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What do you guys look for when buying sailing shoes?

Hey Guys,

New to the site! :-)

Quick question. When you purchase your sailing shoes, what are you looking for?

- Price?
- Quality?
- Name brands?
- Previous experience?
- Where do your purchase from? Online, local stores, or major stores?
- Sailing only shoes or ones that can be worn everyday (more lifestyle shoes that also work great on the boat)

Thanks!

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Closed toes, either gym type shoe or sandals, and NON MARING SOLES with very good traction.
We are talking boats, so price is never considered in the equation, right?
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Hey Guys,

New to the site! :-)

Quick question. When you purchase your sailing shoes, what are you looking for?

- Price?
- Quality?
- Name brands?
- Previous experience?
- Where do your purchase from? Online, local stores, or major stores?
- Sailing only shoes or ones that can be worn everyday (more lifestyle shoes that also work great on the boat)

Thanks!
Above all, I look for a brand that doesn't do it's marketing research on SailNet surreptitiously!!
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Above all, I look for a brand that doesn't do it's marketing research on SailNet surreptitiously!!
Good thing that's not me, hah. I'm working on a school project about sailing and this is one of the aspects (shoes).

I live in California so sailing is non-existent here.
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Non-marking, comfortable, with great grip. Some I wear all the time, on/off boat, others I leave on the boat usually for racing.
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The words "Size 13". I have yet to find sea boots that fit, because they are supposed to be two sizes bigger.

Whenever I go shopping for shoes, I could never understand why I surrounded by really tall black guys. Now I know.
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The words "Size 13". I have yet to find sea boots that fit, because they are supposed to be two sizes bigger.

Whenever I go shopping for shoes, I could never understand why I surrounded by really tall black guys. Now I know.

My 19 year old son wears size 13.5, I feel your pain.
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Practical Sailor did a review of 'middle' end (as opposed to high end) sailing shoes a couple of month back, ones in the 100 buck range. All of them essentially held on at the same degree of heel, and slipped out at the same time irregardless of deck type.

Absolute winner - bare feet

NEXT WERE CROC'S AT 10 BUCKS, BUT THEY WEREN'T TESTED.

I buy Sperry's because I can wear them to work and to and fro the boat - and if I forget to take them off on the boat it won't hurt anything - no other reason.
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Non-marking, comfortable, $. found some great shoes on the mark down rack at the gap, guess boat shoes were in fashion for a while. $10, picked up 3 pair.
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Absolute winner - bare feet

Don't you ever stub/break your toes on stuff.
Bare feet are a No No on board our boat.
Too many places to get hurt.
And please don't tell me you wear Croks!
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