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Re: Good Deck Shoes?
I've worn Sperry's since I was in early grade school. The old traditional style. I had a friend laugh when he saw me with a pair of sneakers on when I was in my 30s. Said he had never seen it before. I would only wear them for exercise or sports.
Recently, however, I think the quality of Sperry's has deteriorated. They always lasted years, but I've had seams separate in the first season. I also received the standard pair of traditional Sperry's for Fathers Day a year or two back, with the razor siping sole. I actually think they were counterfeit. The soles were so slippery, they simply can't be worn on deck. The original soles stuck well. Something was wrong.
I now predominantly wear a pair of Sperry Billfish when aboard. They have an open tread, so they aren't as good at keeping dirt off the boat, but they grip the deck nicely and are more comfortable than the traditional. Still, I've blown through a pair in one season, although, my current pair have lasted two.
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