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RagtimeDon seems bent on a mission of reviving many dead threads..
Is he a repeat offender?
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Yup... check his recent posts...

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I got all excited to see the size 15 mention though... I'd pay good money to find a size 15 sea boot! Sebago, Gill, Henri-Lloyd, Dubarry, Ronstan, Sperry, no size 15.

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I've got the opposite problem... size 6.5 feet... most don't start making shoes until size 7 or 8.

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I've got the opposite problem... size 6.5 feet... most don't start making shoes until size 7 or 8.
you could try womens sizes.........flame on
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I usually go for European manufacturers, since they generally start a bit smaller than the US does.

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Boating shoes are a mystical thing.

Folks are content to see white soles because they know white won't mark (well, it may mark but on a typical white deck that's invisible) but at the same time, black Vibram hiking boots won't mark either. The problem is, they scare the heck out of the owner who doesn't know Vibram isn't just black rubber. And I've also seen 'street dirt' mark decks, even with white soles.

You'll find many gym coaches say "no street shoes" for the same reason, they don't want schumtz tracked in on the gym shoes.

In a sailing school, do the best you can. Once you get past the question of non-marking, there's the more difficult question of traction. Classic Topsiders, etc. are useless on a wet deck while some sea boots with "octopus" pods on the bottom are great--but wear quickly and pick up gravel off the boat.

You do the best you can. If it is nice and warm, "AquaSox" or similar white-soled flimsies work very nicely. Cheap, good grip, no marks. Black neoprene divers' booties also work well in colder weather but neither has any foot support. Good deck shoes? Priceless. if you find something you like, but two extra par and stach them away, they'll be off the market next year.
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I can't figure out why they don't make children's deck shoes, or gloves, or, well anything. It's annoying.

Consider going barefoot, it's fun.
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Broken toes are no fun... Lots of stuff on deck on a sailboat to stub/break your toes against. Also, dropping winch handles is less painful if you have shoes on.

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I can't figure out why they don't make children's deck shoes, or gloves, or, well anything. It's annoying.

Consider going barefoot, it's fun.
Sperry actually makes kids boat shoes, and both Gill and West Marine make XXS gloves that fit my 5 year old (although she's kind of big).

I agree on the barefoot comment, except with Teak decks under a hot sun.

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