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I need to get myself a good quality boat shoe and I would like to hear your opinions on the matter. Obviously we all know about Sperry, but I was hoping for more detailed opinions as to the style of shoe you prefer and why? I like the look of canvas for shoes, but the cheap pair of wannabe boat shoes I have make my feet sweat like crazy and they stink to high heaven. They also seem to take a while to dry. My dad and grandpa have always had the leather Sperry's but I have never worn them so I don't know how they react with the feet.

So any help you guys can provide would be appreciated,
Zac
 

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Well, it's very "out there", but I am currently wearing vibram five fingers and like them a lot.....


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If it's not raining, not particularly snorty or I'm not racing, I wear a pair of Keen sandals. With a pair of thick socks they are fine through the winter here (although not necessarily a style statement), and worn alone, fine through the summer.
I have a pair of WM trainers (sneakers I guess for you North American lot) which are OK. I have a pair of Perry Topsiders somewhere but almost never wear them. And then finally a pair of Viking rubber boots.
 

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So far Men's Billfish 3-Eye Boat Shoe is my favorite. Decent grip, dries out quick, feet don't seem to sweat as with others (eg, Slam). Seem to be made fairly well - I had mine for close to 8 years now. Also they come in all widths.
 

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I'm on my third pair of Sperry Kingfisher ASV's. They have a narrow width at the arch which really supports my arch and that along with the ASV saves my aching feet. Also very sure footed on deck.
 

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So far Men's Billfish 3-Eye Boat Shoe is my favorite. Decent grip, dries out quick, feet don't seem to sweat as with others (eg, Slam). Seem to be made fairly well - I had mine for close to 8 years now. Also they come in all widths.
I wear the Sperry Billfish also and like them. I have a wide foot and not all shoes fit but these do. You're right, feet don't sweat either. Funny though, googling I found them in the US at higher prices than in Canada.

 

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I have a pair of Clarks "un.edgewater", in blue suede. They grip well, are really comfortable, and di I mention they are blue suede?
 

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I have been wearing the Sperry's for many years and love them. On your issues with stinky feet/shoes... I was in construction for many years and had this issue too. It is from sweating and no air to dry them out. Bacteria grows in worm moist areas, Like your arm pits. Killing the bacteria kills the smell, suggested a wet nap alcohol wipe for the pits is a quick solution. "Foot odor occurs when excess perspiration from your feet soaks the lining of your shoes and socks. Perspiration creates an optimal environment for bacteria which can grow and cause a bad odor." For the feet I found using the Dr Sholls inserts worked great. You just need something to soak up the sweet and some air circulation to solve this. I buy the cheap $1 each air pads, you cut to size Odor-X® Odor Reducing Insoles with SweatMAX® | Dr. Scholl's®
 

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For general sailing i really like to wear "crocks" they are light weight and have excellent grip. You might think that they would fall off easily but they don't, they also float. When I am racing I have a pair of WM(or other) Sailing sneaker, I like those for the additional support.
As for foot odor try wool socks preferably a "smart wool" or Marino wool these don't itch and they wick away the moisture.
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Whatever's on sale.
Just bought a pair of something called "Reel Legends", mainly because I needed something pretty for Christmas dinner.
I normally tend to wear sneakers or sandals on the boat, but offshore in inclement weather I go to boat shoes for the extra grip.
 

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Regarding the issue of moisture and bacteria, Delta-T is spot on. But if alcohol wipes aren't likely to become a habit for your shoe maintenance plan, I suggest you get two pairs so that one will always have the benefit of a day to dry out. Yes, two pairs of boat shoes may be more than you want to spend. An alternate and less costly approach would be to buy, instead, a pair of good yet generic non-marking slip- and oil-resistant shoes: the Tred-Safe brand found at Wal-Mart have served me well for the last 10 years.
 

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Barefeet 99% of the time. When racing I wear Vibram 5 fingers. Incredible grip wet or dry!!! My daily footwear is a pair of Keen Waimeas whether on land or jumping on and off charter boats at work.
 

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I've worn sperrys, vans, west marine deck shoes, merrell deck shoes, keen sandals, keen knockoffs, and the most comfortable, grippiest, lightest, least odiferous after a season of wear boat shoes I have ever worn are Crocs Cove Sports.
 

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It's usually cool when it is raining here, so the boat shoes that I use most often are these Sperry boots:


They are warm and dry and not too stuffy. Lots of traction and easy to slip on and off, but fit well under my sailing rain pants.

In the summer I normally just wear some non-marking sneakers.
 

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I wear Vibram five fingers in the summer, and O'Neill 3mm neoprene surfing booties in spring/fall. Mainly foredeck on J/24's. The deck (and associated metal bits) can be a little rough on the five fingers' uppers, but otherwise I'm very happy with them.
 

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I've had a pair of basic topsiders for several years now ( strong like bull ) but my favorite deck shoe ( what I wear most often ) are Sanuk Rasta
 

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Shimano make a "fishing shoe" similar to Crocks but much classier-they have a non-slip sole,just like expensive boat shoes.There construction is soft rubber,adjustable and very comfortable.They also look quite smart with socks.
Price is $50 here in NZ but I would imagine cheaper in USA
 

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At the suggestion of others here in a similar thread last year, I bought a pair of Keens. After a season of very regular use, they held up well and stayed fairly comfortable. My surveyor had a pair of L.L. Bean duck boots that he loved for the cold weather. If I were doing a lot of cold-weather sailing, I'd probably give those a try.
 
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