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10-25-2010 04:37 PM
drgamble I'm a big fan and have posted about them before on SailNet-

I've had plenty of other deck shoes and personally prefer to go barefoot - but they offer more protection and grip than your bare feet.

People seem to either love them or hate them, but it doesn't take long to realize the people that hate them have never tried them and are going simply off appearance only.
10-25-2010 11:17 AM

for full toe coverage ive been happy with these:

Sperry Top-Sider Men's Charter Fisherman
10-25-2010 10:21 AM
my900ss I bought a pair for running in. I wear them when I am sailing on the boat. I think it is a matter of personal preference. For me I like the shoes although I will say they took about 3 weeks for my feet to stop hurting after wearing them while running.
10-25-2010 10:15 AM
Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
"My daughters were $10 on e-bay."
Ah, $43 when the $33 "overseas airmail" shipping kicks in. The lack of a box, etc. makes me suspect these are some of the outstanding Chinese counterfeits that are on the market for all high-priced sports footwear. Some even use the real materials, sometimes.
Caveat Emptor!
True enough! Virbram even warns of counterfeits directly on their FiveFingers website.
10-25-2010 10:13 AM
hellosailor "My daughters were $10 on e-bay."
Ah, $43 when the $33 "overseas airmail" shipping kicks in. The lack of a box, etc. makes me suspect these are some of the outstanding Chinese counterfeits that are on the market for all high-priced sports footwear. Some even use the real materials, sometimes.
Caveat Emptor!
10-25-2010 09:51 AM
kwaltersmi I've got a pair of FiveFingers Classics and they're great on the boat...the best deck "shoe" I've ever had. The tread is non-marking and is sipped for great traction. Additionally, you'd be surprised how much more grip you have when you get your toes involved in the process. They're also great for going ashore on slippery rocks, swimming and wading. You do give up a bit of protection, but I've always worn Crocs or gone barefoot on deck anyway.

If you haven't looked there are many different styles of FiveFingers available, including ones with straps for extra snug fit (Sprint, KSO, Flow), neoprene for water performance (Flow), open top designs for warm weather (Classic), etc.
10-25-2010 08:46 AM
ccriders Thanks all for your responses. My interest is driven more by the poor performance of "deck shoes" than anything else. I've tried several brands and models and all of them become very slippery in one season. I've tried abrading the soles to overcome the glazing that occurs because of heat and ozone and uv rays, but that only helps for a very short time. What attracted me to 5-Fingers was "vibram". As a young 2LT in the Army I purchased a couple of pairs of Cochran's with Vibram soles. None better. Right now I'm using New Balance 558s and they are better than deck shoes, but are they ever so hot! Shoes have always been a problem for me because I have thin feet with a very high arch/in step, so much so that my sandles are Teva womens size 11,which work great but leave black marks on the deck.
Wish the 5-Fingers were not so expensive. Hate to waste $100 on more shoes for the bottom of the closet.
10-25-2010 08:01 AM
hackandhue They are supposed to be very good for your back. im not allowed to post links but google barefoot running
10-24-2010 11:47 PM
richeperkin Haven't worn mine on a boat (there's a shortage of those in Vegas), but wearing them for racquetball I found I was lighter and quicker, had better balance, and was making shots I didn't think I could reach. . .after I got used to them. Takes a couple of days as your legs have to start using muscles that don't usually get used with all the support other shoes offer. I've found they don't grip brilliantly on some wet surfaces, like tile.
And if they do start to stink you can throw them in the laundry.
10-24-2010 11:27 PM
Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
Jordan, the come in many colors from at least two different companies.
Looked into them when they first came out. Sold mountaineering equip for a decade, always respected the product and enjoyed some heavy duty soles from them in the past. I Looked them up after posting to see the newer lines. Went to REI today to try them on.

Since I like boating barefoot sometimes, I thought they might be nice to try. It took me about 10 minutes to get my toes into the end of them. It could be my previous ankle injuries or my Flinstone shaped feet but I could not find a pair to work for me. My wife bought a pair though.
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