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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

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West Marine might have upped their quality control, but my older (4 yrs?) WM boat shoe soles have gotten harder and developed a glaze. They are not longer "grabby" and are slippery even on dry land. This has been the case with at least 2 pairs of WM boat shoes.

I will stick with the authentic Sperrys, which have always kept their grip.
Ditto.
I have worn Sperrys for decades, and recieved a pair of WM shoes as a gift in 2009. They were completely worn out and hardened by the middle of 2012. My latest pair of Sperrys, that were purchased in 2008, are still grippy but ugly as sin, covered in paint and varnish.

Thanks to the folks at Crocs, i will be testing a pair of these this season;

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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

My current favorite summer deck shoes are Keens, but not just any keens, they have to have the correct sole.

Of all the deck shoes and sailing boots I have used over the years there is one commonality in the ones that had the best grip, and that is the Sperry Topsider style herringbone grooved soles or some variation. That is what I look for in any footwear I buy for sailing. I tried to find images online to show what I am talking about, but surprisingly, nobody seems to think showing what kind of sole a shoe has is important to their marketing! So I snapped a pic of my 3 current boat shoes; the standard "sea boot", Keens sandals, and Sperry Topsiders. All 3 of these give me fantastic grip, even on wet, 35 year old non-skid on a heeling boat. The thing all of these have in common is that they are fairly soft rubber compounds, and the grooves all open up when the shoe is flexed. It is all about surface contact, and a chunky, aggressive tread just doesn't cut it on a boat!

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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

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Ditto.
I have worn Sperrys for decades, and recieved a pair of WM shoes as a gift in 2009. They were completely worn out and hardened by the middle of 2012. My latest pair of Sperrys, that were purchased in 2008, are still grippy but ugly as sin, covered in paint and varnish.

Thanks to the folks at Crocs, i will be testing a pair of these this season;

Crocs

I'll let you know how it goes.
Huh. Crocs are trying to diversify. I might look at those shoes if they weren't so ugly! I don't know why, but when I look at those shoes and think boats, the image of a Bayliner Buccaneer comes to mind! Must be the windows!
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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

Last several years we have managed to stay in very warm water, so bare feet do the trick. Our decks are pretty wide open and when you are on the boat all the time you get pretty good at avoiding toe hazards. We wear Crocs too. Once you get used used to the dorkiness they are very comfortable. Very common in the cruising community.
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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

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West Marine might have upped their quality control, but my older (4 yrs?) WM boat shoe soles have gotten harder and developed a glaze. They are not longer "grabby" and are slippery even on dry land. This has been the case with at least 2 pairs of WM boat shoes.

I will stick with the authentic Sperrys, which have always kept their grip.
Yeah, I had the exact same problem with both a pair of Sperry Billfish after two seasons, and a high $ pair of Sperry performance deck shoes after one seasons use. The "high" performance shoes were never worn off the boat and were bought mid season so were only worn about 10-12 days. The next season I put them on, and it was like wearing dutch clogs. Just like an ice rink.

Not sure what I'll try next but it won't be Sperry's.
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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

Slazenger Volleys - nothing beats their grip on a wet deck. And in Australia they cost less than $20.00 a pair. Equates to 12 pairs for the cost of one pair of deck shoes from France.
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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

Jack Purcell sneakers, smooth treadless bottoms.
Very seldom wear them off the boat; when I do, don't have to worry about picking up debris.
Traction when wet is better than when dry.
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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

Yes, Sperry deck shoes glaze and harden after about 3-4 years. There's a simple solution:

Wear them around town after the first 2 years and by new deck shoes.

Seriously, we are always buying new "round town" sneakers. Just let the deck shoes finish their lives on the sidewalk.
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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

sperries- stay on the boat. when they die become shoes to wear leaving the boat.
Keen sandals- if in/out of the dignhy alot- got big fat wide feet. toe guard pretty good in keeping pebbles out. Nice and wide
wet cell diving booties with side zippers - if in/out water and cold or cold but not yet stormy.shed grit/pebbles real well. anything razor cut doesn't
Dubarries-expense sucks but worth the money - mold to your feet- warm and comfy. treat them like a delicate flower and can many years out of them until soles goes bad
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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

I like Keen sandals for use off the boat except for the difficulty getting rid of little stones when you are walking off pavement. My Keens are de-laminating after a few years. Just bought some Keen knockoffs at Costco for $25. They are very comfortable but don't know how they will stand up, but the price was right.
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