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I find it interesting to see the radical change shoe designers have made to sport shoes in the last couple of years. Previously sport shoes could be described as rugged, lugged, leather, heavy.... A couple of years ago I got a pair of Vibram five finger shoes. Eventhough I was skeptical about their suitability for sailing and didn't think I would like to go very long without my orthotics, I find them almost the perfect warm weather shoe for sailing. Recently I purchased a pair of New Balance trail running shoes which are also minimalist shoes, just not a lot there, and I love them for pretty much everything.
Wearing these minimalist shoes without my orthotics is making my feet stronger and I believe my balance better. Gone are the days of strapping a heavy non-ergonomic soles to my feet, at least until winter time.
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I must admit that I've never worn the Topsiders shoes because I need a lot more arch support than they provide. Instead, I've gotten relatively inexpensive (like $20-25) no-name shoes with a non-marking sole, and I've been quite happy with them.

Obviously, I don't tend to wear 4 inch heels, either.

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I have been using CROCS Islanders for the past 4 years and now don't wear other styles of shoe. Life is too short to wear uncomfortable shoes.

In the past I have used boat shoes and I would still find most good quality boat shoes good on yachts and the shore.

Its just I have found CROCS Islanders and CROCS Caymans better and more suited for everyday life.

I even use Islanders for work, I have black Islanders that go with my dark business wear. At first people thought me strange which was true, now at the end of long meetings I get up and leave while many put there leather shoes on and then leave.

I probably should go back to my RM Williams boots for work but going to a hard shoe after wearing CROCS seems strange.

A significant reason I like CROCS is I find I can walk more easily and longer distances with CROCS which has assisted me in loosing some weight. To me CROCS are a life saver.

One funny story, in Luang Prabang in Laos, I was standing in a street when a Frenchman crossed the road and pointed at my CROCS Islanders, he had CROCsS Caymans on and wanted to know where I bought the Islanders. Without a common language, I explained I bought them online from America. Smart travellers have figured out CROCS are great footwear when traveling, they are light, comfortable and protect your feet from damage.

The only issue with CROCS is figuring out when to throw them out, my limit is once the sole is worn smooth in the center which takes about 6 months of continuous use on me. I tended to keep boat shoes longer but CROCS are cheap.
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Nevah mind, I found it here; Dock Six Chronicles: New Shoe Long-term Review, Part Deux


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We are Crocs fans, but not those fancy expensive ones like BL. We have the garden variety type and use them on the boat and onshore (although the bottoms do wear pretty quickly if you walk a long way on rough surfaces). I think that the shoe industry has done a great job of convincing sailors that you need purpose-built, costly boat shoes - and I have tried many of them over the last 40+ years. Had a Croc get blown off the side deck of the boat in South Africa and this with a toe rail about 4" high. Pretty windy there.

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