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Well like many of you ladies I can never seam to find a decent pair of boat shoes that are not mens, or fall apart quickly or lose their ability to not slip on deck. I was thinking of building a better boat shoe exclusively for women and was hoping to get you guys opinion. Here are the questions I have.1. What type of boat do you primarily enjoy? Power or Sail
2. Do you find yourself wearing men?s boat shoes because of limited women?s selection or improper fit? Yes or No
3. Do you prefer a loafer, sneaker or sandal style of boat shoe? Or all of the above?
4. Do you prefer neutral or bright colors in boat shoes?
5. Do you enjoy decorative patterns or prints?
6. Laces or no laces?
7. Socks or no socks?
8. How long does and average pair of boat shoes last you?
9. Do you prefer fast drying materials or leather?
10. What is your current shoe?
11. How much are you willing to pay for a very high-quality boat shoe?
A. $20-80 B. $80-$130 C. $130-200 D. $200+
12. What attributes are most important to you when picking boat shoes? Number in order of importance.
Non skid
Fast drying
Durability
Comfort
Ease of cleaning
Style/attractiveness
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I don't wear men's boat shoes
I find sneakers that will work. Primarily with white soles. I like blue. Looks nautical. Have a pair of sketchers that slip on that are great for sailing. Would dry fast. Also have a pair I just bought from Walmart that are your typical canvas sailing shoe with white soles but they kind of have this fabric over the rubber in parts. They so far have had a good grip. They were rediculously cheap at $7 Im embarrassed to say.
Prefer sneakers, blue, no laces, print would be okay, sometimes I like the traditional look. No socks, one season or two, dry fast but would do canvas. 20-80 would consider a higher priced boat shoe if it was fantastic, comfort, non skid, style, fast drying, durability
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1. What type of boat do you primarily enjoy? Power or Sail
Sail

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2. Do you find yourself wearing menís boat shoes because of limited womenís selection or improper fit? Yes or No
No. And my feet are big (10 1/2), so a men's shoe isn't out of the question.

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3. Do you prefer a loafer, sneaker or sandal style of boat shoe? Or all of the above?
Loafer

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4. Do you prefer neutral or bright colors in boat shoes?
Neutral

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5. Do you enjoy decorative patterns or prints?
No

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6. Laces or no laces?
No laces

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7. Socks or no socks?
No socks

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8. How long does and average pair of boat shoes last you?
I hate buying shoes, and typically only have 2 or 3 functional shoes at any one time - a pair of athletic shoes, a pair of flip flops and my boat shoes. Athletic shoes are only for the gym, consequently they last a long time. (I hate the gym.)
I wear my boat shoes anytime I can't get away with wearing flip flops, so they wear out quicker. Maybe a year?

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9. Do you prefer fast drying materials or leather?
Fast drying. You are asking about boat shoes, right?

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10. What is your current shoe?
Crocs women's walu II loafer. LOVE THEM!

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11. How much are you willing to pay for a very high-quality boat shoe?
A. $20-80 B. $80-$130 C. $130-200 D. $200+
$20 - $80. To be more specific, $55. That's how much my Crocs cost me.

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12. What attributes are most important to you when picking boat shoes? Number in order of importance.
Non skid
Fast drying
Durability
Comfort
Ease of cleaning
Style/attractiveness
1 - non skid/comfort (both non-negotiables)

3 - fast drying
4 - durability
5 - cleaning (should be able to toss them in the washer occasionally)
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10 - style/attractiveness

I will take a closer look at the Swims, when my current pair of Crocs wears out. Oh wait, I just took a look and saw the prices. Um, maybe not.

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Re: Boat shoes for women

Sandals say you've never gone sailing, really. You need toe and heel protection in a boat shoe, or else you are going to eventually break some toes and get some serious heel injuries as you back into deck hardware.

Yes, some people are fine going barefoot, but since you're talking about shoes, the purpose of a shoe IS protection.

Laces or no laces? Really? Again, you will step out of the shoe and lose it, or it will slop around, if there are no laces. (Or velcro.) I know, Topsiders have only ornamental laces. They're not great deck shoes.

And socks? As your mother should have told you, either you wear socks, or you'll be throwing out your smelly sailing shoes much sooner. And, risking more athlete's foot and fungus. Really, peds just don't cut it.

Remember you are dealing with a tiny niche market: Women who boat. So you'd better have a product that can appeal to ALL of them.

Personally, I find the Jimmy Choo boat shoes are everything I could want, although the Manolo Blanco's tend to have those wonderful stiletto heels, and those are really great if you want to go ashore without changing. A little pricey, and the clerks tend to hie them in the back room, but worth asking for. Trust me.
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Hmmm. Snarky-ness aside, I think I agree with most of those who think another boat shoe isn't necessary. You really are trying to re-invent a wheel that's been re-invented successfully multiple times. Unfortunately, you lost me after I read the question (directed at a sailing forum) asking if we're power boaters or sailors. Tells me you aren't paying attention to details and just throwing out feelers willy nilly.

That said I wear both Crocs and Dubarry so I guess I cover both ends of the price and style spectrum.

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Re: Boat shoes for women

As a point of reference, arletteorourke, the person who started this thread, posted this thread the day that they signed up for SailNet and has not logged in since.

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Well. Thanks for not letting me have the last word there Jeff.

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Got Keen's. They make my fee sweat a bit since they are plastic soled.
My Sperry's are in fact women's and 'wide' sized. LOVE them. Leather with a mocc look and two ties on front.
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