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Good Deck Shoes?

Anyone have a good recommendation?

I have a couple pairs plus a few pairs of plain sneakers, nothing is working well when the deck is wet except walking on teak deck.

I am somewhat giving up and just be careful walking around. Anyone have a better luck ?

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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

I used a pair of Keens when I was on a hunter 22. They also have a toe guard for the cleats.

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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

Land's End water shoes - red for a statement, last about 2 years. Last year had pair of Merrills I fell into at DSW for $16.99 , figured what did I have to lose, worked out fine and will get another season for grass cutting
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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

I like Sperry's and will usually pick them up at the boat show or when on sale at West.

I tried a pair of Sperry Gold Cups that I found on the clearance table at West and was really pleasantly surprised. They're a lot more comfortable and give more support. I'll spend the extra money from now on since I pretty much live in boat shoes.

The wife bought a pair of Dubarry's at Annapolis last year and swears by them. I think the most comfortable brand has a lot to do with the shape of your foot, etc.
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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

I go with the classic sperry's. at first I thought they looked like old man shoes but after getting them and wearing them they are the next best thing to being barefoot.

They really stick to a wet deck and let your feet feel exactly where you are. I was going on a cold weather race last night and was wearing gore tex hiking shoes but I had to run back to my boat and exchange them for the sperry because they just felt to clunky.

Same goes for tennis shoes. Too high and ou need something flat that will let you feel the deck and all the deck hardware. If I step on a line or clear I need to be able to feel it, not just tromsp all over everything.
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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

Well, I'm two seasons into Vibram Five Finger shoes and prefer them to any other sailing shoe I've used. The thing about these shoes is that they give you a grip and balance like you are barefooted, but have protection against stubbed toes. They are cool and comfortable, but are not intended for hiking great distances on concrete. If you break yourself in gradually, you will strengthen the muscles in your feet, which is a good thing. My son runs 5-10 miles in them on a track. At 69 and with an artificial hip, I can only walk 5 or so miles in them, but its not the shoes. Also, they are designed so that you can wear them without socks and not get that sweaty foot feeling and can be thrown into the washer when needed. Socks are available should you so desire.
Sure wish I had a financial interest in them as they seem to be the in thing with the cross fit crowd. They certainly are not "old man shoes", my age not withstanding.
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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

Chuck Taylor high tops.
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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

Underway I like the sperry sneakers. I have several pairs of their boat shoes, but the sneakers seem to give me better support, cushion and footing.
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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

I wear

Keen's sandals
DuBarry Ultima boots
Sperry shoes

All stick well.

The shoes I save for coastal cruising. Offshore either sandals or boots; I hate wet socks.

EDIT - I also have a pair of WM reef shoes that are pretty good.
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Re: Good Deck Shoes?

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.
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