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Well like many of you ladies I can never seam to find a decent pair of boat shoes that are not mens, or fall apart quickly or lose their ability to not slip on deck. I was thinking of building a better boat shoe exclusively for women and was hoping to get you guys opinion. Here are the questions I have.1. What type of boat do you primarily enjoy? Power or Sail
2. Do you find yourself wearing menís boat shoes because of limited womenís selection or improper fit? Yes or No
3. Do you prefer a loafer, sneaker or sandal style of boat shoe? Or all of the above?
4. Do you prefer neutral or bright colors in boat shoes?
5. Do you enjoy decorative patterns or prints?
6. Laces or no laces?
7. Socks or no socks?
8. How long does and average pair of boat shoes last you?
9. Do you prefer fast drying materials or leather?
10. What is your current shoe?
11. How much are you willing to pay for a very high-quality boat shoe?
A. $20-80 B. $80-$130 C. $130-200 D. $200+
12. What attributes are most important to you when picking boat shoes? Number in order of importance.
Non skid
Fast drying
Durability
Comfort
Ease of cleaning
Style/attractiveness
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I don't understand the plan to make a boat shoe only for women.
A niche marketing ploy?
Last I checked...most of us have 2 feet and 10 piggies...using them in much the same way.
It'll either work or it won't.
Performance matters, otherwise it's fashion....
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Boat shoes for men are quite plentiful. Sperry's are shoes for old men. The women's styles are narrow and tiny. Most of my female sailing friends resort to the male models.
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Boat shoes for men are quite plentiful. Sperry's are shoes for old men. The women's styles are narrow and tiny. Most of my female sailing friends resort to the male models.
So women are wearing Old Man Sperrys...because womens Sperrys don't fit?
Is Sperry the only 'boat shoe'?
What's your real hook?

Take a pair of Keen CNX and sipe the soles.....and you're there.
Get some writers to tell the world this is The Womens Boat Shoe.
Maybe add that nobody cared about womens boat shoes until now....
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Not sure where the animosity is coming from was just trying to get some other sailor ladies opinions. Thank you for yours.
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My Old Man Sperrys....


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Re: Boat shoes for women

Swims are great boat shoes for women... and men.


https://www.swims.com/mens/footwear/loafers/
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Not sure where the animosity is coming from was just trying to get some other sailor ladies opinions. Thank you for yours.
Zero animosity (really), only questioning your understanding of the boat shoe market and where you want to go with your product that will solve a problem.
First, you show that you are after Sperrys market, then say their products are for old men.
Do you know the performance aspects of a good boat shoe, or not? If you don't, you will be wasting $s and time.

I had a pair of old man sperrys when I was a teen. My mother thru them out one day when I was away at school. They were held together with some duct tape and nylon twine. Sometimes they would smell pretty bad. She did the same thing to a pair of baseball cleats and track shoes I loved, and I've never been able to forgive her....but I don't bring this up when I visit her.

Don't smoke your own dope when bringing products to market. Know your market.
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Re: Boat shoes for women

buy all the ladies shoes you can and figure out what works and what doesn't.

Style is an individual thing and what's hot changes... that's fashion for ya.

We used Sebago Spinnakers... lots of interesting colors... but traditional boat shoe from leather / suede.

Now I prefer the swims... no leather... lots of colors... look fashionable... with laces, without... washable... no odors... pricey... so we buy them on sale.

I doubt you can beat Swims for design and functionality.

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Re: Boat shoes for women

Comfort is the top priority for my wife, followed by grip. She currently has a pair of these from LL Bean and says they are the most comfortable pair she has ever had.
https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/8593...ductId=1438195

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