10 years.
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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

Barefeet 99% of the time. When racing I wear Vibram 5 fingers. Incredible grip wet or dry!!! My daily footwear is a pair of Keen Waimeas whether on land or jumping on and off charter boats at work.
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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

I've worn sperrys, vans, west marine deck shoes, merrell deck shoes, keen sandals, keen knockoffs, and the most comfortable, grippiest, lightest, least odiferous after a season of wear boat shoes I have ever worn are Crocs Cove Sports.
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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

It's usually cool when it is raining here, so the boat shoes that I use most often are these Sperry boots:


They are warm and dry and not too stuffy. Lots of traction and easy to slip on and off, but fit well under my sailing rain pants.

In the summer I normally just wear some non-marking sneakers.
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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

I wear Vibram five fingers in the summer, and O'Neill 3mm neoprene surfing booties in spring/fall. Mainly foredeck on J/24's. The deck (and associated metal bits) can be a little rough on the five fingers' uppers, but otherwise I'm very happy with them.
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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

I've had a pair of basic topsiders for several years now ( strong like bull ) but my favorite deck shoe ( what I wear most often ) are Sanuk Rasta
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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

Shimano make a "fishing shoe" similar to Crocks but much classier-they have a non-slip sole,just like expensive boat shoes.There construction is soft rubber,adjustable and very comfortable.They also look quite smart with socks.
Price is $50 here in NZ but I would imagine cheaper in USA
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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

At the suggestion of others here in a similar thread last year, I bought a pair of Keens. After a season of very regular use, they held up well and stayed fairly comfortable. My surveyor had a pair of L.L. Bean duck boots that he loved for the cold weather. If I were doing a lot of cold-weather sailing, I'd probably give those a try.
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