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Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes
I've tried Vibram's, and Fila Skeletoes.
The Fila's are easier to get on and off but not quite as durable as Vibram's.
Definitely safer than being barefoot on deck.
They offer decent grip. No problems with the black soles. They don't leave marks.
Definitely great for landing the dinghy.
They do stink if you don't rinse the salt water out and let them air dry.
Although I've extolled the virtue of toe-shoes, I still prefer to wear Keens while sailing, unless I'm working the foredeck during a race. My feet slide around inside the Keens, and I'm more secure in the Vibrams.
Sperry's have fallen way off in quality, while keeping the price high. I won't buy them. Ordinary sneakers seem way too bulky to wear on the boat.
As far as the fashion faux pas- when going ashore after sailing, I ditch the Vibrams/Filas for the Keens sandals or other street shoes carried onboard.
Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168