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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

Anybody ever wear Chuck Taylor All-Stars??
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Anybody ever wear Chuck Taylor All-Stars??
A couple of folks I sail with swear by them. Fairly cheap, dry well (don't smell), fairly grippy. Other folks I crew with have tried them and don't like them. You need to wear socks, and being cotton, they suck when it gets cool.
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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

The most comfortable boat shoe I've owned was a pair of Sperry's Billfish. Bought them about a year ago. I liked them so much about a month later I went back and bought another pair. I didn't bother trying them on at the store. I figured same style shoe and same size, what could go wrong. Well about two months ago I broke out the second pair. Thought I would wear them around the house to break them in a little. Unlike the first pair, they were a tight fit. After a couple of days my feet hurt so bad, I gave up. That's when I discovered the two pairs were made in different countries. Lesson learned: try the shoes on before buying. Don't assume sizes are uniform even if it's the same make/style shoe. I was fortunate in this instance. WM took them back without hesitation.
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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

I got a pair of Reef Spiniker's paying no attention to the name implying they are a sailing shoe... pure coincidence. But they are however an excellent shoe for sailing. The thing I like most about them is that the sole is very thin and feels more like a foot glove than say a clunky boot. They probably arent water proof but I got caught in a storm this summer and got drenched for a good 20 mins but they stayed dry to my surprise. Other thing I like about them is I can wear them to the office on a hike or to burning man. what a shoe.
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Anybody ever wear Chuck Taylor All-Stars??
Love 'em! Grippy, comfy, good looking. I wear the low-tops.
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The most comfortable boat shoe I've owned was a pair of Sperry's Billfish. Bought them about a year ago. I liked them so much about a month later I went back and bought another pair. I didn't bother trying them on at the store. I figured same style shoe and same size, what could go wrong. Well about two months ago I broke out the second pair. Thought I would wear them around the house to break them in a little. Unlike the first pair, they were a tight fit. After a couple of days my feet hurt so bad, I gave up. That's when I discovered the two pairs were made in different countries. Lesson learned: try the shoes on before buying. Don't assume sizes are uniform even if it's the same make/style shoe. I was fortunate in this instance. WM took them back without hesitation.
All the recent Sperry's I have seen were made in China, where were these made and what one was more comfortable? I have noticed some size difference as well, and thought I was just getting fatter! The soles on the Chinese made shoes don't seem to last nearly as long as the old made in US ones did. They seem to get hard and slippery much quicker. I used to get a several years out of them wearing them every day, in the creek, and to school back in the 1980's. Of course back then there was only one style and one color. Big choice was if you were a topsider or docksider person.

Of course you can still get the made in US Top Siders but they are $250. Not sure if they use the same soles or if they are the same.
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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

Boat shoes have been a source of frustration for me recently, particularly since I seem to have become a more regular foredecky on the boat I'm racing on.

I've tried Ronstan neoprene topped ankle boots and found they stunk to high heaven so I tried my Keen Newport's, they proved quite slippery as soon as the bow got wet, which is always. Besides that, I wasn't that happy having dark soles on someone else's boat.

Recently I purchased Helly Hansen Sailpower's and have found them to be so slippery that I almost went over the side on the weekend. Some of the guys in our crew recommend Dunlop Volley's. Because they're only about $20 a pair I will probably try them next.


Any suggestions for a winter boot that is suitable for the foredeck would be greatly appreciated
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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

I have a pair of the Crocs "Beach Line" boat shoes and love them......they are utlra comfy, don't get soggey when it rains, and don't have anything in them that soaks up and hangs on to stink.

I also have a pair of dive boots I keep on the boat for days when it is cold and wet - in these harsh Florida winters it's important to keep your extremeties from getting too frosty!
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Re: Favorite Boat Shoe???

Rugged Shark makes a number oif 3 eyelet boat shoes available in med and wide widths. Very comfortable. Good support. Good grip. Priced cheaper than Sperry and discounted regularly.
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Rugged Shark makes a number oif 3 eyelet boat shoes available in med and wide widths. Very comfortable. Good support. Good grip. Priced cheaper than Sperry and discounted regularly.
I have seen these at Famous Footwear outlets, and wondered if they are any good. I think they had some on sale for like $25. Perhaps I will pick up a pair.

By the way if you are cheap like me, DSW had a bunch of Sperry's on sale for around $50 or so some canvas, some leather and none in my size.
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