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Skechers GOwalk. Light, soft white sole, fast drying, and wash up beautifully.
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On my own boat I typically wear my Teva sandals or my normal Merrill or Sketcher walking shoes. My deck is so rough (both in anti-skid and in appearance) that I'm not too concerned about marking or slipping.

When I'm crewing on other peoples race boats, I need a good, non-marking athletic shoe. I did have some "Shark" brand or something similar that I got from Defender. They looked good at first but the bottom got very hard after only about a year or two of very light use and were very slick as a result. So I ended up buying these this past spring:

COLUMBIA Men's Drainmaker II PFG Shoes

In the first year of use they have been great. The bottom is very soft and sticks very well to deck surfaces both wet and dry. The sole is perforated so the shoe drains fast when it's wet out or your feet get dipped in the drink when the helmsman luffs up. Can't comment on longevity but I'm optimistic that the sole won't get too hard since it is so soft now.

The only negatives I can think of is that the sole is so soft that it isn't good as an all around shoe since I think it would wear out fast, but a soft sole was specifically what I was looking for. Also, the mesh top makes it not a shoe for cold weather.
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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

If it is 60 deg or better I wear CHACO Men's Mighty Sandals. Below 60 deg I use a lace up Top Sider that has a very sticky sole are vented to dry. The boat I crew on has very slippery deck surfaces and both of these work well.
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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

Another shout out for Vibram Five Fingers. People like to laugh at them, I get a lot of feedback.
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BOGS Crosswater Lo

grippy, don't smell and put up with a LOT of abuse. Never wear socks with them, the insoles are rubber and removable to help drying, lots of dain holes. 4 seasons and about 240 races later, they still work very well.
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Vibram five fingers for two years now. You really need quality soles like Vibram to avoid the glazing and hardening found an many, even expensive, boat shoes.
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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

I have pretty much given up on shoes. In warm conditions I wear closed toe sandals, Columbia or Keens. In wet / cool conditions I treat myself to my DuBarry's.

I have to wear socks with shoes (stench) and I hate wet socks.
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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

I wear vibram 5 fingers. Like barefoot but with protection. The barefoot part does give more feel and better balance.
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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

I love Keen Newport sandals. I have used Keen shoes as well, and love the support they give me. I found out that Keen makes (well made I believe they are now discontinued) a boat shoe. Looks kind of ugly but I figured they must be great, as I love my sandals and other Keen shoes. I ordered a pair from Amazon, and they are not comfortable at all at least out of the box. I will report in the spring if they are actually good on the boat.
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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

If I'm not barefoot, I usually wear a pair of Pumas on deck. Grippy and light. I found them on sale at Marshalls for $20 and bought the 4 pairs in different colors that were my size. That was 3 years ago...
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