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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

We can't seem to get a pair of shoes to hold together more then a year in the tropics. did the chinese forget about glue? Our epoxy glue seems to be used for more for shoe repair then anything else. barefoot most of the time, but when docking a pair tennies seems to work. 2nd the thought about wearing shoes for long periods at the wheel, my feet ain't what they used to be.


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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

Didn't read all the replies, but after using Harkens and spending money on other "sailing" shoes I'm settled on water shoes with toe protection.

Cheaper, last longer, and grip well. Lots of companies make great grippy shoes but after a couple seasons they either stink horribly or fall apart or are slick. And for $100 that's unacceptable for me.
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Anyone have a good recommendation?
Sure do. Here's my thoughts on several specific shoes for sailing:

A Sailor's Sole: Sailing Shoe Reviews

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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

I wear TEVA sandals. I use the bizarre tan pattern on my feet to gauge the quality of my summer - the more pronounced the tan: the better the summer.



When it's too cold for sandals (not often) I wear low-cut neoprene boots from Canadian Tire:



NB I try to avoid wearing socks all summer. I keep a pair stuffed in my boots as the boots are a bitch to remove without socks.

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Almighty Captains, thanks for the reply.

After reading the replies, I am still confused as ever. I guess I still like the classic top sider boat shoe that can maintain tracking with running water on deck.


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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

I do have a pair of Keenes I like for the dead of summer. There are too many cleats, mid track toe rail cleats, rope organizers, mast collar, genoa cars which jump out and grab my toes and bash them if I wear a completely open toe shoe.

I assumed the toe rail was named that on my boat because I kept bashing it with my toes when I wore Tevas.

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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

I don't know if it's been said, but if it's at all possible, barefoot is best by far.

I would never wear sandals. If it's warm enough for sandals, it's warm enough for bare feet.
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I don't know if it's been said, but if it's at all possible, barefoot is best by far.

I would never wear sandals. If it's warm enough for sandals, it's warm enough for bare feet.
My toes seem to be able to catch every deck fitting and the last time I about ripped my toenail off on a toe rail I swore to never be on a boat bare footed again! I love Keens because they have a toe guard. I even have hurt my toes wearing Tevas in a stream when my foot slipped on a mossy rock. Come the end of May if I am not at work I am in Keens, even have a pair of Keen shoes for work. I have a "good" pair of Keens and a rough pair for trail use. They seem to never wear out. At first I thought $80 for sandals they must be crazy but I see there value now!
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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.
One kids got hurt on our boat wearing Crocs. She was standing on the aluminum rubrail, getting ready to jump into the water. The Crocs have no grip on wet aluminum. She fell partly straddling the deck.

Crocs are not welcome on our boat.

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One kids got hurt on our boat wearing Crocs. She was standing on the aluminum rubrail, getting ready to jump into the water. The Crocs have no grip on wet aluminum. She fell partly straddling the deck.

Crocs are not welcome on our boat.

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He's not talking about normal crocs, but actual shoes from croc. Click his link and see the shoes.
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