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04-18-2013 04:01 PM
northoceanbeach
Re: Good Deck Shoes?

Quote:
Originally Posted by zeehag View Post
the few times i have worn shoe things on my feets while sailing were near tragic.

without shoes i only broke a toe rather than lose my balance. toes are not bad to break--they recover--losing balance can cause much worse damage than a toe.
i wear no boat shoes--been sailing since 1955.


properly maintained teak decks are proper anti skid---if not oiled, varnished or treated with anything other than sea water. is why they existed.
I think I'd probably rather lose my balance. 9 times out of 10 you just land on your butt and feel foolish. Rather break a toe? Really? Sailing the tropical seas isn't going to be as fun when you are hobbling around for a month.
04-18-2013 03:45 PM
paul323
Re: Good Deck Shoes?

Bare feet.

Sperry topsiders if it is really cold. Also picked up a pair of boat shoes from Timberland - seem okay, but early days yet.

But normally, bare feet.
04-18-2013 03:04 PM
Cincy020
Re: Good Deck Shoes?

Have to agree with the quality on the Sperry's. I've worn them ever since I was in my teens. Used to last three or four years. Ever since they became "trendy" 5 or so years ago, I can only get them to last a year. Same old traditional leather boat shoe. Hell of it is, I think I remember being able to get them for $50, now I can't pick a pair up for less than $65.
04-18-2013 02:14 PM
Reefpoints
Re: Good Deck Shoes?

I've found decent boat shoes at target for $17.
04-18-2013 02:01 PM
T37Chef
Re: Good Deck Shoes?

Shoes are a very personal choice, me...

For general use = Keens
KEEN Footwear - Mobile

For more dressed look = Rockports or Sperry
These are particularly comfortable Barefoot Boat 2 Eye | Men's Boat Shoes | Rockport

For poor/cold weather = HH Deck Boot HELLY WELLY - Men - Inshore Racing | Helly Hansen Official Online Store

I don't think flip flops are safe on a boat, nor do I like bare feet, too many things for me to F up my toes on, and I like working toes = balance.
04-18-2013 01:49 PM
rockDAWG
Re: Good Deck Shoes?

There are so many good suggestions, I will be broke if I have to buy them all. After all, I don't want to take the title of having more shoes in the family.

Anyway, I bought a pair of top-sider Perry form Amazon for 39.99. It was a last one Size 7.5 and free shipping.
04-18-2013 01:43 PM
rockDAWG
Re: Good Deck Shoes?

Quote:
Originally Posted by RunningRabbit View Post
I prefer to be barefoot, weather permitting and despite being a bit of a klutz, as a general philosophy, to show off my toenail polish, and because I think bare feet are "grippier" and give one more warning when a slip is imminent--that extra second to grab something or plant my feet may save my noggin.

Otherwise, here are the shoes I'm often wearing:

Sanuk flip-flops (couple years old, very grungy, and oh-so-comfortable, love, love, love these) (I think the "shoe" style ones would also be great, I just need to get a smaller size so I don't walk out of them).

Sebago Docksides (circa 1998 that are beginning to separate from the sole, but served me well many years in good and foul weather boating in Miami).

Dankso clogs (haven't had any problem running up the side decks in the rain to adjust lines in them, or running down a wet finger pier, and they simply will not slip even on a grease-covered kitchen floor, but they do change your center of gravity and not for folks with rolly ankles).

Reef flip-flops (haven't really been tested in wet conditions yet).

Uggs (only when no snow or ice possible or too slippery).

North Face snow boots (if snow, ice, or rain).

LL Bean Wellies (awesome for rainy days and for sitting in the dink when she needs bailing out).

Croc ballet flats (haven't had any problem so far; useful as my change of shoes so I can get back down the pier drunk after a night out in spiky heels that would get stuck in the dock).

I have some Teva-style shoes from Merrill I haven't really tested aboard (they were for summer afternoon thunderstorms in Miami when I needed to wade back to my car). My ex called them "graduate-student shoes."

