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Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

Anyone use these for sailing??

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My daughter swears by them. I prefer deck shoes.

I do like them very much for warm weather kayaking.
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Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

Don't have that brand, but got a similar pair for dinghy racing... that said I prefer going barefoot if I need the toe grip. The things are bloody uncomfortable and slicing my foot on the venturi's has been a rare enough occurrence that I still don't find them worth it.

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Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

I love mine. The wetter the boat the better they are.

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Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

Didn't used them. But while buying a sailor shoes I always want to get these clear
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Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

For some reason, I think they are pretty cool. My kids are aghast that I might get a pair and refuse to be in my presence or some such objection. (I don't really care, but find it interesting) Would old dudes look silly in these?

If warm enough, I do prefer to be barefoot, but wondered if these would be a reasonable compromise. They're not as protected, but better than barefoot. Any issue with the black bottoms?

When I do wear deckshoes aboard, it's sometimes for grip, but mostly for comfort. If I've been standing on watch for hours, my feat get sore. I always leave my boat shoes under the cockpit table for this reason. It's even on my castoff checklist!! I'm not sure the finger shoes are going to provide the same relief, as much as grip.

Finally, the great advantage I see to these, is landing a dinghy on a rocky beach. It may be what puts me over the edge to get them. Being able to step out into the water, without fear of cutting the bottom of my feet is important. I can't step in the water with my deckshoes.

Lastly, the only objection I really get is there are so many models, I have no idea which to choose.


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Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

I have a pair and found them great for climbing the mast. The shoes offer some toe protection. My wife runs in them wears them all the time on the boat.
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could only think of one thing with the OP (opening post)

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Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

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For some reason, I think they are pretty cool. My kids are aghast that I might get a pair and refuse to be in my presence or some such objection. (I don't really care, but find it interesting) Would old dudes look silly in these?

If warm enough, I do prefer to be barefoot, but wondered if these would be a reasonable compromise. They're not as protected, but better than barefoot. Any issue with the black bottoms?

When I do wear deckshoes aboard, it's sometimes for grip, but mostly for comfort. If I've been standing on watch for hours, my feat get sore. I always leave my boat shoes under the cockpit table for this reason. It's even on my castoff checklist!! I'm not sure the finger shoes are going to provide the same relief, as much as grip.

Finally, the great advantage I see to these, is landing a dinghy on a rocky beach. It may be what puts me over the edge to get them. Being able to step out into the water, without fear of cutting the bottom of my feet is important. I can't step in the water with my deckshoes.


Lastly, the only objection I really get is there are so many models, I have no idea which to choose.

Bingo. This is a big attraction for me as well, jumping out at the boat ramp or wherever, onto sharp or slippery things.

For those of you who have them (glad to hear some of you do!) do you know which model you have?
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Re: Vibram "FiveFingers" shoes

Have looked at those and would like to give them a try. I often go barefoot on the boat but know it's a bit risky for stubbing toes and getting cut. My go-to sailing shoes are a pair of good quality leather Sperry Topsiders. They are just comfortable, easy on/off and have good cushioning. They work on and off the boat and are even good for longer flat hikes up to a local watering hole or supermarket. They also aren't a flashy fashion statement, having no overt advertising logos.

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