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Re: Boat Shoes
I wore the old school brown Sperry's, with the white soles and razor treads, since I was younger than I remember. My mother used to make us wear them in the water, when they were new, and then keep them on until they dried, to wear them in.
I wore them year round, even in the winter. No socks, of course. My son does the same today, only with the newer style.
Unfortunately, with high arches and 5 decades on my feet, they are too rough for me to wear religously anymore. I switched to the billfish style about 5 years ago, but my feet with still ache after a full day aboard in them.
I now prefer a laced up sneaker and agree that I would like a real sailing shoe that laces up. It seems several manufacturers made them a few years back, but dropped the lines. The problem with the Harbormasters is they done't come in wide sizes, or I just can't find them in wide.
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