I like my Birkenstocks, but as I've had tides requiring me to sit on the pier and jump down to the boat, I worry about them falling off and into the drink.

I had some decent Sperry's a long time ago, but were never particularly comfortable and all the ones I see now have weird bling on them.

I worked on a fishing charter, and almost reeled in a sizable Rockfish, wearing high-heel wedge espadrilles that had a wonderful flat sticky sole. I probably had better balance than just about anyone on the boat; definitely than any of the passengers. I'm on a boat because I don't believe in following anyone's rules, and that includes whatever the yachties et alia say I should be wearing.
I love toenail polish, I used to do that for my baby daughter many moons ago.

For some reasons, women know lot more about shoe than men.
04-16-2013 06:48 PM
RunningRabbit
Re: Good Deck Shoes?

I prefer to be barefoot, weather permitting and despite being a bit of a klutz, as a general philosophy, to show off my toenail polish, and because I think bare feet are "grippier" and give one more warning when a slip is imminent--that extra second to grab something or plant my feet may save my noggin.

Otherwise, here are the shoes I'm often wearing:

Sanuk flip-flops (couple years old, very grungy, and oh-so-comfortable, love, love, love these) (I think the "shoe" style ones would also be great, I just need to get a smaller size so I don't walk out of them).

Sebago Docksides (circa 1998 that are beginning to separate from the sole, but served me well many years in good and foul weather boating in Miami).

Dankso clogs (haven't had any problem running up the side decks in the rain to adjust lines in them, or running down a wet finger pier, and they simply will not slip even on a grease-covered kitchen floor, but they do change your center of gravity and not for folks with rolly ankles).

Reef flip-flops (haven't really been tested in wet conditions yet).

Uggs (only when no snow or ice possible or too slippery).

North Face snow boots (if snow, ice, or rain).

LL Bean Wellies (awesome for rainy days and for sitting in the dink when she needs bailing out).

Croc ballet flats (haven't had any problem so far; useful as my change of shoes so I can get back down the pier drunk after a night out in spiky heels that would get stuck in the dock).

I have some Teva-style shoes from Merrill I haven't really tested aboard (they were for summer afternoon thunderstorms in Miami when I needed to wade back to my car). My ex called them "graduate-student shoes."

I like my Birkenstocks, but as I've had tides requiring me to sit on the pier and jump down to the boat, I worry about them falling off and into the drink.

I had some decent Sperry's a long time ago, but were never particularly comfortable and all the ones I see now have weird bling on them.

I worked on a fishing charter, and almost reeled in a sizable Rockfish, wearing high-heel wedge espadrilles that had a wonderful flat sticky sole. I probably had better balance than just about anyone on the boat; definitely than any of the passengers. I'm on a boat because I don't believe in following anyone's rules, and that includes whatever the yachties et alia say I should be wearing.
04-16-2013 05:22 PM
JonEisberg
Re: Good Deck Shoes?

Quote:
Originally Posted by zeehag View Post
i wear no boat shoes--been sailing since 1955.

properly maintained teak decks are proper anti skid---if not oiled, varnished or treated with anything other than sea water. is why they existed.
Well, your feet sure are tougher than mine, if you can routinely go barefoot on teak decks in the tropics... (grin)
04-16-2013 04:52 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Good Deck Shoes?

Quote:
Originally Posted by pdqaltair View Post
I'm curious; do some people have naturally occuring non-slip on their bare feet? In my case, at least, I certain my skin has far less grip on a wet deck than my worst shoes. I've slipped on evening dew and passing rain far too many times to accept any truth in this.
I'm not sure it feels more secure, simply because the sole of your foot is stickier than some shoes. I think the direct tactile feeling causes you to adjust more quickly. Further, if your shoes don't fit very snuggly, and most would be uncomfortable if they did, your foot can slop around inside the shoe causing instability.
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