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I recently got a pair of Topsiders, and I would not recommend them in challenging conditions. Fine for looking cool and hanging out in the cockpit, but too slippery for foredeck. I'm going to join the folks recommending the FiveFingers. Astounding grip, and the toe bumpers will prevent stubbed (but not broken) toes. Not sure they're a good idea for handling anchor chain, though. And they look pretty dorky.
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I recently got a pair of Topsiders, and I would not recommend them in challenging conditions. Fine for looking cool and hanging out in the cockpit, but too slippery for foredeck. I'm going to join the folks recommending the FiveFingers. Astounding grip, and the toe bumpers will prevent stubbed (but not broken) toes. Not sure they're a good idea for handling anchor chain, though. And they look pretty dorky.
i bought a pair of topsLiders in 1987. they were immediate fail once i tried em.
gave em away.
crappy in slick situations of real life boating.
keep a roll of tape near you in all conditions.
a busted toe is nothing. go to emergency and we all laughed at ye..
tape it to another and keep on keeping on. whiners lose. there is nothing to do for a busted toe except stabilize it against another toe.
yes i busted all mine more than once each. no i didnt go to er..lol what a crock. nor for fingers. broke a few of those more than once also.
tape em together n keep going.
that is all the local emergency roomis gonna do for and with ye.
why spend that money whenye can do it just as easily yourself.
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Re: Boat Shoes

Today's Topsiders will kill you. I think they're made for washing cars. Rubber sole hard as a rock, no grip on wet deck, or even a dry one.

I think the only answer is to look for some appropriate shoe with a soft or gummy sole, try it out on the boat, and then take it back if necessary.


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Re: Boat Shoes

Ever since Sperry sold (and are made overseas), the quality of the original Topsider went down 80%. The soles of the original are not as good, although, I find the new billfish soles to be fine. You can still buy handmade originals, made in the US, which are night and day better. However, they are several hundred dollars.


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Re: Boat Shoes

I'll share my two observations, which have been made by others in the thread; Sperry Topsiders - which I used to love - SUCK! I won't wear them on a boat, or anywhere. They're too slippery.

Croc's - which I hated - are AWESOME!
NOT these hideous things;


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Re: Boat Shoes

I'm have radically mixed feelings about this, but these are my favorite boat shoes of all time:



Crocs Boat Shoes. They're light, cool, they can't absorb water, they have plenty of grip, they protect my feet enough, but also look enough to traditional boat shoes that they don't attract too much attention.
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Re: Boat Shoes - you're lucky if you're average

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try finding the "perfect" boat shoe in a 4E width. Go on. Try.
Yer speaking my language son. Fat feet sure limit choices. I've been limited to the brown old-style Topsiders in double extra wide. One other option: buy a pair of New Balance indoor basketball sneakers and keep them on the boat. Indoor basketball shoes have much softer soles than shoes designed for all-purpose or outdoor shoes. NB prides itself on carrying its full line in multiple widths, including 2E, 4E and 6E.
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I wear Margarita Boat shoes... mainly just want people to think I am friends with Jimmy Buffett
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Re: Boat Shoes

For the aging runner---Brooks Ghosts. I advanced from cheap Avias to whatever real running shoe was on sale, and finally to the Ghost. It almost feels like cheating when I run in Ghosts--pillowy wonderfulness around my foot.

As far as boat shoes--

Like some others who have posted: I advocate a real boat shoe for ONLY the boat, and a second comfortable walking shoe for ashore. Most guys I crew with wear one pair for both the race and then dinner ashore. I change before leaving the dock. It takes less than one minute, and your good boat shoes stay good for the boat. By "good" I mean they continue to grip, and they do not track debris onto the deck.

I have worn a pair of West Marine branded "sneaker style" lace up boat shoe for a couple of years. They work well. Since I wear them only on the boat, they look basically new. The tread shows just a little wear and seems to grip fine still. Their regular price was high (it is West Marine of course). But, West Marine's sale prices can be very, very fair. That's how I bought these shoes--on sale.
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Re: Boat Shoes

I have to tip my hat to BLjones for starting this thread in May of 2013. I was initially surprised at his recommendation, and now I've joined him.


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