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I have a continuing problem with deck shoes in that after about six months the soles glaze over and lose all traction. This has happened with Sperry Topsiders (with gum colored soles) and with Sebago (with white soles). Has anyone else had this problem and found a way to solve it?
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Are you using Cetol or something screwy on your decks? A touch-up with #100 sandpaper might do the trick.
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Has anyone else had this problem and found a way to solve it?
Uhmmm - how about wearing regular running shoes like the rest of us ???
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I've definitely had that happen with Sperry gum colored soles. I use New Balance training shoes (non-marking) these days.
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I have a continuing problem with deck shoes in that after about six months the soles glaze over and lose all traction. This has happened with Sperry Topsiders (with gum colored soles) and with Sebago (with white soles). Has anyone else had this problem and found a way to solve it?
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I know what you're talking about, but honestly have never done anything about it. Have you tried asking Sperry or Sebago?
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Wear your shoes as you go walking on a sidewalk. the concrete will scuff the bottoms of your shoes for you and remove the glaze. Stay off the heavily waxed floors of the malls and mega stores also with those boat shoes.
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I use to wear Teva with the spider soles. Excellent in all conditions, but unfortunately they put them on a sandal now that does not appeal to my eye. I bought some Sperry supertack, but they are like walking on ice with a wet deck......i2f
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It's not just the surface getting slick, but over time, the bottom material hardens. For boat shoes with a smooth siped sole like the traditional Sperrys, they become REALLY slippery. That takes several years however. Taking a sander to the bottom of a pair that are still flexible isn't a bad idea.
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I know what you're talking about, but honestly have never done anything about it. Have you tried asking Sperry or Sebago?
Sebago replaced one pair after less than a year, and now six months later the replacements are doing the same thing. I like the comment about running shoes.
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I think the trick might be to have a pair dedicated just for the boat. My Rugged Sharks are still sticky after five years but spend most of there time in the locker. 99% of the time I'm bare foot when on the boat.
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