Best Footwear for summertime racing? - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Out There > Racing
 Not a Member? 


Like Tree1Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 06-25-2012
rhr1956's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Heath, TX
Posts: 484
Thanks: 1
Thanked 10 Times in 10 Posts
Rep Power: 4
rhr1956 is on a distinguished road
Best Footwear for summertime racing?

Barefoot is not the best way to go, I think...What type shoe-sandel-water sock is the most popular choice?
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 06-25-2012
Tim R.'s Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Portland, Maine
Posts: 1,541
Thanks: 1
Thanked 27 Times in 26 Posts
Rep Power: 12
Tim R. is on a distinguished road
Re: Best Footwear for summertime racing?

I like keens as they have good toe protection, non marking soles and an open cover which dries fairly quickly.
ottos likes this.
__________________
Tim R.
Out cruising
1997 Caliber 40LRC

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

-----------------------------------------------------
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 06-25-2012
chef2sail's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Maryland
Posts: 6,882
Thanks: 29
Thanked 54 Times in 50 Posts
Rep Power: 7
chef2sail will become famous soon enough
Send a message via AIM to chef2sail
Re: Best Footwear for summertime racing?

Barefoot on deck+ lacerations and broken toes plus no grip when wet.

I also use Keens/ lightweight Sperry /Harken racing shoes.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
___________________________
S/V Haleakala (Hawaiian for" House of the Sun")
C&C 35 MKIII Hull # 76
Parkville, Maryland
(photos by Joe McCary)
Charter member of the Chesapeake Lion posse

Our blog-
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


“Sailing is just the bottom line, like adding up the score in bridge. My real interest is in the tremendous game of life.”- Dennis Conner
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 06-25-2012
Familycruisers's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 134
Thanks: 4
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 3
Familycruisers is on a distinguished road
Re: Best Footwear for summertime racing?

Keens here, broke my dang toe two weeks ago by breaking my shoes if going forward rule.
__________________
S/V Never Land
Westerly Centaur
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 06-25-2012
rhr1956's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Heath, TX
Posts: 484
Thanks: 1
Thanked 10 Times in 10 Posts
Rep Power: 4
rhr1956 is on a distinguished road
Re: Best Footwear for summertime racing?

I watched the sunrise from the top of Haleakula in 1984.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 06-25-2012
BubbleheadMd's Avatar
Chastened
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Edgewater/Annapolis
Posts: 2,826
Thanks: 0
Thanked 49 Times in 46 Posts
Rep Power: 5
BubbleheadMd will become famous soon enough
Send a message via Yahoo to BubbleheadMd
Re: Best Footwear for summertime racing?

Keens or Vibram 5-fingers. Or, if you like the Vibram's but don't like the price, there's Fila Skeletoes.
__________________
S/V Old Shoes
1973 Pearson 30 #255
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 06-25-2012
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 16
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Langlo06 is on a distinguished road
Re: Best Footwear for summertime racing?

My sailing sidekick and I both use Keens. They not only have toe protection, they are also non marking and non skidding. Love them
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 06-25-2012
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Troy
Posts: 36
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 0
LessTacksing is on a distinguished road
Send a message via Skype™ to LessTacksing
Re: Best Footwear for summertime racing?

I use Keens
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 06-26-2012
zz4gta's Avatar
I don't discuss my member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Chesapeake Bay
Posts: 2,439
Thanks: 0
Thanked 16 Times in 16 Posts
Rep Power: 8
zz4gta is on a distinguished road
Re: Best Footwear for summertime racing?

Anything is better than nothing. 5 broken toes. All pinky toes. Twice on one side, 3 times on the other, they aren't too pretty anymore. Always wear shoes.

I've used harkens, which were good for a couple seasons, but then smelled like death who decided not to take a shower for a week. Not too happy concidering they cost $90. Then the rubber got hard and slippery. Not to mention I still broke my right pinky toe in them.

I now use these for $40-45
Bogs Footwear Crosswater Lo Water Shoes (For Men) - Save 41%
Great grip, don't slip, and no more broken toes. As an extra bonus, if they do start to stink, you can wash them or hose them out and the smell is gone. I tried everything with the Harkens, but there was just too much fabric for smells to get into. These shoes are mostly rubber. Neo uppers, drain holes in the bottom, bungie sinch.

They don't look the best, but they're cheap, and I stay on the boat.
__________________
Merit 25 # 764 "Audrey"
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 06-27-2012
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: VA
Posts: 2,019
Thanks: 1
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 9
PalmettoSailor will become famous soon enough
Re: Best Footwear for summertime racing?

Quote:
Originally Posted by zz4gta View Post
I now use these for $40-45
Bogs Footwear Crosswater Lo Water Shoes (For Men) - Save 41%
Great grip, don't slip, and no more broken toes. As an extra bonus, if they do start to stink, you can wash them or hose them out and the smell is gone. I tried everything with the Harkens, but there was just too much fabric for smells to get into. These shoes are mostly rubber. Neo uppers, drain holes in the bottom, bungie sinch.

They don't look the best, but they're cheap, and I stay on the boat.
Nice, I may try those next if I don't go with Keens.

I'm currently using Sperry products (Billfish for knockabout's/cruising and a "performance" sailing type tennis shoe for racing). I had already sworn off Sperry, but they contacted me after I posted a scathing review on their site, requesting I send back the shoes I was complaining about. They sent me the two pairs mentioned above in an effort to change my opnion. The jury is still out, as this is the first full season with them and I more or less expect them to be crap next season.

My wife heeded my advice and got Keens for the boat. She was worried at first because they gave her some blisters, but either the shoes or her feet are now broken in and she loves them.

I can't for the life of me understand why top dollar "performance sailing" shoes seem to either become slick as ice after one season, or smell like death if they last more than one year. I have a pair of West Marine flip flops that are at least 5 years old and have been worn on and off the boat that still grip the deck tenaciously. They grip so hard the problem is your feet will slide off the sole long before they slip on the deck. Why can't they use whatever the hell these things are made of for a decent inexpensive shoe you could afford to throw away when they got stinky?
__________________
PalmettoSailor
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Advice Required on Deck Footwear thedarknessbeckons Gear & Maintenance 7 04-06-2012 11:07 AM
Summertime Blues centaursailor General Discussion (sailing related) 7 06-26-2011 06:08 PM
What Wet Weather Footwear Do You Like pdqaltair Gear & Maintenance 16 03-25-2009 09:07 PM
More Summertime Marine Events NewsReader Mass Bay Sailors 0 07-17-2007 01:15 PM
Footwear Brand, Camper Enters Sailing - Co-Sponsors Copa Del Rey (PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance) NewsReader News Feeds 0 08-15-2006 06:22 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:17 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.